Internet firms gearing up for a fight over ‘net neutrality’

NEW YORK — Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Net neutrality basically prevents broadband providers from playing favorites or steering users toward (or away from) particular internet sites. Under rules enacted during the Obama administration, the likes of Comcast and Verizon — which offer their own video services they’d very much like subscribers to use — can’t slow down Netflix, can’t block YouTube, and can’t charge Spotify extra to stream faster than Pandora. Broadband companies hate the net neutrality rules, and they have an ally in new Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit… Read More

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Lawsuit filed against Fox alleges racial discrimination

NEW YORK — An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination “that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment.” The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court, adds eight former and current Fox employees to a case involving three former Fox workers and their accusations against a since-fired Fox financial executive. It also expands the case to include Dianne Brandi, Fox’s chief counsel. Fox News said it vehemently denies the allegations, calling them “copycat complaints.” It said Brandi denies the claims against her. The original lawsuit was filed in late March by two black women who worked in the network’s payroll department, and… Read More

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China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier

BEIJING — China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries. State media reported Wednesday’s launch of the 50,000-ton carrier from a shipyard in the northern port city of Dalian. That’s the same city where the hull of China’s first carrier, the Ukrainian-built Liaoning, underwent extensive refurbishing before being commissioned in 2012. The new carrier will likely be formally commissioned sometime before 2020 following the completion of sea trials and the arrival of its full air complement. Like the Liaoning, the new carrier is based on the former Soviet Union’s Kuznetsov class design, with a… Read More

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Forget flying cars, Google’s Sergey Brin secretly builds an airship

By Ashlee Vance|Bloomberg News Larry Page has his flying cars. Sergey Brin shall have an airship. Brin, the Google co-founder, has secretly been building a massive airship inside of Hangar 2 at the NASA Ames Research Center, according to four people with knowledge of the project. It’s unclear whether the craft, which looks like a zeppelin, is a hobby or something Brin hopes to turn into a business. “Sorry, I don’t have anything to say about this topic right now,” Brin wrote in an email. Related Articles Uber’s ‘flying cars’ set to land in Dallas by 2020 Uber conference highlights big bet on ‘flying cars’ A commuter’s dream: Entrepreneurs race… Read More

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Red hot real estate market leads to property tax spikes around metro Denver

Homeowners across metro Denver should brace themselves for notices of property valuation arriving soon in the mail that will weigh heavily on property taxes during the next two years. The short of it: Property taxes are going to go up, and for many, they’re going way up. That’s the news from seven metro-area county assessors, who on Tuesday held a news conference to announce spikes in median home property valuations, ranging from about 17 percent for single-family homes in Douglas County to 40 percent for all homes in Adams County. In those counties — as well as in Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Elbert and Jefferson — property tax increases will vary… Read More

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What would it take for Trump to sign ‘the biggest tax cut we’ve ever had’?

President Donald Trump is set to unveil a broad guide Wednesday to his approach to tax reform. More details will reportedly come in June, but Mr. Trump has hinted at one specific expectation. “It will be bigger, I believe, than any tax cut ever,” the president told AP’s Julie Pace on Friday. “Maybe the biggest tax cut we’ve ever had.” This is the kind of rhetoric that ignites our happy research hearts at NewsHour. What would it take, we wondered, for Trump to pass the biggest tax cut ever? READ MORE: Did President Trump deliver on his 100-day contract with voters? First, let’s define terms. We are turning to a… Read More

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