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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s brutal education in net neutrality

DC Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated for the position of Supreme Court Justice, and on this occasion I think it warranted that we revisit in detail the sound intellectual thrashing this man suffered at the hands of his colleagues just last year on the topic of the internet and net neutrality. Because Kavanaugh was very, very wrong then and gives every indication that he will take his ignorance unapologetically to the highest court in the land. To set the scene: In 2015 the United States Telecom Association sued the FCC, alleging the Open Internet Order that passed earlier that year, establishing net neutrality as we know it — or rather, knew it — was illegal. This highly watched case was heard late in 2015 and the decision was issued six months later, in June of 2016. DC Circuit Judges Srinivasan, Tatel and Williams ruled against the telecoms, essentially finding that the FCC was well within its jurisdiction in establishing net neutrality rules to begin with, and also that the rule as written was lawful. Unsatisfied with this ruling, the USTA petitioned to have the case reheard “en banc,” meaning with all active circuit judges present. This petition was denied, primarily because the Open Internet Order was by that point in peril of replacement, and new deliberations would as likely as not soon be rendered moot. But two judges had dissenting opinions to bruit, and so the court published them alongside the denial — though unfortunately for them Srinivasan used the same opportunity to demolish their arguments. It would have been better for them, in retrospect, if they had remained silent, rather than raising their profound ignorance like a dirty flag to be mocked and pointed at forever — as we do here today. I covered this disaster in less detail then , because it was only one case and news story among many having to do with net neutrality, and having no official consequences (the motion, after all, was denied) it was only worth touching on in brief. But now, with Kavanaugh ascendant, I feel it is important to resurface his late folly as evidence of his unsuitability for the position to which he has been nominated. His dissent deeply misinterprets multiple Supreme Court decisions, demonstrates a profound lack of understanding about how the industry works and produces absurd results if taken to its logical conclusions. I’ll present Kavanaugh’s arguments in good faith, since they were offered that way, and then summarize their point-by-point demolishment by Srinivasan, the FCC or common sense. Wrong on jurisdiction Kavanaugh’s first argument is that the FCC’s rule is illegal to begin with because it does not have authority to issue it.

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An immodest proposal: it’s time for scooter superhighways

“If a problem cannot be solved,” Donald Rumsfeld once wrote, “enlarge it.” I’m not about to praise him for his accomplishments, but he had a pretty good eye for diagnoses. Which takes us to the problem of urban transit. I complained recently that I didn’t care about scooter startups, because I couldn’t imagine cities ever changing in a way which made scooters really work. But lo, the scales have fallen from my eyes. What may seem to be the problem: scooters are useful and fun for many, but discarded scooters are an unsightly mess. What’s actually the problem: cities are ruled by the iron fist of King Car. Even with maximum scooter distribution and zero regulation, the real estate occupied by scooters (and bicycles) will only ever be a vanishingly tiny fraction of a vanishingly tiny fraction of that occupied by roads and parking spaces. The solution, obviously, is to allocate some of the latter to the former. No, not bike lanes. I mean, they have their place, but they’re cramped, they’re difficult to pass in, and their space is still only ever an adjunct to that allotted to the all-devouring demands of King Car.

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Waze’s Incident Reports Rolling Out In Google Maps – Ubergizmo

Waze's Incident Reports Rolling Out In Google Maps Ubergizmo Google acquired the Waze navigation app some five years ago and it remains popular with users because of one core feature: incident reports. Users can report accidents, road closures, and other traffic problems in the app which then helps other users ... and more »

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Ford is betting big on Detroit

The Ford Motor Company now owns one of Detroit’s iconic buildings in the Michigan Central Station. The monumental building looms over Detroit’s oldest neighborhood. It’s long been a symbol of Detroit’s decay, and now it could become the symbol of Detroit’s revival, and Ford’s along with it. The building is set to become the anchor of Ford’s 1.2 million-square-foot campus in the Detroit neighborhood. The Michigan Central Station will house more than just Ford employees, though. The auto company says it will be a mixed-use facility with facilities for up to 5,000 office workers and space for shops, restaurants and maybe even residential housing. Ford has a substantial undertaking before employees and businesses move into the building. The Michigan Central Station is nearly literally a shell of its former self. The station was built in 1913 by the same firm responsible for New York’s Grand Central Terminal. In its day, the 21-story building stood proudly with marble floors under an arched 65-foot ceiling.

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News 2 App of the Day – WKRN News 2

WKRN News 2 News 2 App of the Day WKRN News 2 News 2 is partnering with two organizations to make it easier for kids to get books this summer. Read More ». prev. next. Latest News - Local. Nashville prepares for biggest 4th of July celebration yet · Chattanooga woman killed after boat explosion in ...

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News 2 App of the Day – WKRN News 2

WKRN News 2 News 2 App of the Day WKRN News 2 News 2 is partnering with two organizations to make it easier for kids to get books this summer. Read More ». prev. next. Latest News - Local. Nashville prepares for biggest 4th of July celebration yet · Chattanooga woman killed after boat explosion in ...

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News 2 App of the Day – WKRN News 2

WKRN News 2 News 2 App of the Day WKRN News 2 News 2 is partnering with two organizations to make it easier for kids to get books this summer. Read More ». prev. next. Latest News - Local. Nashville prepares for biggest 4th of July celebration yet · Chattanooga woman killed after boat explosion in ...

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Facebook cracks down on ads from e-commerce scammers flagged by new reviews

Facebook is cracking down on Chinese shopping sites and others that bait and switch customers by delivering lower quality products than what they advertised on the social network. Today, Facebook launches a new e-commerce review option inside its “Recent Ads Activity” dashboard that lets buyers give feedback about slow shipping times, weird smells, and junky merchandise. Users are able to access the ads that they have clicked, and provide feedback, by clicking on their Ads Activity , where they can also provide feedback on any ad they may have intentionally or unintentionally clicked on. Now, those responses will be tailored when they are related to ads that have resulted in a purchase, and they will also get fed back to advertisers as well as Facebook itself. Facebook is also expanding feedback options to more areas for those who have purchased items on the back of ads: for example, with prompts in their notifications. There appear to be two aims to the new feedback option. On the more optimistic side, for those advertisers who are selling but not managing customers’ expectations well enough, they are able to get more information to modify their practices. On the more practical (and pessimistic) side, if a business receives a critical mass of bad feedback, Facebook will notify them with an ultimatum to improve. If they don’t, Facebook will refuse to run their ads. Facebook’s efforts as an e-commerce platform are relatively young: it was only last week that it launched a way for those posting items in its community-focused Marketplace to advertise them also in the News Feed; and in May it expanded its Craigslist competitor also to include home services professionals . So, to make sure that its e-commerce advertising doesn’t die on the vine, it has to boost trust, or else its 2.2 billion users might stop clicking its shopping ads for fear of getting burned. “We’ve all had negative customer experiences with businesses,” Sarah Epps, product marketing director for Facebook, said in an interview. “Sometimes they’re hard to reach, late shipping items, or ship you low quality goods. What we hear from people is that bad shopping experiences cost them money and are really inconvenient. They’re bad for people, bad for good businesses on Facebook, and they’re bad for Facebook.” There is another reason for making the experience better for both users and advertisers: there has been research that indicates that some companies, which have grown entire businesses on the back of selling items via Facebook ads, are now looking for alternative platforms after the ads started to become too expensive. While policing the claims of every sketchy e-commerce vendor would be impossible, it can at least use negative reviews to choke off their traffic and absolve itself of profiting off their scams.

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Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion (Microsoft)

Microsoft : Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion   —  Acquisition will empower developers, accelerate GitHub's growth and advance Microsoft services with new audiences  —  Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world's leading software development platform …

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Profile of Verificado 2018, a fact checking service for Mexico’s elections, where WhatsApp users send in information to verify and receive individual…

Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab : Profile of Verificado 2018, a fact checking service for Mexico's elections, where WhatsApp users send in information to verify and receive individual replies   —  “Instead of using broadcast to spread our debunks, we opted for an individual relationship.”  —  The growing stream of reporting …

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Finance ministers of Sweden, Denmark, and Finland oppose the tax on the EU revenues of big tech companies proposed by European Commission (Francesco…

Francesco Guarascio / Reuters : Finance ministers of Sweden, Denmark, and Finland oppose the tax on the EU revenues of big tech companies proposed by European Commission   —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Finance ministers of the European Union's three Nordic countries have urged their partners to shelve a plan to tax large corporations …

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