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With the FCC having repealed the rules mandating net neutrality, we wanted to get all the internet service providers on the record for what they were and weren't promising as it pertains to the open internet, both for now and in perpetuity. Axios' David McCabe got ahold of most of them.
What they're saying:
Be smart: Internet providers are carefully choosing their words — and with good reason. These are pledges that regulators can hold the companies to. The FCC and FTC can take action against the companies if they are seen as deceiving consumers or violating disclosure rules — the one part that remains from the FCC's net neutrality rules.
That's why it's a big difference when a company says they never will do something vs. saying they don't currently do something or have no plans to do it. The first statement could be legally enforceable while the latter two don't guarantee anything.
Microsoft is throwing its weight behind a Senate bill that aims to ensure victims of workplace sexual harassment can make their case in court, Axios' Kim Hart reports.
What's happening: Sens. Lindsey Graham and Kirsten Gillibrand recently introduced a bill outlawing provisions in an employment contract that require such claims to be handled in private arbitration rather than openly in court.
Why it matters: The tech industry has become embroiled in several sexual harassment scandals over the past year. Graham says as many as 60 million American workers have no legal ability to bring sexual harassment claims to court because they are bound by private arbitration clauses.
That means they are required to mediate any issue behind closed doors rather than in a public court. Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said it is both endorsing the legislation and getting rid of such clauses in its own employment contracts.
"Clearly as we all learn more about the sexual harassment issue across the country, it is both more pervasive than most people would have thought a year ago, and it's an issue that's been allowed to perpetuate itself in part because the voices of victims have been silenced," Smith told Axios in an interview. "The ability to go to court makes sure those voices can be heard."
Interesting timing: The move comes only a few days after a Bloomberg report that highlighted an incident in which a Microsoft intern said she was raped by another intern. An investigation was inconclusive and Microsoft made the questionable decision to hire both interns and have them work in proximity to one another.
With iOS 11, Apple made an unusual decision in how Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will toggle in its control center.
How it works: Turning off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth there doesn't actually turn off those radios, but instead just disconnects from the current and other nearby networks.That allows Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to remain available for a number of other uses, including AirDrop and AirPlay.
Yes, but: It also runs counter to what many people expect the button to do. So, with the latest update to iOS 11, Apple decided to make things a bit more clear. The button still works the same way, but when you press it, Apple pops up a dialog box (see above) explaining that the "off" button isn't really off.
Quick take: If you really want to turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, you have to go to the settings menu.
The head of Huawei's phone business says that the company will be selling its smartphones through U.S. carriers next year, including its flagship Mate 10, according to AP.
In recent years, the Chinese company's U.S. sales have largely been limited to an online, direct-to-consumer approach for both its own brand and its Honor sub-brand. And the company's market share has been tiny.
Flashback: There was a time in the not-too-distant past when Huawei phones were sold at a U.S. carrier, but it didn't end well. T-Mobile sued Huawei saying, among other things, that Huawei stole pieces of Tappy, its phone-testing robot.
Kaspersky Lab is suing the Trump administration over a move to ban the company's software. The Russian software maker says the Department of Homeland Security deprived it of due process and unfairly damaged its reputation.
Why it matters: Kaspersky Lab, the world's largest private cybersecurity company, has been accused of helping Moscow in their intelligence efforts, though they have repeatedly denied any such connection.
Details of the ban: In September, DHS ordered all government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab software from their devices within 90 days. The ban officially went into effect last week when President Trump signed legislation codifying it.
Dig deeper: In his debut for Axios' Expert Voices, security analyst Richard Stiennon argues a federal ban on the firm without public evidence sets a dangerous precedent.