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Internet Speed Record Smashed, Without Any 'Weird Tech'

Japanese team sees a speed of 402 terabits per second

(Newser) - How fast the average consumer actually needs their internet to be is debatable, but if you're constantly on the lookout for the swiftest connection, news out of Japan may pique your interest. PC Gamer reports that an international team from the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology has...

The Internet as We Know It Depends on 22 Ships
The Internet
as We Know It
Depends on
22 Ships

The Internet as We Know It Depends on 22 Ships

Inside the world of undersea cable repair

(Newser) - When you think of what lurks in the ocean's depths, fiber-optic cables probably don't come to mind. They should. As Josh Dzieza reports in a lengthy piece for the Verge , there are some 800,000 miles of these cables running through our oceans that keep the world as...

'Mini Constitution of the Internet' May Be Crumbling

The Verge explores the surprisingly vital robots.txt file

(Newser) - Unless you're a technophile, you may never have heard of something called robots.txt. As David Pierce explains at the Verge , this simple plain-text file has for the last 30 years performed a not-so-simple mission: It has "kept the internet from chaos." He describes it as a...

You May Get a Specific Google Pop-Up Starting Thursday
Google Launches Plan
to Kill (Non-Edible) Cookies
the rundown

Google Launches Plan to Kill (Non-Edible) Cookies

Initiative to eliminate third-party trackers online begins with test of 1% of Chrome users

(Newser) - If you're a Chrome user who gets a pop-up from Google on Thursday, it's likely a sign that you're part of the first phase of the company's plan to eliminate cookies—the much-reviled tech gizmos that track your online activity and direct targeted ads your way....

This Is What People Looked Up Online in 2023

Our collective Google search history is here

(Newser) - Your Google search history for 2023 has arrived. Well, actually, the world's. On Monday, the California-based tech giant released its "Year in Search," a roundup of 2023's top global queries, ranging from unforgettable pop culture moments (hello, Barbenheimer) to the loss of beloved figures and tragic...

Gaza Gets Back Some Power, Internet After Fuel Deliveries

Israel says it will permit 2 tanker trucks of fuel daily into Gaza, though UN says more is needed

(Newser) - Limited phone and internet services began working again Friday across Gaza after fuel was delivered to restart generators that power the networks, according to the Palestinian telecommunications company Paltel. Israel announced that it will allow two tanker trucks of fuel (about 15,850 gallons) into Gaza each day for the...

Researchers Find Less Dementia Among Regular Internet Users

More study is needed, experts say

(Newser) - A new study suggests a mental health benefit of internet use for older people. The research, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society , which followed 18,154 adults ages 50 to 65 over eight years, found that those who regularly spent time online were less likely to develop...

This Nation Spends the Most Time Online

South Africans spend average 578 minutes per day on the internet, per Atlas VPN

(Newser) - It can be hard to accurately estimate how much time we spend online, though Atlas VPN notes that for many of us, it's a "significant portion of our day." Using data on internet usage trends among internet users 16 to 64 years old, the VPN service found...

India Cuts Internet to Entire State
India Cuts Internet
to Entire State

India Cuts Internet to Entire State

Punjab loses service amid manhunt for Sikh preacher

(Newser) - India has cut off internet and SMS service to the entire state of Punjab, affecting almot 30 million people, as authorities search for a radical Sikh preacher. The shutdown imposed Saturday was supposed to expire Monday but it was extended for at least 24 hours, paralyzing businesses, colleges, and digital...

Kagan: 'These Are Not the 9 Greatest Experts on the Internet'

Court hears arguments in Section 230 case

(Newser) - The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could upend the internet as we know it—and some of the justices acknowledged that they may not be the right people to find the ideal middle ground in arguments over algorithms. "We really don’t know about these...

SCOTUS Case Could Have Huge Implications for Internet
SCOTUS Case Could Have
Huge Implications for Internet

SCOTUS Case Could Have Huge Implications for Internet

Court could strike down 'legal foundation' of the modern internet

(Newser) - "The free and open internet as we know it couldn’t exist without Section 230," the Electronic Frontier Foundation says—and a case the Supreme Court will hear Tuesday could have huge implications for the internet's future. In Gonzalez v. Google, the court will determine whether the...

Google Doesn't Have All the Answers, Pope Says

Francis counsels young people after Mass for 30K in Bahrain

(Newser) - Pope Francis shifted gears Saturday in his visit to Bahrain to minister to the Gulf's Catholic community, presiding over a huge open-air Mass and then meeting with young people to give them a bit of fatherly advice: Don't just Google your questions about life decisions, he told them....

Cops: Man Said Neighbors Didn't 'Deserve Cable,' Cut Their Line

Shannon Pearson charged with hate crime after accusing pair of being undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - A Wisconsin man has been arrested for a hate crime after police say he snipped his neighbors' internet cable because he erroneously thought they were undocumented immigrants and didn't "deserve cable." According to a criminal complaint cited by NBC News and WQOW , 48-year-old Shannon Pearson called the...

Low-Income Households May Get Free Broadband

White House rolling out a deal with providers

(Newser) - The Biden administration said Monday that 20 internet companies—including Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T—have agreed to provide discounted service to low-income Americans. The program could effectively make tens of millions of households eligible for free service through an already existing federal subsidy, per the AP . The $1 trillion...

Amazon Outage Causes Big Issues Across the Internet

Amazon Web Services started having problems around 11am

(Newser) - A major Amazon Web Services outage caused issues far beyond Amazon Tuesday. Problems with the cloud computing service's servers caused failures or slowdowns for large parts of the Internet, reports the Verge . Services that reported issues after the outage began around 11am Eastern included Netflix, Disney Plus, Slack, Venmo,...

Gabby Petito Case 'Frenzy' Is Off the Charts
Gabby Petito Media 'Frenzy'
Highlights a Disparity
the rundown

Gabby Petito Media 'Frenzy' Highlights a Disparity

Some see 'missing white woman syndrome' at play

(Newser) - The popular true-crime podcast Crime Junkie did something it has never done before over the weekend—it rushed out a special episode on a breaking-news story. Host Ashley Flowers explained a big part of the reason why to listeners: “In almost four years of doing this show I have...

Several Major Websites Go Down, Briefly

AT&T and Costco were among those affected by the blip

(Newser) - If you experienced trouble getting onto any one of several major websites Thursday afternoon, you weren't alone. Major sites went down in what appeared to be a brief but widespread outage, per the AP . The websites of Airbnb, AT&T, Costco, Delta, DraftKings, and more showed error messages around...

Feds Are Giving Millions $50 Off Their Internet Bills

Emergency Broadband Benefit program was launched Wednesday

(Newser) - Americans can begin applying for $50 off their monthly Internet bill on Wednesday as part of an emergency government program to keep people connected during the pandemic. The $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit program is part of the $900 billion December pandemic-relief package. The government is increasing spending on...

Pentagon Partly Explains Plan to Manage Big Piece of Internet

Global Resource Systems now runs 125M addresses

(Newser) - A strange thing happened on the Internet the day President Biden was sworn in. A shadowy company residing at a shared workspace above a Florida bank announced to the world’s computer networks that it was now managing a colossal, previously idle, chunk of the Internet owned by the US...

FBI Says Suspect 'Wanted to Kill Off 70% of the Internet'

Man arrested in plot to bomb Amazon data centers

(Newser) - The FBI says a man arrested in Texas believed blowing up Amazon data centers would "kill off about 70% of the Internet"—and he planned to start with one in Virginia. The agency says the suspect, 28-year-old Seth Aaron Pendley was arrested after he bought what he believed...

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