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Trump's overhaul of Section 230 stalls, Biden may just throw the web legal shield on the bonfire anyway
Wednesday, 06 January 2021 00:22

Section 230 – the liability shield that more or less prevents websites, such as Twitter and Facebook, from being sued in the US for their users’ content – is going to survive the Trump era despite furious last-ditch efforts by the President.

On Monday, the FCC put out a “tentative” agenda for its January meeting that included no mention of reviewing the legislation despite a determined push by outgoing President Donald Trump to have the watchdog produce new rules – and the last-minute approval of a new FCC commissioner in an effort to drive the issue forward.

The failure to

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Indian telco that won Google and Facebook investments flatly denies it’s diversified into farming
Tuesday, 05 January 2021 17:32

Top India telco Reliance Jio Infocomm has taken the unusual step of vigorously denying it wants to diversify into farming.

The company and its parent Reliance Industries yesterday published a statement denying they’ve bought any land, or intend to do so, or have any interest in the agriculture industry.

Which may sound like a very odd thing for a telco to say. Jio felt the need to say it because in 2020 India’s government introduced new laws that are designed to move the agricultural sector to a more market-driven model and encourage investment in food storage and logistics. Farmers, however,

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Brexit freezes 81,000 UK-registered .eu domains – and you've all got three months to get them back
Tuesday, 05 January 2021 17:04

Tens of thousands of .eu domains have been officially suspended due to Brexit.

On Friday, as Brits awoke from the least celebratory New Year’s Eve of modern times, 50,000 of them discovered that their 81,000 .eu websites, and related email addresses, had stopped working.

It’s part of a rule change imposed on the company that runs the .eu registry, EURid, by the European Commission after the European Commission decided that ownership of a .eu domain name is reliant on the domain holder’s membership of the European Union.

That approach went against the domain industry’s standard approach, where ownership is not

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Brit registrar 123-Reg begins 2021 in much the same way it ended 2020 – with DNS issues
Thursday, 07 January 2021 22:45

Third borksman of the apocalypse 123-Reg has ridden into 2021 with... you guessed it, DNS issues.

While Microsoft and Slack suffered their own high-profile wobbles as the first working week of the year got started, 123-Reg's issues appear to have been rumbling since December, biting Register reader, Alan, over the weekend.

While attempting to add a new DNS entry, Alan found that his configuration had been wiped. "All that remained was a solitary CNAME for 'www' to '@'," he told us.

"Fortunately, their nameservers are still serving the correct answers."

Alan duly raised a ticket (to which he's yet to

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U-U-turn: New York Stock Exchange backtracks on previous backtrack, will de-list China's biggest telcos after all
Thursday, 07 January 2021 05:53

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has said it will de-list China's three largest telecommunications companies – China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom – after all, having received updated guidance from US regulators.

The Wall Street bourse first proclaimed on 31 December it would remove the three aforementioned Middle Kingdom telcos . This, it said, was in order to comply with an executive action issued by President Trump in November. Executive Order 12959 prohibits US individuals from purchasing securities in businesses deemed to be linked to the Chinese military from 11 January.

On 4 January, the NYSE backtracked ,

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3G ain’t totally dead yet: Verizon pushes back cut-off plans to some unspecified future date
Wednesday, 06 January 2021 12:57

Verizon has delayed plans to shutdown its 3G network for a third time.

The mobile operator originally intended to scrap the old tech two years ago, deciding back in 2016, that December 31, 2019 would be the cut-off date. It even stopped adding any new 3G phones in mid-2018.

But come July of 2019, it extended the deadline to December 31, 2020. Come the New Year just a few days ago and telco industry mag Light Reading noticed the cut-off still hadn’t happened and started asking questions.

“Our 3G network is operational and we don't have a plan to shut

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