No Net Neutrality, Winamp Lives, Kanye Kills Coinye [Tech News Digest]

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Today in Tech News Digest, net neutrality suffers a loss, Winamp lives to fight another day, Beats Music is revealed ahead of launch, Tumblr adds Mention alerts (finally), Kanye West succeeds in killing Coinye, a man dies trying to save his phone, and the Internet is given the honor of naming a baby.

Court Rules Against Net Neutrality

Net neutrality has suffered a huge defeat in court, with a ruling stating that the FCC’s rules on the matter are “invalid.” As GigaOM reports, an appeals court in Washington rejected most of the FCC’s Open Internet Order designed to keep the Internet free and fair for all.

Net neutrality is, at its core, a very simple concept. It describes an Internet free of bias or favoritism, so all traffic is equal no matter what content is being delivered and who is paying for it to be delivered.

If the idea of net neutrality is abandoned when we face the prospect of an Internet split up into different categories, with ISPs able to give priority to some traffic while throttling others. BuzzFeed paints a vivid picture with its article about a ‘Net Neutrality Nightmare Scenario’. A bit melodramatic, perhaps, but scary nonetheless.

Winamp Lives On

Winamp has been saved from execution, with Radionomy having acquired it (and Shoutcast) from AOL. The terms of the deal have not been reported, but TechCrunch suggests AOL took $10 million in cash and a 12 percent stake in the company to rid itself of its unwanted wares.

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In November 2013 AOL declared Winamp surplus to requirements and announced Winamp was shutting down. The Internet reacted to the news with sadness, as there was nostalgia attached to the music service. But all’s well that ends well. That is if Radionomy can persuade people to actually start using Winamp again.

Beats Music Revealed


Ahead of its launch on Jan 20, 2014, more details have been revealed about Beats Music. It’s essentially another music streaming app — competing with the likes of Spotify, Rdio, and Pandora — but one that has the popular Beats brand behind it.

Beats Music is initially only available in the United States, with an asking price of $10-per-month gaining you access to 20 million tracks. The leaked screenshots suggest Beats Music will look good, but will it be style over substance just like it is with Beats headphones?

Tumblr Adds Mention Alerts

Tumblr has finally climbed aboard the Mention bandwagon, by adding Mention alerts to its service. Mentions are that mainstay of social networks which let you direct a message to someone by using the @ symbol followed by their username.

Tumblr has actually featured Mentions for months, but until now users weren’t alerted when someone mentioned them in a post. Why this has taken so long when Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have all had this feature for years remains a mystery. Still, better late than never.

Kanye Kills Coinye

Coinye is dead, and it was Kanye West who pulled the trigger. Coinye was a cryptocurrency that lightly mocked the rapper it was named after, but a cease-and-desist from Kanye’s lawyers appears to have been enough to scare the creators of the currency into submission. Members of the community have vowed to keep fighting, but the chances of them succeeding against expensive lawyers is almost non-existent.

Man Dies Saving Phone

A 26-year-old Minnesota man has died trying to save his phone from an icy river. The incident, which saw the man drop his phone into the water before clambering over a railing to get it back, happened in Chicago on Sunday night. The man died in hospital, and a female friend who dived in to save him is missing, presumed drowned.

This tragedy should act as a reminder that it’s never worth risking life and limb over a gadget, no matter how beloved or valuable it may be.

The Internet Is Naming A Baby


And finally, the Internet has been gifted the opportunity to name a baby. A brave couple decided to open the naming process for their daughter up to Reddittors, and the website set up to track progress has since found its way onto the mainstream Web.

Names for the baby can be submitted or voted on right up until the poor little girl enters the world on April 2, 2014. Some names are being vetoed, and the couple have made it clear they’ll make the final decision, but they let the Internet down at their peril. Cthulhu it is then.

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