The internet as we know it in America is about to fundamentally change, and it’s because our politics are too broken to stop it.
On Wednesday, April 23rd, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission is about to issue new rules for internet service providers that will allow them to create “fast lanes” of service that will allow companies like Netflix and Amazon to deliver their content faster than competitors. That’s a first for American internet policy, and it’s strictly against the rules in other countries, particularly in Europe.
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Allowing big companies to pay for prioritized access to consumers flies in the face of the internet’s egalitarian ideals, which allow anyone or any company free access to a vibrant market free of tolls or restrictions — allow service providers like Comcast and AT&T to start creating artificial barriers to entry, and you make it harder for the next generation of college kids to start the next Facebook or Google. As a whole, the various rules that protect these ideals are generally called net neutrality — they’re the rules that say your service provider has to treat all internet traffic equally, and shouldn’t be allowed to block, degrade, or enhance access to certain websites or services.
It was actually illegal for service providers to create fast lanes in the US until January, when an appeals court struck down the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet rules after a lengthy court battle with Verizon. The 2010 rules were a big deal — President Obama even made the open internet a part of his 2008 campaign platform, saying “I’ll take a backseat to no one in my commitment to net neutrality.”
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Google’s Motorola unit has lost another key battle over intellectual property against Apple after the US International Trade Commission ruled that a smartphone sensor patent was invalid.
The termination of Google’s final outstanding case against Apple as the International Trade Commission (ITC) raises fresh questions about its $12.5 Billion acquisition of Motorola, which was intended to bolster its patent armory in the litigious smartphone market.
Google may appeal against the ITC’s ruling to the Federal circuit court. “We’re disappointed with this outcome and are evaluating our options,” Google said on Monday. Apple, which reports its quarterly earnings on Tuesday, did not respond to a request for comment.
Motorola’s complaint against the iPhone was first filed to the Washington agency in 2010, before Google moved to acquire the mobile phone maker and its patent portfolio in August 2011. If it had been upheld, the ITC could have imposed an import ban against Apple’s flagship device.
The Yahoo app that was made available in the United States for use on iPhones and iPod touch devices uses natural-language algorithms and machine learning from freshly-acquired Summly
SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo! on Monday released an iPhone app that weaves in story summarizing software bought from a London schoolboy last month for a sum reported to be around $30 million.
The Yahoo! app that was made available in the United States for use on iPhones and iPod touch devices uses natural-language algorithms and machine learning from freshly-acquired Summly “to deliver quick story summaries.”
“We acquired Summly less than a month ago, and we’re thrilled to introduce this game-changing technology in our first mobile application,” Yahoo! chief executive Marissa Mayer said in a release. California-based Yahoo! announced in March that it bought the Summly app created by 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio of Britain but did not disclose the purchase price.
D’Aloisio dreamed up Summly while preparing for a history exam when he was 15. His big breakthrough came in 2011 when D’Aloisio launched Summly’s forerunner Trimit, which cut down long web articles to tweet-length summaries. The app received positive reviews from tech blogs; racked up tens of thousands of downloads, and caught the attention of investors.
D’Aloisio took up a job in Yahoo!’s London office. “I’ll be integrating the Summly technology into different areas we feel are appropriate for Yahoo!, and more broadly helping them with their mobile product design,” he told AFP in an interview last month.
“The new Yahoo! app has both great technology and beautiful design front and center,” Mayer said. “We’ve also improved the search experience with better video and image search.”