The DOJ acts as if only too much privacy is dangerous! Children die every day due to lack of privacy: bullies find out home addresses, kids' shameful secrets are exposed and they commit suicide, etc. And lack of privacy that hurts parents can leave their kids in dangerous situations. If lack of privacy is bad for society, it will kill kids in many indirect ways.
This is nonsense. Netflix may not create most of their content, but they are the ones shoveling enormous amounts of content into the internet, and they pay for big pipes to do this! They also pay ISP's for local content caching, so they don't have to send the same popular content out as often, and there is less network congestion. The end users pay for a certain level of bandwidth, so they can watch Netflix.
Netflix pays for bandwidth at the source: they pay for big pipes into the network. Meanwhile, people who want to watch Netflix have paid for bandwidth at the destination. The fact that ISP's oversell their bandwidth, assuming no one actually uses very much, is the problem in this case. The customers with light bandwidth needs are subsidizing the ones with heavy needs, in this case.
Completely agree! This is basic infrastructure, and we need to get this right or put the US at a significant disadvantage. Part of the problem seems to be that ISP's such as Comcast have a conflict of interest, since they own both the pipes and some of the content. Other countries deal with this by not allowing one company to do both, which seems much less convoluted than trying to regulate the conflict. It also seems strange to prevent ISP's from providing fast...
Apple employs around 20,000 software engineers, and they're all working on stuff. Just because one of them has written a Web crawler doesn't mean much. Maybe he's just collecting some sample html pages for testing Safari.
Apple's Passbook App supports loyalty cards, so presumably you can allow your transactions (without your credit card info) to be tracked in general, in return for discounts. Apple Pay also supports debit cards, so I don't see any need for another scheme that charges your bank account directly.