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The FCC is at it again, ignoring criticism over its lack of transparency by negotiating net neutrality behind closed doors with industry execs.

Mike Masnick at Tech Dirt writes: “As much as we believe in the importance of a neutral network, we’ve pointed out over and over again that the last thing people should want is for specific ‘Net neutrality rules to be written by the government.

“For a while now, we’ve warned that once the lobbyists took over, people supporting net neutrality wouldn’t like the results. And, of course, everything has been playing out following just that script,” Masnick writes.

“The telcos hired a ton of high-power lobbyists to cover ‘Net neutrality, including 18 former members of Congress. And, despite arguing for years that ‘Net neutrality was evil, the telcos ‘miraculously’ admitted last month they ‘might agree’ to regulations … just as long as they got to write the details,” he concluded.

Too-smart grid

There was a time when I might have been delighted at this, a marvel of modern technology. But does anyone get the willies when reading about this?

Going green with Big Brother raises my temperature. Literally. The smart grid tracks you wherever you are through your cell phone and handy-dandy smart thermostat. Convenient? Or spooky?

Internet anonymity

Are you protected? That depends on who’s deciding. A couple of judges have issued two different rulings when it comes to protecting one’s identity on the ‘Net, resulting in a murky landscape in terms of understanding what is and what is not protectable anonymity. And that could be perilous for those who believe that anonymity is an important part of the First Amendment, which protects the right to speak anonymously. If the bar is set too low, then citizen and consumer communication about important issues including the doings of corporations and politicians will be chilled and lost to the marketplace of ideas. If it is set too high, valid claims may be lost.

The spy who loved Facebook

The 12th alleged Russian spy worked as a Microsoft software tester for nine months and had a Facebook profile. The clues were all there.

iFun

iPhone. The movie. The biggest leap forward in communication since the original iPhone, with video calling – or “face time.” This video depicts how it is changing the way we communicate forever.

Twitter takes the gold

During the 2010 World Cup, the world watched together – and tweeted about it in a real-time, global conversation on the Internet. The World Cup final represented the largest period of sustained activity for an event in Twitter’s history. Spain’s winning goal in the final scored 3,051 tweets per second.

Twitter tracked statistics on infographics that illustrate the global nature of the games and how fans’ interest and enthusiasm built over the course of the tournament.

Throughout the match, tweets per second were much higher than average; during the game’s final 15 minutes, this jumped to more than 2,000 tweets per second. During the final, people from 172 countries tweeted in 27 different languages. At the moment of the winning goal, people from 81 countries tweeted in 23 different languages. This moment is represented on this Wordle infographic.

Dump a Twitter chump

Ever find yourself wondering why you’re “following” someone on Twitter? Here’s a way to dump ‘em. Chump Dump is a Twitter “unfollow” game for iPhone and Android.

ChumpDump sets you free by weeding out the useless tweets from the gems. The game rewards you for dumping the chumps, saving those worthy of your time and, most of all, telling everyone why you dump and save. Dump a chump today!

Early bird gets the worm

Twitter has launched a new program called @earlybird, a new account that brings business worlds together by giving people an easy one-stop destination to find out about some of the best product and service deals on Twitter.

This unveiling attracted great interest; within days, tens of thousands of Twitter users were following earlybird.

From birth to death

Did you post your first sonogram photo on Facebook to let the world know you’re pregnant? Well, now your yet-to-be-born baby can tweet from the womb.

How? Kickbee, the twittering fetal-activity monitor. Too much information for all of your friends, family members and followers? Naw … they’ll love it!

At the other end of the continuum

According to published reports, people over 65 are adopting Facebook at a faster pace than any other age group, with 6.5 million signing up in May alone, three times as many as in May 2009, according to the research firm comScore.

People over 65 also have the country’s highest mortality rate. So what to do with “ghost” Facebook members? Here’s an interesting look at more than just a passing problem.

tl;dr

tl;dr literally means: “Too long; didn’t read” and is urban computer slang for a post that is too long to bother reading.

What are your Internet viewing habits? Do you often read long pieces on the Internet, or do you prefer your information in byte-sized snips? There’s even a “language” for it.

You might be surprised at the result of a project that attempts to answer that question.

The Simpsons

Last week we told you that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg would be portrayed in a major motion picture about the social-networking site.

Now the 26-year-old phenomenon has hit the big time again, voicing himself on “The Simpsons.” It’s reported the episode will air in October just as “The Social Network” movie rolls out to screens nationwide.

What’s in a name?

Here’s how 13 Internet behemoths got their monikers.

Less is better?

Black and white websites – simple, clean or outdated?

They’re growing in number. Here are 25 attractive and striking black and white websites. Check them out!

A look back in time

1945 – Churchill loses general election

1956 – Egypt seizes Suez Canal

1974 – Nixon ‘must hand over Watergate tapes’

1981 – Charles and Diana marry

1994 – Israel’s London embassy bombed

1996 – Bomb rocks Atlanta Olympics

2000 – Concorde crash kills 113

Now Playing at the Princess in Urbana, Ill.

Congratulations to WorldNetDaily readers T. “Loki” Kerlin of Watervliet, Mich.; Staff Sgt. William Retorick of Milford, Mass.; John Marshall of Destin, Fla.; Rebecca Jefferson of Laurel, Md.; and Alan Johnson of Yulee, Fla.; who were among the first to correctly guess actor Charles S. Dutton’s portrayal of the character Fortune in the 1993 award-winning movie “Rudy”, the story of Daniel E. “Rudy” Ruetigger, who had always been told that he was too small to play college football. A determined Rudy overcame the odds to fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame. The film’s lead character was portrayed by Sean Astin.

The quote: “I rode the bench for two years. Thought I wasn’t being played because of my color. I got filled up with a lot of attitude so I quit. Still not a week goes by I don’t regret it, and I guarantee a week won’t go by in your life you won’t regret walking out letting them get the best of you. Do you hear me clear enough?”

This week’s quote: “We got no money, no food, no home, and I feel like we own the world.”

Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address below. Good luck!

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