Following net neutrality from FDR to Obama

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Thursday’s FCC vote was a huge win for net neutrality, but it isn’t the whole story. The FCC’s latest move is just the latest entry in an evolution that stretches back more than 80 years, long before the internet or modern telecoms arrived on the scene. To put it in context, we’ve put together a quick refresher on the history that led up to Thursday’s momentous ruling, and where it leaves us going forward.

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The music industry is taking away New Music Tuesdays, and it’s a shame

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Today is Friday. TGIF. For most countries, it’s the last day of the workweek and the first day of the weekend. Friday has been reserved for some great events. Good Friday. G.O.O.D. Fridays. Black Friday. Friday night lights. It’s even pay day for some. House of Cards season 3 was released today. Fridays are great for a lot of things, but new music isn’t one of them. Yet here we are.

The record industry is adopting Friday as the global album release day this summer. Among the evidence supporting this decision is Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled album, which was released on a Friday and went HAM, selling 828,000 copies in 72 hours. And then Drake did it again, selling 495,000 units of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late in 96 hours. The…

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With A $60M Revenue Run Rate, ClassPass May Be The Next Uber

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classpassoffice TechCrunch has secured financial information about ClassPass, the TechStars-backed startup that offers unlimited access to various fitness classes for a flat monthly fee. As it stands now, our sources report that ClassPass is tracking to a $60 million revenue run rate for 2015, a run rate that has doubled in the past three months. Last week alone, the company brought in $1.5 million and this… Read More

CrunchWeek: Net Neutrality Passes, Pebble Time, Growing Potrepreneurship

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crunchweek-4-3 It’s the end of another week in tech and what a week it’s been! The FCC passed new net neutrality regulations and then the Internet exploded. First it was about the net neutrality news, then we quickly turned our attention to some llamas, soon after that everyone divided over the color of a dress (do we even deserve net neutrality?). In any case, this week Sarah Buhr, Alex Wilhelm… Read More

Codeless Code: Case 1 – The Small Stuff

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For three days and nights the Java master did not emerge from his cubicle. On the fourth day the monks of the temple sent a novice to inquire after him.

The novice found the master at his whiteboard, contemplating a single dataflow diagram. The novice recognized it as a minor component of the vast system that the monks were contracted to maintain. Politely, the novice asked what the master was…

White House releases draft of consumer privacy bill

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The Obama administration is releasing a draft of legislation that would make it easier for consumers to see or remove the personal data that companies keep. Today, the White House announced that it was releasing a draft based on the principles of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, which was first released in 2012. Consumer privacy is one of several internet-related issues that Obama promised to address in his State of the Union address, and he previously released a fact sheet outlining both this and other proposed changes.

The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015 would address the large amounts of data that companies can collect from customers — whether it’s used internally, analyzed by advertisers, or sold to a third-party…

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PayPal stops payment delivery to Mega, citing ‘business reasons’

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PayPal has cut ties and ceased all payments to Mega, Kim Dotcom’s encrypted storage startup. Mega announced the news in a blog post, blaming Visa and MasterCard for pressuring PayPal into dropping the site. Mega was founded in the wake of MegaUpload’s seizure by the US Department of Justice, and piracy rumors have followed the site since its inception.

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VLC returns to iOS and launches on Windows Phone, Windows RT, and Android TV

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VLC is having a big day. The app, which is essentially the Swiss Army knife of video players, is returning to the iPhone and iPad following a long absence after the release of iOS 8. It’s also launching on a ton of other platforms: it’s coming to Windows PhoneWindows RT (though its download isn’t working at press time), and Android TV as a public beta for the first time today. The first non-beta version of VLC is also arriving on Android today, and there are even some updates for Windows and OS X. Basically, everyone can now share in the fun of playing back unusual, nerdy, and arcane video formats.

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The first poster for Game of Thrones season 5 is truly epic

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All you need to know to understand this poster is that Tyrion will figure prominently in season 5 — we’ve already seen plenty to suggest that he’ll treat with Daenerys well ahead of where the books left off — and that Drogon is probably the most badass dragon since Balerion the Black Dread. We’ll see that first hand starting April 12th.

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ExxonMobil funded a climate change denier years after it claimed to have stopped

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Last week, we reported that Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, a leading climate change denier, was paid upwards of $1 million by energy companies to conduct scientifically spotty research. Another round of documents released today by Greenpeace shows that oil and gas giant ExxonMobil was a big contributor to Soon’s funding. The documents, obtained by Buzzfeed, show that Exxon gave Soon $76,106 from 2008 to 2010, despite the company’s insistence in 2007 that it had stopped funding him.

“Exxon told us that they would stop funding climate denial front groups,” Greenpeace researcher Jesse Coleman told BuzzFeed. “Years later, they were still funding Willie Soon.”

ExxonMobil funded Soon for years after it said it would stop

We already knew Soon…

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YouTube for Android now lets you trim your videos before uploading

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Whenever I shoot a video with my smartphone, I usually end up with a minute or two of terrible footage surrounding the 10 or 15 seconds (if I’m lucky) that are actually worth holding on to. If you’re like me and also like sharing your creations to YouTube, things are getting a little easier. An update to the YouTube Android app is set to roll out that’ll prompt users to trim their videos to capture the best moments before sharing. It’s a feature that most Android phones have buried somewhere in the gallery app, but it’s still nice to see YouTube making an effort to help users shoot and share better video. The update is rolling out now, but it might not be live yet for all users. When you get it, just please make sure you shoot your…

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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple Watch, Pebble Time, Moto E, And Galaxy S6 Leaks!

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gadgets150227 It’s been a busy week.
Apple sent out invitations to its Apple Watch event on March 9, and Pebble released its next-gen watch on Kickstarter and raised more than $6 million in half a day.
Meanwhile, Motorola released the Moto E smartphone, and photos of the Samsung Galaxy S6 reportedly leaked this week. Read More

TC AppleCast 6: Apple Invites Us All To Watch The Watch

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TC-applecast16-9 This week Apple dropped an invite to a special event on March 9, and everyone forgot Mobile World Congress was even happening. The event will likely focus on the Apple Watch, which is set for an April retail debut, and which Apple has been talking about since it unveiled the wearable wrist computer back at its iPhone event last September. We’re expecting to get firm details on store… Read More

A Bruce Lee biopic is being developed by his family

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Bruce Lee is widely considered to be one of the greatest martial artists who ever lived, and he is revered for his contributions to film and culture. However, much of who he was beyond his writing and work onscreen is still a mystery to audiences. Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, today announced that she is developing a definitive biopic on the action icon with Hollywood help, aiming to capture the essence of her father in a way that previous films have failed to do.

“There have been projects out there involving my father, but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry,” Lee told Deadline. “They haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to…

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