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ICANN proposes to end US oversight of internet

Is this the end of the Internet as we know it? One reason why there is support for the US overseeing the internet is because of the The First Amendment in the Constitution that guarantees freedom of speech which which helps prevent censorship. The Times of India reports:

ICANN will become an independent entity without US government oversight for the internet’s domain and address system, Chehade said, noting that the transition is likely to take place between July and September 2016.

Source: ICANN proposes to end US oversight of internet – The Times of India

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Windows 10 ISO

Download the latest version of Windows at Microsoft. Simply follow the source link below. We are in the process of a couple of upgrades with a Win 8.1 and 8 Pro drives.

Download Windows 10

Source: Windows 10 ISO

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Google Apps – Work in the Future

Google Apps is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps teams communicate, collaborate and get things done from anywhere and on any device. It’s simple to set up, use and manage, so your business can focus on what really matters.

Millions of organizations around the world count on Google Apps for professional email, file storage, video meetings, online calendars, document editing and more.

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Here are some highlights:

Business email for your domain
Looking professional matters, and that means communicating as you@yourcompany.com. Gmail’s simple, powerful features help you build your brand while getting more done.

Access from any location or device
Check email, share files, edit documents, hold video meetings and more whether you’re at work, at home or in transit. You can pick up where you left off from a computer, tablet or phone.

Enterprise-level management tools
Robust admin settings give you total command over users, devices, security and more. Your data always belongs to you, and it goes with you if you switch solutions.

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Hackers steal records on 4.5 million patients from healthcare system

Included in the article is a link to the Health and Human Services (www.hhs.gov) which offers a “[…] list of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals.”

A healthcare system spanning 29 states announced on Monday that cybercriminals operating from China stole information on approximately 4.5 million patients, including names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers.

via Hackers steal records on 4.5 million patients from healthcare system | Ars Technica.

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Steve Ballmer steps down as board member at Microsoft

Microsoft has posted Steve Ballmer’s resignation on their Website with Satya Nadella’s response.

I had not spent any time really contemplating my post-Microsoft life until my last day with the company. In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy.

via Steve Ballmer steps down as board member at Microsoft

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President Obama: No Internet Fast Lanes

Although Google and Facebook were mentioned on this article, we believe that an open internet is important for any and all people, business owners, and for mankind.

The Federal Communications Commission, which could soon allow phone and cable companies to block or interfere with Internet content, has been deluged with more than a million comments. Last week, President Obama offered some thoughts of his own by saying that the Internet should be left open “so that the next Google or the next Facebook can succeed.”

via President Obama: No Internet Fast Lanes – NYTimes.com.

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The First Pop-Up Ad

The First Pop-Up Ad - The Atlantic

An interesting article.  What other technology or piece of code can be considered a nuisance?

Zuckerman, who leads the Center for Civic Media at MIT, says he didn’t realize what he was bringing into the world when he wrote the code for the first pop-up ad more than 20 years ago.

via The First Pop-Up Ad – The Atlantic.

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Twitter says as many as 23 million accounts connect with automated services

We post to Twitter using automated methods as well as manually.  How does your organization interact with the micro-blogging platform?

In a new filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, the social networking service revealed that in the three months ended June 30, around 8.5 percent of its active accounts used third-party apps that automatically connect to Twitter for them, updating their streams without any effort. It’s unclear whether these services are used to automatically post to Twitter, or merely to read information from the network. Either way, this means among the 271 million active Twitter accounts in total, around 23 million aren’t putting much effort in.

via Twitter says as many as 23 million accounts connect with automated services – CNET.

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2.34 million people are still paying AOL 20 bucks a month

How many consumers that purchase AOL’s monthly dial-up service do not have access to broadband either because of location or budget?

…AOL’s solid Q2 numbers aren’t really based on its high-profile media properties like The Huffington Post, but rather the dial-up business…

via 2.34 million people are still paying AOL 20 bucks a month | The Verge

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Canvas fingerprinting – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How do you analyse Website traffic? Here’s an interesting method. Of course, more information can be found via a Google search.

Canvas fingerprinting is one of a number of browser fingerprinting techniques of tracking online online users that allow websites to uniquely identify and track visitors without the use of browser cookies or other similar means. The technique was originally described by researchers from Princeton University and KU Leuven University.

Canvas fingerprinting has been deployed on 5 percent of the top 100,000 websites, including whitehouse.gov. 95 percent of these websites use canvas fingerprinting created by technology company AddThis.

Visit Wikipedia to read the entire article.

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the penultimate hope – reddit FCC Comments – Google Docs

We at reddit support efforts to maintain a truly open Internet. We believe that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal threatens it. The proposal would change the Internet—even though the Internet is not broken. To quote the FCC’s 2005 Policy Statement, throughout the Internet’s history, access to the Internet has been granted “in a neutral manner.” ISPs did not block sites; they did not engage in “technical discrimination,” treating traffic from some sites or applications better than others based on the class of the application; and they did not offer “paid prioritization”—fast lanes for those willing to pay extra. Up until this year, the FCC guaranteed these aspects of neutrality in policy.

The Chairman’s proposal would change that. Though it would forbid blocking, it would permit technical discrimination and paid prioritization. It would also permit ISPs to negotiate exclusive deals with websites and appmakers in certain sectors, offering them and only them access to the fast lane, while relegating all of their competition to the slow lane. Finally, it has loopholes permitting access fees and discrimination through interconnection and mobile access.

the penultimate hope – reddit FCC Comments – Google Docs.

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With 1 million comments, U.S. net neutrality debate nears first marker | Reuters

Reuters – U.S. companies, consumer advocates and citizens submitted more than 1 million comments to the Federal Communications Commission, drawing contentious divisions on the issue of net neutrality as the first deadline to comment approached Friday.

via With 1 million comments, U.S. net neutrality debate nears first marker | Reuters.