AM Prep-Cyber Corner
Aug. 07, 2018
IN THE NEWS: TRUMP ADMIN. CONTINUES FIGHT AGAINST AT&T/TIME WARNER DEAL
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not quite the same as a baseball player or manager arguing with an umpire by saying the ump has no idea what he's doing. But it's close. The Trump Justice Department is arguing that the judge who signed off on the AT&T merger with Time Warner was completely wrong in his decision — when it comes to the effect the deal will have on consumers. In a filing challenging the decision to let the sale go though, Justice Department authorities claim U.S. District Judge Richard Leon misunderstood the nature of pay-TV and the nature of AT&T's competitors. But the lead lawyer for AT&T says there's nothing in the government's filing that should lead to the ruling being overturned — and that the new request is nothing more than the Trump administration asking for a do-over of a ruling it doesn't like.
IN THE NEWS: MILITARY - FITNESS TRACKERS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Goodbye Fitbits. A new Pentagon order says certain military troops and other defense personnel won't be allowed to use fitness-tracker or cellphone applications that can reveal their location. The order applies to personnel stationed at sensitive bases or certain high-risk warzone areas. In the memo, obtained by The Associated Press, stops short of banning fitness trackers or similar electronic devices. But the memo says use of such devises poses a "significant risk" to military personnel.
ON THE WEB: FACEBOOK AND ALEX JONES
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is finding fewer avenues to spread his views these days. Several major tech companies have begun to challenge Jones when it comes to giving him a forum. For example, Facebook has taken down four pages belonging to Jones, including two featuring his "Infowars" show. The social networking site says the pages violate its hate speech and bullying policies. Recently, Apple, YouTube and Spotify also removed material put out by Jones.
Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com
IN STORES: MOVIEPASS PRICE HIKE ROLLED BACK
NEW YORK (AP) — MoviePass has decided to walk back its planned price hike. The decision comes as customers launched a backlash against the plan to boost prices by 50 percent. Though the price won't go up, the amount of material available under MoviePass will go down. The cash-starved company will soon impose a cap of three movies a month. Current MoviePass users can watch a movie a day.
MoviePass site: http://www.moviepass.com
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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