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Cheaper broadband coming to low-income families

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cable companies will offer high-speed Internet service to low-income families in the United States at around a fifth of the national average price, the top communications regulator said on Wednesday. Families who qualify for free school lunches will be able to sign up for $9.95 a month high-speed Internet…

Asian golf star ditches coach for YouTube

Asia’s only major-winner Y.E. Yang said Wednesday he had stopped using a coach and is instead picking up tips from YouTube as he bids to recover his best form. The South Korean star said he had been trying to improve his swing by consulting the video-sharing site since splitting with his coach during last season. But…

Electronics retailer Kesa to sell Comet

Kesa Electricals on Wednesday said it had agreed to sell its loss-making retail arm Comet for a nominal fee of £2.0 to private-equity firm OpCapita. However Kesa has also agreed to inject £50 million into the business and retain responsibility for Comet’s pension deficit of £46 million before offloading the chain that runs…

White House vows to veto GOP bill to overturn net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON — The White House warned on Tuesday that President Barack Obama would veto a resolution introduced in the Senate that seeks to overturn “net neutrality” rules aimed at ensuring an open Internet. The House of Representatives approved a Republican-backed resolution in April that seeks to block the rules approved…

DOJ ready to take AT&T to court: Attorney General

WASHINGTON — US Department of Justice lawyers “are ready and eager to go to court” in a bid to block AT&T’s $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile, Attorney General Eric Holder assured lawmakers on Tuesday. “The Justice Department does not file matters in court, does not file suits challenging proposed mergers…

Google chief urges S.Korea to open up Internet

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt Tuesday praised South Korea’s advances in the IT industry but urged it to ease regulations on Internet use. “It’s my view, and I think Google’s view, that regulations on theInternet in Korea could be more open and more modern,” he told reporters, urging Seoul officials to examine “more liberal policies”…

Taiwan to fine bloggers for false advertising

Taiwan on Tuesday passed a law which will fine bloggers who makefalse claims or exaggerate on behalf of products and companies as the number of consumer disputes soars. Under the revised fair trade law passed by the parliament, bloggers and other reviewers could be fined up to ten times the payment they receive…

Pentagon looks for weapons to wage cyber warfare

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s researchers plan to bolster their efforts to create offensive weapons for use in cyber warfare, reflecting a growing concern over digital threats, US officials said Monday. The US government needed “more and better options” to safeguard the country from assaults on sensitive computer networks and had…

Mobile phone data traffic ‘to grow 10-fold by 2016′

As smart phones increasingly take over, mobile data traffic is surging, a study by Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericssonshowed on Monday, saying such traffic is set to increase 10-fold over the next five years. In its Traffic and Market Data report, which Ericsson said was based on measurements “recorded over several years in live networks covering all…

Israel denies cyber attack on defense websites

The websites of Israel’s military, Mossad and the Shin Bet intelligence services were back online on Monday after being unavailable the previous day due to what officials said was a “server crash.” The three sites, along with numerous other government websites, crashed on Sunday, two days after the international hackers’ groupAnonymous apparently…

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