Read the official FCC net neutrality repeal document and weep


The US government’s official journal, the Federal Register, today revealed the FCC’s net neutrality repeal paperwork in an “unpublished” version ahead of the unveiling of the official version set for 22 February. The document is titled “Restoring Internet Freedom.” This name, we can only guess, is meant to continue former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai’s trend of lying to the American people. It’s available at the Federal Register’s website. We’ve also republished it here: In the document you’ll find such gems as “We find the Title II classification likely has resulted, and will result, in considerable social cost, in terms of foregone investment…

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Facebook Messenger now lets you add friends during calls without stopping the party


Facebook Messenger is making it easier to invite friends to your calls. Starting today, you can add friends onto an ongoing session. Previously you had to close your call, create a new group, and then initiate a call again. Now you can just tap on the screen while on a call and select the ‘add person’ button. It’s small change, but one that’ll make the calling experience more seamless. Say you want to surprise a friend for their birthday and discuss details with someone else beforehand, or perhaps start a work call while you wait for someone else to be…

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YouTubers turn car into the world’s biggest mouse


A YouTuber turned a small car into a massive mouse, and now we want to use it to play all the games. The car is “Cheese Louise,” a canary-yellow Comuta-Car —  an electric car from the 80s which looks like a sentient, upside-down garbage skip. Louise is owned by Simone Giertz, who you might remember as the person who built — and subsequently got tangled up in — a rubber-handed alarm clock of death. The person doing the mousifying is William Osman, who used an old optical mouse as the template. Using a new lens (to keep the mouse functioning…

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Why batteries are holding up tech breakthroughs — and what’s happening now


Chances are, you’re reading this article on a device that depends on a battery to operate. It might be your smartphone, your laptop, your tablet, or some other device, but it requires electricity to function. We live in an era of explosive growth in technological innovation, yet so many of our new technologies still rely on the same methods of energy storage. Despite incremental advancements, batteries haven’t changed all that much over the past decade. Major brands like Duracell are investing in better environmental efficiency, and small tweaks that improve storage and performance, but the typical “battery” is still fundamentally…

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This cloud computing service runs Windows on Mac and Overwatch on smartphones


French cloud computing startup Blade today announced its Shadow PC service is available in California, marking the company’s entry to the US market. With it, you can run Windows 10 on a Mac or play competitive shooters online using your smartphone and a game pad. The Shadow PC service gives users unlimited access to a high-end computer on the cloud. It’s a complete Windows 10 experience allowing subscribers to install any software they own, including Photoshop or Slack. Most importantly, however, it’s tuned to provide an optimal gaming experience. Other gaming services, such as Sony’s Playstation Now or Nvidia’s GeForce…

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Cryptocurrency News 2/21/2018


Editor’s note: The following column is written as intentional satire and may or may not have deliberate or undeliberate errors. What happened everyone. What happened?! Cryptos go to the toilet God damnit we were all doing so well, and now Bitcoin is down to $10,500. How the hell am I meant to pay back the 40% APR loan I took out to buy all of them? This is ridiculous! You’ll hear from my senator Mr. Bob Fudge (Democrat). Japan breaks Bitcoin Zaif (pronounced “Wife”), a Japanese exchange of cryptocurrency, has admitted a “system glitch” allowed people to buy trillions of…

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Only the rich can get richer off cryptocurrencies


I’m guilty. I’m guilty for making fun of people betting obscene amounts of money on cryptocurrency because I know I’m safe. I’ve personally only put in money that I can afford to lose. When I see someone put $25,000 on Bitcoin, I laugh, but I also feel bad. When I see a forum of people potentially losing hundreds of thousands of dollars, I’ve posted it and everyone’s had a good chuckle. But deep down there’s something really sad, really painful happening. It’s a global phenomena where people are able to (very, very quickly) be part of a financial movement that in…

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Got questions for a cryptography expert? Iddo Bentov is joining us on TNW Answers


How did you first get into cryptography? Will Bitcoin end in centralization? What exactly is an Instantaneous Decentralized Poker? Ask all this and more to Cornell University’s resident cryptography expert, Iddo Bentov. Bentov is a Postdoctoral Associate in Computer Science at Cornell University. As an active contributor to the Bitcoin space since 2011, he has public several academic papers on bitcoin-related topics and cryptography. He also works on succinct zero-knowledge proofs at SCIPR Lab. This week, he’ll be speaking at Binary District’s Genesis London Conference, which will host panels on the most pressing issues in blockchain tech. Need inspiration? Checkout Iddo’s website…

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Apple’s new HomePod is here…and we wanna give you one — FREE!


All you’ve got to do to take home one of these babies is enter the Apple HomePod Giveaway for your chance to be the proud owner of a new first generation Apple HomePod, a $349 value.

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