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Internet sites to protest Trump Admin’s net neutrality plan


People are finding creative ways to protest net neutrality rules.

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A lot of the tech industry is not happy.

A group of activists and websites including Imgur, Mozilla, Pinterest, Reddit, GitHub, Etsy, BitTorrent and Pornhub are planning a campaign Tuesday to draw attention to an upcoming FCC vote that could radically reshape the way the internet works. 

As part of the effort, organizers at Fight for the Future say activists will change their relationship status on social media to “‘Married” (to net neutrality).'” They might also add “Defending Net Neutrality” as a new job. 

Meanwhile, sites are expected to run high-profile ads and post notes to users encouraging them to lobby the FCC over the vote, which occurs on Dec. 14.

Reddit has already added a list of US legislators who received money from the telecommunications industry to its front page.

Tuesday’s campaign is the latest effort by activists to dissuade the FCC from repealing Obama-era rules that effectively classified internet service providers as utilities. The classification, known as Title II, forced companies like Verizon, ATT and Comcast to treat all internet traffic equally. Last week, protesters marched outside Verizon stores around the US.

Earlier, a handful of tech trailblazers — including Vint Cerf, a founding figure of the internet; Steve Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple; and Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web — posted an open letter on Tumblr criticizing the proposed repeal of net neutrality. 

“The FCC’s rushed and technically incorrect proposed order to abolish net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the Internet we worked so hard to create,” the letter said. “It should be stopped.”

(To learn more about net neutrality, read CNET’s FAQ on the subject here.)

Reversing net neutrality rules, one of the Trump Administration’s most dramatic deregulatory moves yet, could allow internet providers to begin charging more for access to certain sites, activists warn.

“The unprecedented public backlash to the FCC’s plan to slash Title II net neutrality protections continues to grow,” the group said. The FCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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What to expect from Apple in 2018 (The 3:59, Ep. 330)

Today’s podcast focuses entirely on Apple and the year to come. We discuss a handful of expected changes from the tech titan in 2018, including several new iPhone designs, more augmented reality features and the new HomePod smart speaker.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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Microsoft offers developers a preview of its quantum computing kit

The simulator will allow developers to test programs and debug code with their own computers, which is necessary since there really aren’t any quantum computers for them to test their work on yet. Microsoft is also offering a more powerful simulator — one with over 40 logical qubits of computing power — through its Azure cloud computing service. And because the kit is integrated into Microsoft’s Visual Studio developer tool suite, many aspects of the new kit will be familiar.

“What you’re going to see as a developer is the opportunity to tie into tools that you already know well, services you already know well,” Todd Holmdahl, Microsoft’s VP in charge of its quantum effort, said in a statement. “There will be a twist with quantum computing, but it’s our job to make it as easy as possible for the developers who know and love us to be able to use these new tools that could potentially do some things exponentially faster – which means going from a billion years on a classical computer to a couple hours on a quantum computer.”

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CNET’s favorite products of 2017

From OLED TVs to Amazon Echos to iPads, 2017 was all more about evolution than revolution on the consumer tech front. Last year’s products with a bit more speed and polish was the order of the day. Of course, there were pockets of innovation, too: Consider iPhone X’s Face ID and Nintendo’s pick up and go Switch console.

Here at CNET, we reviewed hundreds of products over the past 49 weeks. And now, with the year drawing to a close, it’s time to highlight the ones we liked the best.

We’ve rounded up our 50-some favorite products of the year across all categories, including phones, laptops, TVs, appliances, smart home, audio — and everything in between. The list includes nearly everything we rated 8.5 out of 10 and above, including our Editors’ Choice products.

(With two more weeks worth of reviews on deck for 2017, there’s always a possibility of a late bloomer. If and when that happens, we’ll add it to the list.)

Think we missed anything? Or do you think we overpraised a product that’s only so-so? Let us know in the comments.

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Elusive Tesla semi truck spotted taking a cruise

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A post shared by Roy Greenberg (@roymilloy) on Dec 7, 2017 at 12:00pm PST

Tesla Motors unveiled its electric semi truck last month — and that’s the only limited, after-dark glimpse most people have had of the big rig, save for Elon Musk’s early customers who scored test drives.

But now we’ve got a slightly better idea of what the Tesla Semi looks like on the road, or at least driving around the company’s design facility in Hawthorne, Calif.

The folks at Electrek highlighted the above Instagram video from Roy Greenberg, which shows the semi driving around without a trailer attached.

There’s not a whole lot to glean from the video, but it’s the first we’ve really seen of the sexiest 18-wheeler ever created in the wild. Kudos to Elon Musk, who appears to have made trucking hip, or at least sleek-looking. The semi still manages to look spiffy in broad daylight without all the mood lighting of a nighttime reveal.

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Mod gives Google’s Home Mini speaker its ‘missing’ line-out jack

For many, Google’s Home Mini speaker has one key disadvantage over Amazon’s Echo Dot: there’s no line-out jack. If you want more powerful sound without buying a higher-priced model, you have to stream to a Chromecast-equipped speaker system. However, that didn’t deter SnekTek — the site has added an aux audio port to the Mini through a clever homebrew mod. To say this required some delicate surgery would be an understatement, mind you. The procedure involved boiling the adhesive off the bottom, finding the one space where a headphone port would fit, and carving out a hole. As with the iPhone 7 headphone mod, the product clearly wasn’t designed for this — there won’t be any doubt that you voided your warranty once you’re done.

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