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Submission + - ICIJ discovers Tillerson ties to Russia & offshore companies 1

lpress writes: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has discovered ties between Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson and Russia and offshore bank accounts, Their Panama Papers database is open and on the Web. There may be no crime, but there is definitely a conflict of interest.

Submission + - Google Global Cache coming to Cuba

lpress writes: The Associated Press reports that on Monday Eric Schmidt will be in Havana to sign a deal bringing Google Global Cache to Cuba. This will be a win for the Cuban people, Google and the Obama administration.

Submission + - Trump's tweets -- the good news

lpress writes: Trump has been tweeting about China since 2011. His tweets and other posts provide the people with an unprecedented stream of current information and data for political scientists, journalists, and future historians.

Submission + - Google fiber in Havana?

lpress writes: The Wall Street Journal says the White House is pushing Cuba to make deals with Google and General Electric. Google has spent a lot of time in Cuba and ETECSA, the Cuban government's monopoly telecommunication provider, will start a fiber trial in Havana this month. If that trial were a joint project of ETECSA and Google, it would be a win for the Cuban people, Google and the Obama administration.

Submission + - A real-names domain-registration policy would discourage political lying.

lpress writes: The Internet was a major source of news — fake and real — during the election campaign. The operators of fake sites, whether motivated by politics or greed, are often anonymous. We avoid voter fraud by requiring verification of ones name, age and address. A verifiable real-names domain registration policy would discourage information fraud.

Submission + - The FCC under Trump -- a long shot

lpress writes: When President Obama picked Tom Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the mobile and cable industries, to head the FCC, many expected him to be a puppet of the ISP industry, but he surprised them by opting to serve the public interest, not the ISP industry, on several important issues. Will "populist" Donald Trump surprise us and work to make the American Internet great again?

Submission + - WiGig will enable untethered, high-fidelity VR and AR

lpress writes: Over 50 years ago, Ivan Sutherland envisioned then built the first head-mounted augmented reality display. This week, testing and certification of WiGig — very fast, short range wireless connectivity — began and it will be in computers, phones and tablets next year. That will enable untethered, high-fidelity virtual and augmented reality.

Submission + - Has the Internet given us lying, crooked Donald? (blogspot.com)

lpress writes: Politifact rates 53% of Donald Trump's statements, 14% of President Obama's statements and 13% of Hillary Clinton's statements as untrue and the Internet makes it easy to spread those lies to people who are predisposed to "like" and believe them. We are in the early days of the Internet as a political medium — will it co-evolve along with our society and education system to bring us something better?

Submission + - SpaceX recovers a rocket -- a major step toward global Internet connectivity

lpress writes: !n the 1990s Bill Gates and partners in a company called Teledesic planned to launch a constellation of satellites to provide global Internet connectivity. They failed, but twenty years later, two companies — SpaceX and OneWeb — are trying to do the same thing using modern rocket and electronic technology. SpaceX passed a significant milestone yesterday by recovering a $60 million rocket after soft-landing it on a barge at sea. Reuse of first stage rockets will significanltly cut the cost of putting satellite/routers into orbit.

Submission + - The Tesla Model 3 reminds me of the first Macintosh

lpress writes: The Mac and the Tesla Model 3 have a lot in common. Both came out at the just the right time — not too early and not too late. The Mac was not the first computer with a graphical user interface and the Model 3 was not the first electric car, but their predecessors were niche products. The Mac and Model 3 came out just as the technology had progressed to the point to enable them to appeal to the mainstream. The development of both was bankrolled by previous products, which were starting to fade, and both were based on comprehensive, proprietary designs. But Apple fights to protect its inventions while Tesla has released its patents to encourage other manufacturers to collaborate in an effort to move away from gasoline-powered cars.

Submission + - Internet-related announcements around President Obama's trip to Cuba

lpress writes: A There were regulatory changes and a number of companies made announements just before and during the President's trip. Google's broadband hotspot got a lot of hype, but new regulations and financial services, support for university exchange programs and Cisco's Networking Academy at a leading computer science university are more important.

Submission + - Sci-Hub, a site with open and pirated scientific papers

lpress writes: Sci-Hub is a Russian site that seeks to remove barriers to science by providing access to pirated copies of scientific papers. I don't feel guilty using Sci-Hub, but I would feel (a little) guilty about pirating Star Wars. Should/could there be a fair-use copyright exemtion for scientific publication?

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