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Submission + - Google to offer $70 Fiber in Kansas City (

falconwolf writes: "In Kansas City Google Fiber will offer broadband internet access as well as TV service with gigabit speeds for less than Comcast's new 305Mbps service. Gigabit+TV costing $120 a month offers a "full TV lineup" and uses the Nexus 7 tablet as the remote. Another $70 pays for Gigabit internet access. Together net access and TV will cost $190, more than $100 less than Comcast's $299 offering. A $10 pre-registration fee website has been opened by Google."

Submission + - Flying saucers in the sky (

falconwolf writes: "Skylifter an Australian aeronautical firm is developing flying saucer shaped lifting balloons as a method to transport heavy cargo including possibly buildings and ships. The flying saucer shape has advantages over other dirigibles such as blimps. The cigar shape of blimps means they have to be pointed in the direction of travel whereas a saucer can travel in any direction. They can go where trains don't. And they don't need traffic cops for wide loads on the road."

Submission + - Emergency Internet control bill gets a rewrite (

falconwolf writes: "Sen. Jay Rockefeller alarmed technology and telecommunications firms last year when he announced a plan for the president to seize "emergency" control of the Internet. Now the West Virginia Democrat is trying again with a new version that aides hope will be seen as less extreme.

During a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill on Wednesday attended by about a dozen industry representatives, CNET has learned, Rockefeller's staff pitched a revised version of his controversial cybersecurity legislation.

It says that after the president chooses to "declare a cybersecurity emergency," he can activate a "response and restoration plan" involving networks owned and operated by the private sector. In an attempt to limit criticism, instead of spelling out the plan's details, the latest draft simply says that it must be developed by the White House in advance.

There is no requirement that the emergency response plan be made public, meaning it could still include a forcible disconnection of critical Web sites from the Internet--which is what the March 2009 version of the legislation had proposed.

Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, whose members include Verisign, Verizon, and Raytheon, says no disconnection language is explicitly in the bill: "We are pleased that the 'kill switch' allowing for the government to shut down private sector access to the Internet has been eliminated."

But, Clinton said, "We think the bill still has a long way to go." If the private sector is expected to help out with national security, he said, there ought to be liability protections, insurance breaks, and tax credits for small businesses.

A spokesman for Rockefeller did not respond to repeated requests for comment on Wednesday. Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, is a co-sponsor of the legislation."


Submission + - Is Apple Your Overlord? The EFF Says Yes (

falconwolf writes: "JR Raphael, PC World, wrote:"

"It's not every day that you see a major tech company being called a "jealous and arbitrary feudal lord." Today, Apple holds that distinction. "

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights advocacy group, has started a very public fight against Apple's notoriously controlling ways. The organization obtained a copy of Apple's license agreement for iPhone app developers — a document that, by the EFF's description, is carefully guarded from ever entering public view. "

"Knowing Apple's history of control — the company's methods are sometimes satirically compared to those of a communist regime, after all — the details of the developer agreement aren't entirely surprising. But seeing such strong remarks from a highly regarded rights organization is certainly something that grabs your attention. ""


Submission + - Couple gets married at Apple store in New York (

falconwolf writes: "The couple, from New York, said "iDo" at the city's Apple store on Fifth Avenue, at 12.01 on Valentine's Day in a ceremony dominated with the company's products and references to them.

The pair, who met in the Apple store, had their priest dressed as Steve Jobs, the company's chief executive, read their vows from their iPhones, while the rings were tied to a ribbon wrapped around a first generation iPod."

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