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How Trump’s Ultimatum Gambit Sank His Health Care Bill

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:14pm
The GOP and White House just lost big on health care. And it's Trump's ultimatum that may have cost them the vote. The post How Trump's Ultimatum Gambit Sank His Health Care Bill appeared first on WIRED.
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T-Mobile Kicks Off Industry Robocall War With Network-Level Blocking and ID Tools

Slashdot - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:00pm
T-Mobile is among the first U.S. telecom companies to announce plans to thwart pesky robocallers. From a report on VentureBeat: The move represents part of an industry-wide Robocall Strike Force set up by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year to combat the 2 billion-plus automated calls U.S. consumers deal with each month. Other key members of the group include Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Verizon. T-Mobile's announcement comes 24 hours after the FCC voted to approve a new rule that would allow telecom companies to block robocallers who use fake caller ID numbers to conceal their true location and identity. From a report on WashingtonPost: The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed new rules (PDF) that would allow phone companies to target and block robo-calls coming from what appear to be illegitimate or unassigned phone numbers. The rules could help cut down on the roughly 2.4 billion automated calls that go out each month -- many of them fraudulent, according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "Robo-calls are the No. 1 consumer complaint to the FCC from members of the American public," he said, vowing to halt people who, in some cases, pretend to be tax officials demanding payments from consumers, or, in other cases, ask leading questions that prompt consumers to give up personal information as part of an identity theft scam.

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Power Rangers’ Gay Moment Is a Good Step, But a Small One

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:36pm
LGBTQ characters are finally starting to come out in tentpole movies. The post Power Rangers' Gay Moment Is a Good Step, But a Small One appeared first on WIRED.
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Sources: AMC Networks is planning commercial-free streaming service for about $4.99-$6.99/month for people who subscribe to AMC via cable TV (Reuters)

TechMeme - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:30pm

Reuters:
Sources: AMC Networks is planning commercial-free streaming service for about $4.99-$6.99/month for people who subscribe to AMC via cable TV  —  AMC Networks Inc, whose shows include “The Walking Dead,” is planning to launch a commercial-free online video streaming service aimed at millennial TV subscribers …

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