11.22.2017

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11.22.2017
 
NEED TO KNOW.
FCC to Repeal Net Neutrality.
The head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, announced yesterday that the body will reverse 2015 rules establishing so-called "net neutrality". The term refers to the idea that internet service providers should treat all data on the internet the same, and not charge more or slow down data for different users or platforms - like slowing down Netflix users who stream video to mobile devices. Pai referred to the current rules as "micromanaging", but said companies will be required to disclose when they slow content and whether they charge companies for preferential treatment (in other words, a company like YouTube could pay for its users to have faster data, creating internet "fast lanes"). 

Zimbabwe's Mugabe Resigns Ahead of Impeachment.
Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe yesterday, stepping down from the office he's held for 37 years. The move comes just days after the Zimbabwe military placed Mugabe and his wife - who had positioned herself as the next in line after the ouster of former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa - under house arrest. Mugabe, who emerged as a Nelson Mandela-like leader after being a political prisoner during British rule, leaves behind a devastating economic legacy with at least 75% of the country living on under $5.50 per day and unemployment rates that range as high as 90%. Former VP Mnangagwa will be installed as president. 

Navy Plane Carrying 11 Crashes in Pacific.
A US Navy aircraft carrying 11 service members crashed off the Pacific Coast of Japan early Wednesday morning. Eight passengers were recovered and reportedly in 'good condition', with three still missing. The aircraft, a C-2 Greyhound, was taking part in a joint US-Japan exercise and went down while en route to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. The cause of the crash was not immediately known - Greyhounds are known for their reliability, but are also one of the oldest naval aircraft, slated to be replaced by MV-22 Ospreys (which can land and take off vertically).
 
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