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FCC commissioner calls out Dish for taking $3 billion in small business discounts

Dish is trying to cash in over $ 3 billion in discounts meant to help “very small businesses” during wireless spectrum auctions, but FCC commissioner Ajit Pai isn’t having it. According to The Wall Street Journal, Pai intends to petition commission chairman Tom Wheeler to investigate Dish’s eligibility for these discounts. Pai, who’s been protective over the FCC’s small business discounts in the past, says that allowing a large company like Dish to receive such a large discount “makes a mockery” of the program.

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North Korea blames US for internet outage, calls Obama a reckless ‘monkey’

North Korea believes it is being punished for a crime it did not commit. KCNA, the North’s state-run media outlet, has published an official statement from an unidentified spokesperson that accuses the US of shutting down the country’s internet access earlier this week.

“The United States, with its large physical size and oblivious to the shame of playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would, has begun disrupting the Internet operations of the main media outlets of our republic,” reads the statement.

Insults were flung

Among other insults, the government spokesperson blames President Obama personally for the release of The Interview, adding in an apparent racial slur: “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a…

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Mississippi’s attorney general calls ‘a time out’ after Google sues him

Hours after Google took legal action against him, Mississippi’s attorney general is retreating. Jim Hood issued a statement late Friday saying he is “calling a time out, so that cooler heads may prevail.” His next sentence seemed to be missing a word or two, but here you go: “I will reach out to legal counsel Google’s board of directors to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the issues affecting consumers that we attorneys general have pointed out in a series of eight letters to Google.”

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Samuel L. Jackson calls on the stars of the Ice Bucket Challenge to sing against ‘racist police’

On the day when thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest police brutality, Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson urged his fellow celebrities to contribute their voices to the popular movement. Calling out all he high-profile figures who poured buckets of ice over their heads for the Ice Bucket Challenge, Jackson sings:

“I can hear my neighbor crying ‘I can’t breathe,’ now I’m in the struggle and I can’t leave, calling out the violence of the racist police. We ain’t gonna stop till people are free.”

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North Korea calls Sony Pictures hack ‘a righteous deed’ but denies involvement

North Korea is applauding the devastating hack on Sony Pictures, though it is not taking responsibility for the attacks. According to The New York Times, a spokesperson quoted by the North Korean Central News Agency said that the country was not involved in the hack and did not know why Sony was singled out as a target. However, he suggested that it “might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers” of North Korea who are joining its efforts to “put an end to US imperialism.”

“A film abetting a terrorist act.”

The Sony Pictures hack, which put the company’s computer systems offline last month and led to leaks of tens of thousands of sensitive documents, is suspected to come out of North Korea. Code found from the attack is…

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Angela Merkel argues against net neutrality, calls for special access fast lane

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has laid out her vision for the future of the internet, and net neutrality proponents won’t be pleased. In comments on Thursday in Berlin, Merkel argued for a two-lane internet. One lane for “special,” high priority service, and another that’s meant to resemble the internet as it exists today.

While supporters of net neutrality argue that it is key to the continued growth of the internet, Merkel believes just the opposite. She argues that fast lanes are necessary for the development of new, advanced uses of the internet, like telemedicine or driverless cars. According to Merkel, without guaranteed, fast-access internet connections, such innovations won’t come to market.

Can you have a fast lane and…

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Will.i.am unveils Puls, a smart ‘cuff’ that makes phone calls

After two and a half years of development, Will.i.am finally unveiled the smart “cuff” he has been working on with his consumer electronics company, i.am+. The Puls is a wearable wristband that tells time, but “it’s not a watch,” the Black Eyed Peas singer said repeatedly on stage at Dreamforce in San Francisco. The key difference is that the Puls makes phone calls and accesses online services using a 3G radio. Puls will launch on carriers AT&T in the United States and O2 in the United Kingdom.

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Editorial board of The New York Times calls for the legalization of weed

While the full decriminalization of marijuana in the United States is far from guaranteed, momentum has been building at a fast clip in recent years: Colorado and Washington state have taken the lead, with medical marijuana now legal in nearly two dozen states in total. Now, the editorial board of The New York Times is calling for legalization with an opinion being published in tomorrow’s edition. “We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws,” it says. The piece — titled “Repeal Prohibition, Again” — compares the state of marijuana use in the US today to that of alcohol during the Prohibition…

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Elon Musk donates $1 million to Nikola Tesla museum after webcomic calls him out

We all owe Nikola Tesla a debt of gratitude: the Serbian-American inventor was integral in designing the alternating current electrical supply systems that power the modern world. But Elon Musk owes Tesla more than most — the billionaire Musk named the electric car company he co-founded after the inventor. Yesterday, on the day that would’ve been Tesla’s 158th birthday, Musk showed his appreciation for the man by pledging a million dollars to help build a Tesla museum.

The pledge was prompted by Matthew Inman, who created webcomic The Oatmeal, and organized a successful crowdfunding campaign to purchase Tesla’s Wardenclyffe lab back in 2012. The campaign, to which Musk donated $ 2,500 after his car company was called out by name in the a…

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Microsoft’s Skype Translator will translate voice calls on the fly

Microsoft’s Skype will eventually be able to translate voice calls between people. In an on-stage demo at the Code conference today, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella showed off Skype Translator, an upcoming version of the service that is capable of translating voice conversation in “near real-time” using technology developed by the company’s Skype and Translator teams.

“Ever since we started to speak, we wanted to cross the language boundary,” Nadella said before showing off a development version of the software, which will be out in beta later this year and possibly as a commercial product in 2015 or 2016.

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