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How the U.S. Is Vulnerable to Terrorism in Space

April 18, 2014 Space terrorism is a growing threat to U.S. national security, according to a new report. And an attack on a U.S. satellite—or damage to one from another country's debris—could have astronomical effects on national security, says the report from the Council on Foreign Relations. The U.S. is more reliant on...

The Federal Government Is Charging Jerk.com With Deceiving Customers

April 8, 2014 The social-networking site Jerk.com secretly took information from Facebook to label millions "a jerk" and "not a jerk," the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. FTC is seeking an order to stop Jerk.com from using improperly obtained personal information and to require the website to delete the information. An administrative judge...

The Government's Technology Agency Admits It Has Lousy Technology

March 27, 2014 The Federal Communications Commission is charged with regulating the nation's technology and telecommunications industries. But in house, the commission's own equipment is so deficient that its leader came to Congress this week pleading for an upgrade. "We just simply cannot go on this way," the visibly frustrated FCC chairman told...

The World Wide Web Turns 25

March 17, 2014 It's difficult to imagine life without the Web, even though a large majority of Americans spent part or most of their lives without it. But it was only 25 years ago this week that British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee published the proposal that is widely considered to be the birth...

Facebook Cracks Down on Gun Sales

March 6, 2014 Facebook on Wednesday announced efforts to bolster "education and enforcement" for gun sellers using its social-media websites, a response to growing concerns that it has become a marketplace where gun sellers and buyers can circumvent gun laws. Facebook is not an e-commerce site, and direct financial transactions do not take...

U.S. Schools Get $2 Billion Infusion for High-Speed Internet

February 4, 2014 U.S. schools and libraries will get a $2 billion dollar infusion from the Federal Communications Commission for high-speed Internet access. The FCC announced plans Monday to double its investment in schools' broadband networks over the next two years through the agency's E-Rate program. The FCC's move is one leg of...

Twitter Can Handle State of the Union Traffic Surges

January 21, 2014 Twitter's "fail whale" has gone to a watery grave, but the social-media site is promising it won't need the whale—or any replacement for it—during President Obama's State of the Union address later this month. Inevitably, at some point during the address, one buzz-generating remark will lead to a spike in...

What You Need to Know About the New Internet Rules

January 15, 2014 This story has been updated with a statement from the office of Rep. Anna Eshoo. A federal court on Tuesday overthrew federal rules to enforce what is known as network neutrality, the principle that all Internet traffic should receive free and equal service. Now, with those rules on ice, Internet...

New FCC Chairman: Regulating the Internet Is a 'Non-Starter'

December 3, 2013 The new Chairman to the Federal Communications Commission promised to promote competition in the telecommunications industry and hinted that he may limit the amount of spectrum available to AT&T and Verizon for purchase in upcoming spectrum auctions in his first policy speech Monday at The Ohio State University. "Competition does...