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Top Facebook Live Videos show up in ‘Trending’ box

Top Facebook Live Videos show up in ‘Trending’ box

Facebook has added yet another feature for Live Video, this one making it easier to find live broadcasts using search. The social network has updated its search feature, adding (when relevant) Live Videos to search results with a bright red "LIVE" flag next to them. These "LIVE" videos also show up in the 'Trending' box on users' timelines, assuming the video itself is trending on the social network. Also inbound is a newly built Live Video search experience on mobile.

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Reddit expands user-blocking feature to deal with bullies

Reddit expands user-blocking feature to deal with bullies

Reddit, as great as it can be, is packed full of trolls and other annoying folks who can ruin the experience. That’s a common issue across the Internet, but one fueled by Reddit’s utter simplicity — harassing someone is as simple as making a throwaway account and sending someone foul messages. To deal with this, the company has unveiled a new “user block” feature that allows Redditors to block other Reddit users.

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FCC unveils “Nutrition labels” for broadband connections

FCC unveils “Nutrition labels” for broadband connections

When you pick up a box of cereal, or any other food item, you can quickly and easily find out what you're getting by looking at the side. Thanks to a handy nutrition label, you'll find things like calories, sugars, and vitamins per serving, and a full list of ingredients. Now wouldn't it be great if everything you bought had a similar label? Well, it turns out that the FCC would like your broadband service to come with exactly that.

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Samsung Internet browser for Gear VR now supports WebVR

Samsung Internet browser for Gear VR now supports WebVR

With all the coverage lavished on "proper" VR devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it might be too easy to forget the VR headset that was already in the market way ahead of those two. Made by Samsung in partnership with Oculus, the Gear VR is almost like a poor man's VR (though the real poor man's VR would be the original Google Cardboard), lettings users experience VR more easily. Provided they have the latest Samsung smartphone, of course. Now Samsung is expanding its headset's coverage by adopting what is to be the VR standard for the Web called, what else, WebVR.

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iOS browser Brave reveals payment system for blocking (or viewing) ads

iOS browser Brave reveals payment system for blocking (or viewing) ads

Brave, the new web browser app for iOS, made a splash a few months ago when it was announced with a feature that would allow users to block ads in exchange for payment. The purpose is to allow privacy-minded individuals to browse the web without ads or trackers, but still help benefit publishers and the sites they visit. Now Brave has detailed the second half of the feature: the ability for users to get paid if they permit the browser to show them safe replacement ads.

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China bans April Fools’ day as Internet overflows with jokes

China bans April Fools’ day as Internet overflows with jokes

Reports that swear they're not April Fools' pranks claim China has banned April Fools' day, citing annoyance and incompatibility with the "western tradition." April Fools' day is, of course, a day for unabashed suspicion — it’s also fun, and companies have fully embraced it to release all sorts of amusing (and sometimes incredibly frustrating) jokes. China will have none of that, though; the nation’s state-run news agency has stated that April Fools' isn’t inline with its “cultural traditions, or socialist core values."

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Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

In December, news surfaced that Egypt had shut down Facebook’s Free Basics Internet service, news that itself followed the social network’s troubles in India. The move was a sudden one, and officials made no public announcements about their reason for pulling the plug. According to new sources who have surfaced, Free Basics was canned because Egyptian government officials wanted access to spy on users, something Facebook reportedly rejected.

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Reddit’s 2015 Transparency Report teases National Security Letter

Reddit’s 2015 Transparency Report teases National Security Letter

Reddit has released its 2015 Transparency Report, the followup to its 2014 report with updated numbers on government requests and more. Says Reddit, it aims to show users a couple different types of data, namely the number and variety of requests it gets for user information and content removal, as well as how many requests it gets that it is legally required to act on. It seems this time around, Reddit may have received a National Security Letter, as well.

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FCC’s Lifeline now subsidizes Internet for low-income Americans

FCC’s Lifeline now subsidizes Internet for low-income Americans

The FCC has voted in favor of expanding Lifeline, a phone subsidy program that has been around for the last thirty or so years. Under this expansion, low-income individuals and families will be able to get subsidized high-speed Internet service, an essential service in the modern world. The Lifeline program will cover bundled Internet-and-voice services, as well as Internet-only services.

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Facebook Instant Articles is adding video advertisements

Facebook Instant Articles is adding video advertisements

Facebook is going to add video advertisement support to Instant Articles, a platform for publishers that presents articles more quickly to the social network’s users. In addition to the new video advertisements, Instant Articles will also get a new ad unit block on top of the ones already available, something Facebook anticipates will boost ad impressions more than 20-percent.

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Canceling Comcast service may soon be as simple as a few clicks, in California

Canceling Comcast service may soon be as simple as a few clicks, in California

Have you ever tried to cancel your internet or cable service? If you've used a company like Comcast, you know that it's not always an easy task. You'll call in to cancel, and they'll route you to someone in their retention department who will spend the next 15 to 20 minutes trying to convince you to stay with them. Well in the state of California, this might be a thing of the past.

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AT&T U-verse launching unlimited data option May 23

AT&T U-verse launching unlimited data option May 23

Anyone who has a metered internet connection knows that you don’t have to spend much time streaming video content or playing online games to blow through a miserly bandwidth allotment. AT&T U-verse subscribers are going to get more bandwidth at no additional cost and there will even be an unlimited option allowing you to gobble all the downloads, games, and streaming content you want. The unlimited option for U-verse subscribers will launch on May 23.

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