Lending Apps in India Shame Borrowers Who Can’t Pay Money Back

With techniques honed in China, a new breed of company offers expensive loans to people devastated by the pandemic. If they can’t repay, family and friends hear all about it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #frauds-and-swindling, #hyderabad-india, #india, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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F.C.C. Broadband Plan Includes $50 Monthly Subsidy for Millions

A proposal released by the acting chairwoman of the commission is an attempt to close the digital divide.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #federal-aid-us, #federal-communications-commission, #income-inequality, #rosenworcel-jessica, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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F.C.C. Approves a $50 Monthly High-Speed Internet Subsidy

The money, aimed at low-income households, is part of an effort to bridge the access gap to broadband connectivity amid the pandemic.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-communications-commission, #rosenworcel-jessica, #rural-areas, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law

A federal judge’s ruling can allow the state to go ahead with its law while a lawsuit works its way through the courts.

#becerra-xavier, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #net-neutrality, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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How the Military Behind Myanmar’s Coup Took the Country Offline

As the military seized power again, the generals moved quickly to take the country offline, criminalize online dissent and block social media.

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China Censors the Internet. So Why Doesn’t Russia?

The Kremlin has constructed an entire infrastructure of repression but has not displaced Western apps. Instead, it is turning to outright intimidation.

#censorship, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #social-media, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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Who’s Making All Those Scam Calls?

Every year, tens of millions of Americans collectively lose billions of dollars to scam callers. Where does the other end of the line lead?

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #frauds-and-swindling, #impostors-criminal, #india, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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Hong Kong Website Doxxing Police Gets Blocked, Raising Censorship Fears

Users of major mobile carriers can no longer access a service that detailed the personal information of police officers, a possible sign that the city is turning to tactics used in mainland China.

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When Nashville Bombing Hit a Telecom Hub, the Ripples Reached Far Beyond

Investigators are questioning whether the perpetrator specifically targeted the building. The explosion disrupted 911 call centers, hospitals and cell service in several states.

#att-inc, #bombs-and-explosives, #computer-network-outages, #nashville-tenn, #nashville-tenn-explosion-2020, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #wireless-communications

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The Tech That Was Fixed in 2020 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing

From videoconferencing to fitness apps, the best tech helped us endure a hard year. But there were also low points.

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Who’s Behind the Fight Between Warner Bros. and Hollywood? It’s AT&T

The town is mad about the studio’s decision to put movies on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time. But with a telecom giant running an entertainment company, things were bound to get weird.

#att-inc, #box-office-sales, #hbo-max, #kilar-jason, #movies, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #warner-media-llc

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Why the 5G Pushiness? Because $$$.

Selling 5G capability is a huge opportunity for phone companies. Be careful.

#5g-wireless-communications, #smartphones, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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Apple iPhone 12 Review: Superfast Speed, if You Can Find It

The new iPhone has an improved design, but it’s undermined by the wireless industry’s messy rollout of ultrafast 5G networks.

#5g-wireless-communications, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #iphone, #san-francisco-calif, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #verizon-communications-inc, #wireless-communications

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U.S. Appeals Injunction Against WeChat Ban

Trump administration officials claim the Chinese-owned app presents a security risk to American users.

#beeler-laurel, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #decisions-and-verdicts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wechat-mobile-app

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The Tech Cold War Between the U.S. and China Is Heating Up

A conversation with The Times’s David Sanger on how Washington and Beijing are battling over the future of technology.

#5g-wireless-communications, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #tiktok-bytedance

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Trump Administration Widens Huawei Dragnet

The Commerce Department placed new restrictions on the Chinese tech giant’s ability to work with the global chip industry.

#blacklisting, #china, #commerce-department, #computer-chips, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #taiwan-semiconductor-manufacturing-company-ltd, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #united-states-international-relations

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Police Have Too Much Access to People’s Data, German Court Rules

The Constitutional Court said that the current laws did not do enough to protect personal privacy in the digital realm.

#germany, #police, #privacy, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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F.C.C. Designates Huawei and ZTE as National Security Threats

American cellular businesses will no longer be able to spend federal money on equipment from the two Chinese companies.

#5g-wireless-communications, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-and-military-forces, #federal-communications-commission, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #pai-ajit, #politics-and-government, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #zte-corp

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The Video Call Is Starting. Time to Put on Your Zoom Shirt.

When homebound workers need to spiff up moments before a meeting, they reach for the breakout garment of quarantine season.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fashion-and-apparel, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #zoom-video-communications

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Senate Faults Oversight of Chinese Telecom Companies in U.S.

A multiagency group does a “minimal” job of assessing security risks posed by China Unicom, China Telecom and ComNet, investigators said.

#china-mobile-ltd, #china-telecom, #china-unicom-hong-kong-ltd, #federal-communications-commission, #homeland-security-department, #senate-permanent-subcommittee-on-investigations, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #united-states-international-relations

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HBO Max Wants to ‘Crush’ Netflix. Is It Too Late?

AT&T’s streaming platform goes live on Wednesday. At $15 a month, it’s more expensive than its rivals and comes at a time when household income is dropping.

#att-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #home-box-office, #media, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #stankey-john-t, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #television, #television-sets-and-media-devices, #time-warner-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #warner-media-llc, #web-original-programming, #wireless-communications

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Everything You Need to Know About Slow Internet Speeds

Our crummy connections are the biggest tech headache in the pandemic. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what to do about them.

#att-inc, #comcast-corporation, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mobile-applications, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #wireless-communications

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Poor Americans Face Hurdles in Getting Promised Internet

Broadband companies like Charter and Comcast vowed to help low-income people during the pandemic. But taking them up on the offer hasn’t always been easy.

#charter-communications, #comcast-corporation, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customer-relations, #education-k-12, #families-and-family-life, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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Live From D.C., It’s the Supreme Court!

The court heard oral arguments remotely, and broadcast the audio live, for the first time Monday. It was a spectacle made for the radio age.

#booking-com, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #patent-and-trademark-office-us, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Loans and the Fury

As the U.S. government’s small-business rescue fund reopens today, outrage remains about bigger companies that tapped the first round of loans.

#att-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporate-social-responsibility, #federal-trade-commission, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #stankey-john-t, #stephenson-randall-l, #telephones-and-telecommunications

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Spectrum Employees Are Getting Sick Amid Debate Over Working From Home

More than 230 workers at Charter Communications, the cable and internet giant known as Spectrum, have tested positive for Covid-19, as employees question how many of them must work in the office.

#charter-communications-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #spectrum-charter-communications-inc, #stamford-conn, #telecommuting, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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The Virus Revealed Our Essential Tech (and Weeded Out the Excess)

A computer with a good internet connection, communication apps and entertainment are the only tech we really need, ever.

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How a 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Fueled Arson and Harassment in Britain

A conspiracy theory linking the spread of the coronavirus to 5G wireless technology has spurred more than 100 incidents this month, British officials said.

#5g-wireless-communications, #arson, #bt-group-plc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #great-britain, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #instagram-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #twitter, #vandalism, #vodafone-group-plc, #whatsapp-inc, #wireless-communications, #youtube-com

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