MONEYWATCH: FCC adopts historic rules

(CNN)– The FCC has passed a historic measure to more strictly regulate the Internet. The new rules, based on the principles of “net neutrality,” act to provide equal opportunity for Internet speeds and access to websites. The central question was whether network owners — like Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner Cable (TWC) — can discriminate … Continue reading »

MONEYWATCH: Net Neutrality Explained

(CNN)– On Thursday, the FCC is expected to approve new rules that — depending on which side you believe — either ensure a fair Internet or smother it with unnecessary regulation. The FCC’s vote will allow it to assert extra authority over the Internet to establish net neutrality. It’s like equal opportunity for Internet speeds … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Home Wi-Fi

(Consumer Reports) — We’re dependent on Wi-Fi to access the Internet in different parts of our homes. But too often service is sluggish or there are dead zones. Consumer Reports has advice to help improve Wi-Fi in your house. Many people get Internet service through their cable provider. The signal comes in through a modem … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Clues to Illness Trends

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard researchers say Wikipedia searches are more effective and timely than CDC reports, according to a study published in the Journal “PLOS Computational Biology” today. Authors David J. McIver John S. Brownstein found “Wikipedia usage accurately estimated the week of peak ILI activity 17% more often than Google Flu Trends data and was … Continue reading »

Woman Trying to Contact Family

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last week, the only thing on the mind of Dorina Bates- Dereus is her family. “I’ve been checking my Facebook, I’ve been calling I stay up until 1a.m. to try to figure out. I’ve called the Philippines, all the numbers I have in my phone … Continue reading »