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On the same morning net neutrality demonstrators showed up at FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's house to protest a plan that could let broadband providers charge for "fast lanes" to the Internet, the demonstrators found unexpected support from the White House.

The fate of a human trafficking lawsuit against Backpage.com is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court.

You wake up feeling gross – stuffy and full of aches. A quick Google search of your symptoms confirms that yes, you probably have a cold and not the plague. But what if you were directed to a site that had a legitimate sounding name but wasn't really accurate at all?

It sounds like a problem from the ancient days of the Internet. Since then people have learned that .gov leads to bona fide government sites, but .com could be anyone selling you anything.

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Jeannie Yandel talks with Bill Schrier, the former chief technology officer for the City of Seattle, about CenturyLink's plan to offer high-speed internet for residents of four Seattle neighborhoods. 

Aereo, the company that lets subscribers watch TV stations' video that it routes onto the Internet, violates U.S. copyright law, the Supreme Court has ruled. The court's 6-3 decision reverses a lower court ruling on what has been a hotly contested issue.

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David Hyde talks with Matthew Prince, CEO of CloudFlare, about what he says is the fastest growing cyber attack sweeping the nation: distributed denial of service, or DDoS.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, about the Internet of Things, and how it will connect with our bodies, our homes, our communities, our goods, and even the dirt beneath our feet.

IoT refers to the idea of equipping all objects with minuscule identifying devices or machine-readable identifiers. A Pew Research Center report predicts IoT will thrive by 2025.

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Comcast provides Internet and cable service to more households than any other cable company in the U.S.

In Washington, D.C., Comcast has hired more than 80 lobbyists to sell its $45 billion mega-merger with Time Warner Cable. The deal, filed earlier this month, is now pending approval from the FCC and Department of Justice.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Todd Bishop, co-founder of Geekwire, about the major security flaw affecting Microsoft's web browser Internet Explorer.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Bill Schrier, City of Seattle's former chief technology officer, about the challenges to building a municipal broadband network in Seattle.

Editor's Note: A very serious bug with a scary name, Heartbleed, was discovered and disclosed this week. The bug affects OpenSSL, a popular cryptographic library that is used to secure a huge chunk of the Internet's traffic. Even if you have never heard of OpenSSL, chances are, it's helped secure your data in some way.

Local Seniors Share How They Use The World Wide Web

Mar 14, 2014
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As part of our week-long series on the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, The Record takes a trip to the Ballard Senior Center to learn how senior citizens are using the web today.

We hear from Stan Steenrod, Katherine Quackenbush, Robert Brumfield, Ruth Higgins, Stephen Sill, Betty Aman and Claire Anderson.

Listeners Reflect As World Wide Web Turns 25

Mar 12, 2014
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Marcie Sillman and Steve Scher take calls from listeners as they recount their early Internet memories in celebration of the World Wide Web's 25th birthday.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Doug Shadel, fraud expert and director of AARP Washington, about whom con artists are targeting and how to avoid falling victim to Internet scams.

Life Without Reliable Internet Access

Mar 11, 2014
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Marcie Sillman talks with Steve McCullough, superintendent of Curlew School District, about the lack of adequate Internet access in the small, northeastern Washington town.

About 200 students attend the school, which houses the classrooms from preschool through high school. McCullough also serves as the school's principal. The district is currently the only place with the fastest and most reliable Internet access in town.

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