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FCC giving special help to right-wing TV news company, Democrats allege
FCC giving special help to right-wing TV news company, Democrats allege

Pai is helping Sinclair expand its reach into TV-owning homes, lawmakers say.

Bank-fraud malware not detected by any AV hosted in Chrome Web Store. Twice
Bank-fraud malware not detected by any AV hosted in Chrome Web Store. Twice

Extension that surreptitiously steals bank passwords uploaded twice in 17 days.

GOP lawmakers shamed on billboards for trying to repeal net neutrality rules
GOP lawmakers shamed on billboards for trying to repeal net neutrality rules

Republicans want a "slower, censored, and more expensive Internet," group says.

Apple going all-in on original programming, to the tune of $1 billion a year
Apple going all-in on original programming, to the tune of $1 billion a year

Apple could "procure and produce" as many as 10 new shows next year.

At ITC hearing, two US solar manufacturers ask for tariffs on imported cells
At ITC hearing, two US solar manufacturers ask for tariffs on imported cells

Solar industry isn’t with the manufacturers, says tariffs will kill US jobs.

Powerful backdoor found in software used by >100 banks and energy cos.
Powerful backdoor found in software used by >100 banks and energy cos.

Advanced ShadowPad malware lurked in digitally signed products sold by NetSarang.

Amazon’s Instant Pickup has your items ready in just minutes
Amazon’s Instant Pickup has your items ready in just minutes

For those last-minute, everyday items that you'd typically buy at a convenience store.

Update gone wrong leaves 500 smart locks inoperable
Update gone wrong leaves 500 smart locks inoperable

Fatal error leaves customers scrambling for fixes that can take a week or longer.

South Australia okays giant solar thermal plant from SolarReserve
South Australia okays giant solar thermal plant from SolarReserve

The 150MW plant will be completed by 2020, SA government says.

Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark
Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

The case comes two months after court’s “offensive” trademarks ruling.

Code chunk in Kronos malware used long before MalwareTech published it
Code chunk in Kronos malware used long before MalwareTech published it

Marcus Hutchins, the researcher who stopped WCry, complained his code was lifted.

Wisconsin lawmakers vote to pay Foxconn $3 billion to get new factory
Wisconsin lawmakers vote to pay Foxconn $3 billion to get new factory

State taxpayers could end up paying Foxconn $500,000 per job, or more.

Trump’s DOJ not trying to stop AT&T/Time Warner merger
Trump’s DOJ not trying to stop AT&T/Time Warner merger

AT&T and DOJ "discussing merger conditions" that would let deal go forward.

Secret chips in replacement parts can completely hijack your phone’s security
Secret chips in replacement parts can completely hijack your phone’s security

Booby-trapped touchscreens can log passwords, install malicious apps, and more.

Scorching heat, rolling blackouts: The West is changing how it does summer
Scorching heat, rolling blackouts: The West is changing how it does summer

The electricity industry at large can take pointers from a region working its grid hard.

OkCupid bans white supremacist “for life,” asks daters to report others
OkCupid bans white supremacist “for life,” asks daters to report others

A white supremacist featured in a Charlottesville documentary can’t use OKC anymore.

How the tech sector can legally justify breaking ties to extremists
How the tech sector can legally justify breaking ties to extremists

Generally speaking, private enterprise may refuse service on ideological grounds.

FCC’s claim that it was hit by DDoS should be investigated, lawmakers say
FCC’s claim that it was hit by DDoS should be investigated, lawmakers say

FCC hasn't shown proof that it was attacked, Democrats say in call for probe.

Cox starts charging $50 extra per month for unlimited data
Cox starts charging $50 extra per month for unlimited data

Or you can get another 500GB for an extra $30 every month.

Lawsuit revived over Apple retail workers’ pay during security checks
Lawsuit revived over Apple retail workers’ pay during security checks

Dispute has widespread ramifications about pay for time spent in security checks.