FCC clears way for big TV mergers, eases broadband price limits

Jim Puzzanghera
The Los Angeles Times

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday accelerated its deregulation push under Republican control, voting to ease limits on broadcast TV ownership and prices that large telecom companies can charge businesses and governments for bulk broadband services.

Revisions to how the agency calculates the audience reached by broadcasters would clear the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. to purchase Tribune Media Co., which owns KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles and 41 other stations.

Thursday’s changes, advocated by the agency’s new chairman, Ajit Pai, and approved on party-line votes, reverse initiatives the FCC pursued under Democratic leadership during the Obama administration. Consumer groups and some lawmakers warned that the deregulation steps would trigger more media consolidation and higher prices for consumers. Continue reading “FCC clears way for big TV mergers, eases broadband price limits”

Google shuts down Burger King’s cunning TV ad

The Verge Just under three hours after Burger King unveiled a new advertisement designed to hijack your Google Home to read a long-winded description of its Whopper burger, Google has disabled the functionality. It was fun / horrifying while it lasted! As of 2:45PM ET, Google Home will no longer respond when prompted by the specific Burger King commercial that asks “What is the Whopper … Continue reading Google shuts down Burger King’s cunning TV ad

WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 Shows How CIA Spies On Your TV, Phone, PC, Mac, And More

Matt Agorist
The Free Thought Project

Only moments ago, WikiLeaks released what it claims to be the largest ever release of confidential documents on the CIA. This dump comes on the heels of a preview that the Free Thought Projectreported on last month, in which WikiLeaks released documents showing the CIA’s role in interfering with French elections. This dump, however, is the apparent mother lode, which the transparency organization allegedly obtained from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley. It involves a massive cache of data ranging from the years 2013-2016. Continue reading “WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 Shows How CIA Spies On Your TV, Phone, PC, Mac, And More”

Amazon’s Alexa could soon recognize users by their voices

Valentina Palladino
ArsTechnica

Amazon‘s Alexa may be about to get smarter. According to a report from Time, the online retailer is working on voice identification software for Alexa that would allow the service to identify who in a household is speaking to it. “People familiar with Amazon’s Alexa strategy” claim this feature has been under development since 2015, and the challenge now is in strategically integrating it into Alexa devices like Amazon Echo.

The report claims that the feature is internally called Voice ID, and it would match a person’s voice to a prerecorded “voice print” to identify who is talking. The primary account holder could limit specific actions to only those matching a specific voice print. For example, any voice-made purchases could be limited to parents in a household so children don’t go on voice-enabled shopping sprees. Continue reading “Amazon’s Alexa could soon recognize users by their voices”