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Tech’s richest companies underpaying black, Hispanic workers

A new report from Working Partnerships USA shows that Silicon Valley's wealthy tech industry depends on low-paid Black and Hispanic workers for its essential menial work. Read More »

Nightmare on Comcast Street

A series of news stories and reports help cement Comcast's reputation as America's least customer-friendly company. Read More »

Using mobile to stream movies can cost thousands

Using "... your mobile data the same way you use your home Wi-Fi will cost you about twenty times more per month than your wired broadband bill.” Read More »

Apple’s diversity figures definitely not cutting-edge

Apple's new diversity report reveals that the company's tech employees are: 70 percent male and 77 percent white and Asian. Among leadership, it’s three percent black, six percent Hispanic and 85 percent white and Asian. Read More »

Silicon Valley class action judge tosses out feeble settlement offer

Last week federal judge Lucy Koh tossed out a $324.5 million settlement that tech firms had offered to end a class-action suit against the companies for suppression of wages. Read More »

CenturyLink aiming for 1 Gbps in 13 new cities

Having begun offering 1 Gbps in Omaha, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, CenturyLink has announced it’s expanding the service to locations in 13 more cities. Read More »

Wheeler warns Verizon CEO over wireless throttling

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote to the CEO of Verizon, saying network management "is not a loophole designed to enhance your revenue streams." Read More »

Net neutrality in context

Former Undersecretary of Commerce Ev Ehrich put net neutrality in a wider context in the San Francisco Chronicle, saying. "…there's nothing neutral about the Net now, despite what a few strident voices say.” Read More »

California group critiques Comcast’s low-income service

Due to a lengthy and complicated sign-up procedure, only 11 percent of eligible California residents have signed up for Comcast's low-income service, says a state advocacy group. Read More »

FCC warns ISPs to play straight

The FCC recently told Internet Service Providers that they “… must disclose accurate information about their service offerings and make this information accessible to the public.” Read More »

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