If a new report in The Wall Street Journal is true, than the Internet as we all know it could be changing—and not in favor of users. According to their report, the FCC is planning on restructuring the “Net Neutrality” rules that currently prohibit Internet providers from essentially discriminating content, giving some "preferential treatment" for higher fees. As this story in The Huffington Post explains, “If such rules were imposed, activists fear Internet service providers would make bandwidth-exhaustive websites—think Netflix and Skype—pay more for smoother delivery, which would theoretically mean higher prices for customers in turn.” Though the rules would still make it illegal for providers to censor or block certain sites, in the world of media conglomerations where online outlets have corporate connections to providers (AOL and Time Warner for example), it’s also conceivable that select websites would be delivered at faster speeds (on “fast lanes”) than competitors, though this information would have to be disclosed ... Discuss

 

Google Maps has begun rolling out a new feature that allows users to look at various routes since they first started being photographed in 2007. Because Google frequently updates its Street View images, for many roads, several past versions exists. Though it’s not available for everyone just yet, The Wire has compiled some really compelling before-and-after shots of Street View locations that look completely different than they did just a few years ago ... Discuss

 
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Xbox may soon be getting deeper into TV.

According to Deadline, Xbox Entertainment Studios will stream a new show that is based on the life of hip-hop star Nas. The series will reportedly focus on the artist’s early days as an up-and-coming rapper in New York in the ’90s. Read More

 

Just how hospitable to life is Kepler-186f, the planet that has NASA freaking out? Well, you couldn't breathe there, for one thing. But, other than that, it's the most habitable planet NASA has yet discovered. It exists in its sun's "Goldilocks Zone"—neither too hot nor too cold for life—and could very well have liquid water. It's about ten percent larger than our own planet and just a little further away from its sun, which might mean it's a touch cooler but given our own rising temperatures, maybe that's not such a bad thing. All in all, it's unusually similar to our own chuck of the universe. "This is a really profound discovery. It's a major milestone," Tom Barclay, a member of NASA's Ames Research Center, told NPR.

That said, at 500 light-years away from earth, it's not exactly a day trip, so there's no need to go packing any bags just yet ... Discuss