Verizon thanked the first responder community in a new ad campaign that debuted during the Super Bowl Sunday night, months after the company was criticized for throttling California firefighters' internet access as they battled one of the state's largest wildfires, The ad that aired includes interviews with first responders and NFL players who had experienced their own emergency situations in which first responders aided them. The ad ends with the message:"First responders answer the call. Our job is to make sure they can get it." The ad is part of a larger video campaign, in which Verizon interviews 12 NFL athletes and coaches retelling their own stories of how first responders helped them.This is not the first time Verizon has run ads during the Super Bowl to thank first responders. It also did so in 2018. But this year's campaign raised eyebrows after a much publicized incident with the Santa Clara Fire Department, which came to light as part of a lawsuit challenging the FCC's 2017 … [Read more...] about Verizon’s Super Bowl ad honoring first responders raises eyebrows in wake of throttling incident
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Rick Kelleher is a big, white-haired, crisply presented man who looks very much the way you’d expect a Boston Irish power broker to look. If you found yourself sitting next to him on a plane, you might notice how he kept the conversation flowing naturally and emphasized his points with the physicality of a great salesman, dramatically raising his eyebrows and cocking his head. On this morning, Kelleher is seated at a back table in the lobby restaurant of the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel, where the server knows exactly how he likes his house-smoked salmon. He carries himself as if he owns the place, and, in a way, he does. Related Links New England’s smallest colleges are struggling Former Mount Ida students sue, accusing college leaders of fraud The college debt crisis is even worse than you think Sitting across the table is a man who is also in his late 60s but who cuts a very different figure. Kumble Subbaswamy — unassuming, of slight build, with … [Read more...] about ‘ZooMass’ no more. Is turning UMass Amherst into an elite university needed?
WASHINGTON -- A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems nationally in the wake of the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan. The EPA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) says in a 74-page report that the agency must take steps now to be able to react more quickly in times of public health emergencies. Flint's tap water became contaminated with lead in 2014 after officials switched from the Detroit system to the Flint River to save money. The City of Flint didn't implement proper water treatment procedures to stop the corrosive water from breaking down aging lead pipes, exposing many residents to the potent neurotoxin in their drinking water. Some children were found to have elevated lead levels in their blood, leading to long-term health concerns. The EPA says there is no safe level of lead. Flint water crisis blamed for lower fertility rates, increased fetal death rates The OIG … [Read more...] about Watchdog report urges EPA to heighten oversight in wake of Flint water crisis
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: June 11, 2018 at 6:01 pm | UPDATED: June 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm By David Montgomery | Washington Post Laurene Powell Jobs – like the inventors and disrupters who were all around her – was thinking big. It was 2004, and she was an East Coast transplant – sprung from a cage in West Milford, NewJersey, as her musical idol Bruce Springsteen might put it – acclimating to the audacious sense of possibility suffusing the laboratories, garages and office parks of Silicon Valley. She could often be found at a desk in a rented office in Palo Alto, California, working a phone and an Apple computer. There, her own creation was beginning to take shape. It would involve philanthropy . . . technology . . . social change – she was charting the destination as she made the journey. She eventually named the project Emerson Collective after Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of her favorite writers. In time it would become perhaps the most … [Read more...] about Laurene Powell Jobs charts a path to philanthropy and social change
Max Schrems. Photo: ORF/Matschedolnig Few in America's Silicon Valley could have predicted that a young Austrian law graduate who spent a semester studying there would one day become high-tech companies' worst nightmare. Yet that's exactly what Max Schrems achieved on Tuesday when the European Union's top court ruled in his favour, declaring that a key transatlantic data deal relied on by giant corporations such as Facebook was invalid in the light of widespread spying revealed by the Edward Snowden scandal. The verdict strikes down the so-called Safe Harbour pact signed between the European Commission and the United States in 1998, allowing American companies to transfer data from the EU to the US as long as they ensured adequate levels of protection. But for Schrems, who turns 28 this month, the agreement failed to live up to its promise in the wake of details leaked by former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Snowden. According to the American … [Read more...] about Max Schrems: A tech giants’ worst nightmare