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February 19, 2014

Google unveils new plan to drastically expand Fiber coverage

  • 33 cities will be getting Google Fiber, beginning as early as next year, if Google is able to move forward with a newly unveiled plan to drastically expand its fiber optic internet service. The list includes major cities like Charlotte, Phoenix and Portland, along with notable tech hubs like Mountain View and Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, and more rural towns in Georgia, North Carolina and Oregon. source
17:48 // 6 months ago
Vienna has been named the World’s Most Livable City, according to a new global study from Mercer, marking the fifth time that the Austrian capital has taken home the top honors. Baghdad was listed as the worst, and those interested in reading the full list of 223 destinations will find it behind a paywall on Quality of Living sub-section of the Mercer website. (Photo courtesy of Mr. G’s Travels) source

Vienna has been named the World’s Most Livable City, according to a new global study from Mercer, marking the fifth time that the Austrian capital has taken home the top honors. Baghdad was listed as the worst, and those interested in reading the full list of 223 destinations will find it behind a paywall on Quality of Living sub-section of the Mercer website. (Photo courtesy of Mr. G’s Travels) source

16:15 // 6 months ago

Things aren’t looking any better in Ukraine after a night of violence

  • Yesterday Clashes between Ukrainian security forces and anti-government protesters left at least 25 people dead, while reports of new uprisings and weapon thefts outside Kiev began to emerge, and demonstrations continued as fires consumed the capital city’s Trade Unions Building.
  • Today US and European leaders confirmed they are weighing the possibility of levying new sanctions against Ukraine, while Russia has threatened to stabilize the region itself. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych replaced his top general on Wednesday; however, the move is unlikely to calm anyone’s nerves in Kiev.
15:49 // 6 months ago
Preserving the Internet as an open platform for innovation and expression while providing certainty and predictability in the marketplace is an important responsibility of this agency.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler • In a new statement, confirming that the Federal Communications Commission will take steps to implement new net neutrality rules after a federal court struck down the organization’s Open Internet Order earlier this year. Rather than attempting to reclassify internet providers, or challenging the court’s verdict, Wheeler says the FCC will rewrite the rules in a manner that would survive another judicial review. source
14:46 // 6 months ago
February 18, 2014
15:14 // 6 months ago

Flaring tensions at protest sites leave more than a dozen dead in two countries

  • Four people were killed in Thailand after following a series of gun battles between law enforcement and anti-government protesters, with dozens more reported wounded as a result of the violence. An anti-corruption board in the company also announced plans to file charges against current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, an elected official viewed as a proxy for deposed leader Thaksin Shinawatra.
  • Nine people were killed in Ukraine after police tried to use armored personnel carriers to smash through protesters’ barricades at the  Khreschatyk Hotel; an act which ended with both vehicles on fire and enraged protesters re-occupying the City Hall in Kiev. Officials have since shut down the city’s subway systems as well, to try and prevent large numbers of additional protesters from flocking to the downtown area. source
15:09 // 6 months ago
February 13, 2014
18:39 // 7 months ago
Marijuana prohibition has been a long-term failure. Forcing marijuana into the underground market ensures authorities have no control of the product. Regulating marijuana would allow the product to be sold safely and responsibly by legitimate businesses in appropriate locations.
Rhode Island State Sen. Joshua Miller • In a statement, released via the official Rhode Island State Senate website, after introducing a bill that would legalize the use of recreational marijuana for all adults aged 21 or older. The Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act was also introduced to the Rhode Island House of Representatives on Wednesday, by Rep. Edith Ajello, and would make Rhode Island the third state to legalize use of the plant. Medical marijuana was approved by voters back in 2006, and a recent Public Policy Polling study shows a slight majority of voters in the state support regulating cannabis like alcohol. source
16:34 // 7 months ago

Michael Sam’s decision to open up about his sexuality has generated quite a bit of discussion among sports fans and broadcasters alike this week, but few have offered thoughts as on-the-nose as this two-minute segment from Dale Hansen, sports analyst for Dallas’ WFAA 8 News. If a league worth billions welcomes the founders of dog-fighting rings, drunk drivers, accused rapists, and a whole lot more, it seems pretty disgusting to suggest that a gay man would be the only one who isn’t welcome in an NFL locker room. source

16:10 // 7 months ago
February 12, 2014
15:44 // 7 months ago