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The Internet Speaks Up: FCC’s Fast Lane Proposal Would Be “A Cluster f**k Worse Than Comcast’s Customer Service”

It’s been a long road since an appeals court threw out the FCC’s Open Internet Rule — the one most of us call net neutrality — back in January. The FCC proposed a replacement rule in May, but there’s one small snag: it’s terrible. The proposal currently on the table would allow large ISPs to charge businesses for prioritized access, effectively splitting the internet into fast and slow lanes and choosing for consumers what sites and services they can best access. With the for-really-reals final deadline for the public to have its say fast approaching, today a large swath of the internet is speaking up for net neutrality and asking their visitors and customers to do the same. [More]

Charging Fewer Fees Doesn’t Mean Banks Aren’t Making Billions Of Dollars From Customers

Charging Fewer Fees Doesn’t Mean Banks Aren’t Making Billions Of Dollars From Customers

Despite the fact that consumers pay more than $32 billion annually in overdraft fees alone, a new report found that the amount of money banks make off customer-account fees declined for the first time in seven decades. [More]

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Apple & FBI Investigating Mass Leak Of Stolen Nude Celebrity Photos

As you undoubtedly read about over the long weekend, numerous female celebrities’ mobile accounts were recently breached, and the extremely revealing results were posted online for all to see (And no, we’re not posting any links here). In addition to the personal embarrassment this invasion might have caused for the people in these images, it’s a black eye for Apple, who has a lot of explaining to do about the security of its iCloud storage. [More]

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Time Warner Cable Fined $1.1 Million For Failing To Report Outages

No, this isn’t about the huge nationwide outage that hit millions of Time Warner Cable customers earlier this week, but the timing couldn’t be more perfect. The FCC has announced that TWC must pay a $1.1 million penalty for failing to report a number of network outages to the Commission. [More]

If You Want To Keep Your Job As A News Anchor, Don’t Get Caught Shoplifting

If You Want To Keep Your Job As A News Anchor, Don’t Get Caught Shoplifting

As celebs like Wynona Ryder have demonstrated, you can get caught shoplifting and still go on to have a decent career in the public eye. Perhaps Ryder’s redemption tale will give some hope to a California news woman who has resigned her local anchoring gig after being charged with shoplifting. [More]

Safe for work -- he's got skivvies on. (Southwest Florida Crimestoppers)

Everybody Wants The Night Shift After Naked Hamburglars Steal A Bunch Of Beef From Eatery

There’s nothing like a bit of a “bad boy” image to turn even upstanding, law-abiding citizens into admirers — and by that I mean, there’s nothing like the sight of three (mostly) naked men stealing from a restaurant in the middle of the night to make staff laugh. [More]

StubHub Customers’ Accounts Hacked, Authorities Across The World Investigating

StubHub Customers’ Accounts Hacked, Authorities Across The World Investigating

Didn’t purchase those tickets on your StubHub account? Well, join the club, because numerous accounts on the ticket resale site were recently hacked. [More]

15 Product Trademarks That Have Become Victims Of Genericization

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Sometimes, we hurt the ones we love. Which is why even if we didn’t mean to be so harsh, many products we use every day have become the victims of trademark genericization, meaning they’ve morphed from a single product identified under a name to an entire product category. And when courts get involved it becomes “genericide,” which sounds even more murderous. Can’t you just imagine Law & Order: Genericized Trademarks? [dun dun] [More]

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N.Y.’s Proposal For Licensing Bitcoin Businesses Includes Plan For Consumer Protections

Maybe you still don’t know exactly what a Bitcoin is, but in case you ever want to use one, it’d be comforting to know you’ve got some protection when spending the cryptocurrency. New York has taken a step in the direction of keeping consumers’ safe with a proposed plan that sets up a regulatory framework for any business dealing with bitcoins. [More]

Secret Service Warns Against Keylogging Malware At Hotel Business Centers

Secret Service Warns Against Keylogging Malware At Hotel Business Centers

Here’s one that should be added to the earlier list of possible hotel scams. The U.S. Secret Service has sent out a warning to hotel operators, asking them to check shared computers in their business centers for malware that can log keystrokes and steal sensitive information from users. [More]

More Tiny ATM Skimmers That Will Haunt Your Wallet’s Nightmares

More Tiny ATM Skimmers That Will Haunt Your Wallet’s Nightmares

Would you notice a tiny ATM skimmer that hides just inside the card slot and slurps up your personal data? The European ATM Security Team, a not-for-profit organization that tracks ATM-related crime in different parts of the European Union, recently showed off some new and nearly invisible skimmers that they harvested in an unnamed country. It’s like a horror movie for your bank account. [More]

Father-Daughter Burglary Spree Ends After She Posts Doctored Microsoft Employee Badge On Facebook

Father-Daughter Burglary Spree Ends After She Posts Doctored Microsoft Employee Badge On Facebook

I’ve never had a daughter, and I didn’t really have much of a dad. Most of what I know about father-daughter relationships comes from watching Paper Moon. I have a feeling that last part might also be true of a dad-daughter pair in Washington state caught stealing more than $40,000 worth of stuff from the Microsoft store on the company’s main campus. [More]

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Google Thinks Your Fridge, Thermostat Will Make A Great Billboard

Marketers’ never-ending quest to cram advertising into every square inch of digital space just keeps getting more territory to work with. The next frontier in bringing advertising into your home? Your thermostat and your fridge — because your TV, computer, and phone apparently aren’t enough. [More]

Joining all the creepy mascots that have come before him is Happy the new McDonald's Happy Meal mascot.

Poll: Is McDonald’s New Happy Meal Mascot The Creepiest Fast Food Shill Yet?

Here’s a little secret about me. I hate mascots. Seeing grown adults running around in gigantic animal-like costumes makes my skin crawl. The sense of dread that washes over me when I see them also translates to their cartoonish counterparts hawking hamburgers, ice cream and other fast food fare on television. Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of creeptastic mascots out there seeking to give us nightmares. [More]

Snapchat Settles Federal Charges It Misled Users About Privacy

Snapchat Settles Federal Charges It Misled Users About Privacy

One of the reasons people use the Snapchat messaging app, especially for messages that one may not want to have a permanent record of, is that those texts and photos supposedly disappear shortly after being received by another user.

But the Federal Trade Commission accused the service of not only over-promising and under-delivering on this notion of vanishing messages, but that it also deceived users about the amount of personal data it collected. [More]

Looking For A Stable Job? Technology Tops, While Assemblers Are On The Decline

Looking For A Stable Job? Technology Tops, While Assemblers Are On The Decline

Choosing an occupation is probably one of the more difficult aspects of going off to college. Will you be able to find a job? Does it pay a living wage? Will the field be obsolete in 10 years? Well, Kiplinger is hoping to put some of those worries to rest with the newest lists of the best and worst jobs for the future. [More]

Target CEO Clocks Out In Wake Of Data Breach

Target CEO Clocks Out In Wake Of Data Breach

After 35 years at the company — the last six of them as CEO — Target’s top exec Gregg Steinhafel has stepped down less than half a year after the retailer was the site of a massive data breach that compromised credit card and personal information for more than 100 million customers at the height of the holiday shopping season. [More]

Man Takes Kids To Chuck E. Cheese’s For Wholesome Purse-Snatching Fun

Man Takes Kids To Chuck E. Cheese’s For Wholesome Purse-Snatching Fun

For decades, Chuck E. Cheese’s has been a place where parents could bring their kids for wholesome activities like chowing down on overpriced pizza, running around uncontrollably, and playing around in pits of plastic balls that you convince yourself aren’t covered in germs. But one man in Washington state recently added another game to the mix, called “Go steal some purses and give them to me.” [More]