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Month: April 2021 (Page 1 of 20)

New York requires $15 broadband for poor people, promptly gets sued by ISPs

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Internet service providers today sued New York to block a state law that requires ISPs to sell $15-per-month broadband plans to low-income households.

The lawsuit was filed by lobby groups including USTelecom and CTIA–The Wireless Association, both of which count Verizon and AT&T among their members. Lobby groups for many other ISPs also joined the lawsuit, with plaintiffs including NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association, and the New York State Telecommunications Association. The biggest cable lobby group, NCTA, did not join the lawsuit, but a cable lobby group representing small providers—America’s Communications Association—is one of the plaintiffs suing New York.

New York enacted its cheap-broadband law two weeks ago and called it a “first-in-the-nation requirement for affordable Internet for qualifying low-income families.”

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/04/isps-sue-new-york-to-block-law-requiring-15-broadband-for-poor-people/
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Florida passes bill prohibiting social media companies from banning politicians

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The Florida House and Senate voted this week to pass legislation that would prohibit social media companies from banning politicians.Fines for social media companies that try to ban politicians f…

Source: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/551255-florida-passes-bill-prohibiting-social-media-companies-from-banning
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Humble Bundle creator brings antitrust lawsuit against Valve over Steam

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Indie developer (and Humble Indie Bundle originator Wolfire Games has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Steam creator Valve, saying that the company is wielding Steam’s monopoly power over the PC gaming market to extract “an extraordinarily high cut from nearly every sale that passes through its store—30%.”

An unbreakable monopoly

The lawsuit, filed in a Washington state federal court, centers on what it considers an illegal tying of the Steam gaming platform (which provides game library management, social networking, achievement tracking, Steam Workshop mods, etc.) and the Steam game store (which processes online payments and delivers a copy of the game). After years of growth, the vast majority of PC gamers are locked in to the Steam platform thanks to “immense network effects” and the high switching costs to move to a new PC platform, the suit argues.

That makes the platform “a must-have for game publishers,” who need access to the players on Steam to succeed. But games that use the Steam platform also have to be sold on the Steam Store, where Valve takes its 30 percent cut of all sales. By leveraging its monopoly platform power into a “gatekeeper role” for the store, Valve “wield[s] extreme power over publishers of PC Desktop Games” that leads to a “small but significant and non-transitory increase in price” for developers compared to a truly competitive market, the suit argues.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/04/humble-bundle-creator-brings-antitrust-lawsuit-against-valve-over-steam/
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How to Prevent Being Added to Groups on Instagram

how-to-prevent-users-from-adding-in-grou If you’re a regular Instagram user, you are probably quite familiar with the situation where an account adds you to a group chat out of the blue. This may be someone you follow, but regardless of your connection with them, being forced into a group you may not want to be part of is quite irritating. If you’ve been searching for ways to put a stop to this exasperating behavior, this article looks at some routes you can take to prevent being added to groups on Instagram. How to Stop People You Follow From Adding You to Groups … Read more14447942.gif

Source: https://tracking.feedpress.com/link/12555/14447942/prevent-being-added-groups-instagram
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How to Capture Screenshots in Firefox without an Extension

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If you’re a Mozilla Firefox user, you can take a screenshot of a web page or a selected region directly within your browser on Windows, Linux, and Mac using a built-in tool—no plug-ins necessary. Here’s how to use it.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/723532/how-to-capture-screenshots-in-firefox-without-an-extension/
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Toyota built an internal combustion engine that sips hydrogen, and it sounds awesome

Japanese auto giant Toyota is working on a new-age hydrogen vehicle. When the words Toyota and Hydrogen are in the same sentence, the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai comes to mind. Still, the Mirai is a hydrogen-electric car or FCEV (fuel-cell electric vehicle). It uses hydrogen fuel to convert electricity and power an onboard electric motor. This time, Toyota came up with … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/toyota-built-an-internal-combustion-engine-that-sips-hydrogen-and-it-sounds-awesome-30671055/
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Elon Musk Shares Painfully Obvious Idea About the Difficulty of Self-Driving Cars

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Elon Musk, one of the wealthiest people on the planet, sent a tweet Thursday night about the real problem with self-driving cars. And as you can probably guess by now, it’s one of those things that sounds profound until you stop to think about it for three seconds. That’s more or less Musk’s brand at this point.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/elon-musk-shares-painfully-obvious-idea-about-the-diffi-1846795236
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