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Net neutrality keeps the Web from running like an airport security line. And it might go away.

Net neutrality isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue. It’s about the startups that can’t buy first-class access.

The FCC is about to make the Internet as much fun as being in line at the airport


If the FCC removes net neutrality regulations, surfing the Internet will be more like waiting in lines at the airport. The Post's Geoffrey Fowler explains.


As Elon Musk's SpaceX eyes another historic first, Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin returns to flight

As it prepares to fly tourists to space as soon as next year, Blue Origin closes out 2017 with a successful test flight.


Anderson Cooper says tweet calling Trump a 'pathetic loser' was not posted by him

Washington Post

The now-deleted tweet from Cooper's account to Trump said, “Oh Really? You endorsed him you tool! Pathetic loser."

Tuesday, Dec 12


This poll gave Americans a detailed case for and against the FCC’s net neutrality plan. The reaction among Republicans was striking

On the eve of a pivotal vote that would deregulate the broadband industry, a fresh survey from the University of Maryland shows that large majorities of Americans — including 3 out of 4 Republicans — oppose the government's plan to repeal…


Former Facebook VP says social media is destroying society

Chamath Palihapitiya used to be in charge of Facebook's growth. Now he doesn't let his kids use the platform.

Twitter makes it easier to rant by making tweetstorms an official feature


If you have a Twitter rant you really need to get off your chest, then it's your lucky day. Twitter announced Tuesday that it's adding a tool that makes it easy to thread tweets together, giving users more space for thoughtful commentary,…


FCC chairman says social media platforms lack transparency in how they restrict conservative content

Days before the vote to repeal net neutrality, the chairman of the FCC said companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter lack transparency over their decisions to restrict conservative political content.

Monday, Dec 11


Trump vows Americans will return to the moon. The question is how?

The president’s space directive is high on ambition, but low on specifics, though its does say his administration will attempt to leverage America’s growing private space industry for a new lunar mission.


‘Who hurt you?’: Netflix’s ‘creepy’ tweet about viewers is a reminder of how closely it’s watching

After the company poked fun in a tweet at the “the 53 people who’ve watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days,” a Twitter user replied: “This is amazing. Except for the ‘watching us like big brother’ part.”


Apple buys the music discovery app Shazam

Apple on Monday confirmed it has bought Shazam, the music app that can identify a song by hearing just a snippet of it. The acquisition boosts Apple's position in the music world and advances its artificial intelligence efforts. Shazam,…


You’ll soon be able to watch almost all NFL games online, no matter your Internet provider

The move raises new questions about the future of the cable bundle and highlights Verizon's ambitions to take on Google.


Will electric vehicles spell doom for your neighborhood auto mechanic?

Electric engines don’t require oil changes, have far fewer moving parts and rarely break down, eliminating much of the maintenance that repair shops rely on.

Saturday, Dec 9


How two men turned a Google search and $100 into a hit podcast and a TV deal

Payne Lindsey bought a microphone and some audio equipment in early 2016 after being inspired by the 2014 smash-hit podcast “Serial.” Armed with his $100 recording setup and the result of his Google search for cold cases in his home state…

Friday, Dec 8


AT&T’s courtroom conundrum: How to avoid paying an extra $500 million to Time Warner

On March 19, AT&T and the Justice Department are expected to head to court to decide the future of Time Warner in what could be a historic legal showdown over a massive $85 billion merger. The timing of the trial could put AT&T in an…

Under Trump, the F-35's costs, more than $1 trillion over 60 years, continue to draw scrutiny

The Pentagon's top weapons buyer promises a “deep dive” on costs of the program as a government watchdog says repair delays are plaguing program.

Trump jokes, Verizon shilling and the end of the Internet: Ajit Pai roasts himself at event

Before the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission made fun of himself, his critics and the telecom industry at an annual Washington dinner, net neutrality activists protested nearby


The stupidest patents of 2017

The year 2017 was a critical one for patents — limited legal monopolies granted to inventors to control the market for their innovations. Notably, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two cases this year that continued a trend of reining in so…


Meet the judge overseeing the trial to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner

Lawyers from the Justice Department and AT&T gathered in a small Washington courtroom Thursday to meet the judge who will oversee their legal battle, one of the biggest antitrust cases in decades. As Judge Richard Leon lumbered into the…

Thursday, Dec 7


Using Lyft in this city could get a ride in a self-driving car

Lyft and autonomous vehicle start-up NuTonomy started a self-driving car pilot in Boston’s Seaport district.


Bitcoin is hot again. Here's what you need to know.

U.S. exchange groups and markets, including NASDAQ and CME Group Inc., will begin trading Bitcoin in 2018. The value of the cryptocurrency has soared to $17,000 a coin in December.


Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it.

The $250 Amazon Key, which gives delivery people access to your home, isn’t just about stopping thieves. It’s an aggressive effort from a tech giant to connect your home to the Internet in a way that puts itself right at the center. And…


We tried Amazon Key. The strangers it let in our door wasn't the worst part.

The Post's Geoffrey A. Fowler tests Amazon Key, a new service that allows packages to be delivered right inside your door by allowing Amazon deliverers to open your door with a digital key.

Wednesday, Dec 6


Amazon and Google are fighting, and that means consumers lose

Amazon Prime Video may finally be on Apple TV, but another feud means YouTube is no longer on Echo Show or Fire TV.


FCC’s net neutrality plan may have even bigger ramifications in light of this obscure court case

Communications regulators want to let the Federal Trade Commission handle net neutrality complaints. But a lawsuit could limit the FTC's power.


Trump’s voter fraud commission plans to create a massive voter database. Former national security officials say it could be hacked.

More than a half-dozen technology experts and former national security officials filed an amicus brief Tuesday urging a federal court to halt the collection of voter information for a planned government database. Former national…

Tuesday, Dec 5


Google wants more humans to help solve the problem of child exploitation on YouTube

The move follows reports last month in which YouTube videos surfaced showing children in disturbing and potentially exploitative situations.


In 2017, Barack Obama beat Donald Trump . . . at retweets

Former president Barack Obama had three of the year's top ten most retweeted tweets

Monday, Dec 4


Facebook's new messaging app deepens debate over kids' social-media use

The move gives Facebook a way to court younger users, with their parents permission. It also puts the social network at the heart of the ongoing debate about how and when children should start using digital products.


Officials call for delay of net neutrality vote over fake comments

The FCC commissioner and New York attorney general questioned the integrity of the agency’s public feedback process on net neutrality, which included at least 1 million phony comments, and have called for a federal investigation.