A.) Make the trip and testify
B.) Decline the invitation
C.) Provide a written statement
D.) Answers A and C
E.) Answers B and C
Snapchat officials answered “E.” And Reuters reported it did not sit well with U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, who didn’t pull punches during the hearing.
“When people refuse to testify in front of this committee, my instincts, which may be skewed, are nevertheless that they’re hiding something,” Rockefeller said. “In this instance, on this subject, I think it warrants closer scrutiny.”
Refresh your memory on the Snapchat saga. Then ask yourself: Does Rockefeller have a point?
Here are four more stories found on the beat:
Opening the airwaves
Wi-Fi capabilities are about to increase. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted to free additional airwaves for use. The decision opens 100 MHz of unlicensed airwaves in the lower realm of the 5 GHz spectrum, according to this report from The Hill.
The goal is to create faster connections and alleviate congestion.
The vote sets an exciting precedent as the FCC’s Jessica Rosenworcel wants to see additional airwaves freed for use. And this is quite a first step, which opens up “all kinds of new opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said.
Let’s not forget about cybercriminals, either. All the more reason to monitor, manage and secure your wireless network.
Netflix aside, can any online video service compete with YouTube? According to this Recode report, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer wants to find out by creating a rival service. The strategy involves enticing YouTube stars to take their talents elsewhere.
The carrot Yahoo! is dangling? Bigger bucks via a bigger slice of the ad revenue pie as well as guaranteed ad rates for videos.
“All of what it seems to be offering certainly runs counter to what’s available at YouTube, which takes a 45 percent cut of ad revenue, doesn’t offer guarantees and insists on relying on computers, not humans, to pick videos it thinks users want to see,” the report said.
Practice your penmanship
Sony’s Digital Paper – a 13.3-inch Wi-Fi-enabled slate – is scheduled to hit the market in May. The new gadget enables you to load PDFs, add handwritten notes, and send the documents along. Slightly thicker than 30 sheets of paper, it seems perfect for lawyers, doctors and others who still deal heavily in paper documents.
But will the $1,100 suggested list price be problematic?
“It’s certainly an interesting concept, but with such a steep price, it’s unlikely to initially only interest high-flying business types who don’t mind paying through the nose for a new kind of gadget,” this CNET brief said.
It can be a challenge to separate fact from fiction on the Internet. The degree of difficult surely increases during the first day of April.
This CNNTech story reviews a few of the web falsities of April Fool’s Day 2014. They included Samsung Fingers, Google Chrome’s Emoji translator, and European research organization CERN announcing all official print communications would appear in Comic Sans.
To all of you who came up with good-natured gags: Thanks for the pranks.
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