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FCC gets a new Democrat, is back to full slate of five commissioners

Enlarge / Democrats vs. Republicans. (credit: Getty Images | Linda Braucht) The Federal Communications Commission will once again have a full lineup of five commissioners, with three Republicans and two Democrats. The FCC has had three Republicans but only one Democrat since Mignon Clyburn left the agency in May 2018. Democrat Geoffrey Starks has been in …

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The lies Comcast allegedly told customers to hide full cost of service

Enlarge / A Comcast Service Vehicle in Indianapolis, Indiana, in March 2016. (credit: Getty Images | jetcityimage) A new lawsuit filed against Comcast details an extensive list of lies the cable company allegedly told customers in order to hide the full cost of service. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sued Comcast in Hennepin County District …

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Bay Area: Join us 1/9 to talk about personal data security in 2019

Enlarge / Askhan Soltani has worked with the FTC and as an independent researcher, exploring data privacy issues. Recently, he testified about Facebook’s privacy policies before the US and UK governments. (credit: Ashkan Soltani) The Cambridge Analytica scandal. Data breaches at hotels, banks, rideshare companies, and hospitals. Facial recognition. DNA databases. We’re living through the …

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Wild monkeys with killer herpes are breeding like crazy in Florida

Enlarge (credit: Getty | DEA / C.DANI / I.JESKE) A quick reminder: there’s a band of feral monkeys running wild in Central Florida that carries a type of herpes lethal to humans. The mischievous simians—who are not shy around people—can transmit deadly disease with just a scratch, nip, or fling of poo. Last year, experts …

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Texas indicts Cody Wilson on multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor

Nathan Mattise AUSTIN, Texas—More than three months have passed since a warrant (PDF) initially went out for Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson’s arrest. That document detailed Wilson’s alleged sexual assault against a female “child younger than 17 years of age” whom he reportedly solicited through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com. Last Friday, December 28, the State of …

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