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The Weekly Roundup - May 22, 2014

by Tiffany Tai
May 22, 2014

Senate Finds Hidden Hazards in Online Ads

A new report released last week by the Senate concluded that the online advertising contains "significant vulnerabilities" that cyber criminals can exploit to initiate malware attacks against consumers. Sites that consumers would expect to be safe, such as The New York Times, were found to host ads with malware that was delivered by third-party ad networks. 

FCC Votes Along Party Lines in Favor of Establishing New Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC voted along party lines to proceed with establishing new net neutrality rules last week. The 3-2 vote was opposed vigorously by GOP commissioners and opens a lengthy comment period on proposals for final rules, which ends on July 15. The proposed rules include the creation of an ombudsman who would act as a watchdog for start-ups and consumers. 

Yahoo Buys Snapchat Rival Blink

Yahoo will be getting into the discrete messaging craze with the acquisition of a small start-up called Blink, which makes an app that allows users to send texts, photos, videos, and music in a secure way. The messages disappear after a limited time (similar to Snapchat) and are encrypted.