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February 7, 2017
by sjvn01
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Email Privacy Act passed by House, but don’t get your hopes up

Do you want the IRS, FBI, or SEC looking into your email without a warrant? Probably not. That’s why a bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced the Email Privacy Act after it failed to pass last year. This law would keep your email from government snoopers without a warrant. This time, the bill passed the House of Representatives by a unanimous voice vote.

That’s a good start. The real challenge will be getting passed by the Senate and then getting President Donald Trump to sign it.

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February 6, 2017
by sjvn01
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NY Attorney General accuses Charter Spectrum of cheating millions of Internet users

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman didn’t mince his words. In his announcement of a lawsuit against Charter and its subsidiary Spectrum, formerly known as Time Warner Cable (TWC), he said: “The allegations in today’s lawsuit confirm what millions of New Yorkers have long suspected — Spectrum-Time Warner Cable has been ripping you off.”

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February 3, 2017
by sjvn01
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Mesh networking: Why it’s coming to a home or office near you

There’s nothing new about mesh-networking technology. What is new is that mesh networking is finally cheap enough to be deployed in both homes and small businesses.

Mesh networking deals with that most common of Wi-Fi problems: Dead zones. You know how it goes. You move your laptop from your office to your conference room and — blip! — there goes your Wi-Fi connection.

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February 1, 2017
by sjvn01
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Bigger, better LibreOffice 5.3 released for the cloud

Almost two years ago, The Document Foundation announced it was going to bring LibreOffice to the cloud. With the release of LibreOffice 5.3, that day has finally come.

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