Tag: internet

Gigstreem raises $10 million for high-speed permanent and event broadband

Gigstreem (formerly Rainbow Broadband), a Tysons, Virginia-based internet service provider targeting residential and commercial customers, today announced that it has raised $10 million in a series A round led by RET Ventures, with participation from LNC Partners. CEO Joel McIntyre said the capital infusion will fuel the company’s R&D efforts and lay the groundwork for […]

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No Law Can Ban White Supremacy From the Internet

It wasn’t long after mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton killed more than 30 people that a chorus of commentators, reporters, and even the president himself offered a plaintive response. These near-simultaneous tragedies, they all said, force the country to consider reining in the web sites that have, as the chorus sees it, permitted […]

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This Hideous Emoji House Is at the Center of Some Truly Bizarre L.A. Beef

If you saw Kathryn Kidd’s house on Google Maps, you’d probably keep scrolling straight down that steep Manhattan Beach, California street until the ocean filled your computer screen. When a Google van captured it in February, it was a squat duplex that seemed to exist only to show that there are at least three shades […]

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I Scammed Influencer Caroline Calloway at Her Event, The Scam

“Bring your favorite pen and a piece of writing you’d like to work on. It can be printed out or you can just be saved on your phone [sic]. I can’t wait to scam you.” This was the Eventbrite ticket description for Instagram influencer Caroline Calloway‘s latest event, The Scam, a five-hour “creativity workshop” held […]

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Comcast expands Internet Essentials to almost 3 million more low-income households

Back in 2011, as part of a pledge to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to secure the approval of its merger with NBC Universal, Comcast launched a low-cost internet service tier dubbed Internet Essentials. It initially extended contract-free broadband access for $9.95 per month to families with children who qualify for reduced-cost school lunch programs, […]

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Conspiracy Theorists Are Going Wild Over the Moon Landing Anniversary

Photo via Nasa. This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. “Happy anniversary everybody,” YouTube host Matt Billon says into the camera. “Fifty years ago, they faked going to the moon. It’s an amazing accomplishment.” “I hope they’re celebrating with something big…” he says while trailing off to think of a killer joke. “… like fake […]

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Now That You Can Trademark Swear Words, Here Are All the Wildest NSFW Requests

Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a federal law that prohibited people from trademarking anything deemed to be “immoral” or “scandalous,” ruling that the ban on “bad” words violated the First Amendment. That decision cleared the way for designer Erik Brunetti, the plaintiff, to finally lock down a trademark for his popular streetwear brand, which […]

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How Yelp-Type Ratings Could Be Used for Self Governance

Humans can learn how to solve big problems from tiny creatures. An individual ant has limited cognitive abilities, but collectively, ants can solve extremely complex tasks. They can sustain colony harmony and productivity across millions of individuals with little or no coercion and without leadership. Ants also have a highly distributed, non-hierarchical communication network, which […]

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Viral Video Shows a Japanese Zoo’s Polar Bear ‘Escape Drill’ and, Uh, It’s Incredible

Zoos can be sad places. No matter how excellent their conservation work is, there’s something depressing about seeing these wild, majestic creatures in gated enclosures, looking generally depressed and disaffected. So the Japanese zoo that stages animal escape drills and involve people dressed up as wild animals are a nice change of pace. These drills […]

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The Real Reason Ravelry’s Ban on White Supremacy Is Surprising

You’d be forgiven for assuming the knitting community is basically white. The craft conjures images of Jane Austen-era women doing needle art at home, older (white) women in rocking chairs, and, more recently, left-leaning “stitch-and-bitch,” pussy-hat knitting women, also mostly white. And then there are the barriers to entry. Aside from the fact that it […]

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Psychology Around the Net: June 8, 2019

Enjoy! Rainbow: A First Book of Pride: This month, the American Psychological Association spotlights Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, a “must-have primer for young readers” and “sweet ode to rainbow families, and an affirming display of a parent’s love for their child and a child’s love for their parents.” Author Michael Genhart, PhD is […]

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Privacy Is Class

When you see an ad for online gambling, it is never a matter of chance. Take, for example, the story of Sportsbet, an Australian company owned by the global gambling-industry behemoth Paddy Power. A recent investigation found that the company spent hundreds of millions of dollars on highly integrated promotional activities. Traditional advertising and celebrity […]

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Digital Privacy Is a Class Issue

When you see an ad for online gambling, it is never a matter of chance. Take, for example, the story of Sportsbet, an Australian company owned by the global gambling-industry behemoth Paddy Power. A recent investigation found that the company spent hundreds of millions of dollars on highly integrated promotional activities. Traditional advertising and celebrity […]

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