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$50 a month for 1Mbps: How AT&T and Verizon rip off DSL customers
Tens of millions of people in the AT&T and Verizon service territories can only buy slow DSL Internet from the companies, yet they often have to pay the same price as fiber customers who get some of the fastest broadband speeds in the US. That's the conclusion of a new white paper written by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA),…

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Alex Jones podcast episodes yanked from Spotify over “hate content”
"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community," Spotify said in a statement to Billboard. "Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of podcast for violating our hate content policy." It's unclear what speech specifically got those episodes removed from Spotify, and it's unclear which episodes were…

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Apple shuts App Store affiliate program, imperiling recommendation sites
Apple is shutting down an App Store affiliate program that shared a small percentage of revenue generated by third-party links to purchase apps or in-app content. The move will likely have an outsized impact on sites that provide editorial reviews and recommendations of mobile games and other apps, which rely on that affiliate revenue for much of their budget.

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Ars on your lunch break: Tim O’Reilly on why the future doesn’t have to suck
Below you’ll find the third installment of the After On interview with legendary tech publisher and prognosticator Tim O’Reilly. Please check out parts one and two if you missed them. Otherwise, press play on the embedded player, or pull up the transcript—both of which are below. In today’s installment, Tim rejects the fashionable forecast that automation will eradicate all human…

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NY ordered Charter to leave the state—but Charter won’t go without fight
Charter CEO Tom Rutledge yesterday vowed to fight the New York state government's decision to kick Charter out of the state. The State Public Service Commission (PSC) voted Friday to revoke its approval of Charter's 2016 purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), and ordered Charter to sell the former TWC system.

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Russian embassy trolls US launch industry after new rocket engine sale
According to Russian publications, the Russia-based rocket propulsion company Energomash has signed a deal to sell six more RD-180 rocket engines to United Launch Alliance in 2020. These six engines will allow for six additional flights of the Atlas V rocket, which flies national security payloads and science missions for the US government.

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Steam sees surprising, significant usage dip in 2018
The 2018 Steam usage decline is mirrored in reported data on "in-game" Steam users, who actually open up a Steam game rather than just having the Steam launcher running that day. After peaking at an average of 6.16 million in January, Steam averaged just 4.53 million in-game users in July, a nearly 26-percent drop.

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661Tbps through a single optical fiber: The mind boggles
Society has an insatiable desire for data. In fact, it is rather astonishing to think that average Internet traffic is several hundred terabits per second and consumes about eight percent of our electricity production. All of that for instant cat videos—and our desire for new cat videos is apparently insatiable, driving the need for more capacity and even more energy.

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Charter won’t leave New York without a court fight, CEO vows
Charter CEO Tom Rutledge yesterday vowed to fight the New York state government's decision to kick Charter out of the state. The State Public Service Commission (PSC) voted Friday to revoke its approval of Charter's 2016 purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), and ordered Charter to sell the former TWC system.