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US Senate Just Voted to Let ISPs Sell Your Web Browsing Data Without Permission

US Senate Just Voted to Let ISPs Sell Your Web Browsing Data Without Permission

March 24, 2017Mohit Kumar
The ISPs can now sell certain sensitive data like your browsing history without permission, thanks to the US Senate. The US Senate on Wednesday voted, with 50 Republicans for it and 48 Democrats against, to roll back a set of broadband privacy regulations passed by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) last year when it was under Democratic leadership. In October, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that ISPs would need to get consumers' explicit consent before being allowed to sell their web browsing data to the advertisers or other big data companies. Before the new rules could take effect on March 2, the President Trump's newly appointed FCC chairman Ajit Pai temporarily put a hold on these new privacy rules. Ajit Pai argued that the rules, which are regulated by FTC, unfairly favored companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook, who have the ability to collect more data than ISPs and thus dominate digital advertising. "All actors in the online
WiGig — New Ultra-Fast Wi-Fi Standard Ready to Boost Your Internet Speed in 2017

WiGig — New Ultra-Fast Wi-Fi Standard Ready to Boost Your Internet Speed in 2017

October 31, 2016Mohit Kumar
Get ready for faster Internet because the WiFi you know today is about to change and get much, much faster. The WiFi Alliance, a self-described "worldwide network of companies that brings you Wi-Fi," has finally certified " WiGig ," an ultra-fast, short-range wireless network technology that will nearly double Wi-Fi's current top speed. As many as 180 Million devices, including routers, smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other devices, arriving by the end of next year will support WiGig or multi-gigabit Wi-Fi 802.11ad on the 60 gigahertz band, the Alliance announced . This certification program aims to encourage the production of devices and hardware that not only operate in the "less congested" 60 GHz spectrum but can also fall back to the regular Wi-Fi – 2.4 or 5 gigahertz bands – for maximum interoperability. "Wi-Fi has delighted users for more than 15 years, and WiGig now gives users even higher performance in a rich variety of appl
WikiLeaks Confirms Ecuador Cut Julian Assange's Internet Access After Clinton Leak

WikiLeaks Confirms Ecuador Cut Julian Assange's Internet Access After Clinton Leak

October 18, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Early Monday, Whistleblowing site WikiLeaks tweeted that the internet connection of its co-founder, Julian Assange, was intentionally cut down , for which it blamed an unidentified " state party ." But most surprisingly, it was Ecuador who was behind the act. WikiLeaks has confirmed that its founder Julian Assange 's Internet access was cut down in its London embassy by the government of Ecuador on Saturday. The move was in response to the organization's publication of another batch of leaked emails related to US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange's internet access Saturday, 5 pm GMT, shortly after [the] publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs [speeches]," WikiLeaks tweeted . Assange has been living in Ecuador's London embassy since June 2012, when he was granted asylum by the Ecuador government after a British court ordered his extradition to Sweden to face questioning on a rape allegation.
Google's Project to Offer Free Superfast Wi-Fi Internet to the World has Begun

Google's Project to Offer Free Superfast Wi-Fi Internet to the World has Begun

June 28, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Imagine a city with Wi-Fi hotspot. Now imagine that it is free as well. This won't be just an imagination for long as Google has unveiled its new plan to bring Free, Superfast Wi-Fi to cities around the world. Sidewalk Labs, a Google-owned company that focuses on improving city living through technology innovations, has announced that the company will roll out free WiFi to everyone in New York City around September this year. But, How will the company do this? Google-backed Sidewalk Labs will convert over 10,000 New York's old phone booths into ad-supported " Wi-Fi pylons ." These booths will offer free wireless Internet access to anyone within 150 feet of radius. Sidewalk Labs is leading a group of investors acquiring Control Group and Titan , companies working to cover New York City with Free, Superfast Wi-Fi service. Besides offering free Wi-Fi, the booths are also intended to provide free cell-phone charging, free domestic phone calling
Facebook Opens Free Internet to Developers, But won't Support HTTPS Encryption

Facebook Opens Free Internet to Developers, But won't Support HTTPS Encryption

May 05, 2015Swati Khandelwal
After facing much criticism for violation of Net Neutrality, Facebook has opened up its new Internet.org platform to developers for creating their apps and services in India and other countries. Facebook's Internet.org aims at offering free Internet access to " the next 5 billion " impoverished people around the world who currently don't have it. This current move now would potentially allow any website to be accessed for free via the Internet.org service, but only in the case, if the website ditches the encrypted communications (HTTPS), JavaScript, and other important things. Internet for All: Facebook offers free mobile Internet access to people in India , Zambia , Colombia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Philippines and Indonesia . However, in order to access the free Internet, users must have special Android apps, Internet.org's website, the Opera Mini web browser or Facebook's Android app. Until now, the Internet.org scheme had been
TalkTalk Admits Customer Data Breach, warns of Scam Calls

TalkTalk Admits Customer Data Breach, warns of Scam Calls

February 27, 2015Swati Khandelwal
TalkTalk , one of the biggest UK-based phone, TV and Internet service provider with 4 million customers, has admitted it suffered a major Data Breach . TalkTalk said customer information was accessed after a breach at a third-party company, in which names, addresses, phone numbers and TalkTalk account numbers have been stolen. According to the report, TalkTalk customers began reporting problems on the TalkTalk forums late last year. Whereas, in some cases, hackers used customer details to scam bank information from the victims. TalkTalk has confirmed that " a small, but nonetheless significant " number of customers have had their account details compromised by hackers, claiming to be from TalkTalk in order to trick them into handing over their banking details. " At TalkTalk we take our customers' security very seriously and we take numerous measures to help keep our customers safe, " TalkTalk spokesperson said in a statement. " Yet sadly i
Net Neutrality Wins — FCC votes to Protect the Internet

Net Neutrality Wins — FCC votes to Protect the Internet

February 27, 2015Swati Khandelwal
The Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) on Thursday approved its strongest Net Neutrality Plan ever, setting new rules to keep broadband Internet in the United States " Fair, Fast and Open ." Net Neutrality is simply the Internet Freedom — Free and Open Internet . It is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should give consumers access to all and every contents and applications on an equal basis, treating all Internet traffic equally. NET NEUTRALITY WINS The regulations were passed in a 3-2 vote by commissioners, with the chairman and two Democratic commissioners voting in favor and the two Republican commissioners voting against,saying they will dampen innovation and investment. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government, which regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. " It's a red letter day for the Intern
Record-breaking 1Tbps Speed achieved Over 5G Mobile Connection

Record-breaking 1Tbps Speed achieved Over 5G Mobile Connection

February 26, 2015Swati Khandelwal
New Generations usually bring new base technologies, more network capacity for more data per user, and high speed Internet service, for which Internet service providers usually advertise. However, it is believed that the fifth generation (5G Technology) of mobile network will be beyond our thoughts. 1TBPS OVER 5G Security researchers from the University of Surrey have just achieved Record-Breaking data speeds during a recent test of 5G wireless data connections, achieving an incredible One Terabit per second (1Tbps) speed – many thousands of times faster than the existing 4G connections. After 4G, 5G is the next generation of mobile communication technology that aims at offering far greater capacity and be faster, more energy-efficient and more cost-effective than anything that has seen before. The boffins say 5G will be different – very different. The 5G test was conducted at the university's 5G Innovation Centre ( 5GIC ), which was founded by a host of telecoms
Facebook Launches Free Mobile Internet Service In India

Facebook Launches Free Mobile Internet Service In India

February 11, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Last year, the founder of the Social Network giant highlighted the future of universal Internet access, the dream that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to fulfill — Making Internet access available to everyone across the world just like a service as essential as of 911 in the case of an emergency. Dreams are transforming into Reality!! Facebook’s Internet.org app has launched in India to offer free Internet access to a set of websites for users in seven different circles, including Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Internet.org , with motto ' Internet for All ' , named after a project developed by the world’s biggest social network site Facebook to expand Internet access to "the next 5 billion people" around the world who currently don't have it. Facebook has tied up with India's Reliance Communications in an effort to provide free Internet services to users on mobile phones, making India
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