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TITLE: Net No Longer Neutral? * 993 [1]GUEST CO-ANCHOR: Jill Duffy

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This is Tech News Today for Thursday, April 24, 2014!

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan - I'm Jason Howell.

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Tech News Today explores the big stories of the day with some of the world's best journalists.

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Our guest co-anchor today is ... Jill Duffy. Jill is a writer and software analyst who works at PCMag.com and she’s the author of Get Organized: How to Clean Up Your Messy Digital Life.Jill Duffy
Writer, PCMag.com @jilleduffy

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The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, plans to propose today new rules for Internet service providers that critics say would end net neutrality in the United States. His proposal would allow content providers to pay ISPs for superior connections for the “last mile” connectivity to homes and businesses. Yet he defended the move, saying that they preserve net neutrality. Before I introduce our interview guests on this topic, let’s hear what presidential candidate Barack Obama promised in November, 2007, speaking at Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters.http://youtu.be/g-mW1qccn8k

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/technology/fcc-new-net-neutrality-rules.html

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2014/04/the-end-of-net-neutrality.html
http://www.fcc.gov/blog/setting-record-straight-fcc-s-open-internet-rules

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Brian Fung: Reporter, Washington Post
Ted Johnson: Writer, Variety
Jason Abbruzzese: Reporter, Mashable
Q: Brian Fung, can you give us a little background on how we got to where we are today. As I understand it, the United States had a functioning system for protecting net neutrality. Why are the rules for net neutrality being re-written?
Jason Abbruzzese
Reporter, Mashable @JasonAbbruzzese

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A: federal appeals court struck down old rules three months ago.
A: Wheeler said yesterday that speculation that the F.C.C. was “gutting the open Internet rule” is “flat out wrong.”
A: Wheeler said the new rules will provide for net neutrality along the lines of the appeals court’s decision.
A: Wheeler said: “behavior that harms consumers or competition will not be permitted.”
A: Consumer groups said costs rise, rich companies would be favored over small start-ups with innovative business models — stifling the birth of the next Facebook or Twitter.
A: “This capitulation will represent Washington at its worst,” Todd O’Boyle, program director of Common Cause’s Media and Democracy Reform Initiative.
A: Proposed rules would require Internet service providers to disclose whether in assigning faster lanes, they have favored their affiliated companies that provide content. That could have significant implications for Comcast, the nation’s largest provider of high-speed Internet service, because it owns NBCUniversal.
A: Earlier rules barred Internet service providers from making paying for better connectivity
A: proposal wouldn't apply to wireless carriers, aren't governed by net-neutrality rules
A: Vote on the proposal is May 15
A: Net neutrality was a key part of President Barack Obama's campaign platform in 2008.
http://images.politico.com/global/2012/04/120424_ted_johnson_westcott_328.jpg

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Brian * washingtonpost.com * @b_fung
Ted Johnson * variety.com * @tedstew
Jason Abbruzzese * mashable.com * @JasonAbbruzzese

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In the wake of the Heartbleed flaw disaster, big technology companies are volunteering to fund central open source programs like OpenSSL. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, Cisco, Dell, Intel and other companies have agreed to become founders of a new group called the Core Infrastructure Initiative.http://www.linuxfoundation.org/programs/core-infrastructure-initiativehttp://www.wired.com/2014/04/cii/

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Klint Finley: Reporter, WIRED
Q: What is the problem the Core Infrastructure Initiative is trying to solve? Is there a flaw in the concept of open source projects being run mainly by decentralized volunteers?
Q: How will this initiative be perceived by the open source community?
Klint Finley
Reporter, WIRED @klintron

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A: Each will donate $300,000 to the venture.
A: Non-profit Linux Foundation announced formation of the group today.
A: Jim Zemlin is executive director of the Linux Foundation
A: $100,000 per year for a minimum of three years
A: OpenSSL was managed by just four European programmers, only one did it full time
A: Zemlin said future backers could include governments and members of the financial services industry

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Klint Finley * klintfinley.com * @klintron

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Facebook acquired the Helsinki, Finland-based company ProtoGeo Oy. The company makes a fitness app called Moves. https://www.moves-app.com/press http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/04/24/with-app-acquisition-facebook-enters-fitness-tracking-market/

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Reed Albergotti is a reporter who covers Facebook for The Wall Street Journal and he’s also author of the book Wheelmen.
Q: From the users’ perspective, Moves is a fitness app. But to Facebook, it’s really a location and personal data harvesting engine, isn’t it?
Reed Albergotti
Reporter, The Wall Street Journal @ReedAlbergotti
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A: Both iOS and Android
A: Moves people will join with Facebook’s group
A: Facebook says they won’t change anything for now; separate app
A: App tracks where you go and how long you stay there

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Facebook also announced this morning the launch of a news service called FB Newswire. Facebook called it “a resource that will make it easier for journalists and newsrooms to find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook.” http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2014/04/announcing-fb-newswire-powered-by-storyful/

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Q: Reed Albergotti, What else do we know about FB Newswire?
Q: What is Storyful?
Q: Does this service compete with AP and Reuters?

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A: Powered by Storyful
A: Facebook.com/FBNewswire
A: On Twitter at @FBNewswire
A: “Will be updated in real-time with content related to top news stories.”

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Reed Albergotti * wsj.com * @ReedAlbergotti

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FOLLOW-UP

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Amazon introduced yesterday a long-rumored service called Amazon Prime Pantry. Amazon Prime members can get up to 45 pounds of groceries delivered for $6. The service is now live in 48 states in the US only. The $6 fee is in addition to Prime membership fee. http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=pntry_url?node=7301146011&tag=gizmodoamzn-20&ascsubtag=[referrer|www.google.com[type|link[postId|1566971944[authorId|5722770517196541541

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FOLLOW-UP 2 - We told you earlier this month that Google would sell Google Glass to anyone on April 15th only. But some Redditors have discovered that the Google Glass order page is still up and running and that anyone can still order them. http://www.reddit.com/r/googleglass/comments/23sz7a/google_glass_not_showing_as_out_of_stock_anymore/

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Microsoft has not announced the rumored Surface Mini tablet. But accessories for the device are already on sale on Amazon.com. The seller is the Chinese electronics store Vostrostone. If the listing is accurate, the Surface Mini could launch in May. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JRW7MGM?psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JRVHAMY/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_v3jwtb1CBWYBWEB0
http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-surface-mini-to-debut-in-mid-may-7000028744/

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TODAY: Microsoft, Verizon, Pandora and Amazon.com report earnings today.

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The FCC chairman proposes rules that critics say ends net neutrality in the United States.

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The big tech companies unite to prevent the next Heartbleed.

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Facebook acquires a fitness tracker -- and launghes a breaking news service!

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And Amazon announces a grocery delivery service that charges by the pound!

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[1] Tor affected by Heartbleed. Servers are rejecting relay. More than 500 affected. Coverage on Ars Technica. Why it matters: Countries with censorship, human rights advocates, and investigative journalists all rely on Tor for safe and encrypted communication. http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/tor-networks-ranks-of-relay-servers-cut-because-of-heartbleed-bug/ -Jill Duffy Great! Thank you. -Mike Elgan