Frustrated by internet service providers, cities and schools push for more data

Months into the school year, the one thing many families have learned is how much they rely on a functioning internet connection to access remote classrooms. So education equality experts who are trying to chip away at the many challenges families are struggling with through the pandemic are starting by simply trying to identify which students aren’t connected to make sure those households have access to affordable packages.

But even though most internet service providers, or ISPs, offer affordable packages, they refuse to say how many customers they have signed up for the programs. That is forcing some city officials and internet equality groups to take data-gathering into their own hands.

In Philadelphia, city officials have struggled to get the data from Comcast, one of the nation’s largest ISPs and the owner of NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News. So city officials contacted families directly to find out whether

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Warren and Other Democrats Push ‘Fundamental’ Reform of Capitalism

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Just days before Election Day, four Democratic senators — Tammy Baldwin, Tom Carper, Mark Warner and Elizabeth Warren — are banding together to “fundamentally reform” capitalism. DealBook’s Lauren Hirsch got a first look at their working group, which will be announced today. Above all, it suggests growing Democratic unity around pushing corporate America to focus less on shareholders and short-term profits. And it signals an early priority for lawmakers if their party performs as well as the polls imply.

Why this matters: Attention is growing on who would have Joe Biden’s ear about steering the

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Uber can continue to push pro-Prop 22 messages at drivers in its app, court says

Uber can continue to send messages in its app to drivers about a California ballot measure that would exempt gig economy companies from having to classify workers as employees, a judge ruled late Wednesday. A California state superior court judge rejected the drivers’ request for a temporary restraining order blocking the messages, which drivers claim is “pressuring” them to support the ballot measure, Prop 22.

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In his ruling, Judge Richard Ulmer called the drivers’ request for injunctive relief “belated,” noting that Uber’s campaign started in August. He also noted that the vote on Prop 22 on November 3rd would render the company’s barrage of in-app messages about the ballot measure “effectively moot.”


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A judge criticized drivers for infringing on Uber’s rights to freedom of speech

The judge also dismissed the drivers’ allegations of “political coercion,” stating that there was

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China’s Push For Digital Sovereignty Demands A U.S. Response

For more than thirty years the U.S. has led the world in the design and production of microchips-the essential tool of all digital technology from smart phones and computers to the power grid and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  

Now China is spending $1.4 trillion to become the Colossus astride the global high-tech frontier, including dominating the semiconductor market. Beijing calls it securing “digital sovereignty.” Meanwhile, the U.S. has been sliding from producing more than one third of all microchips made around the world in 1990 to only 12 percent today.  

What happened?

First, other Asian countries have been steadily building their market share over the past two decades, until now Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea are world-beaters in this technology. China, which consumes 50% of the world’s semiconductors, is looking to take over this market—with huge implications for the U.S. in terms of economic as well as national security.

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AMD to Buy Chip Peer Xilinx for $35 Billion in Data Center Push | Technology News

(Reuters) – Semiconductor designer Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD)

said on Tuesday it would buy Xilinx Inc

in a $35 billion all-stock deal, intensifying its battle with Intel Corp

in the data center chip market.

The deal, which AMD expects to close at the end of 2021, will create a combined company with 13,000 engineers and a completely outsourced manufacturing strategy that relies heavily on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) <2330.TW>.

The two U.S. firms have benefited from a more nimble approach to grab market share from Intel, which has struggled with internal manufacturing.

AMD has long been Intel’s chief rival for central processor units (CPUs) in the personal computer business.

Since Chief Executive Lisa Su took over AMD in 2014, she has focused on challenging Intel in the fast-growing business of data centers that power internet-based applications and services and are fuelling the rise of artificial intelligence and

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Banned conspiracy channels are suing YouTube over its anti-QAnon moderation push

YouTube is facing a lawsuit from a group of channel owners who say their rights were violated by the platform’s recent moderation actions against QAnon accounts. The users, many of whom boasted hundreds of thousands of followers on the platform, are seeking a temporary restraining order to restore their accounts.


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“YouTube’s massive de-platforming, which occurred just three weeks before the 2020 Presidential election, worked to the severe detriment of both conservative content creators and American voters who seek out their content,” the complaint alleges. “YouTube took this draconian action so swiftly that the Plaintiffs… received no advance notice and were not able to download their own content.”


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Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act typically protects platforms from lawsuits over moderation actions, and the law is likely to be a pillar of YouTube’s legal defense. Republicans have proposed adding a

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Facebook’s video game streaming push is a way to sell more ads

  • Facebook has a new video game service that enables games to be played from the cloud, streamed directly to your device, without a download.
  • The new service is a rare push into gaming from Facebook that makes more sense when paired with another Facebook announcement tied to the new service: “Cloud Playable Ads,” which Facebook said will “provide an authentic preview of a full game.”
  • The new ads may be a driving reason for Facebook, which along with Google controls the majority of digital advertising, to get into video game streaming.
  • The ads use cloud streaming to enable viewers to play a brief demo of a game, and are intended to “support interactive demos from a game’s native code, blurring the line between games and ads.” 
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Following Microsoft’s, Google’s, and Amazon’s lead, Facebook is the latest tech giant to push into the burgeoning

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Conservatives push to discredit tech platforms before election

Ted Cruz accused the tech platforms of ‘actively interfering in this election’

The Senate Commerce committee is set to grill the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google on Wednesday amid right-wing accusations of political bias and threats to change a critical law, known as Section 230, that protects the three tech giants’ ability to moderate content as they see fit.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies via video conference during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on Online Platforms and Market Power in the Rayburn House office Building, July 29, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee was scheduled to hear testimony from the CEOs of Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google. (Photo by Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies via video conference during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on Online Platforms and Market Power in the Rayburn House office Building, July 29, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee was scheduled to hear testimony from the CEOs of Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google. (Photo by Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images)

Outside experts have found little evidence to support claims of widespread partisanship on the social media platforms. Still, the conservative allegations are damning claims just days ahead of

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Nike is the latest brand to push voting. Does anyone care?

With just over a week until election day, Nike has launched the newest ad in its ongoing “You Can’t Stop Sport” campaign. Created by Wieden+Kennedy, directed by Hiro Murai, and narrated by Regina King, the spot is littered with high-profile athletes like LeBron James, Naomi Osaka, Odell Beckham Jr., Sue Bird, Ja Morant, A’ja Wilson, and Tim Anderson.

But the real star is you and your voice.

It’s not about hyping hoops, running faster, or playing better. The celebrated action here is voting.

With references to the pandemic, unemployment, and other issues, we hear voices saying things like, “Voting is power,” “Right now, it’s what’s necessary,” and “You don’t need to be a star to have a voice.”

It’s the latest example of how the 2020 presidential election has found its way into the marketing strategy of major brands—a natural extension of corporations being (or at least giving the appearance

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Judge again blocks Trump administration push to ban WeChat in the US

A judge in California has rejected a request from the Department of Justice to reverse a previous decision allowing WeChat to remain active in US app stores. US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said new evidence the government presented did not change her opinion about the messaging app, owned by Chinese company Tencent app. WeChat will remain active in US app stores for the time being.

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“The record does not support the conclusion that the government has ‘narrowly tailored’ the prohibited transactions to protect its national-security interests,” Beeler wrote in her decision. The evidence “supports the conclusion that the restrictions ‘burden substantially more speech than is necessary to further the government’s legitimate interests.’” President Trump issued an executive order in August to ban WeChat, invoking the Emergency Economic Powers Act and the National Emergencies Act.


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The administration also sought to ban

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