On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s on the Wednesday menu.

Net neutrality follow-ups:

  • The FCC has released to the public its plan to kill net neutrality rules. (FCC; dissenting Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s fact sheet)
  • FCC will also order states to scrap plans for their own net neutrality laws. (Ars Technica)
  • Also, New York state attorney general says FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has not responded to his repeated requests for records in connection with an investigation into fake comments about net neutrality. (AG’s open letter) In comments to SiliconBeat Wednesday, an FCC spokesman said: “This so-called investigation is nothing more than a transparent attempt by a partisan supporter of the Obama Administration’s heavy-handed Internet regulations to gain publicity for himself.”
  • Republican lawmakers are saying they want to establish permanent rules on net neutrality. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Facebook is still letting housing advertisers exclude users by race. (ProPublica)

Google says it has stopped secretly tracking cellular location info. (USA Today)

Lyft gets permit to test self-driving cars in California. (DMV website)

Apple will release a cheaper iPhone by July, reports China’s Daily Economic News. (CNBC)

Apple scientists disclose self-driving car research, in what appears to be the first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles. (Reuters)

Google vs. Russia? Russia’s chief media regulator says the country will retaliate against the search giant if it de-ranks Russian news websites in its search results. (Reuters)

YouTube details steps it’s taking to crack down on videos that exploit children. (Company blog post)

TiVo wins set-top box patent case against Comcast. (Reuters)


Photo: A net neutrality rally on May 15, 2014 at the FCC offices in Washington, D.C. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)


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