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FCC has to pay journalist $43,000 after hiding net neutrality records

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Nicholas Rigg) The Federal Communications Commission has settled a case over its refusal to comply with a public records request, agreeing to pay $43,000 to a journalist who sued the commission. Freelance writer Jason Prechtel filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FCC in mid-2017, asking for …

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AT&T’s “5G E” is actually slower than Verizon and T-Mobile 4G, study finds

Enlarge / Screenshot from an AT&T commercial. (credit: AT&T) AT&T’s “5G E” service is slightly slower than Verizon’s and T-Mobile’s advanced 4G LTE networks, a study by OpenSignal has found. As Ars readers know, AT&T renamed a large portion of its 4G network, calling it “5G E,” for “5G Evolution.” If you see a 5G …

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Earth is (always has been) round, so why have the flat-out wrong become so lively?

For posterity’s sake, here’s Are’ recent look at reality vs. belief about the shape of the Earth. Click for a full transcript. Until the 17th century, the Fens—a broad, flat swath of marshland in eastern England—were home only to game-hunters and fishermen. Eventually, though, their value as potential agricultural land became too enticing to ignore, …

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Rocket Report: SpaceX scraps costly tooling, Vandenberg lull, Starliner slip

Enlarge / The Rocket Report is published weekly. (credit: Arianespace) Welcome to Edition 1.41 of the Rocket Report! This week we definitely have an international flavor, with news about spaceflight efforts from Brazil, Italy, Japan, the UAE, and the United States. There also is a fun story about hypersonic launch completing some initial tests with …

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Vice President may tell NASA to accelerate lunar landings

Enlarge / Vice President Mike Pence, center in Mission Control Houston, will oversee all space decisions made by the Trump administration. (credit: NASA) One of the panelists who will appear at a National Space Council meeting next Tuesday said to expect “a few fireworks” during the discussion, which will focus on NASA’s efforts to return …

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Facebook apps logged users’ passwords in plaintext, because why not

Enlarge / Facebook Lite users made up the majority of Facebook accounts exposed internally by plaintext password logging, according to a Facebook spokesperson. Facebook has mined a lot of data about its users over the years—relationships, political leanings, and even phone call logs. And now it appears Facebook may have inadvertently extracted another bit of …

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Why “chickenpox parties” are a terrible idea—in case it’s not obvious

Enlarge / A child with chicken pox. (credit: Getty Images | Dave Thompson) Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made headlines Tuesday after revealing in a radio interview that he had purposefully exposed his nine unvaccinated children to chickenpox, drawing swift condemnation from health experts. In case anyone needs a refresher on why you shouldn’t deprive children …

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