The FCC is currently getting public feedback about the possibility of regulating Internet service providers under Title II of the Communications Act. Cable companies are stridently opposed to such rules, but a relatively new competitor in the space, Google, sees an opportunity.
In Google’s public comment, filed yesterday with the SEC, the company emphasizes that any such regulation must be careful to confer the benefits of such regulation along with the responsibilities.
The benefit most interesting to Google? Access to utility poles and other infrastructure.
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Good news, digital pack rats! The 2014 Moto X just got an extra 64GB storage option in time for the new year. The option was added to MotoMaker today, where for $599.99 ($100 over the usual $499.99 MSRP) you can boost the unlocked “Pure Edition” model to the higher storage tier.
While you can get an iPhone in 64GB, and even 128GB versions, it’s pretty rare to find a 64GB Android phone. The Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG G3, and Xperia Z3 all cap out at 32GB. Really the only thing out there is the Note 4, which is available in 64GB, but not the US version. Some of these devices support SD cards, but, on Android SD, storage often isn’t as useful as the “default” internal storage.
MotoMaker’s pricing display is a little confusing, but the new storage tier brings the available off-contract options to $599.99 for the 64GB unlocked version, $549.99 for the 32GB unlocked, AT&T, or Verizon version, $499.99 for the 16GB unlocked, AT&T, or Verizon versions. A single carrier, Republic Wireless, gets a $100 discount on everything, and MotoMaker promotes that price over everything else, making you drill down to find the price the majority of people will pay. The 64GB option is exclusive to the “Pure Edition,” which is just marketing-speak for the unlocked version without any crapware.
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A well-known North Korean defector has announced that he will launch 100,000 DVDs and USB sticks with copies of The Interview as part of his regularly scheduled balloon launches into the Hermit Kingdom. Sony Pictures pulled the theatrical release of the film in the wake of hacks against its corporate networks.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, Park Sang-hak said that his next launch is planned for late January and will be in partnership with the Human Rights Foundation, which did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.
“North Korea’s absolute leadership will crumble if the idolization of leader Kim breaks down,” Park told the AP, which noted that the dispatched versions will have Korean subtitles.
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Last week, Sony issued legal threats to Val Broeksmit, the musician who began publishing big chunks of the company’s hacked e-mails—and to Twitter, the platform Broeksmit was using to broadcast the e-mails to the world.
Now the movie studio has taken the first steps of following through on those threats. But its first round of attacks—a copyright demand to remove 20 published e-mails—has mostly fallen flat, apparently rebuffed by Twitter.
Broeksmit is a London-based rock-and-roller currently on a year-long jaunt to California to finish up a musical project. Once he heard news about how Sony’s hacked e-mails were dumped online, he started going through them and publishing selected excerpts himself, through his Twitter account, @BikiniRobotArmy.
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New York City’s Department of Finance recently submitted a Request for Information (RFI) (PDF) about “mobile solutions for payment” of parking tickets, listing Apple Pay, PayPal, and Bitcoin as potential options.
The city says it’s only looking to find out more about what a mobile payment option might look like—its most recent document is not a request for proposals, so there’s a possibility that transferring bitcoins into the NYC municipal coffers may never come to fruition. But if you’ve ever parked an inch too close to a broken-looking fire hydrant in that city, you may take delight in the idea of being able to pay the fine quickly from your phone. The city is also looking for a way to allow people to schedule parking ticket hearings via their phones.
Currently, parking violators can pay online, in person or by mail. MarketWatch, which first uncovered the news of the RFI, notes that late fees start to rack up 30 days after the parking ticket is issued. An anecdote from personal experience: this writer received a parking ticket while visiting New York City a few months ago, and three weeks later the website refused to process her payment twice before it decided she could make good with the law.
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During the hot summer months, many of us enjoy a refreshing bike ride. For those of us who like to go barefoot, most bicycle pedals are rather uncomfortable. An easy solution to the problem is to use an old sponge for cushioning. More »
With the new year comes a fresh start, and there’s no better way to prepare for the new year than with a brief reminder of how important it is to be aware and careful with your data. This interactive chart covers the biggest breaches out there, along with reports of how it all went down.
Going outside and soaking up some sun and warm weather is a joy, but remembering to reapply sunscreen can be a pain. It’s still necessary though, and Adafruit’s Becky Stern has an ingenious solution you can wear on a hat or other piece of clothing that watches your exposure and reminds you to reapply regularly.
As a new year begins, let’s take a look back at what kept us reading in 2013. These were the most popular Lifehacker posts across 22 different topics.. More »
Building your own dunk tank is a huge endeavour, but if you want a similar backyard attraction without breaking the bank, this dunk “bucket” is easy to make, affordable, and still plenty of fun to use. Check out the video above to see it in action.