IN THE NEWS: CALIFORNIA - NET NEUTRALITY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Looks like some provisions of net neutrality might survive — despite being gutted by the Trump administration. Key California lawmakers say they have reached an agreement to maintain some net neutrality provisions in state law. The California bill is one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to continue net neutrality, and the deal comes after a bitter fight among Democrats over how far the state should go. Now that they've apparently agreed on how far to go, supporters of the measure say they want to make sure the online world "is an open field where everyone has access" — and that internet service providers can't pick who has priority when it comes to distributing content. The debate in California is being closely watched by net neutrality advocates around the country. The thinking is if California passes net neutrality laws, other states might follow suit.

IN THE NEWS: ONLINE REVIEWS

NEW YORK (AP) — Way back in the days before the internet, if you had a bad experience at a store, restaurant or other kind of business, you could gripe about it to your family and friends. And if they respected your opinion, they could decide whether to boycott the establishment. But now that sites like Yelp.com have given people a global platform to complain, some businesses have found themselves at the mercy of people whose dissatisfaction can spread far and wide. Or worse, some customers spread one-sided views — or outright falsehoods — in their reviews. Recently Yelp won a case in California where a law firm tried to force it to remove negative posts. With online reviews here to stay, many companies are starting to take counsel on how to minimize the effects of online gripes on would-be future customers. Or they personally engage with the reviewer, trying to show web surfers their side of the dispute.

ON THE WEB: GOOGLE DOCS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Google says its Documents site is as secure as ever — despite how it seemed the other day. Some people surfing the internet in Russia reported finding scores of files that appeared meant for private use. A Russian internet company says some users said public searches Wednesday turned up stuff that appeared not to have been meant for public consumption. Social media users began posting the docs, which included an internal memo from a bank, press summaries and company business plans. But in a statement, Google says there's no glitch. It notes search engines can only churn up Google docs that had been deliberately set to be made public — or otherwise tagged so they won't be filtered as private.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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