FCC’s new proposal seen as abandoning net neutrality

The FCC will propose new rules on Thursday that will offer internet service providers the ability to charge content companies for preferential treatment, the Wall Street Journal reported. The changes have been decried by many advocates of net neutrality.

The new rules will set up a framework whereby internet service providers (ISPs) would be able to negotiate directly with companies beaming content through the web - such as Netflix or Amazon - and charge for priority bandwidth on “commercially reasonable” terms.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would determine what those “reasonable” terms are on a case-by-case basis, according to the Wall Street Journal.

‘Coversnitch’ records and tweets out New Yorkers’ public conversations

Americans already paranoid about the NSA monitoring their online communications and Facebook sharing their location will find no comfort with new technology that makes it possible for anyone to install a recording device in any common house lamp.

Kyle McDonald and Brian House, who described themselves as artists during an interview with Wired, have posted a video online showing how anyone with $100 can buy the necessary components to build their own light with the ability to listen in on discussions taking place nearby.

The device known as “Coversnitch” also purports the ability to post snippets from these conversations directly onto Twitter for the world to see.

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Vermont poised to enact toughest US GMO-labeling law yet

Vermont lawmakers have passed legislation that requires food made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, to be labeled as such. The law, the first of its kind in the US, must now get approval from Gov. Peter Shumlin, who has supported the bill.

The state House of Representatives approved the bill on Wednesday by a vote of 114-30. The state Senate passed the legislation last week by a vote of 28-2.

The bill would require any foods containing GMOs sold at retail outlets to be labeled as having been produced or partially produced with “genetic engineering.” The law would go into effect on July 1, 2016.

LA cops accused of cutting power to marijuana clinic, planting guns

Two former Los Angeles County deputies were charged Wednesday in connection with allegations they switched off electricity at a medical marijuana dispensary, disabling a surveillance camera and possibly planting firearms there.

Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, were initially charged with conspiracy, perjury, and altering evidence although court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times show that each was charged with two felony counts Wednesday, conspiring to obstruct justice and altering evidence. Martinez also faces additional felony counts of perjury and filing a false report, the paper noted.

Prosecutors said each ex-officer faces more than seven years in state prison if convicted in connection with the August 2011 incident.

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