The Federal Communications Commission tossed out Obama-era rules that governed the internet
Known as net neutrality, the regulations, approved in 2015, were meant to provide oversight to America’s broadband providers.
The commission’s decision on Tuesday has caused a public stir. Critics of the move say consumers could have a tougher time accessing information online because broadband companies will have more power to regulate access, and that startups will also find it more difficult to compete with the large internet providers. Proponents say it will allow providers to give consumers more options.
While it will take weeks for the repeal to set in, lawmakers in Washington D.C. and state attorneys have already threatened to sue the F.C.C.
After 20 years of service, AOL officially shut down AIM today
The instant messaging system was widely popular during the late 1990s and early to mid-2000s. It was also known as one of the first social platforms on the internet.
AOL announced the move in October, prompting expressions of nostalgia from many of its former users across the U.S. At the same time, some former users also said they were surprised that the service lasted as long as it did.
Facebook is altering its video system (again)
The changes include increasing the required time a video needs to be in order to insert an advertisement and promoting Facebook pages that regularly draw viewers to watch videos.
The shift is expected to further hurt an already rough relationship between publishers and Facebook because the new requirements mean cash-strapped publishers have to divulge more resources to video production in order to see more traffic on Facebook.
Samsung is planning to announce a smart speaker next year
The phone-maker is reportedly looking at early 2018 to enter the already crowded market of smart speakers.
Samsung will have to compete with tech titans Amazon, Google and Apple.
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