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Also, the Microsoft Lumia 535, edit captions with new Instagram update, The Who goes mobile, and the hour-long World of Warcraft documentary.

Obama Wants Broadband To Be A Utility

U.S. President Barack Obama has come out in favor of reclassifying broadband as a utility. This is regarded as the surest way to ensure the Internet remains open and free from interference by commercial entities. In other words, it would protect the principle of net neutrality Net Neutrality, As Explained By YouTube’s Geniuses Net Neutrality, As Explained By YouTube’s Geniuses Are you still not sure what Net Neutrality actually is? Don’t feel dumb: it’s a nuanced concept. So, we tracked down videos from some of the smartest people on the Web. Read More , which is that all traffic should be treated equally.

President Obama issued a statement saying, “To put these protections in place, I’m asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act. In plain English, I’m asking [the FCC] to recognize that for most Americans, the internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life.

Obama’s support for net neutrality and reclassifying broadband as a utility gained support from many, but Republicans and broadband companies united in their vehement opposition to what they claim is Internet regulation. Their view is best summed up by the following tweet from Senator Ted Cruz, which was eloquently countered by The Oatmeal.

Obama’s support for Title II reclassification of broadband as a utility doesn’t actually mean the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will comply with his wishes. It looks likely its decision on how to deal with this issue will be delayed until sometime in 2015.

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While the FCC considers its next move, everybody reading this should ensure they’re fully informed about net neutrality What Is Net Neutrality & Why Should I Care? What Is Net Neutrality & Why Should I Care? A significant number see Net Neutrality as essential to the survival of the Internet. In this article, we're going to look at why Net Neutrality matters, and why we should fight to protect it. Read More . At its core it’s a surprisingly simple ideal, but the message is being twisted by entities opposed to net neutrality being enshrined into law.

Google Donates Money To Fight Ebola

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Google has donated $10 million to help fight Ebola, with the money going to non-profit organizations tackling the virus. In the blog post announcing the donation, Google CEO Larry Page named, “InSTEDD, International Rescue Committee, Medecins Sans Frontieres, NetHope, Partners in Health, Save the Children and [the] U.S. Fund for UNICEF” as organizations being given financial backing.

In addition to the $10 million already donated, Google has launched a campaign to raise funds from the public. For every $1 donated, the company will donate $2 until an additional $7.5 million has been raised. Donations of $10, $25, $50, $250, $500, and $1000 can be made at onetoday.google.com/fightebola.

Lumia 535 Is First ‘Microsoft’ Phone

The Lumia 535 may be just another low-end Windows Phone handset, but it’s more important than most because it’s the first Lumia to carry Microsoft branding rather than Nokia branding. The Microsoft logo is visible on the front and rear of the Lumia 535, leaving users in no doubt who made this phone.

As for the device itself, the Microsoft Lumia 535 boasts a 5-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a capable 5-megapixel camera. It also has Skype, Office, OneDrive, Cortana, and OneNote integrated into Windows Phone, making the $130 price tag sound extremely reasonable.

Instagram Update Lets You Edit Captions

Instagram has released an update which means you can now edit captions on your photos long after you post them online. This oft-requested feature is accompanied by new options for finding people to follow on Instagram New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies When you’re getting started on Instagram, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind to make sure that you hit the ground running. The popular app is part photo-sharing site and part... Read More , with the ‘Explore’ icon revealing the changes.

The new Instagram is available now on iOS (v6.2.0) and Android (v6.10), but there is no word yet on an update for the Windows Phone app. Which is shameful, quite frankly.

The Who Goes Mobile

The Who, the British rock group no one under the age of 40 is likely to have heard of, has released a free mobile app for iOS and Android. The app, released as the band celebrates 50 years in the business, features a virtual museum and information on The Who’s biggest hits.

Not content with invading smartphones and tablets, The Who is also coming to the Oculus Rift. A forthcoming virtual reality app 5 Oculus Rift Gaming Experiences That Will Blow You Away 5 Oculus Rift Gaming Experiences That Will Blow You Away Now that the second generation of Oculus Rift development kit is out and in the hands of developers the world over, let's look at some of the best stuff that's hit the Rift so far. Read More , due to be released early in 2015, will let Oculus Rift users Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Review and Giveaway Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Review and Giveaway It’s been a year since the first Oculus Rift Development Kit was released, and it’s safe to say the world of gaming will never be the same again Read More fly through a world filled with objects and themes from the band’s songs. So, expect a magic bus and a pinball table at the absolute minimum.

Watch World Of Warcraft Documentary

And finally, to celebrate 10 years of World of Warcraft Getting Started With World Of Warcraft: A Complete Newbie’s Guide Getting Started With World Of Warcraft: A Complete Newbie’s Guide Here’s what you need to know if you’ve never tried World of Warcraft before. Read More , the hour-long documentary, World of Warcraft: Looking For Group, is now available to watch for free. And it’s embedded above to save you from even having to click through to YouTube.

World of Warcraft: Looking For Group is an inside look at the epic MMORPG, with talking heads revealing its origins and how it grew into such a mainstream monster. Looking For Group is a Blizzard production, so it’s extremely biased, but it’s still a must-see for any fan of the game.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Is President Obama right to publicly support net neutrality? Will you be donating money to help fight Ebola? Does the Microsoft branding make you more or less likely to buy the Lumia 535?

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