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New California internet neutrality law sparks U.S. lawsuit

California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved the nation’s strongest net neutrality law, prompting an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration and opening the next phase in the battle over regulating …


E-commerce sales tax coming to Washington

Washington state will require businesses to collect sales tax for items shipped to out-of-state customers beginning Monday.


Froma Harrop: Are low prices always a good thing?

Here’s a question for America’s consumers: Are low prices always in our best interests? And what is the end game should giant online retailers become the only place to shop?


Cubans getting early taste of mobile internet in system test

Cubans with cellphones are getting mobile access to the internet in a tentative but significant opening of communications on the communist-governed island.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 6 p.m.

High-altitude balloons to deliver internet access in Kenya

A Google-affiliated company has chosen Kenya as the home of its first announced commercial deal for delivering internet access to hard-to-reach areas using high-altitude balloons.


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee pushes rural broadband access, slams Trump on net neutrality and immigration

The governor said in a wide-ranging podcast interview this week that Washington needs to continue to do more to bring high-speed internet to far-flung areas of the state. The Democrat, …


Detective: Talk to kids about the internet

Lewiston police Detective Brian Birdsell said during a presentation at the Lewiston City Library on Wednesday night that the best defense against things like sexual extortion, revenge porn, blackmail, cyberbullying …


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Audio clip spurs social media debate over yanny or laurel

If you haven’t heard about Yanny vs. Laurel, you likely will.


Why the internet is suddenly protesting on net neutrality all over again

Internet activists and tech companies are holding a day of protest Wednesday to draw attention to net neutrality once again.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Ecuador cuts WikiLeaks founder Assange’s internet at embassy

Ecuador’s government said Wednesday it has cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet connection at the nation’s London embassy after his recent activity on social media decrying the arrest of …


Spokane explores publicly owned broadband network intended to open up internet services, drive down costs

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs has proposed the creation of a working group that would explore the possibility of the city getting into the high-speed internet industry.


Rick Boucher: Network neutrality needs protection by statute

Across the nation there is an urgent need for massive new broadband investments which will help to usher in the fifth generation of internet services: the technology that will enable …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 5:38 p.m.

Washington and other states should wait for federal action on net neutrality, advocate says

Washington and Oregon should hold off on passing net neutrality laws for their states and wait for Congress to act on national legislation, an advocate for open internet says.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 6 p.m.

Comast announces increase in internet speeds for Washington customers

Comcast is increasing the speeds of its Xfinity Internet service packages at no additional cost residential customers in Washington.


Submarines give Russia more ways to oppose NATO

Russian submarines have dramatically stepped up activity around undersea data cables in the North Atlantic, part of a more aggressive naval posture that has driven NATO to revive a Cold …


After net neutrality: Brace for internet ‘fast lanes’

Now that federal telecom regulators have repealed net neutrality, it may be time to brace for the arrival of internet “fast lanes” and “slow lanes.”


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 3:54 p.m.

Tech firm: Thanksgiving-Black Friday sales rose 11.9 percent

Despite holiday deals all month, shoppers still picked up their spending on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, one technology company says.


Wave Broadband brings gigabit-speed internet to all customers in Washington, Oregon, California

More ultra-high-speed internet is coming to a home near you.


Only if it serves the state: North Korea’s online experience

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online. It’s just not the World Wide Web. This is all done on a tightly sealed intranet of the sort a medium-sized company …


Outside View: Google, Facebook must ensure honest information

As Americans grappled with the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the internet’s hateful troublemakers and trolls were hellbent on using the tragedy to further divide the nation.


North Korea appears to have new Internet connection – thanks to state-owned Russian firm

A state-owned Russian telecommunications firm has given North Korea a new internet connection – potentially increasing Pyongyang’s ability to stage cyberattacks and helping protect the embattled country’s internet infrastructure. The …


North Korea appears to have new Internet connection – thanks to state-owned Russian firm

A state-owned Russian telecommunications firm has given North Korea a new Internet connection – potentially increasing Pyongyang’s ability to stage cyberattacks and helping protect the embattled country’s Internet infrastructure.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 8:57 a.m.

Facebook’s invisible Seattle team wrangles the digital deluge

More than 2 billion people log into Facebook every month. Every day, the social-media crowd uploads billions of photos, calls up hundreds of millions of hours of video, and fires …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 10:53 p.m.

DjangoCon: What the web, a family-owned newspaper and a silent D have in common

DjangoCon? Wait. Wasn’t that a movie from the ’90s starring Nicholas Cage that was directed by that guy who did Pulp Fiction?


‘Darknet’ drug marketplaces knocked out by Justice Department

Two of the world’s most notorious “darknet” marketplaces have been knocked out in a one-two punch that officials say yielded a trove of new intelligence about drugs and weapons merchants …


Somalia’s internet returns after 3-week outage caused outcry

Somalia’s internet has returned after an outage of more than three weeks cost the Horn of Africa nation about $10 million a day, authorities said Monday.


Google, Twitter and dozens of other sites take ‘net neutrality day of action’

Visitors to dozens of major websites are seeing a special message about the future of the Internet on Wednesday, part of a broad campaign by the companies to stop what …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Microsoft laying off thousands of workers in sales shakeup

Microsoft is laying off thousands of employees in a shake-up aimed at selling more subscriptions to software applications that can be used on any internet-connected device.


Samuelson: ‘Internet of things’ brings with it threats to security

Despite enormous benefits, the internet encourages crime, global conflict and economic disruption. The drift seems ominous.


E-commerce goes north, forcing Canada’s retailers out of hibernation

Canadian retailers are getting serious about selling stuff over the internet. You can thank Amazon.com Inc. for that.