May 5, 2016 |
WOODSTOWN, N.J. - It's a big message from a small town: The government is spraying the skies with chemicals to control our lives - and maybe kill us. A billboard in this picturesque Salem County community has been delivering the jolting news, listing a website of a large and vocal environmental group known as Bye Bye Blue Sky that alleges a global conspiracy. Its proof: Just look up and see all those white contrails spewing from jets, obscuring the blue sky. The streams - called "chem-trails" - are said to contain noxious chemicals or biological agents meant to manipulate our minds, control the population, and/or wage planetwide warfare.
May 1, 2016
Poisonous By Allison Brennan Minotaur 368 pp. $25.99 Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill In Allison Brennan's well-plotted Poisonous , the poison in question seeps through a town and decimates a family. It starts with a teenager's penchant for Internet bullying. Ivy Lake's venom almost ruined the lives of several teenagers, possibly pushed the family of one teen to move, and, saddest of all, may have caused a bright, sensitive girl to commit suicide.
April 17, 2016
Two Delaware County men were arrested Friday and charged with trading child pornography online, federal prosecutors said. Daniel Mattson, 34, of Springfield, and Anthony Lembo, 33, of Newtown Square, allegedly exchanged sexually explicit images and videos of minors from 2009 through 2015, prosecutors said. Lembo also allegedly received child pornography from other people on the Internet. Lembo was charged with 20 counts involving child pornography and Mattson with 16 counts. If convicted, each man faces mandatory minimum sentences of five years in prison and a maximum 20 years for each count.
March 26, 2016 |
Comcast Corp. will expand its $10-a-month discounted Internet Essentials program to residents of public housing in Philadelphia, Miami, Nashville, and Seattle in a project with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency and the Philadelphia cable giant said Thursday morning. The new program is the latest expansion of Comcast's Internet Essentials offering that has enrolled 600,000 low-income families. The program was launched as a condition of Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011 and is designed to help close the nation's seemingly intractable "digital divide" by making Internet services available to poor families.
March 4, 2016 |
Job-seekers using the Internet to fill out applications and students writing research papers on the Kennett Public Library's seven computers often find themselves running out of time before they can finish. Computer minutes are precious, and library hours are limited. But now, as part of a pilot program, the library is offering a solution. Patrons long have been able to borrow novels, biographies, videos, and compact discs. Now they can borrow the Internet. Under a monthlong program that began Tuesday, the library is lending 10 free mobile-hotspot devices.
March 3, 2016 |
The pizzeria was quiet. Hoang was talking about loneliness. John had heard enough. "Internet," he barked from his stool behind the counter. "I know," said Hoang, sounding as if he had heard his boss suggest he try Vietnamese dating sites a thousand times before, because, well, he had. "I tell him like a million times: Internet, Internet, you know what I mean?" said John, who, like Hoang, is from Vietnam. "You look for somebody on there. Then you go out, you don't like it, then, nothing to lose, right?"
February 21, 2016
Innovation, Privatization, and the Birth of a New Network By Shane Greenstein Princeton University Press. 474 pp. $35. Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler In 1994, Charles Ferguson, a founder of Vermeer, a company aspiring to develop software tools and Internet applications for the newly emerging World Wide Web, had a difficult time attracting investors. In about a year, however, Vermeer auctioned itself off in a bidding war between Microsoft and Netscape, making Ferguson - and the company's investors - immensely wealthy.
January 30, 2016 |
A Media man has been charged with threatening Chester police for arresting a 17-year-old girl who allegedly vowed in an online post to "shoot up" several Delaware County schools. David Milbourne, 23, was charged with making terroristic threats and harassment for threats made on Instagram. His arrest came just a day after police arrested the teenage girl for allegedly posting her threat on Instagram. Chester police said Milbourne's alleged threat was "in response" to the girl's arrest.
January 29, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Chet Kanojia, the tech entrepreneur who set off one of the biggest legal battles in recent television history with the Aereo streaming service, unveiled a new wireless venture Wednesday for high-speed Internet services to challenge Comcast Corp. and others. At a news conference near New York's Madison Square Garden, Kanojia said his Starry Inc. venture will offer lower monthly broadband prices, gigabit speeds, and no data-consumption caps. "There is an insane amount of available spectrum, and on top of that there is unlicensed spectrum," said Kanojia, pooh-poohing the notion that he wouldn't find spectrum capacity for Starry.
December 23, 2015 |
In a surprising shift, adults appear to be choosing wireless smartphones for Internet access over Comcast and other wireline broadband providers, according to a study released Monday. The Pew Research Center report described both a national decline in traditional broadband homes and a growth in smartphone-only households. Nationally, broadband-wired homes fell to 67 percent this year from 70 percent in 2013, the study said. Smartphone-only households rose to 13 percent from 8 percent over the same two years.