Abe mocked on Internet over ‘raw meat’ fire model

Twitter users were howling in derision after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used paper models and cut-out firefighters on television in his latest attempt to explain the controversial security legislation. Apparently concerned about declining public support and suspicion over the bills, which will allow Japan to engage in collective self-defense, Abe used props on two different programs to try to present ... Read More »

Canada orders large ISPs to make fiber available to competitors

Canada’s large incumbent Internet service providers must now make their fiber networks available to competitors under a new requirement designed to boost broadband competition. FURTHER READING WE DON’T NEED NET NEUTRALITY; WE NEED COMPETITION Op-ed: “Unbundled access” actually works. “Following an extensive review, the CRTC [Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission] found that the large incumbent companies continue to possess market ... Read More »

Pakistani intelligence sought to tap internet via underwater cables

  ISLAMABAD: Pakistani intelligence sought to tap worldwide internet traffic via underwater cables that would have given the country a digital espionage capacity to rival the US, according to a report by Privacy International. The report says the country’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency hired intermediary companies to acquire domestic spying tool kits from Western and Chinese firms for domestic ... Read More »

The Left Versus The Internet

Recently ousted Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has a depressing take on the current state of the web. In the words of a recent retrospective, Pao moans that “the trolls are winning the battle for the internet.” The Onion couldn’t have come up with a more spectacularly un-self-aware response to what caused Pao’s ouster. To be fair to her, recent revelations ... Read More »

Newsmaker: Yuri Milner

“We are alive. We are intelligent. We must know”: Stephen Hawking announced the “Breakthrough Listen” project on July 20, which was, not coincidentally, the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing. “Listen” is funded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner who has made an unprecedented commitment of $100 million in the search for intelligent extra-terrestrial life. This is a new massive ... Read More »

From fitness trackers to drones, how the Internet of Things is transforming the insurance industry

  The ability to bring internet connection to nearly every type of consumer device will have huge implications for the insurance industry over the next five years. Insurers looking to cut costs, improve business practices, and better assess clients’ risk levels, will increasingly invest in the Internet of Things (IoT). Some auto and health insurers are already offering a new ... Read More »

Four Zero Days Disclosed in Internet Explorer Mobile

UPDATE–As if all of the vulnerabilities in Flash and Windows discovered in the Hacking Team document cache and the 193 bugs Oracle fixed last week weren’t enough for organizations to deal with, HP’s Zero Day Initiative has released four new zero days in Internet Explorer Mobile that can lead to remote code execution on Windows Phones. The four vulnerabilities originally were ... Read More »

Intel’s PC Risk Is Outweighed by Promise of ‘Internet of Things’ Reward

NEW YORK (TheStreet) —Intel (INTC – Get Report), the world’s largest semiconductor company, will report second-quarter earnings results Wednesday after the closing bell. Despite the projected decline in Intel’s profits, investors should buy this broken stock — not broken company — which pays a solid, 24-cent quarterly dividend that yields 3.1% annually. Slumping PC demand remains a concern for Intel, ... Read More »

The ‘Reddit Revolt’ that led to Ellen Pao’s resignation is bad news for the Internet

  Interim Reddit CEO Ellen Pao stepped down today, following a week that saw the online community’s users call for her head on a pike after the controversial firing of a well-liked employee. It’s been called the “Reddit Revolt,” and it bodes poorly for the future of the Internet. So far this year, we’ve gone through the hype cycles for ... Read More »

The $100 Million Content Farm That’s Killing the Internet

  The dream of the highbrow internet is dead. This week, the viral aggregator ViralNova was acquired for $100 million dollars. Meanwhile, the Pitchfork spin-off film criticism site The Dissolve ceased operationswith an internet_meaningful blogpost entitled “The End.” The divergence between the missions and lifecycles of these two media projects that both launched in 2013 leave me wondering, “WTF is ... Read More »