IN THE NEWS: NET NEUTRALITY REMATCH
NEW YORK (AP) — A new court ruling makes it clear that though net neutrality has been repealed, the battle over it is still being waged. A U.S. appeals court has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission can birddog telecommunications companies like AT&T. At issue are claims that AT&T misled smartphone customers in offering unlimited data plans but at the same time slowing internet speeds for heavy users. Under the law, only the Federal Communications Commission can take action against what are known as common carriers like AT&T. The new ruling says the FTC can impose penalties for deceptive practices — filling the gap the FCC had left open by declining to oversee the operations of such companies.
IN THE NEWS: SAM’S CLUB DELIVERY
NEW YORK (AP) — Want it from Sam’s Club — and want it fast? The warehouse merchant is teaming up with a startup company to do just that. Walmart-owned Sam’s Club is teaming up with Instacart to offer same-day service in three U.S. markets. The service launches today in Austin, Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and in St. Louis. If all goes well, Sam’s Club will expand the service to other parts of the country. By offering same-day service, Sam’s Club is trying to muscle-in on Amazon.com and its Prime membership deal. Sam’s Club just recently added free shipping for its premium members on 95 percent of the items it sells online.
ON THE WEB: SHEPARD SMITH
CYBERSPACE (AP) — If you bothered looking at your TV instead of your news feed, you would know that Shepard Smith was still working at Fox News Channel. Some who get their news from certain conservative news sites heard that Smith had been fired for what sites call his “obvious disrespect for President Trump.” But Fox says it isn’t true. And, indeed, a check of the network yesterday found Smith holding forth in his usual afternoon time slot, “disrespect” and all. Smith has been with Fox for more than 20 years.
Fox News site: <a target=”—blank” href=”http://www.foxnews.com”>http://www.foxnews.com</a>
IN STORES: CBS STREAMING
UNDATED (AP) — Think of it as an unlimited sports buffet rolling past your eyes every day. CBS Corp. is launching a 24-hour streaming sports news network called CBS Sports HQ. It will feature the day’s top sports news, highlights and analysis. Don’t want to flow along in the “stream?” Not to worry. CBS says the network will have a DVR-like function that lets viewers watch previous segments before rejoining the streaming stuff. It’s available on a number of platforms, including any number of CBS-linked websites, on apps for iOS and Android — and on TV devices like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.
005-v-33-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)–CBS says it’s debuting a new 24-hours sports video service. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (27 Feb 2018)
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CBS Sports HQ site: <a target=”—blank” href=”http://cbssportshq.com”>http://cbssportshq.com</a>
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