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It looks like the Federal Communications Commission could finally change what it deems as the definition of broadband, which right now sits at 4Mbps - but this is going to change, considerably.
In the new age of Internet, where everyone is streaming, downloading and playing games, 4Mbps doesn't really cut it, and that doesn't count going into the future with 4K from Netflix as one example. The FCC is planning to take in public comments soon, about what it should have the baseline of broadband speeds at - whether it be 10Mbps, or even 25Mbps.
The FCC will ask "whether the FCC should adopt a tiered set of definitions to account for varying speeds in different regions or during different times of day".
BlackBerry's chief exec John Chen has claimed there's just a 20 percent chance the beleaguered company will perish. Just over half a year in, Chen said at California's Re/code conference that the odds for survival have improved to roughly 80 percent, up considerably from his earlier, gloomy estimation of 50-50.
Chen did admit BlackBerry is hardly out of the fire, but he expects things to improve. "I am quite confident we'll be able to save the patient," Chen said. He declined to comment on a question from the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg about turning to Android handsets. But he did say he has a "plan to make money on the handsets and the market will have to tell me whether that's a business I should or should not be in."
"I'll be able to create a lot of value for our shareholders even without the handset business," Chen said, according to Canadian Press, before adding that with the handset business there is a "chance to even create more."
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will donate $120 million to low-income schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, at a unique time in Silicon Valley. Companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other major tech companies have been accused of turning their backs on the community, as affluent tech workers continue to drive up rental prices in an already pricey market even further.
The $120 million will be used over the next five years to create new public and charter schools, purchase equipment, improve training procedures, and boost other struggling programs.
"The world's most innovative community shouldn't also be a home for struggling public schools," Zuckerberg recently wrote. "There are many heroic educators doing their best to serve students here. But the challenges are much greater than the resources they receive."
Back in late March, access to the video streaming site YouTube was blocked in Turkey. The blockage came after videos that claimed officials in the country were corrupt began to air. The turkey constitutional court has now ruled that the blockage of YouTube violates laws in the country that govern freedom of expression.
Telecommunications firms are now being notified by the court to lift the blockade. The blockage against YouTube was officially lifted last month. However, limits have remained despite lower courts calling for the block to be lifted.
A new legislation is pending in the US House that would seek to prevent the FCC from reclassifying broadband as a carrier utility. The reclassification as a utility is something that many net neutrality supporters have been calling for. Representative Bob Latta introduced the new legislation to the US House of Representatives.
If approved the legislation would block the FCC from reclassifying broadband as a common-carrier telecom service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The move to reclassify broadband comes after the FCC chairman suggested a move that would allow carriers to engage in "commercially reasonable" traffic management on their networks.
A report is making the rounds that originated with a Japanese publication called Kyodo News. The report claims that Deutsche Telekom has agreed to sell T-Mobile USA to Softbank. The Japanese report didn't offer details on the transaction such as pricing or the structure.
Another report on the topic from Reuters claims that no decision is close on the deal. Reuters claims that while the two firms are interested in making a deal for T-Mobile, there are numerous hurdles to overcome.
Recently the top courts in Europe ruled that people have the right to be forgotten on Google and other search engines. The ruling says that people can have outdated information removed from search listings at their request. To facilitate this removal of outdated information, Google has now set up a special form on its site to handle requests from users.
The form requires users to enter details, provide a photo ID, and links to the outdated information. People sending in requests also have to list why they think the data should be removed from Google's listings.
Google also notes that the form is the first attempt at meeting the new law in Europe and that it will be working with authorities in the future to develop the process further. The photo Id is required to keep competitors and nefarious users from requesting that information about competitors and impersonators from having legitimate information removed.
Eddy Cue has shared some of the latest stats about iTunes during an interview that he gave with Jimmy Lovine during the Code Conference. Cue said that Apple has sold 35 billion songs on iTunes as of last week. That is a huge number of tracks and a massive increase since Apple announced 25 billion songs had been sold as of February of last year.
The assumption is that the 35 billion number includes songs purchased and downloaded. Another interesting stat that Cue gave up was that iTunes has about 800 million customers in total. Apple also enjoys 40 million iTunes Radio listeners in the US and Australia.
There are several 3D printers on the market today and one thing they all have in common is that they are very expensive. A new 3D printer has turned up on Indiegogo that is trying to raise the money to come to market. The printer is called the MOD-t and it is the cheapest 3D printer that we have seen.
The earliest backers of the MOD-t on Indiegogo got the 3D printer for $149, but the supply of those ran out quickly. The 3D printer is still available for early backers on Indiegogo for $199 and when it hits the market via retail outlets, it will sell for $249.
Autonomous cars are something that will be on the market in the next several years. Vehicles that can drive themselves and passengers to and from locations with no intervention will revolutionize the way people travel. Autonomous vehicles will be very helpful for those who can't drive due to medical or other reasons.
One of the places where autonomous vehicles will definitely be adopted is in the taxi market. Not having to pay a driver will significantly, increase profits for taxi and for hire car services. Uber has announced that it plans to adopt self-driving cars in the future.