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May 17, 2018

IN THE NEWS: NET NEUTRALITY

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s an effort doomed to fail. But that isn’t stopping some lawmakers in the Senate from trying to revive the Obama-era rules on “net neutrality.” A group of Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, was able to get a measure passed by a margin of 52-47. But it’s a hollow victory. The House is controlled by the GOP — and it is unlikely to take up the issue. And the Senate margin isn’t big enough to overcome a presidential veto, should the measure somehow make it out of Congress and to President Donald Trump’s desk. In December, the FCC rolled back rules that kept providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps.

IN THE NEWS: 911 IMPROVEMENTS

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — It’s something we all know — and have taught even our youngest kids: in case of trouble, call 911. But when the phone rings on the other end, the response one gets depends on where they are — and what kind of equipment the emergency call center uses. The head of the National Emergency Number Association says most of the technology used in 911 centers “is technology of last century” because it’s voice-centric. Newer systems let callers send short text messages to dispatchers — or even stream video. One big area of concern: many systems are geared toward use by landlines — not cellphones, even though nearly 80 percent of the nation’s 911 calls come from cellphones.

ON THE WEB: “YANNY” VS. “LAUREL”

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Remember the internet craze over the photo of a dress — which looked white and gold to some people while it appeared blue and black to others? The audio version of that dilemma has arrived — and if it hasn’t shown up on your online feeds by now, it will any second now. We’re talking about Yanny vs. Laurel, a short audio clip that’s has sparked a huge online debate. Some who listen to the clip say the speaker says “yanny,” while others insist they hear “laurel.” No one has nailed down the reason some end up in the “yanny” camp and others on “team laurel.” Some say it’s due to the quality of the audio clip heard — or the quality of the computer equipment you hear the clip on.

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Sound:

010584-w-271:44-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with debatable audio clip)-“Warren Levinson, New York”-Audio clip spurs social media debate over Yanny or Laurel (16 May 2018)

<<CUT *010584 (05/16/18)££ 271:44 “Warren Levinson, New York”

010585-a-55:44-(Sound of controversial clip)-“Laurel Laurel Laurel”-Audio clip spurs social media debate over Yanny or Laurel (16 May 2018)

<<CUT *010585 (05/16/18)££ 55:44 “Laurel Laurel Laurel”

010623-a-64:08-(House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at news conference)-“not yanny, alright”-Ryan declares laurel over yanny (16 May 2018)

<<CUT *010623 (05/16/18)££ 64:08 “not yanny, alright”

IN STORES: DROPBOX SETTLEMENT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The online file sharing company Dropbox will be dropping a lot of money on the table to settle a lawsuit over the way it handles its subscription renewals. The company will pay $1.6 million in civil penalties and $450,000 in restitution to end lawsuits filed by district attorneys in four California counties. The suits claim Dropbox failed to properly tell customers who used Dropbox Pro about its automatic renewal policy — in violation of California state law. Dropbox says it agreed to the settlement without admitting liability — and that it’s pleased to have resolved the issue.

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Online:

Dropbox site: http://www.dropbox.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

Follow Oscar Wells Gabriel II on Twitter at https://twitter.com/OWGabriel2

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