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Facebook research shows ‘haha’ is more popular than ‘lol’

Facebook research shows ‘haha’ is more popular than ‘lol’

Facebook has revealed data with a surprising result about how users express laughter these days: "haha" and similar variations are used more than the iconic "lol." The social network analyzed user comments and posts and found that "haha" accounted for 51.4% of laughter expressions. The laughing emoji was next, with 33.8%, followed by "hehe" at 13.1%. Finally, at the very bottom, was "lol" with only 1.9%. Such a steep fall for an expression that still feels like we see everywhere.

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Apple redesigns website, combining store and product pages

Apple redesigns website, combining store and product pages

You might not notice it right away, but Apple has launched a fairly substantial redesign to its website. There is no longer a dedicated online store section to the website. The "store" tab has been removed from the main navigation bar, and the address "store.apple.com" now redirects to the homepage. Does this mean Apple doesn't want people buying things from them online anymore? Nope, they've just added a dedicated "Buy" button to the top of each product page.

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Kim Dotcom announces third file storage service as nonprofit

Kim Dotcom announces third file storage service as nonprofit

Kim Dotcom, the well-known internet entrepreneur behind file hosting sites MegaUpload, and its successor Mega, has announced he's planning to launch a third file storage service, but this time as a non-profit. This comes after last week's news that Dotcom is not involved with Mega any longer, following a "hostile takeover by a Chinese investor," as he phrased it. While Mega has denied the accusation, Dotcom went on to publicly state that he lost faith in the site's security and privacy, and users' data was no longer safe.

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Google Fiber is coming to San Antonio, Texas

Google Fiber is coming to San Antonio, Texas

Google Fiber is about to roll out into its largest city so far: San Antonio, Texas. This is the latest in Google’s slow-growing ultra-fast Internet service, which has already been available in several cities and is slated to roll out in many more. Google cites San Antonio as being a big and still growing tech hub, one that is drawing in more tech jobs through things like the Tech Hire initiative. Sibling city Austin, TX has already enjoyed Google Fiber service.

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Reddit bans racist subreddits under new policy amidst criticism

Reddit bans racist subreddits under new policy amidst criticism

Reddit has finally banned several racist subreddits after having failed to do so during its recent content policy updates. Failure to ban the subreddits long drew criticism from users and non-users alike, and then continuing to leave them in place after going after other offensive communities led to harsh outcries from users. The existence of the subreddit and others like it were ended today, however, as the company just announced additional changes and new bans brought about because of them.

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Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo was recently hit by hackers who used its advertisements to deliver malware to an unspecified number of visitors on several of its own websites, it has been revealed. The malware campaign carried on for a full 7-day week before Yahoo, having been alerted by the researchers who discovered it, took it down. Yahoo says it is investigating the matter, and though it has not revealed how many people were affected, it said through a spokesperson that the initial reports "grossly misrepresented" the scale of the attack.

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Comcast doubles speed on low-income $10 internet

Comcast doubles speed on low-income $10 internet

Comcast is doubling the speed of its Internet Essentials package for low-income families, in addition to throwing in WiFi to help cut the cord. Launched back in 2011, Internet essentials offers a $9.95 package for families that satisfy a few basic criteria, like having a child in the National School Lunch Program. Now, Comcast is upgrading the standard router, as well as increasing the speed at which it will download.

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EFF developing stronger ‘Do Not Track’ standards for web browsers

EFF developing stronger ‘Do Not Track’ standards for web browsers

While a "Do Not Track" setting has become standard in most browsers today, including Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, it's commonly known that internet advertisers still have ways of tracking users. Advertisers profit from tracking the browsing history of users, and whether users have turned the Do Not Track setting on or not, many will ignore it altogether in their quest for data. That's why the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced it's building a stronger standard for the setting, aimed to protecting user privacy.

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Facebook’s Aquila drone ready to fly, laser Internet soon

Facebook’s Aquila drone ready to fly, laser Internet soon

Hot on the heels of Google's impressive report card on Project Loon, Facebook is also making a similarly impressive update on its own take on how to connect anyone anywhere to the Internet and, of course, to Facebook. As part of its Internet.org endeavor, its Connectivity Lab has focused on developing technologies that will push the boundaries of current network infrastructures to bring the Internet where no cable line has gone before. And now, two of its most important technologies are ready to be put to the test.

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The day Star Wars and Netflix destroyed cable TV

The day Star Wars and Netflix destroyed cable TV

Today a rumor suggests that Netflix will be the first place Disney's Lucasfilm will bring a live action TV show. Originally rumored for release on cable television back in 2009, this television show is one of several that may just herald the end of the traditional cable TV era. If Disney does bring a collection of Star Wars live action episodic shows to the world via Netflix instead of cable television, it'll most certainly be another nail in the coffin of the traditional model. And we've got Kimmy Schmidt to thank.

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Google Loon brings universal internet access to Sri Lanka

Google Loon brings universal internet access to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is now well on its way to becoming the first country in the entire world to have universal internet coverage. This is thanks to Google Loon, a project in which Google sends up balloons over the country to relay internet to the entire populace. This service is delivering what they call "affordable high-speed internet", though we're not entirely sure of the speed just yet, and the project is a collaboration between Google and the Government of Sri Lanka.

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Verizon will offer HBO Now through its Go90 streaming service

Verizon will offer HBO Now through its Go90 streaming service

Verizon and HBO announced a new deal today under which the wireless carrier will offer HBO Now (which doesn't require cable credentials, unlike HBO Go) on its own digital platform. Under this agreement, Verizon has been given the thumbs up to distribute HBO Now to its own users, and it’ll be doing so, in part, through its own video streaming service Go90. We’ve previously heard talk about Go90, though the name has only just now been announced. The service will be launching some time this summer if all goes as planned.

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