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4:57 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

In Win For The FCC, Federal Judge Refuses To Block Net Neutrality Rules

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 12:12 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:41 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

How Twitter Can Revive Itself, Even Without Naming Snoop Dogg CEO

Twitter is one of the most popular social media sites, but it's going through major changes.
Jonathan Alcorn Getty Images

Don't go changing to try and please me; you never let me down before. That's what Billy Joel said.

He wasn't talking about Twitter.

The 9-year-old company is seeing major changes recently, with its CEO Dick Costolo stepping down and its co-founder Jack Dorsey taking over for now.

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Monkey See
2:43 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

How 'Silicon Valley' Tells Broad Truths From An Insular World

Zach Woods, T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, and Martin Starr.
Frank Masi HBO

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 4:12 pm

HBO's Silicon Valley ends its second season Sunday night with a finale I have seen and will warn you is so tense that I actually skipped forward a little bit at one point. That's how suspenseful I found it. And remember: it's a comedy.

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The Two-Way
7:07 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

IRS Announces Effort To Fight Fraudulent Tax Returns

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 8:09 pm

The Internal Revenue Service, hoping to reduce the number of fraudulent tax returns filed each year, says it's partnering with several tax preparation and software firms in an effort to protect taxpayers.

The initiative, announced by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, will include steps the IRS believes will better authenticate the identity of taxpayers and the information included on tax return submissions.

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The Two-Way
6:18 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Union: All Data Of All Federal Employees Hacked

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:41 pm

The president of the largest federal employees union says all data for every current and retired federal employee and up to 1 million former employees were stolen by hackers. He says those data include names and Social Security numbers, military service and insurance and pension information.

The government has acknowledged that data of as many as 4 million current and former employees and retirees were stolen, but it hasn't detailed which employees were affected. Nor has it specified which data were stolen.

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The Two-Way
5:16 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Twitter CEO Stepping Down After Disappointing First Quarter

Twitter's Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo gives a speech in 2012 in Cannes, France. The social media company says Costolo will step down as CEO effective July 1.
Lionel Cironneau AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 6:24 pm

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo will step down and the social media powerhouse's co-founder and Chairman of the Board Jack Dorsey will take over as interim head, the company says.

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Apple's New Music Streaming Service Under Antitrust Scrutiny

Apple announced its new music streaming service during the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The same day that Apple did a splashy, star-studded introduction to its new Apple Music subscription streaming service, New York's attorney general posted a letter from attorneys for Universal Music Group indicating that prosecutors are looking at the streaming music business and that Apple is one of the companies being investigated.

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The Two-Way
3:37 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

EU Launches Antitrust Probe Of Amazon's E-Book Business

Kindle e-readers were piled high at an Amazon Fulfillment Center. The central focus of the nascent European probe will be Amazon's e-book agreements with publishers.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 5:08 pm

European regulators have launched a formal investigation into Amazon's practices in the e-book market.

In a statement released Thursday, the European Commission announced that its antitrust investigation will focus on Amazon's contracts with publishers — and whether the Internet retailer is abusing its dominant position as the largest e-book distributor in Europe.

The commission, the 28-member executive arm of the European Union, is especially concerned with a few key parts of those contracts.

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The Two-Way
2:04 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

In Its First Crowdfunding Case, FTC Goes After Board Game Kickstarter

The logo for a board game promised on Kickstarter. The FTC claims Erik Chevalier, who ran the crowdfunding campaign, used the money he raised on personal things.
Kickstarter

In the first crowdfunding case, the Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Erik Chevalier, who started a Kickstarter campaign to create a board game called "The Doom That Came to Atlantic City."

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The Two-Way
11:31 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Joyce Carol Oates On Dinosaur-Killer Tweet: 'My Tweets Are Meant To Be Funny'

Author Joyce Carol Oates, seen here at a a panel discussion last October, sparked jokes, and then a debate, by tweeting about the "barbaric" killing of a triceratops.
Thos Robinson Getty Images for The New Yorker

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 4:23 pm

After Joyce Carol Oates sent an outraged tweet about the "barbaric" killing of an animal this week, a debate emerged: Was the author, 77, slipping? The question was prompted by the image accompanying Oates' tweet, of a triceratops and a smiling Steven Spielberg.

"So barbaric that this should still be allowed," Oates wrote. "No conservation laws in effect wherever this is?"

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