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Experts are worried about how a potential Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger would affect broadband choice in the U.S. Do you think this merger will raise your monthly bill? Sound off in the comments

Article by Adi Robertson for The Verge

Comcast wants to own the internet — or, at least, the cables that carry it to most Americans’ homes. Yesterday, the company laid out its arguments for acquiring Time Warner Cable in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission. The merger, announced in February, would let Comcast take over markets that include, among other places, parts of New York, Texas, and Southern California. This would give Comcast a stranglehold on the US broadband market, but it’s not a sure thing yet. The Department of Justice and FCC must decide whether the merger poses a threat to competition for internet and cable services, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is questioning executives in a hearing today.

The U.S. is mad at other countries for taking action to prevent illegal NSA spying. Does that seem fair to you?

Article by Ken Hanly for Digital Journal

Recent U.S. criticism will increase the conflict between the U.S. and Europe over NSA spying. The office of the U.S.Trade Representative(USTR) claims that creating an EU-centric system to avoid NSA spying would violate international trade laws.

Disturbing reports suggest that the NSA has known about the Heartbleed bug, the security flaw that affects nearly two-thirds of the world's servers, for two years. Worse, it seems the NSA may have been exploiting this bug to spy illegally on American citizens.

Article by Konrad Krawczyk for Digital Trends

The U.S. National Security Agency was aware of the infamous Heartbleed bug for at least two years, having discovered it shortly after it emerged, and has routinely used it to collect data and spy on foreigners and likely on Americans, according to a Bloomberg report released on Friday

Will Google enter the wireless market in the U.S.?

Article by Zach Epstein for BGR

Call Google “evil” all you want — I personally love how “evil” Google is — but there is no other company on the planet that can shake things up and disrupt the status quo like Google. Armed with a massive advertising business and an uncanny ability to collect and utilize data in amazing ways, Google has time and time again shown us that it’s not afraid to roll the dice and bet big when it comes to breaking into new categories.

Check out this cool, crowdfunded open laptop project. The makers hope that these open-source systems will help home users avoid privacy invasions and security loopholes. Could this be the way of the future?

Article by Cory Doctorow for Boing Boing

Remember Bunnie Huang's fully open laptop? Bunnie and Sean "xobs" Cross prototyped a machine he called the "Novena" in which every component, down to the BIOS, was fully documented, licensed under FLOSS licenses, and was totally modifiable by its owner.

NSA spying against foreign leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel has tarnished America's reputation in Europe. Speak out against spying at http://OpenMedia.org/FightBack

Article by Jörg Schindler, Alfred Weinzierl and Peter Müller for Der Spiegel

In an interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, 60, warns that American spying has become "boundless" and expresses sorrow that approval ratings for the United States have plummeted in Germany.

Our growing global movement against unjust mass spying is having a real impact: earlier this week, the European Court of Justice struck down laws allowing for the dragnet surveillance of European citizens. Help boost our efforts worldwide at https://openmedia.org/fightback

Article from Privacy International

The ruling today from the European Court of Justice, invalidating the European Union’s 2006 Data Retention Directive policy, was strong and unequivocal: the right to privacy provides a fundamental barrier between the individual and powerful institutions, and laws allowing for indiscriminate, blanket retention on this scale are completely unacceptable.

A huge coalition is speaking out about U.S. telecom giant Comcast's attempt to gobble up Time-Warner Cable. Critics worry that net neutrality and choice may be lost if the deal goes through. If Comcast succeeds, over 40% of U.S. households will have no choice other than Comcast for their Internet service. What effect do you think this will have on already sky-high Internet bills? Sound off in the comments.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

Comcast today filed a 175-page "public interest statement" with the Federal Communications Commission to explain why its proposed $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable will be good for consumers. The country's largest cable and broadband Internet provider is already meeting opposition in its quest to buy the second largest cable provider, however.

Europe is providing a great road map for open Internet and fair Telecom policies, as the E.U. parliament has recently passed laws enshrining net neutrality and banning mobile roaming charges.

Article by Sharif Sakr for Engadget

If you've heard of the European politician Neelie Kroes, it's likely been in the context of her long-waged war for a more open internet, including a ban on mobile roaming charges. Well, following a vote by the European Parliament, Kroes' demands are no longer hot air. So long as the legislation passes through one more hurdle -- namely approval by ministers from member states -- we're told that EU travelers will stop having to worry about extra data charges by Christmas 2015.

In 2010, USAID - a government agency tasked with providing humanitarian aid in third world countries - created a secret social network to generate unrest in Cuba. The project, called ZunZuneo, was intended to create a "Cuban Spring" movement similar to contemporary uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere.

Article by Alberto Arce for the Washington Post In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government.