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  • Week-long communications outage frustrates many Play Video

    July 14, 2017 5:17 PM

    GREENSBURG- Top leaders in St. Helena Parish are shopping around for another telecommunications company after a widespread outage left them without access to basic functions for almost a week. A fiber optic line managed to get cut, according to the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office. That knocked out vital communications... more »
  • Taylor Swift's music is returning to Spotify, Pandora, more

    June 8, 2017 8:54 PM

    NEW YORK - Taylor Swift is getting back together with a few of her famous exes, including Spotify and Pandora. The pop star's representative confirms her full catalog will return to all streaming platforms Friday. Her official Instagram fan account, Taylor Nation, posted the news Thursday. Swift's five albums also... more »
  • Appeals court won't reconsider net neutrality ruling

    May 1, 2017 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court says it won't reconsider its ruling to uphold the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all online traffic equally. The decision on Monday means the rules favored by consumer groups but despised by telecom companies will remain in place for... more »
  • Trump signs bill blocking online privacy regulation

    April 3, 2017 10:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that could eventually allow internet providers to sell information about their customers' browsing habits. The bill scraps an online privacy regulation issued in October by the Federal Communications Commission to give consumers more control over how companies like Comcast,... more »
  • Fat finger: Typo caused Amazon's big cloud-computing outage

    March 2, 2017 3:28 PM

    NEW YORK - Amazon says an incorrectly typed command during a routine debugging of its billing system caused the five-hour outage of some Amazon Web Services servers on Tuesday. In a summary posted online, the Seattle company says a command meant to remove a small number of servers for one... more »
  • Amazon Cloud Storage failure causes widespread outages

    February 28, 2017 3:51 PM

    SEATTLE - Amazon’s cloud-hosting service Amazon Web Services is experiencing problems in its eastern U.S. region, causing widespread problems for websites and apps. Amazon’s service site states that its customers are experiencing “increased error rates” and notes that it is working on the problem. Affected sites including Trello, Scribd... more »
  • Mississippi kills bill to collect internet tax, earmark for roads

    February 27, 2017 5:29 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says the Mississippi Senate will kill House legislation that would enforce taxation on internet sales and earmark the money for road and bridge work. Reeves told reporters Monday that House Bill 480 will die in committee Tuesday, at the deadline for committees to... more »
  • Internet freezes for 'mannequin challenge' craze

    November 7, 2016 11:46 AM

    Forget dumping ice buckets, dancing or planking, the latest viral phenomenon sweeping the internet consists of people standing still as part of the "mannequin challenge." Videos of the challenge feature posing as mannequins in dramatic postures. They began to appear late last month online and by last weekend everyone from... more »
  • Attacks on the internet keep getting bigger and nastier

    October 22, 2016 3:44 PM

    NEW YORK — Could millions of connected cameras, thermostats and kids' toys bring the internet to its knees? It's beginning to look that way. On Friday, epic cyberattacks crippled a major internet firm, repeatedly disrupting the availability of popular websites across the United States. The hacker group claiming responsibility... more »
  • US internet disrupted as key firm gets hit by cyberattack

    October 21, 2016 10:11 AM

    NEW HAMPSHIRE - There have been reports of internet disruption across the East Coast of the United States after a key firm was hit by a cyberattack. New Hampshire-based Dyn said its server infrastructure was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which works by overwhelming targeted machines with malicious electronic... more »
  • Ascension man arrested on nine counts of internet crimes against children

    October 13, 2016 4:54 PM

    ASCENSION – A man was arrested on nine counts of internet crimes against children, the attorney general's office announced. 25-year-old Justin Sepeda was arrested on eight counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and one count of computer aided solicitation of a minor. Sepeda was booked into the Ascension Parish... more »
  • Federal court blocks Louisiana online verification law

    October 10, 2016 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A judge signed an order permanently preventing Louisiana from enforcing a 2015 state law that required websites to verify the age of internet users before accessing non-obscene material. The order was signed by Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson of federal district court on Friday. Judge Jackson... more »
  • Internet sales tax proposal opposed by GOP Senate candidates

    June 29, 2016 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three of the main Republican contenders for Louisiana's U.S. Senate seat say they oppose pending federal legislation to require companies to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases. U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, U.S. Rep. John Fleming and state Treasurer John Kennedy participated Wednesday in a candidate forum hosted... more »
  • FCC program to help poor get online will start in December

    March 31, 2016 6:25 PM

    NEW YORK - Low-income Americans are expected to be able to apply for help from the federal government in paying for Internet access in December. The Federal Communications Commissioners voted, 3-2 along party lines, Thursday to expand the $1.5 billion Lifeline program, a $9.25-a-month subsidy, to Internet as well as... more »
  • Some say tough talkin' sheriff star might be too harsh

    February 24, 2016 1:23 AM

    OPELOUSAS - The tough talkin' spokesperson for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's office has been told to turn it down, state-wide radio reported . Captain Clay Higgins has become an internet superstar because of his weekly Crimestoppers segment on a Lafayette TV station. In May, his viral videos were... more »
  • Fight over net neutrality rules returns to appeals court

    December 4, 2015 4:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government's latest push to make sure consumers get equal access to the Internet faces a key legal test as a federal appeals court considers whether to treat high-speed service providers like public utilities. Cable and telecom industry groups on Friday urged a three-judge panel to throw... more »
  • Google may bring ultra-fast Internet to Oklahoma, Florida

    October 28, 2015 4:22 PM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW - Google is adding Oklahoma City and two cites in Florida to the list of communities in line for its ultra-fast Internet service. The plan announced Wednesday would bring the "Google Fiber" service to Jacksonville and Tampa in Florida in addition to Oklahoma City if company officials can... more »
  • Virtual currency groups form alliance with law enforcement

    October 22, 2015 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Obama administration is joining with private companies to train law enforcement officials about the virtual currency Bitcoin and how to fight crime arising from Bitcoin's use. The partnership - called Blockchain Alliance - aims to educate investigators on the ins and outs of the technology. The alliance also... more »
  • Holden to assemble ConnectHome Roundtable Thursday

    October 14, 2015 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President “Kip” Holden will assemble a community roundtable discussion Thursday to provide an update on the Baton Rouge ConnectHome pilot program. Holden said that he hopes the roundtable will be the first of many community conversations about building a “first-class digital workforce for the future of... more »
  • Snowden on video at NYC forum to promote privacy treaty

    September 24, 2015 2:33 PM

    NEW YORK - Edward Snowden appeared in New York via video to launch a campaign promoting an international treaty to protect privacy. The former National Security Agency systems analyst appeared from Moscow via a video link Thursday at a forum in Manhattan on the so-called "Snowden Treaty." Advocates say the... more »
  • Cool Schools: Southeast Middle Magnet Digital Arts and Technology Academy Play Video

    September 15, 2015 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Southeast Middle is teaching students how to get comfortable on both sides of the camera. The school just implemented the Southeast Middle Magnet Digital Arts and Technology Academy, a magnet program that enrolls about 20% of the school's students. Students that are enrolled in the program are able... more »
  • Cyber crimes cops tell parents to delete app from kids' phones Play Video

    August 13, 2015 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office encouraged parents to forbid their children from downloading the kik messenger app - and told parents who have kids who use it to delete the app from their phones. "Far too many child extortion cases have involved this app," the state's legal... more »
  • Dozens accused in internet predators bust Play Video

    June 24, 2015 12:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities announced dozens of people were arrested during a two-month long operation in Louisiana targeting internet predators. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said "Operation Broken Heart" led to 36 arrests in April and May. Caldwell said most suspects were charged with possession or distribution of child... more »
  • FCC head seeks to narrow 'digital divide' with new proposal

    May 28, 2015 11:58 AM

    NEW YORK - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access. The FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, has called broadband a critical service for modern life. But many low-income people don't have access. According... more »
  • Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in US for 1st time

    May 5, 2015 12:35 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world. The milestone announced at a digital advertising conference Tuesday serves... more »
  • Netflix brings its streaming video service to Cuba

    February 9, 2015 3:15 PM

    LOS GATOS, CA - Netflix is launching its movie and TV show streaming service in Cuba as Internet access in the country improves and credit and debit cards become more widely available. Netflix, which is working on international expansion and hopes to be in about 200 countries by the end... more »
  • Mystery LSU football player implicated in stolen items sold online Play Video

    January 14, 2015 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An investigation is underway tonight by the LSU Police Department after equipment went missing from the LSU Athletic Department. Court records show, Gregory Stringfellow, LSU Football Equipment Manager, called LSU Police after noticing a two advertisements on EBAY selling a pair of Nike LSU Football cleats and... more »
  • Obama wants to remove barriers to greater broadband access

    January 13, 2015 5:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration wants to provide greater access to fast broadband service in towns and cities across the country by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to remove legal barriers to competition by Internet service providers. It also wants to help local communities improve their service with government loans... more »
  • U.S. says it didn't hack North Korea

    January 9, 2015 2:41 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two senior U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that the U.S. government is not responsible for the sustained electronic attacks that crippled North Korea's Internet infrastructure last month. Those attacks happened just after President Barack Obama promised that his administration would respond to the hacker break-in at... more »
  • FCC to vote next month on net neutrality rules

    January 2, 2015 5:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks. The five-member Federal Communications Commission will consider then a proposal from Chairman Tom Wheeler on so-called net... more »
  • North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

    December 22, 2014 2:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - North Korea is experiencing widespread Internet outages. One expert says the country's online access is "totally down." It's not immediately clear if the Internet connectivity problems were an act of retribution for a major intrusion at Sony Pictures Entertainment that the FBI last week linked to North Korea.... more »
  • 5 ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack

    December 19, 2014 4:12 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company... more »
  • Obama wants ban on Internet 'fast lane' deals

    November 10, 2014 10:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Internet providers shouldn't be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster. In a statement released by the White House Monday, the president called for an "explicit ban" on such deals. Obama also said that... more »
  • Shakespeare on demand: Globe puts plays online

    November 4, 2014 1:29 PM

    LONDON - Theater fans can now stream some Shakespeare, if they have the bandwidth for the Bard. Shakespeare's Globe, London's reconstructed Elizabethan playhouse, is making its productions available for download through a video-on-demand service. Globe Player will offer more than 50 filmed productions to rent or buy, including an acclaimed... more »
  • Police: participants in viral fight video gone upon arrival

    September 15, 2014 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police at LSU said Monday, they responded to calls of a large fight on the Parade Grounds as people were tailgating ahead of the ULM game Saturday. The fight was recorded by a man who appeared to be taking a "selfie" video with the fight in the... more »
  • Report: Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords

    August 5, 2014 5:51 PM

    NEW YORK - A published report says Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites. The New York Times says the thievery was uncovered by Hold Security, a Milwaukee firm that has a history of sifting out online security... more »

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