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Firefox will soon offer one-click search results

Firefox will soon offer one-click search results

Mozilla wants to make searching for the things you need faster on Firefox, and so to facilitate that the company will be introducing an update sometime in the future that brings with it a new search interface. With this new search, users are able to type a keyword into the search field, then choose a specific preset search engine or website on which they want to view the result, among them being sites like Wikipedia and Google. This follows news that Yahoo will be the browser's new default search option.

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Privacy puzzles and iPhone origin obscure finds Web IQ survey

Privacy puzzles and iPhone origin obscure finds Web IQ survey

Does a privacy policy really promise privacy, and is that Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? Turns out, not everyone is entirely up to speed on how the internet operates or where it came from, with new research from Pew Internet suggesting the US "Web IQ" is patchy at best. The survey firm checked recognition among internet users on topics like net neutrality, what Twitter's character limit is, and when the first iPhone was released, finding that while some topics are well understood, a lot of the basics could still do with some explaining.

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Google Fiber prices for Austin detailed

Google Fiber prices for Austin detailed

In October, Google revealed that Austin, Texas will be getting its Fiber offering next month, and following that up has come a preview of the pricing residents will be paying once it arrives. In the previews we see the expected free basic Internet option, as well as the anticipated Gigabit plan, which will run subscribers $70 per month. The company will also be offering an Internet + TV service option through Fiber, which will be priced a bit higher at $130 monthly.

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Craigslist was down: a short interview with the hacker blamed for it

Craigslist was down: a short interview with the hacker blamed for it

Overnight Craigslist experienced some down time in the form of a hacker redirect. Today we've had a short chat with one of the hackers blamed for the mess, along with word on his most recent project as a musician called YTCracker - a project we've also covered very recently. It would seem that it's no coincidence that one event happened right on top of the other - it might also be no coincidence that 15 years ago today, YTCracker broke into NASA's webpage for the Goddard Flight Center, vandalizing it with a warning for US government to beef up security.

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Google’s Contributor an ‘experiment’ in low threshold paywalls

Google’s Contributor an ‘experiment’ in low threshold paywalls

Websites are funded by ads. You probably see them right now on either side of this text. A lot of the ads you see on the web at large are courtesy of Google, who has one of the largest ad networks around. Paywalls exist for seeing content without ads, but you’d almost have to be a superfan of the site to pay upfront to see the content within. In what’s being billed as an “experiment”, Google has released Contributor, their attempt at crowdfunding ad-free sites.

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AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

The ubiquity of mobile devices is starting to push the limits of the Internet's infrastructure to the breaking point. Add that to the fact that a lot more regions don't have quality connections or don't have Internet at all, and you have a scenario where service providers are scrambling to add more and more cables, especially fiber optic ones, on land and on sea. But such installations cost time, money, and, in some cases, political will. AOptix's solution is cheaper as it uses a combination of laser and radio waves to bring the Internet anywhere.

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NYC residents may get free gigabit WiFi Internet kiosks

NYC residents may get free gigabit WiFi Internet kiosks

Free, city-wide WiFi already sounds like a pretty awesome thing, but Gigabit? If you’re in New York City, that might be what you’re getting. Today, city officials are unveiling an enterprising plan named LinkNYC, which will use kiosks placed throughout the city as WiFi hotspots. There will be as many as 10,000 of these kiosks placed throughout all five boroughs, and will bring free domestic voice calls to the US as well as Internet service. These WiFi hotspots could start to appear later next year.

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Kim Dotcom banned from Mega over piracy claims

Kim Dotcom banned from Mega over piracy claims

As you might recall, Kim Dotcom -- the subject of numerous legal battles and founder of file-hosting service Mega -- soft-launched his own single album Good Times back in January. It has been available through Mega for some time now, but began having troubles back in September when IFPI -- which represents many big-name music labels -- started hitting it with takedown requests over alleged copyright infringement. That had rolled out into a story of unknown pranksters and blindly sent takedown requests, and now months later Kim Dotcom has been banned from his own site for sharing his own album.

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Google Project Loon test flights to take place in Australia

Google Project Loon test flights to take place in Australia

Google is set to test fly its large balloons, which are part of Project Loon, over Australia next month. Project Loon balloons are designed to beam internet service to residents on the ground. Project Loon is a plan that Google has talked about in the past and hopes to use to give internet connectivity to remote parts of the world. The balloons themselves are able to circle the globe on stratospheric winds.

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