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FCC Approves Wireless Signal Boosters, With Caveats

Rejoice, oh sufferers of terrible wireless connections: The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the regulated use of signal boosters to extend the range of wireless networks. The Commission’s decision, however, comes with several conditions: First, carriers can individually determine whether they will allow their customers to use signal boosters. All four major […]

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Internet Defense League Lighting ‘Catsignal’ for Web Freedom

The Internet Defense League (IDL), a collection of organizations and individuals promoting Internet freedom across the world, wants to make its mid-July launch something special. The plan? Collect $19,000 to fund at least five giant “catsignals” that will light up the night sky in cities around the world in a geeky nod toward Internet culture’s […]

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3 Tech Issues We’re Hoping Come Up at Tonight’s Debate

Wednesday’s presidential debate, the first of three, will focus primarily on domestic policy. Questions on economic growth, job creation and social policies are sure to be discussed — but what, if any, technology issues will arise? Technology policy hasn’t by any means been at the heart of this election. However, as the Internet plays an […]

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Inside Nigeria’s Information Vacuum

CNN’s Isha Sesay reports from Abuja, Nigeria.Image: CNN CNN anchor Isha Sesay tweeted on May 2 that she had arrived in Nigeria as part of growing CNN team gathered there for the network’s coverage of missing Nigerian schoolgirls. The group of hundreds of girls had been gone for two weeks — they were kidnapped from […]

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NYC Startups Offer Each Other Power, Internet After Sandy

Following Hurricane Sandy, members of the New York startup community have extended offers of help fellow entrepreneurs and other residents of the tri-state area caught without power and Internet by the storm. Social discovery startup Mirror Media, based out of Lower Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood, opened its offices Wednesday to entrepreneurs seeking power, Internet and workspace. […]

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Locked-In Syndrome Sufferer Tony Nicklinson Dies, Sends Final Tweet

Tony Nicklinson, 58, passed away in his sleep Wednesday morning — several days after he was denied the “right to die” by Britain’s High Court. Nicklinson’s family confirmed his death on Twitter. You may already know, my Dad died peacefully this morning of natural causes. he was 58. — TonyNicklinson (@TonyNicklinson) August 22, 2012 before […]

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Iran Takes Aim at Google, Wikipedia in Latest Internet Censorship Effort

Image: Mashable Composite. Wikimedia Commons Google and Wikipedia appear to be the latest victims of Iran’s online censorship efforts, just two days after the Iranian government repeated — once again — that it’s planning to loosen its grip on the Internet. Iran has reportedly blocked access to another Google service, the hosting platform Google Sites, […]

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Teen Charged In Baltimore High School Shooting

Police have identified the student they say was responsible for a shooting at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County, Md. , the same student whose Facebook page was identified Monday by members of the community. Authorities charged Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr., 15, with attempted first degree murder and first degree assault after a cafeteria […]

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Ancient Mars Had Component Key to Life, Meteorite Reveals

At a time when life as we know it was just getting its start on Earth, Martian clay may have contained a key component for one of life’s molecular building blocks, researchers say. Boron found in a Martian meteorite suggests that the Red Planet may once have had the right chemistry to give rise to […]

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