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March 7, 2019

IN THE NEWS: NET NEUTRALITY REVIVAL?

NEW YORK (AP) — Could net neutrality be making a comeback? Probably not, though some Democrats in Congress are pushing hard for that to happen. House leaders have announced legislation to restore Obama-era rules that bar internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast from giving preference to some content over others. Those regulations were stripped away under the Trump administration. While it’s possible the bill will pass the House, it faces a tougher fate in the Senate, where Republicans hold sway. Those backing the change to go back to the earlier rules expect net neutrality to be another key issue in the 2020 presidential campaign.

IN THE NEWS: MICROSOFT - CYBERATTACKS

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft is getting a huge pat on the back for its efforts to thwart an Iranian hacking ring. The high-tech giant says it spotted cyberattacks that targeted thousands of people at more than 200 companies over the past two years. The Wall Street Journal reports the hacking resulted in stolen corporate secrets. It also wiped data from computer systems of affected companies. Microsoft says the attacks mainly went after oil-and-gas firms and makers of heavy machinery in several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Germany, the United Kingdom, India and the U.S. The breaches also caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

ON THE WEB: AMAZON CLOSING POP-UP SHOPS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Amazon pop-up stores are going away. The online retailing giant says it will close all its pop-up shops as it tweaks its efforts to establish a brick-and-mortar presence around the world. Instead of running mini stores that sell stuff like Echo voice-activated devices and Kindle tablets, Amazon will try to open more bookstores. Amazon didn’t say when the pop-up shops would shut down. But The Wall Street Journal says it will happen next month.

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