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CenturyLink blocked its customers’ Internet access in order to show an ad

Ars Technica - 52 min 47 sec ago

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | RiverNorthPhotography)

CenturyLink briefly disabled the Internet connections of customers in Utah last week and allowed them back online only after they acknowledged an offer to purchase filtering software.

CenturyLink falsely claimed that it was required to do so by a Utah state law that says ISPs must notify customers "of the ability to block material harmful to minors." In fact, the new law requires only that ISPs notify customers of their filtering software options "in a conspicuous manner"; it does not say that the ISPs must disable Internet access until consumers acknowledge the notification. The law even says that ISPs may make the notification "with a consumer's bill," which shouldn't disable anyone's Internet access.

Coincidentally, CenturyLink's blocking of customer Internet access occurred days before the one-year anniversary of the Federal Communications Commission repeal of net neutrality rules, which prohibited blocking and throttling of Internet access.

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Apple FaceTime car crash lawsuit dismissed

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 23 min ago
Appeal court dismisses case alleging Apple's responsibility in Christmas Eve crash in Texas in 2014.

Google announces major expansion in New York City

Ars Technica - 1 hour 24 min ago

Enlarge / Google's current New York Headquarters is in the former Port Authority of New York building. It occupies an entire long city block between 8th and 9th Avenues and between 15th and 16th Streets. (credit: Jefferson Siegel/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

Google's New York office is already its largest outside the San Francisco Bay Area, but on Monday the company announced plans to double the size of its New York workforce to more than 14,000. The company is building a new campus in the Hudson Square neighborhood, about a mile south of its current New York headquarters in the Chelsea neighborhood.

It's been a big couple of months for technology companies expanding beyond the West Coast. Last month, Amazon announced it would add a total of 50,000 jobs in two new campuses—one in New York's Long Island City neighborhood, and the other in Crystal City in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. Last week, Apple announced it would expand its 6,000-person Austin campus by another 5,000 workers, with the potential to add an additional 10,000 people later on.

Now it's Google's turn. The search giant is planning to add at least 7,000 more New York City jobs over the next decade, and a Google spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal that this was "a conservative estimate."

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Huawei Nova 4 features hole-punch display and 48-megapixel camera - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 26 min ago
Phone manufacturers continue to experiment with alternatives to the notch.

Mercedes, Tesla lowering prices in China amid easing tariff tensions - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 33 min ago
The tariff reduction doesn't actually go into effect until Jan. 1.

Influential cypherpunk and crypto-anarchist Tim May dies aged 67

The Register - 1 hour 34 min ago
One-time Intel boffin

Obit Friends of Timothy May have confirmed that the former Intel engineer and co-founder of the Cypherpunks mailing list died of natural causes at his home in California on Friday. He was 67. Bitcoin and blockchain, WikiLeaks, P2P software and information markets all owe a debt to the list.…

Bloodhound 1,000 mph SSC project gets a jump-start - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 37 min ago
The owner of a turbocharger company gives the supersonic car the boost it needed.

TCL's Series 6 Roku TV is now $500, cheaper than its Black Friday price - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 41 min ago
Plus: Save an extra 10 percent on refurbished gear from Decluttr and get a seriously excellent PC game bundle for just $5.

Christmas countdown: Best deals on Nintendo Switch, Fire HD 8, Xbox One, iPad and more! - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 47 min ago
Less than eight days to go! But you still have time to score some amazing discounts, like an Amazon Fire HD 8 for $50 and a 32-inch TV for just $80.

Here's how to correctly pronounce Porsche Taycan - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 57 min ago
Maybe Porsche's next model won't need a pronunciation guide.

I was wrong about the Motorola Razr - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 2 min ago
Long before the iPhone or the Galaxy line, this phone was all the rage. And I failed to see just how popular the Razr would be.

Gritty is the internet mascot for a world that's broken in 2018 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 4 min ago
Commentary: This year was a hot mess of breaches, hacks and failures. But we have a guardian angel to guide us through tech's carnage: a gyrating fuzz monster.

Bloodhound supersonic car project saved

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 7 min ago
The supersonic vehicle could still race at 1,000mph after an entrepreneur bought the business.

Facebook Messenger adds Boomerang videos, selfie mode - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 10 min ago
You'll find new AR stickers and filters too.

Facebook hits Israeli prime minister's son with 24-hour ban - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 13 min ago
Yair Netanyahu shared posts the social network removed and criticized it as the "thought police."

2020 Hyundai Palisade first drive review: Crocodile eyes, family-friendly heart - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - 2 hours 22 min ago
Striking looks, kid-friendly tech and a premium cabin should put this three-row SUV atop shopping lists.

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

The Register - 2 hours 22 min ago
Crouching monkey, hidden leader of the free world

A pair of boffins are in hot water after the image of president Donald Trump made an unexpected cameo in a paper on how to gather animal DNA from their poop at scale.…

Google plans $1 billion expansion in Manhattan - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 24 min ago
The company will open Google Hudson Square in the West Village.

Tuesday may deliver a triple-header of big launches to cap 2018

Ars Technica - 2 hours 36 min ago

Enlarge / A Delta IV Heavy rocket last launched in August, 2018, with the Parker Solar Probe. (credit: United Launch Alliance)

So far this year there have been 106 orbital launches around the world, the most in a calendar year since 1990. That works out to roughly one launch every three days. Now, as we approach the end of this year, the launch industry has a treat for us—potentially three launches in a single day on Tuesday.

For rocket fanatics, this should make for a fun day, especially with some bigger rockets on the launch pad. Here's a rundown on what to expect and the significance of each launch.

Falcon 9: Cape Canaveral, Florida

SpaceX's final launch of the year, its 21st overall, will be an important one for the company. It is scheduled for 9:11am ET (14:11 UTC) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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