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YouTubers Are Up In Arms About YouTube Red

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That curious “1 percent” is pretty tricky, though, especially for the people who make a living through their YouTube channels. Based on initial reactions, some in the YouTube community are outraged. One YouTuber even created a petition called “Stop YouTube Red” that’s garnered close to 6,000 signatures so far. People aren’t just upset about the YouTube creator contract, either. People seem generally scared about a world where you have to pay to watch some YouTube videos. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

Amazon Just Banned the Sale of Google Chromecast and Apple TV

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Today, Amazon absolutely scorched Google and Apple Inc. by banning the two companies’ streaming TV products from its marketplace. Amazon says it’s “to avoid customer confusion.” Third party sellers just received an email from Amazon with orders to clear out their Google Chromecast and Apple TV inventories by October 29. […] It’s kind of amazing, when you think about it. If Apple and Google don’t want to play nice and support Prime video, then Amazon doesn’t want to play nice and carry their stupid products. Amazon even made a point to say that Roku, Xbox, and PlayStation products wouldn’t be affected by the ban—presumably because they do play nice. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

The Guy Who Coined Net Neutrality Now Works for New York’s Attorney General

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Tim Wu, a former candidate for lieutenant governor of New York, is most famous for coining the term “net neutrality,” so we can safely assume that companies like Time Warner Cable count as bullies. We’ll be watching his work closely over the next few months. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

Spotify Clarifies Exactly How it Will Use Your Information After Privacy Kerfuffle

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In a blog post boldly titled “SORRY,” Spotify chief Daniel Elk says, “We should have done a better job in communicating what these policies mean and how any information you choose to share will – and will not – be used.” The TL;DR explanation of exactly how Spotify plans to access your personal data is simply that the streaming music service will not access your photos, location, voice, or contacts, unless you give “your explicit permission.” In other words, you’ll need to opt-in. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

John Deere Thinks People Will Pirate Music With In-Car Computers

Did you know that it’s illegal to tinker with the code in your in-car computer? Thanks to the nuances of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), you’re not even supposed to inspect the inner workings of your vehicle’s circuitry. This is absurd, which is why the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is fighting for a better policy. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

Comcast Is Offering Gigabit Internet Speeds—But Probably Not for You

Comcast very clearly states in the press release that customers’ homes will need to be “within close proximity of Comcast’s fiber network” to get Gigabit Pro service, which would “require an installation of professional-grade equipment.” [Steven Restivo] explained that this means installing gigabit-read hardware inside and outside of the home. It also involves a layer new fiber to cover the last mile of infrastructure from the Comcast plant to that new professional-grade equipment. Add that setup cost to the cost of the service itself and you’re looking at a decent chunk of change. […] We won’t know exactly how expensive until early May when Comcast reveals the pricing structure. Meanwhile, about an hour and a half north of Atlanta, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee offers its citizens gigabit speeds for just $70 a month. Google Fiber is about the same, though the municipal broadband speeds in Chattanooga are even faster. And it’s growing. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

Why America’s Internet Is So Shitty and Slow

The internet is a tangible thing, a network of infrastructure pulsing with light, winding its way into and beneath buildings. It’s also a marketplace. There is the physical location where the fiber-optic cables full of data cross, and then there are the financial deals that direct the traffic down each specific set of wires. This combination of physical wires and ephemeral business transactions will shape the future of the digital world. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

What Is HTTP/2?

HTTP/2 like any good upgrade, will address some issues with the previous version, and as a result, your web browser will load pages more quickly. This is exciting—but it’s also rather revealing in terms of web history. As the internet’s evolved, web pages have steadily increased in size, like, a lot. […] There is a potential downside, sort of. HTTP/2 won’t work with certain types of encryption. However, it will open the door for better types of encryption, and browsers are using the upgrade as an opportunity to boost security. Rumor has it that Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome will soon only support HTTPS connections. (By the way, the “S” on HTTPS simply means that the protocol is run through a secure protocol, usually Transport Layer Security.) – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

Did the Internet Win Yet? No. But Here’s What We Got.

[Tom Wheeler]’s statement of commitment to strict rules that defend net neutrality is a powerful one, but we’ve yet to see the actual wording of his proposal. Once that wording’s out, the FCC commissioners will have to review it, and then, hopefully, votes to approve it at the end of this month. Based on the tenor of the last FCC meeting about net neutrality rules, it sounds like some of the commissioners will support this new plan. But let’s not forget that the agency as a whole did pass some pretty shitty rules less than a year ago. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo 

The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger May Not Happen

Comcast has tried very, very hard to sell the message that the merger wouldn’t reduce competition since it doesn’t operate in the same areas as TWC, and this is sort of true. But the The United States Department of Justice might find it a little bit suspect that Comcast listed Time Warner Cable as a competitor when it was trying to skirt around antitrust laws during its 2011 purchase NBCUniversal, less than four years ago. Comcast actually used the nature of that competition as a reason why regulators should approve that merger, and now it’s making the exact opposite argument to gobble up another corporate giant. Pretty shady stuff. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo
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