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Net Neutrality's End Is Creating a Lot of Confusion About the Future of the Internet

After the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality regulations on Thursday, reactions on Twitter were strong. Many despaired about the possible end of access to a free and open internet, while others urged neutrality supporters to not give...Show More Summary

Let’s Uber. I’ll Call a Lyft.

Like a lot of people, Yamileth Medina has sworn off Uber. Between former CEO Travis Kalanick’s various scandals and misbehaviors, the company’s (now-abandoned) seat on President Trump’s advisory board, and an office culture allegedly...Show More Summary

Net Neutrality Isn’t Just a Domestic Issue

Asad Mukhtar, a 27-year-old man who is currently employed in Karachi as a cook, is grateful for the free WhatsApp service from his cellphone provider Zong—one of the five largest telecommunications companies in Pakistan, owned by China Mobile. Show More Summary

What Is Ajit Pai Doing in This Anti-Net Neutrality Video Next to a Proponent of Pizzagate?

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai appeared in a video by the Daily Caller on Wednesday in which he pantomimes millennial habits to assert that you can still “gram your food” and “post photos of cute animals” if his proposal to end net neutrality goes into effect. Show More Summary

The Fight for the Open Internet Isn’t Over

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to repeal its net neutrality regulations, but the fight is far from over. It’s now expected that by the end of January 2018, internet service providers will have the green light to slow...Show More Summary

The FCC Had to Pause Its Net-Neutrality Hearing Because of a Bomb Threat

According to multiple reporters at the scene, security services cleared everyone in attendance at the FCC's much-awaited vote on net neutrality Thursday afternoon. Security guards escorted everyone out of the room, instructing them not...Show More Summary

Net Neutrality Is Over. Now What?

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to enshrine new policies that could radically change the way you use the internet. In a 3–2 vote on party lines, the agency decided to move forward with undoing Obama-era net neutrality...Show More Summary

Why Trump Is Missing From Google’s Annual “Year in Search” List

On Wednesday, Google released its annual "Year in Search," which tracks trending queries for the past year. But among the list of top memes, prominent people, and how-to questions for 2017, on both the global and United States lists, one normally inescapable topic was missing: Donald Trump. Show More Summary

The Multimillion-Dollar Industry of Being a Happy Family on YouTube

In a rambling, 17-minute YouTube video called “Swing Fail,” the mom of young children Caleb, Annie, and Hayley Logan films and narrates as they make a casserole at home, then pile into their car to go to the park. Other than the ordinary...Show More Summary

Space Is Not a Void

When President Kennedy announced the Apollo Program, he famously argued that we should go to the moon because it is hard. Solving the technical challenges of space travel is a kind of civilizational achievement on its own, like resolving an interplanetary Rubik’s Cube. The argument worked, perhaps all too well. Show More Summary

A Few Republicans Are Showing Up to Fight for Net Neutrality in the Final Hour

It’s not just Democrats who are fuming about the death of the internet as we know it. Republicans in Congress are starting—albeit super late—to speak out against the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to repeal the open internet rules, which is scheduled for a final vote on Thursday. Show More Summary

The Big Tech Companies That Love Net Neutrality Have a Ton to Gain From Its Demise

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to repeal its net neutrality rules this week, opening the doors for internet service providers to charge companies that can afford it for faster-lane access to users—a potentially significant blow to the open internet. Show More Summary

Future Tense Newsletter: Is the Bitcoin Bubble Going to Pop?

Greetings, Future Tensers, Even if you’re not quite sure what bitcoin is, you might have noticed that the past week was a crazy time for the booming cryptocurrency. Between the first major exchange offering futures on bitcoin and massive spikes in Asian trading, rates for the currency jumped to more than 45 percent of its value just the week before. Show More Summary

The Adult Bodies Playing Teens on TV

Screen Time is Slate’s pop-up blog about children’s TV, everywhere kids see it. This season’s most-acclaimed film, Lady Bird, checks off all the standard entries on a high school movie to-do list. As the title character, Saoirse Ronan...Show More Summary

All the Things Uber Is Doing to Try to Prove It's Now Less Awful

Travis Kalanick, former CEO of Uber, left his position in June amid a number of scandals at the company. Among the many issues that led up to his resignation were allegations that the company fostered an environment conducive to sexual...Show More Summary

The Apple Watch Wants to Become the Ultimate Fitness Tracker

The Apple Watch has a new trick: connecting to workout machines at the gym. Announced back at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June, this capability—called GymKit—syncs Apple Watches with smart gym equipment. It’s a step beyond...Show More Summary

Europe Has a Message for Americans on Net Neutrality

Whether to retain or remove net neutrality protections in the United States, as the Federal Communications Commission will decide this Thursday, is an American question. But it’s good to know how it works in other democracies. As the...Show More Summary

Periscope Has a Minor Problem

Every social media network has its underbelly, and the one on Periscope, Twitter’s live-video app, might be uglier than most: On any given day, users appear to flock to broadcasts from minors and encourage them to engage in sexual and inappropriate behavior. Show More Summary

Why the Internet Turned Against a Bullied Kid

On the internet, even compassion is a blood sport. You’ve probably already seen the video that Keaton Jones’ mother uploaded to Facebook last Friday. In it, the Tennessee boy speaks directly to the camera she's wielding, explaining that a group of other boys had called him ugly and poured milk on him. Show More Summary

Millions of Individual Asian Investors Are Reportedly Driving Bitcoin's Rise

A piece from the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday posited that, based on trading volumes, millions of investors in Asia are the impetus for Bitcoin’s startling rise this year. Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam were responsible for almost...Show More Summary

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