FCC reverses Internet freedom regulation

The Federal Communications Commission of the United States voted on Thursday to repeal Obama-era Internet freedom regulation that blocked wireless providers from charging for pay-to-access.

The regulations safeguarded what has been classified as “net neutrality” that blocked web sites and services from being placed behind paywalls or speed layers by wireless Internet providers in the U.S., and is largely supported by Silicon Valley.

The vote was won in a simple majority where three voted to repeal Title II over two who voted to keep the regulations.

Democrat Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn voted against the repeal, with Republican-appointed Mike O’Reilly, Brendan Carr and Chairman Ajit Pai voting in favour.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, said shortly after the decision that he will lead a multi-state lawsuit in an attempt to halt the repeal of Internet regulation.

Schneiderman’s counterparts in California, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and several more have joined the lawsuit.

U.S. President Donald Trump said the FCC decision is important for jobs, in support of the repeal.

Netflix said in a statement that it was disappointed the FCC voted to “gut net neutrality protections”.

Canada’s government has made clear its own Internet freedom laws would stay in place and that web equality was crucial.

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Many say, including advocacy group Battle for the Net, that the rollback of “net neutrality” will result in paywalls for certain sites and the slowing of speeds for those that don’t pay their wireless provider more.

More details to follow. Image 1 of FCC leadership from Fierce Health Care. 


United States, South Korea & Japan begin joint drills

The US, along with South Korea and Japan, kicked off joint “missile tracking” drills this morning. The new military exercises were started over speculation that North Korea may soon test launch a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), according to the South Korean military.

Two US Aegis destroyers (USS Stethem & USS Decatur) are leading the drills along with South Korea’s Seoae Ryu Seong Ryong Aegis destroyer, and Japan’s Chokai Aegis vessel. All three naval forces will “polish their skills” at “detecting and tracking potential ballistic missiles using a computer-simulated training module”.

The drill are hosted by Japan and will conclude on 12/December. The allied navies will be “practicing tracking an object and sharing information on it among the three countries,” a Japanese DM official said.

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Small blast strikes transit hub in New York

An explosive device was detonated in the Port Authority Bus Terminal early on Monday in the city of New York, injuring four near Times Square.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was an “attempted terrorist attack” during a press conference later in the morning, with suspect Akayed Ullah detonating a homemade device that was strapped to his torso.

Ullah, 27, is injured but stable and in police custody, according to the New York Police Department. The device detonated around 7:20 a.m. in a small passageway between transit areas.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill declined to confirm whether the suspect uttered allegiance to the radical Daesh (IS) militant group, but said there would have more information on it later.

Three civilians were hurt in the blast, sustaining “non-life threatening” injuries.

A press conference was held just past 9:30 a.m. by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the police commissioner, and the mayor.

“There are no additional known activities,” de Blasio said, explaining there are no further threats to the city.

“This is New York City, we don’t live in fear,” O’Neill said.

Emergency services in the United States responded to reports of an explosion during morning rush hour at the station located in Manhattan.

The Port Authority and several subway lines were initially closed, but have since been reopened.

Violent clashes near U.S. Embassy in Lebanon

Violent clashes broke out near the United States Embassy in Lebanon on Sunday as local security forces fired tear gas and a water cannon into crowds of protesters throwing stones and sparking fires.

Israeli Prime Minister heads to France, Belgium

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The rally was against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec. 6, sparking protest in major cities across the Arab world.

The Arab League officially condemned Washington’s recognition during a meeting overnight on Sunday declaring that the U.S. had forfeited its position as Middle East peacemaker by taking the Israeli stance on Jerusalem.

Crowds were stopped by a barricade cutting off the main road leading to the embassy in the busy Awkar district, with some individuals attempting to get through.

Protesters attempt to break through barricade to US Embassy from the BBC.

At one point, a group set an effigy of Trump on fire, and others burned vehicles in the streets.

Local monitors say “hundreds of thousands” of Palestinian refugees and their descendents have found residence in Lebanon. There is also a significant Palestinian presence in Jordan.

Other U.S. embassies have suffered protests as well. In Indonesia, a massive peaceful demonstration took place outside the embassy in the capital city of Jakarta.

More details to follow. Image 1 of the protests from social media. 

Digital currency exchange loses $70 million in Bitcoins

On December 7, a large heist was carried out on a digital currency exchange and mining platform getting away with $70 million dollars worth of Bitcoins. “A hacker or a group of hackers was able to infiltrate our systems through a compromised company computer,” NiceHash CEO Marko Kobal said in a video statement Thursday.

NiceHash, which is one of the largest marketplaces for mining digital currencies has halted operations for at least 24 hours due to the security breach. The hackers most likely entered the system using a NiceHash engineer’s credentials. ⠀

“Given the complexity and security of the systems in place, this appears as an incredibly coordinated and highly sophisticated attack,” Mr. Kobal said.⠀

NiceHash recommends all of its users update their login information. All other major Bitcoin exchanges and mining sites have been notified about the breach.⠀

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Israeli Air Force carries out airstrikes in Gaza

The Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes in Gaza last night, killing two Palestinian “gunmen” after rockets were fired from the area. At least three rockets were reportedly launched toward Israeli towns from the Gaza Strip late last night.

“IAF aircraft targeted four facilities belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the Gaza Strip: two weapons manufacturing sites, a weapons warehouse, a military compound,” the Israeli military said in a statement.

Palestinian protests, so far today, aren’t as intense as Friday. On Friday, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in protest and two were killed in clashes with IDF troops on the Gaza border. Dozens were wounded there and in the West Bank.

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Japan set to acquire medium-range cruise missles

Japan is set to acquire medium-range, air-launched cruise missiles, “capable of striking North Korea,” according to Japanese DM Itsunori Onodera. Onodera added that the new missiles “would be for defense,” as Japan would still rely on the US to strike any enemy bases.

The Joint Strike Missile (JSM) will be mounted on F-35A stealth fighters as “stand-off” missiles that “can be fired beyond the range of enemy threats,” Onodera said.

Japan is also looking to mount Lockheed Martin Corp’s extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER) on their F-15’s. The JSM, designed by Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace, has a range of 500km (310miles), and the JASSM-ER can hit targets 1,000km (621miles) away.

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