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Twitter starts blocking overt plagiarism

Twitter starts blocking overt plagiarism

Can't think of anything original to tweet? If you ever feel tempted to pilfer someone's clever quip or cheesy joke, be prepared to feel the sting of public shame. Twitter has started replacing those tweets with a boilerplate message letting others know the content was scrapped from elsewhere, and that the original content creator has issued a complaint. Take a look around Twitter and you might notice the message yourself — and you’ll also notice that many of the illicit tweeters are spam accounts, meaning this new banhammer might prove doubly useful.

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Hackers claim Ashley Madison site breach, have data on 37 million users

Hackers claim Ashley Madison site breach, have data on 37 million users

A group of hackers have made their way through the security of dating network website Ashley Madison and claim they have the data of some 37 million of the service's users, in addition to financial records and other private information. This news was revealed by well-regarded security researcher Brian Krebs, who added that the those responsible for the hack go by the name Impact Team. Apparently a small amount of user data has been uploaded as proof, but the hackers are threatening to make everything public if their demands aren't met.

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MiFi 4G LTE global USB modem U620L keeps you connected on the go

MiFi 4G LTE global USB modem U620L keeps you connected on the go

It's hard to stay connected to the internet when you are on the go in your home country; it's even harder if you travel around the world for business or pleasure. 4G service requires different frequencies to work depending on what country you are in and some normal 4G modems or hotspots won't work everywhere. Verizon has a new device called the MiFi 4G LTE Global USB modem U620L that will work anywhere your travels take you.

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Reddit’s new content policy: bullies and more prohibited

Reddit’s new content policy: bullies and more prohibited

Reddit promised that changes were coming, and now those changes are here. In a post today, the site's back-again CEO Steve Huffman detailed some additional content restrictions the company is considering, and though they aren't too restrictive they will spell the end to a variety of subreddits -- some obscure, others well-known. Talking about illegal activities, for example, is still okay but posting illegal things is not. Bullying subreddits, too, are on the chopping block.

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White House announces ConnectHome initiative to bring internet to low-income homes

White House announces ConnectHome initiative to bring internet to low-income homes

The Obama administration has announced a program today that aims to increase the number of low-income households who have access to high-speed internet. The initiative is called ConnectHome, and will see Google, along with internet service providers including Cox, Sprint, and Century Link bring broadband service that is either free or at a very cheap price to 275,000 families across the US, in 27 cities.

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Etsy’s first transparency report details its crafty ne’erdowells

Etsy’s first transparency report details its crafty ne’erdowells

Etsy has followed the lead of many companies and has published its own transparency report, detailing the different aspects of its behind-the-scenes operations like complaints against accounts and user data requests. Etsy is different from many of the other companies that detail these numbers, though: they tend to be sites full of messages and personal data while Etsy is an e-commerce service. It isn't surprising, then, that a large amount of its numbers focus on complains about intellectual property violations rather than demands for account data.

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Reddit’s chief engineer Bethanye Blount has quit

Reddit’s chief engineer Bethanye Blount has quit

Reddit is undergoing a revolution and not everyone is happy about it. A short while after CEO Ellen Pao resigned and co-founder Steve Huffman returned, the site's chief engineer Bethanye Blount has decided to quit. She only spent two months in her role, having first worked for Facebook before transitioning to the "front page of the Internet". Her decision, she said, was not "directly linked to" Pao's exit from Reddit. Rather it seems the overall direction the company has taken recently took its toll.

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Netflix unveils its first Spanish-language original series

Netflix unveils its first Spanish-language original series

Netflix has been working to expand its Spanish language options for U.S. subscribers, a business move that isn't surprising given the large number of Spanish speakers in the nation and around the globe. Last month the video streaming service announced that it would be adding Spanish audio descriptions to some of its content, starting with its original series Narcos. Now Netflix has announced plans to create its Spanish language original series, which will be made available to all of its subscribers around the globe.

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Ouch, Comcast Fiber costs $300 a month, requires 2yr contract

Ouch, Comcast Fiber costs $300 a month, requires 2yr contract

Odds are the Internet speeds available in your region are paltry, but some have enjoyed access to ultra-fast municipal services and Google Fiber. Comcast is trumping them all with a new 2Gbps Internet option, but those who go for this ultra-fast package are going to be paying an ultra-amount for it: $299.95 per month, as well as up to $1,000 USD to get it hooked up and activated. The service is available to those located in certain cities scattered across the United States.

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Reddit CEO resigns, replaced by co-founder

Reddit CEO resigns, replaced by co-founder

After one massive bit of controversy due to the firing of Reddit's director of talent Victoria Taylor, the site's CEO has been announced as leaving the company. This is after eight months on the job, Ellen Pao will be replaced by former CEO Steve Huffman, one of two founders of the site. Huffman and Alexis Ohanian - the other founder of Reddit - will be returning to the business's headquarters in San Francisco as full-time workers. For now. This comes soon after Pao apologized on behalf of Reddit leadership this month for poor management and lack of support for moderators.

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Mount Fuji will be a free Wi-Fi zone for 3 months

Mount Fuji will be a free Wi-Fi zone for 3 months

Imagine reaching the end of an exhilarating but also tiring mountain climb. You reach for your phone to take a selfie or tweet to the world about your accomplishment. But alas, you have no Internet connection. Big problem, right? Well, not if you're on top of Japan's highest peak. That's right, the iconic Mount Fuji is going to have free Wi-Fi hotspots, eight of them, in fact, and they are being placed exactly so that you can share to the world your wonderful hiking experience.

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