Applicants sought for 3 vacancies on Nebraska Internet board

The Nebraska Public Service Commission is seeking applicants for a board that reviews and recommends grant requests for Internet service in underserved parts of the state. The commission has three vacancies on the Nebraska Internet Enhancement Fund Advisory Board. The seven-member board helps administer the Nebraska Internet Enhancement Fund. Advisory board positions are unpaid. An applicant should submit a statement of interest and a resume to Nichole Mulcahy at the Nebraska Public Service Commission. Materials can be sent to P.O. Box 94927, Lincoln, NE 68509-4927 or nichole.mulcahy@nebraska.gov. Applications are due by April 1. Call 402-471-3101 for more information.

Facebook program is dealt a setback in India

India's government has essentially banned a Facebook program that sought to connect with low-income residents by offering free access to a limited version of the social network and other Internet services. The ruling is a setback for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who had lobbied hard for the program as part of a campaign to expand Internet access in developing countries. It's a victory for critics who argued that Facebook's "Free Basics" program gave an unfair advantage to some Internet services over others. The service provides free access to a stripped-down version of Facebook and certain other Internet sites, including some that provide information such as weather forecasts and job listings.

Confusing gear shiters prompt auto safety probe

Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles with the engines running and while they are still in gear, causing crashes and some serious injuries, U.S. safety investigators have determined. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents posted during the weekend, has doubled the number of vehicles involved in an investigation of the problem, but it stopped short of seeking a recall. The agency found more than 100 crashes and over a dozen injuries, mostly in Jeep Grand Cherokees.

— From wire reports

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