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BMW’s Apple CarPlay annual fee is next-level gouging – Roadshow

Now Playing: Watch this: These are our editors’ picks for the 2018 Detroit Auto… A pricey up-front fee to enable a service freely available elsewhere is a bit hard to swallow in the real world. However, in the heady, premium-package-rich realm of German luxury cars, such price gouging is the norm. Prefer dark silver to light silver? That’ll be $1,500 extra. Alcantara inserts instead of leather? $750 at least. USB ports you can actually do something with? Better call your accountant. If there’s a positive to this system, and I’m…

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Lifestyle 

Kodi Box CRACKDOWN – Landmark ruling could change the face of streaming FOREVER

TICK BOX • GETTY Kodi Box users need to keep a close eye on an online piracy court case Kodi add-on fans will need to keep a close eye on a court case that could change the face of online streaming forever. The Kodi surge continues without any sign of stopping, as users continue to ditch paid TV services for the online player. Research has suggested Kodi – which offers access to thousands of channels – is being used in more than five million UK homes. Kodi software is not…

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Net neutrality allies are ready to fight. But can it be saved? – CNET

The battle to save net neutrality is heating up as Senate Democrats edge closer to overturning the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulation and lawsuits challenging the agency are filed. But net neutrality supporters shouldn’t hold their breath. These efforts are long shots. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida is flanked by Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois while speaking last week about the Congressional Review Act resolution that would restore the 2015 net neutrality rules, Mark Wilson / Getty Images On Monday,…

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Twitter to alert users who saw Russian propaganda during election

Have you been the victim of Russian tweet trolls? You may soon find out. A representative for Twitter said in testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday that the social media company would inform users who were exposed to Russian propaganda during the 2016 election. When asked by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., what the social media giant would do to disclose to users that they had viewed Russian propaganda, Twitter’s representative claimed the company had begun to develop plans to fulfill that request. “We will be working to identify…

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Technology 

The first lawsuits to save net neutrality have been filed – CNET

The first lawsuits to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules have been filed. Attorneys general from 22 states filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to block the repeal of the rules. Mozilla, maker of the Firefox browser, also said it has filed a suit against the FCC, and several public interest groups have filed petitions in court. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the charge among the states, calling the FCC’s repeal “arbitrary and capricious,” according to a press release announcing the lawsuit. The…

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Kodi Box CRACKDOWN – Netflix and Amazon launch lawsuit after SHOCK advice

Kodi users have been given an update on the ongoing online piracy crackdown, after the maker of one set top box is being sued by Netflix and Amazon. The Kodi surge continues without any sign of stopping, as users continue to ditch paid TV services for the online player. Research has suggested Kodi – which offers access to thousands of channels – is being used in more than five million UK homes. Kodi software is not illegal, but developers can produce third-party add-ons that provide free access to pirated and…

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Technology 

Pirate Bay and Kodi BOOST – Torrent and add-on shock as calls to LEGALISE online piracy

Pirate Bay and Kodi add-on fans should not be left fearing that they’re committing a crime, according to one major figure in the online piracy world.  The Kodi surge continues without any sign of stopping, as users continue to ditch paid TV services for the online player. Research has suggested Kodi – which offers access to thousands of channels – is being used in more than five million British homes. Kodi software is not illegal, but developers can produce third-party add-ons that provides free access to pirated and illegal content. …

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Technology 

Internet giants to join net neutrality legal battle – CNET

Sarah Tew/CNET The lobbying group representing Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Twitter and several other big tech companies plans to join the legal fight to protect net neutrality. The Washington, DC-based Internet Association on Friday said it plans to “intervene” in lawsuits that are expected to be filed against the Federal Communications Commission challenging its repeal last month of the 2015 net neutrality regulations. The Internet Association is not expected to file its own lawsuit.  Instead, it will work closely with other entities filing suit, such as the internet marketplace Etsy, which…

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FCC issues final order dismantling net neutrality – CNET

The Federal Communications Commission released on Thursday the final text of its order repealing controversial Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The 539-page Restoring Internet Freedom Order comes about three weeks after the agency voted 3-2 along party lines to dismantle rules passed in 2015 to ensure that all traffic on the internet is treated equally and to prevent broadband and wireless providers from blocking or slowing online content. The agency also voted to eliminate the legal foundation that gives the FCC oversight of internet service providers. Even though many people agreed…

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FCC chairman may be skipping CES due to death threats – CNET

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been under heavy criticism since the commission voted last month to dismantle net neutrality rules. Alex Wong/Getty Images Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai may have canceled his plans to speak at the CES tech trade show next week due to death threats, Recode reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources inside the agency. Pai was scheduled to sit down Tuesday with the head of the Federal Trade Commission, fellow Republican Maureen Ohlhausen, as part of a conversation moderated by Consumer Technology Association President Gary Shapiro. It would…

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