US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over ‘Pirate Bay’ Domain – TorrentFreak


The US Embassy in Costa Rica has threatened to have the country’s domain registry shut down unless it suspends ThePirateBay.cr. The registry says it won’t comply without a court order and has written to the ICANN organization to complain about harassment and personal insults.

Source: US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over ‘Pirate Bay’ Domain – TorrentFreak

Why one US Republican voted to kill privacy rules: “Nobody has to use the Internet” | Ars Technica UK


A Republican lawmaker who voted to eliminate Internet privacy rules said, “Nobody’s got to use the Internet” when asked why ISPs should be able to use and share their customers’ Web browsing history for advertising purposes.

Source: Why one US Republican voted to kill privacy rules: “Nobody has to use the Internet” | Ars Technica UK

Senate votes to let US ISPs sell Web browsing history to advertisers | Ars Technica UK


ISP now stands for “invading subscriber privacy,” Democratic senator says.

Source: Senate votes to let US ISPs sell Web browsing history to advertisers | Ars Technica UK

The Only Concrete Takeaway From Trump’s Speech: Medicaid Is Doomed


Trump has spent his life making preposterous promises and never following through, but when it comes to Medicaid he may well keep his word.

Medicaid is not just healthcare for the poor. It also pays the bills for over 60 percent of nursing home residents, and 40 percent of all national long-term care costs. And the number of Americans who need nursing home care is going to rise significantly over the next several decades as the baby boom ages into their eighties and nineties. Cutting Medicaid over this period is a recipe for people literally dying in the streets (or for luckier ones, on the foldout couch in their kid’s living room).

Source: The Only Concrete Takeaway From Trump’s Speech: Medicaid Is Doomed

Apple Says Nebraska Will Become A ‘Mecca For Hackers’ If Right To Repair Bill Passes | Techdirt

[T]he prospect of a Cupertino-based megacorporation losing business to local repair shops isn’t a very sympathetic argument at the Nebraska statehouse. And so Apple has tried a slew of other tactics, according to state Sen. Lydia Brasch, who was recently visited by Steve Kester, an Apple state government affairs specialist.”Apple said we would be the only state that would pass this, and that we would become the mecca for bad actors,” Brasch, who is sponsoring the bill, told me in a phone call. “They said that doing this would make it very easy for hackers to relocate to Nebraska.”

Source: Apple Says Nebraska Will Become A ‘Mecca For Hackers’ If Right To Repair Bill Passes | Techdirt

Apple Wants To Stop You Fixing Your iPhone And iPad: Source Says It Will Testify Against ‘Right To Repair’ Legislation | Techdirt

an Apple representative, staffer, or lobbyist will testify against the bill at a hearing in Lincoln on March 9. AT&T will also argue against the bill, the source said. The source told me that at least one of the companies plans to say that consumers who repair their own phones could cause lithium batteries to catch fire.

Source: Apple Wants To Stop You Fixing Your iPhone And iPad: Source Says It Will Testify Against ‘Right To Repair’ Legislation | Techdirt

FCC Republicans vow to gut net neutrality rules “as soon as possible” | Ars Technica


Pai and O’Rielly also promise not to enforce disclosure rules on small ISPs.

Source: FCC Republicans vow to gut net neutrality rules “as soon as possible” | Ars Technica

GOP tells FCC to just stop what it’s doing until Trump is inaugurated | Ars Technica


Set-top box rules and other changes could be dead in Obama’s final months.

Source: GOP tells FCC to just stop what it’s doing until Trump is inaugurated | Ars Technica