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How the Supreme Court just rocked the internet

In a decision with potentially enormous consequences, the US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states have the right to charge sales tax on online transactions by out-of-state companies with no physical presence in their territory.For those who buy do all their online buying on Amazon -- which, after its acquisition of Whole Foods, has a "physical presence" in pretty much every state, and which...

EU committee approves new rules that could 'destroy the internet as we know it'

An EU committee has approved two new copyright rules that campaigners warn could destroy the internet as we know it. The two controversial new rules – known as Article 11 and Article 13 – introduce wide-ranging new changes to the way the web works. Article 13 has been criticised by campaigners who claim that it could force internet companies to "ban memes". It requires that all websites...

States are now passing their own net neutrality laws to protect the internet from corporations

The repeal of net neutrality rules officially took effect on Monday, opening up the possibility that internet service providers could now throttle, block or otherwise tamper with consumers’ access to the internet.With the U.S. Congress failing to block the repeal, states have now been taking up the mantle to uphold net neutrality rules. Twenty-three state attorneys general filed a lawsuit in...

Cortana Hack Lets You Change Passwords on Locked PCs

Microsoft has patched a vulnerability in the Cortana smart assistant that could have allowed an attacker with access to a locked computer to use the smart assistant and access data on the device, execute malicious code, or even change the PC's password to access the device in its entirety.The issue was discovered by Cedric Cochin, Cyber Security Architect and Senior Principle Engineer at McAfee...

Google disables inline installation for Chrome extensions

Google today announced that Chrome will no longer support inline installation of extensions. New extensions lose inline installation starting today, existing extensions will lose the ability in three months, and in early December the inline install API will be removed from the browser with the release of Chrome 71.Disabling inline installation, which lets users install extensions directly from...

The end of net neutrality is here

The controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections is officially set to take effect on Monday, despite ongoing efforts from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups to save the rules.The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines in December to repeal the rules, which were intended to prevent internet providers from...