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Google Fiber expands toward East Coast

Google Fiber expands toward East Coast

Google's expansion of Google Fiber internet has been an affair to watch, that's for certain. What we've seen over the past several years is the lights turned on in Kansas City, Austin Texas, and Provo. Today, Google made clear that they intend to flip the switch on an additional four cities very soon: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. This would more than double the amount of cities with the service and would provide the first cities east of Kansas City the option to move in with Google's services.

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Google eyes Fiber in North Carolina and Tennessee

Google eyes Fiber in North Carolina and Tennessee

Details of Google's upcoming expansion of its high-speed Internet service are starting to coalesce. In addition to the earlier reported addition of North Carolina cities, it seems that Google has put down lines in Tennessee as well. It may not be the more ambitious nine areas that Google mentioned early 2014, but it's still some progress, albeit small, in Google Fiber's reach. This insider tip couldn't have come at a better time, when Google has been rumored to be planning on launching its own wireless service as well.

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Vivaldi is a new browser set to take on Chrome and Firefox

Vivaldi is a new browser set to take on Chrome and Firefox

There are plenty of browsers out there today that web users can choose from including the old standby Internet Explorer and the newer Chrome and Firefox browsers among others. If none of those browsers is really your cup of tea, a new offering is coming down the pipes to add another contender to the field. The new browser is called Vivaldi and it is from a team that includes the former CEO of Opera.

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Facebook and Instagram are down for many users [UPDATE]

Facebook and Instagram are down for many users [UPDATE]

These long hours stuck indoors as several states are pounded by snow are sure to be marked by excessive, boredom-induced phone checking and social network posting. Only, for many users, the social activities will exclude Facebook and Instagram, at least at the moment. Both sites appear to be down for many users in multiple regions, with those in the United States and India both reporting trouble accessing Facebook and just as many finding it impossible to access or share images on Instagram.

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Cablevision’s Freewheel is a WiFi-only phone service

Cablevision’s Freewheel is a WiFi-only phone service

While some cable TV providers seem themselves competing with video streaming services, Cablevision will be entering a different arena altogether. The cable operator will be launching a new service next month called Freewheel and it has very little to do with TV. The service, instead, offers mobile phone connectivity, but not just any kind. It will be powered and substantially limited to WiFi connectivity only, taking advantage of the million-strong WiFi hot spot network it has been establishing on its home turf.

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Google Fiber expected to next launch in North Carolina

Google Fiber expected to next launch in North Carolina

Good news for high-speed internet users in North Carolina, as Google is expected to announce later this week that it will be bringing the Google Fiber service to the cities of Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte. Sources have told WRAL TechWire that Google's special "Save the Date" event scheduled for January 28th and 29th could see the announcement, with officials from both cities having been invited. Even better, the publication reports that drill crews may begin building the fiber network as early as April.

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China is cracking down on VPN services with ‘upgrade’

China is cracking down on VPN services with ‘upgrade’

China has been cracking down on Internet freedoms lately, having blocked Gmail last month and been pegged for a man-in-the-middle attack against Microsoft's Outlook recently. A new report shows that isn't the end, however, with word surfacing that the Chinese government has now set its sights on VPN services. Some VPN users inside the nation have reported being unable to use their VPN service, and the reason is said to be due to a Great Firewall "upgrade".

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Twitter rolls out tweet translation feature

Twitter rolls out tweet translation feature

Twitter has tapped Microsoft's language translation tool to make reading tweets in languages you don't speak a bit easier. The company announced the new translation feature in a tweet yesterday, saying that the service is being provided using Bing Translator. Those who do not want to see the translations have nothing to fear, with Twitter also tossing in the ability to disable translations if desired. We have got all the details on enabling the feature and more after the jump.

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HealthCare.gov makes changes to data sharing following criticism

HealthCare.gov makes changes to data sharing following criticism

On Wednesday, word surfaced through The Associated Press that HealthCare.gov is shuttling some personal data input by users to third-parties like DoubleClick. The information was not tied to one's identity, and was comprised of things like whether one smokes, is pregnant, and where they live. The report was later confirmed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and it led to protests from those concerned about consumer privacy. In response, the administration has made some changes.

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4chan creator tried to give site away, but couldn’t

4chan creator tried to give site away, but couldn’t

This afternoon Chris "moot" Poole, creator, owner, and sole administrator of the imageboard 4chan spoke about why he was preparing to retire from his role entirely. One of the odd bits about his transfer of leadership and the story therein was that he'd actually tried to give 4chan away at some point inside the last couple of years. While it's not clear to whom he'd have been giving this mega-popular website to, the outcome of this transaction was: the answer was "no, no thank you."

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