June 21, 2013, 6:00 AM —
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When I first heard about the recent accusations that Verizon is purposefully slowing down Netflix streams, I, too was concerned about the threat to net neutrality. However, if this means it’s harder for my kids to watch “Toddlers & Tiaras,” then I may have to rethink my position. Maybe Verizon is really performing a public service. Just a thought.
Anyway, that wasn’t the only tech news of the week. Here are a bunch of other things that happened...
Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison in Sweden for hacking. He’ll be confined to a cell with stylish but inexpensive ready-to-assemble furniture.
Instagram now lets users record 15 second videos. Experts say it should be a hit with people who need more time to say nothing.
The Oxford English Dictionary has officially added “tweet” as a word. Not only that but the entire dictionary is now under 140 characters.
Google is testing out providing Internet service via balloons. They say it could provide Internet access to extremely remote birthday parties.
This week Google asked the government for the right to publish the number of surveillance requests it receives. In response, the NSA asked for surveillance on the lawyers who filed the request.
Walmart has started selling Chromebooks for as little as $199. That's pretty cheap, but they'll still cost more than the cars they go home in.
It was announced this week that China now has the world’s fastest supercomputer. In response, today IBM laid off 5 supercomputers.
Amazon said this week that they will fight any government requests for data stored in their cloud service. They say they’ll fight all the way to the highest court in the land - Judge Judy.
New York City plans to use 1960’s era voting machines for mayoral elections this fall. It’ll be the oldest municipal equipment in use other than a few hookers.
A French court has ruled that Twitter must reveal the names of racist tweeters. Since it’s France, the court also ruled that Twitter must reveal the names of tweeters advocating red wine with fish.
I think that about covers the big news of the week. Have a great - and, hopefully, “Toddlers & Tiaras”-free - weekend!
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