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October 1, 2018, 8:35 AM

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
California governor signs net neutrality bill, which FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called “illegal”, into law, setting up a showdown with the FCC and ISPs  —  California Governor Jerry Brown today signed net neutrality legislation into law, setting up a legal showdown pitting his state …
Washington Post:
US Justice Department moves to sue California in order to quash its new net neutrality law  —  The Trump administration said Sunday it will sue California in an effort to block what some experts have described as the toughest net neutrality law ever enacted in the United States …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
EU's privacy watchdog says Facebook notified them about breach on Thursday evening; experts say that seems to comply with GDPR and may limit exposure to fines  —  Privacy watchdog looks into whether social network violated European's Union new privacy law  —  A European Union privacy watchdog …
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
FBI compelled a suspect to use Face ID to unlock his iPhone X, following other cases where police with warrants unlocked iPhones via Touch ID  —  Privacy concerns around iPhone X facial recognition  —  It finally happened.  The feds forced an Apple iPhone X owner to unlock their device with their face.
Eric Nuzum / Audio Insurgent:
Despite some worries about falling ad prices, podcasting audiences and ad budgets are growing as the medium matures and moves past the gold rush stage  —  What tulips, cryptocurrency, and bespoke home-delivered dog food can tell us about the resilience of audio and the madness of crowds
Abigail Geiger / Pew Research Center:
Survey: the percentage of US adults using the internet (89%), smartphones (77%), and social media (69%) has plateaued and remains nearly unchanged since 2016  —  The use of digital technology has had a long stretch of rapid growth in the United States, but the share of Americans who go online …
Ernie Smith / Motherboard:
A look at the community of hobbyists of the Silicon Graphics Inc supercomputers like the Onyx, which cost up to $250K on release and weighed 250 pounds  —  Nearly 30 years after Silicon Graphics ruled the high-performance computing roost, its supercomputers have found themselves a new home …
Chaiel Schaffel / NPR:
Profile of Japanese-owned Shiru Cafe at Brown University in the US, where students pay with their personal info like names, email addresses, and their majors  —  Shiru Cafe looks like a regular coffee shop.  Inside, machines whir, baristas dispense caffeine and customers hammer away on laptops.
Javier E. David / CNBC:
Elon Musk and SEC settle; Musk admits no guilt, will remain Tesla CEO, has to resign as Chairman for 3 years, appoint 2 new independent directors, pay $20M fine  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission has settled charges with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, according to court documents filed on Saturday …
OpenSignal:
Survey of overall mobile video experience in 69 countries, where Czech Republic and Hungary top the rankings and US is 59th  —  For years, OpenSignal has reported on the speed, availability and latency metrics of the world's mobile operators.  But now we're taking our analysis of the mobile user experience one step further.

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