FROM Robert McMillan
Is "Net Neutrality" Essential to the American Way of Life? The Federal Communications Commission is faced with a crucial decision on open access to the Internet. A survey shows 80 percent of Americans want the FCC to prohibit providers from giving enhanced access to customers that pay more. Now the President agrees . But providers — like Time Warner Cable, Verizon and AT&T — say that will discourage innovations and investments that improve service for everyone. As the pressure rises for FCC action, will there be toll lanes on the information super highway.
Bitcoin Theft Halts All Transactions Mount Gox , one of the most popular exchanges for Bitcoins , has shut down for all transactions after the theft of more than 700,000 bitcoins worth $350 million. The massive theft involves some 6% of all the bitcoins in circulation. Robert McMillan, senior writer for Wired magazine, explains how it happened and what it could mean for an alternative currency system.
Is the Bitcoin a Boom or a Bubble? The price of a Bitcoin has jumped from $13 at the start of this year to more than a thousand, and it's still rising. Congress and federal regulators are beginning to pay attention. There already are Bitcoin millionaires — and Bitcoin criminals -- even though most people don't understand what a Bitcoin is. We hear about digital currency, controlled and stored in computers and traded across the Internet as a way to make payments. How does it work? Is it really safe? Is the value of Bitcoins subject to the old adage: what goes up must come down?
Cyberattack Hits US Government Websites Computers from all over the world overwhelmed major websites this weekend in South Korea and the United States. Targets included the White House, the Pentagon, the New York Stock Exchange and the Washington Post. Robert McMillan is senior writer, covering computer crime, for IDG News .
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?