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Net Neutrality, Cuban Twitter, Brendan Eich, Open Source .Net [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 04-04-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, net neutrality in Europe, Cuban Twitter plot revealed, Brendan Eich resigns, open source .Net, new Kinect for Windows, on Android, and the advanced Bitcoin simulator.


Europe Votes For Net Neutrality

The European Parliament has voted to protect the idea of net neutrality, with a major telecoms reform package clearing its first hurdle. The reforms clearly define what net neutrality Is Internet Freedom Under Threat From Internet Service Providers? [MUO Debates] Imagine a world where the content you are allowed to view on the Internet is tightly controlled by your Internet service provider. On MUO Debates, we explore and question this reality. Read More is and ensure telcos treat all services equally.

For those unsure of the issue at hand, we previously explained the concept thusly: “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.

As part of the same reforms, which seek to pitch the European Union as a single market for telecoms services, roaming charges for mobile phone users Why You Don't Need Third Party Apps To Manage Background Data Use In Android Jelly Bean If you’re like most people, you don’t have unlimited data and you don’t want to go over your data cap. Phones with Android Jelly Bean contain powerful tools for tracking your mobile data usage, setting... Read More will be scrapped across the continent.

This decision is in stark contrast to the recent stance taken against net neutrality in the U.S. No Net Neutrality, Winamp Lives, Kanye Kills Coinye [Tech News Digest] Net neutrality suffers loss, Winamp lives for another day, Beats Music launch due, Tumblr Mention alerts, Kanye West kills Coinye, a man dies trying to save his phone, and the Internet names a baby. Read More , where a Washington court rejected the notion. This legislation now needs to be approved by the Council of the European Union, which is expected to make a decision by October 2014.

U.S. Government Behind ‘Cuban Twitter’

ZunZuneo, described as the “Cuban Twitter,” was actually developed and managed by the U.S. Government. The Associated Press further suggests this was a covert operation “aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government,” though the Obama Administration denied this latter accusation.


This was an involved plot, with U.S. involvement hidden by way of shell companies and messages being funneled through other countries. ZunZuneo built a healthy userbase of 40,000 people but the project was ended in 2012 due to a lack of money. The Associated Press article details the plot in much greater detail.

Brendan Eich Resigns As CEO Of Mozilla

Brendan Eich has resigned as CEO of the Mozilla Corporation. The co-founder of Mozilla stepped down after severe criticism of his decision to donate money in support of Prop 8, which stated that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

Eich had previously stood firm in face of the criticism, refusing to resign. However, it appears Mozilla acted to end the controversy which was at risk of damaging its reputation. Even OkCupid wasn’t happy April Fools Roundup, Apple Attacks Samsung, Mozilla CEO Controversy [Tech News Digest] April Fools, Apple versus Samsung, Mozilla CEO speaks out, Amazon adds Metacritic scores, Zuckerberg takes pay cut, Coursera on Android, and Kaspersky maps the Cyberwar. Read More , urging its users to stop using Firefox.

There is clearly a debate to be had over whether someone’s personal views affect their ability to be an effective leader. Feel free to air your views on the Brendan Eich resignation in the comments section below.


Microsoft Open Sources .Net Technologies

Microsoft has open sourced more of its .Net technologies. As reported by ZDNet, the elements being contributed to the new .Net Foundation include “ASP.Net, the Entity Framework, a preview of the .Net Compiler Platform (codenamed “Roslyn”), [and] the VB and C# programming languages.

The news was revealed on Day 2 of Build 2014, where Microsoft made sure to point out how big a deal .Net is, pointing out that 6 million developers currently use it 8 Websites Every Microsoft .NET Developer Should Know About Read More , with 1.8 billion installs across all devices. And now it’s open source, surprising everyone who thought they knew Microsoft.

New Kinect For Windows Revealed

Microsoft has revealed Kinect for Windows v2, its next-gen motion control system, as well as a new SDK making it easier for developers to create apps that take advantage of the hardware. The new Kinect for Windows, which is almost identical to Kinect on the Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More , just with the addition of a power supply, will be “publicly available this summer.” Which is annoyingly vague. Learns Language Of Android has come to Android Learning A New Language Gets Easier With On Android took a different route with its language learning. It combined self-learning with a daily habit – browsing the Web. Now, it has launched an Android app to help you learn on the move. Read More , with an app designed to add basic vocabulary to your fledgling foreign language skills. The app, which supports English, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish, will also be available on iOS in the near future.


Play The Advanced Bitcoin Simulator


And finally, mining and trading Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies isn’t really for n00bs. And while we have tried to demystify the subject somewhat, those who are still confused may want to play Beep Boop Bitcoin, a fun simulation of what it’s like dealing in cryptocurrency.

It isn’t a serious simulator in any way, but it does offer a humorous reminder that Bitcoin isn’t for the faint of heart. It isn’t quite as good as Goat Simulator Goat Simulator Is Here and It's Everything You Dreamed It Would Be What happens when a joke video posted on the Internet generates so much hype that it actually becomes a real video game? Goat Simulator happens. Read More though, obviously.

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  1. Frank
    April 5, 2014 at 12:47 am

    It is utterly disgraceful what Mozilla has done to Brendan Eich. They have bowed to pressure from activists who are seeking to stifle freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. True tolerance involves accepting all people regardless of their opinions. Mozilla claims to be an organisation that supports diversity - this action against Brendan Eich proves that this claim is a lie.

  2. Tom W
    April 4, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    The belief that homosexuality is wrong or sinful is a valid belief. It becomes invalid only when it is used to de-humanise people who are homosexual. Telling people that they are not allowed to hold that belief is as bad as telling people they aren't allowed to be homosexual.
    Having said that, it is a belief that I find very hard to accept, and I suspect that a lot of other people do. That can lead to a bias when dealing with people who do hold that belief.