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AT&T demonstrated AirGig data link running along miniature power lines. It works with wooden, concrete or metal power poles, and multiple AirGig links can be installed in parallel along different wires.

AT&T AirGig could mean 100-megabit rural broadband in 2021

AT&T hopes its AirGig technology for piggybacking high-speed data links on power lines will arrive in 2021, potentially improving broadband in areas where it’s not economical to lay fiber-optic cables. AirGig doesn’t connect directly to houses. Instead, it sends data hopping along from power pole to power pole so it can traverse relatively long distances. […]

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Facebook temporarily removes post accusing it of having a ‘black people problem’

Facebook temporarily pulled down a post by a former employee who accused the tech firm of having ‘a black people problem,’ a removal that was quickly noticed by the author. Mark Luckie, who left his job as Facebook’s strategic partner manager for global influencers, posted his note publicly on Nov. 27. The post accused Facebook […]

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Facebook leaders ignored warnings, deflected blame as scandals mounted, report says

From Russian election meddling to a massive data privacy scandal, Facebook has faced a seemingly endless list of troubles. Now a new report suggests the social network’s leadership may be among its biggest challenges. Over the past three years, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg ignored warnings, deflected blame and were distracted by other projects as […]

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Facebook may soon be able to figure out where you’re going next

A trio of patent applications hint at Facebook’s efforts to figure out your next move, when you’ll be offline and how best to advertise to you. The proposed patents, previously reported by Buzzfeed News, won’t necessarily result in these systems being implemented, but do give a sense of how the social network could take advantage […]

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Vitamin Water will pay you big bucks to give up your phone for a year

One year, a full 365 days. No smartphone. No tablet. No using other people’s smartphones. Does that sound doable? If so, you might want to enter Vitamin Water‘s $100,000 #NoPhoneForAYear contest. The Coca-Cola Company drink brand will give one US resident a shot at kicking a smartphone addiction cold turkey, but the requirements are sure […]

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Here come Wi-Fi 4, 5 and 6 in plan to simplify 802.11 networking names

Quick quiz: which is better, 802.11n or 802.11ac? The answer, if you’re familiar with Wi-Fi standards coming from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is 802.11ac — and by the way, the upcoming 802.11ax is better than both. But in an effort to make the wireless networking terms more useful and less like alphanumeric […]

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Verizon sees Apple Watch-fueled growth amid early ‘5G launch’

Verizon’s last few weeks brought dramatic highs and lows.  After taking preorders last month, Verizon kicked off October with the launch of its Verizon 5G Home broadband-replacement service, which it argues made it the first to the next-generation wireless technology (rivals would debate this point). But over the last two weeks, Verizon has had to […]

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For Halloween, Google Doodle scares up addictive multiplayer game

Google has another Halloween treat for fans of its Doodle games — its first-ever multiplayer game. Two years ago, Google captivated Doodle players with a game featuring an adorable black cat with magic powers that races the clock to save its school from a horde of invading spirits. This year’s Great Ghoul Duel takes things up […]

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Layoffs hit Verizon Media Group

Verizon is laying off 7 percent of its employees in its digital business as the phone company comes to grips with the hard realities of building a major media and advertising business to compete with Facebook and Google. A spokesman for the company confirmed Wednesday that the company had laid off about 800 employees in […]

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Why MoviePass failed (it’s probably not what you think)

I’ve heard the joke a hundred times: MoviePass failed because it gave away free money to subscribers. MoviePass Attempts To Increase Profitability By No Longer Mailing Out Free $500 A Month To Subscribers https://t.co/2szUIcrpz1 pic.twitter.com/Tq5tc0cebi — The Onion (@TheOnion) August 16, 2018 It’s funny because it makes sense! If you pay $10 a month for […]