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Community season 6 trailer debuts on Yahoo Screen

Community season 6 trailer debuts on Yahoo Screen

It's been a rough road for the TV series Community. The show was cancelled for the second time after its fifth season last year. Luckily the show has proved to be impervious to cancellation and has always found a way to bounce back from the brink of demise. Now, we finally get a sixth season of Community! Thankfully, Yahoo stepped in at the last minute to save Community. They bought up the show and will release it exclusively on their website and streaming platform Yahoo Screen.

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90s US “weaker encryption” policy comes back to haunt it

90s US “weaker encryption” policy comes back to haunt it

The US government has been fighting against recent efforts in the tech industry to strengthen security measures, especially against government snooping. In essence, it wants a backdoor into services and devices in order to get access to crucial information it needs to fight crime and terrorism. Apparently, this has been done before and looks like the government needs to take heed from that. A security policy enacted decades ago has found its way back to the US and is compromising the security of secure websites, including some of the government's own.

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Twitter adds phone number requirement for Tor users

Twitter adds phone number requirement for Tor users

Twitter has made it a personal mission to stomp the trolls and abusive users that are giving its service a bad name (and causing some legitimate users to jump ship). The anonymous corner of the Internet offers a much-needed service for many, but it is likewise often abused by trolls who use it so that they're harder to trace. Tor is one such tool, and now Twitter is requiring those who are using it to verify their phone number straight away when making a new account, a requirement that isn't in place for those who aren't using Tor.

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Yahoo celebrates its 20th year on the Internet

Yahoo celebrates its 20th year on the Internet

Twenty years ago today, Yahoo launched as a simple search engine created by Jerry Yang and David Filo. The landscape of the Internet has changed drastically over the past two decades. Yahoo is still in the game, especially with its recent acquisitions of Aviate, Flurry, and BrightRoll. Yahoo has been investing in adding new companies to its portfolio so it can keep enhancing ..... the way we use the internet today. Yahoo has recently been setting its sights on the mobile market as it hosted its first Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference last month.

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Google floating web plans buoyant says Sundar Pichai

Google floating web plans buoyant says Sundar Pichai

Google's Project Loon, bringing internet connectivity to out of the reach areas using balloons, sounded ridiculous at first. Turns out, according to Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai, that silly idea is actually floating pretty well. Speaking during his Mobile World Congress keynote in Barcelona today, Pichai revealed the latest stats for the floating web platforms, which can now stay up in the air for as long as six months.

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Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Earlier this week, both Reddit and Google revealed plans to crack down on adult content, and while Reddit has held firm to its decision, Google has listened to the outcry of its users and, likely upon fully realizing how many users were poised to leave, reversed its decision. Today on the company's Product Forums, Google worker Jessica Pelegio announced the reversal, saying that rather than instituting this new adult content limitation, the company will merely be ensuring that its users stick to the current rules.

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Qualcomm moves from LTE-A to LTE-U for unlicensed spectrum

Qualcomm moves from LTE-A to LTE-U for unlicensed spectrum

Our Internet connections are getting crowded. With more and more people using the Internet, some on more than just one or two devices, networks are getting overloaded and over burdened. That problem is a bigger one for mobile carriers because their bandwidths are limited to a certain spectrum that they pay for. Qualcomm is trying to alleviate that problem just a bit by introducing a new chipset that will allow users and carriers to ride on what is known as the unlicensed spectrum of the Internet.

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Twitter introduces more tools to combat trolls

Twitter introduces more tools to combat trolls

Twitter has been criticized on numerous occasions for how it handles trolls, and it has made a serious effort in recent times to change that. Early this month, for example, a message from Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo surfaced in which he took personal responsibility for the social network's trolling troubles and vowed that Twitter won't be tolerating such abusive users any longer. Fast-forward a couple weeks, and the microblogging service has announced some new tools for combating abusive users, trolls, and other issues.

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Netflix has another big content library reshuffle for next month

Netflix has another big content library reshuffle for next month

Astute Netflix users will have noted the big content changes that took place over the course of December -- the first of the month marked a lot of shows and movies disappearing and some new ones coming in to fill the void, followed by more additions over the course of the including (including another Original Series Marco Polo). It seems like that just happened, but the new year is moving quickly and another big content library reshuffle is just around the corner, set to kick off on March 1.

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Google jabs TWC, tells cities to make Fiber rollout easier

Google jabs TWC, tells cities to make Fiber rollout easier

Consumers are tired of shelling out relatively high figures for slow Internet speeds, and Google Fiber has long been the glimmer of light on the horizon promising better things for the digital generation. Still, its launch has been metered and to those waiting for it to come their way, every aspect of the rollout appears to be painfully slow, from selecting where it will arrive next to getting it finally up and running. A Google executive recently told cities that if they want Fiber, they're going to need to make the process easier...taking a jab at Time Warner Cable in the process.

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