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Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

How often do you download a song without previewing it first? If it is an artist you're fond of, the odds are likely high, as you figure it's something you'll want in your collection. We have to assume that is the reason behind what happened in Canada recently, where a newly released Taylor Swift song hit the #1 slot...even though it was only 8 seconds of loud, obnoxious static. It's either that, or our Canadian friends have a rather eclectic taste in music.

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Google’s latest anti-piracy efforts: download suggestions, demoted rankings

Google’s latest anti-piracy efforts: download suggestions, demoted rankings

Google has been active in helping combat the issue of piracy, and as such has tried various methods to deter users away from copyright-infringing sources to legitimate download websites. Last year Google published a report called "How Google Fights Piracy", which detailed the methods with which it was trifling and what users could expect as a result. That report has now been updated to encompass the changes that have taken place since its first publication, and among those changes is the addition of a large legit downloads suggestion box.

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anonabox already in boiling hot water even before shipping

anonabox already in boiling hot water even before shipping

If run of the mill products made behind closed doors can already have a number of detractors, those growing in the semi-open space of crowdfunding should expect even more scrutiny. The lastest high-profile Kickstarter case is one that we just shared two days ago. anonabox, a little open source device that claims to give easy and complete anonymity via Tor, might have been enjoying massive success, but now it is not so enjoying massive criticism, enough for some to call for its removal from Kickstarter.

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Linksys EA9200 and E8350 routers target demanding users

Linksys EA9200 and E8350 routers target demanding users

Linksys has taken the wraps off a pair of new routers, one of which is available now and the other that will be launching in a couple of days: the E8350 and the EA9200. Both are targeted at demanding users, though the EA9200 is the higher-end of the two, bringing with it features like dual-band operation and 6 antennas. That doesn't mean the E8350 isn't notable for its own reasons: it brings four antennas, which will meet most users' needs, and the same dual-band operation.

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Austin Google Fiber rollout begins in December

Austin Google Fiber rollout begins in December

Austin, Texas is one of the places in the country where high tech companies flourish. Some major technology companies have operations in Austin including Motorola and Dell among others. In April 2013, Google announced that after Kansas City, Austin would be the second city to get the ultra fast Google Fiber internet service. The web giant has now announced that the rollout of Google Fiber in south and southeast Austin will begin in December.

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This ultra-fast Internet may beat Google Fiber to your home

This ultra-fast Internet may beat Google Fiber to your home

Google Fiber offers mind-boggling data transfer speeds, but fiber optics require a massive build-out. That need for digging keeps Fiber from rolling out quickly, and gives the competition a chance to catch up where Fiber hasn’t made its presence known. That Gigabit speed via Fiber and other services is impressive, but also a bit of overkill. New wireless tech from Mimosa brings us all back to Earth a bit, but still delivers on impressive data speeds you’re likely not currently getting.

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Here’s why non-cable HBO may not be so great

Here’s why non-cable HBO may not be so great

For some, the point of cable is having HBO. Where else are you going to (legally) get Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire? If you’re a cord cutter, or at least want to be, we’ve got good news. HBO is planning to offer a subscription service in 2015 that doesn’t require a cable subscription. That might sound dandy, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. We know it’s web-based, and launchings sometime in 2015 — but that’s about it.

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AT&T expands gigabit Internet service to four regions

AT&T expands gigabit Internet service to four regions

Back in April, AT&T revealed that it was looking at a bunch of locations to which it might expand its gigabit Internet service. Though no timeline or definite we're-going-to-do-it promise was given, the service provider has indeed moved ahead with its plans. Four of the previously revealed locations will soon be getting AT&T's GigaPower service: Chicago, the Atlanta area, Newnan, and Decatur. Construction is set to start some time this year, but when the service will be available isn't yet known.

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Google researchers discover SSL 3.0 bug

Google researchers discover SSL 3.0 bug

We've heard about a lot of bugs this year, not the least of which being the recent "Shellshock" bug. Now Google researchers have discovered a bug in SSL 3.0 that could allow hackers to nab user data. The discovery was detailed today in a report published by the team, which says they were able to breach the protocol using what they call a "POODLE" attack -- Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption attack. With this, they have recommended that SSL 3.0 be disabled to mitigate the problem.

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anonabox: Tor in a box for maximum anonymity and freedom

anonabox: Tor in a box for maximum anonymity and freedom

Some lawmakers and parties have likened the Internet to the Wild Wild West in order to justify putting a clamp on it. For many users, however, that freedom is part and parcel of the Internet's nature and is necessary for it to survive. To help stem off attempts to curtail the freedom of speech on the Internet, not to mention growing number of spying on users, a group of friends have designed anonabox, a discrete and easy to use networking device that could give the NSA nightmares.

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