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HealthCare.gov makes changes to data sharing following criticism

HealthCare.gov makes changes to data sharing following criticism

On Wednesday, word surfaced through The Associated Press that HealthCare.gov is shuttling some personal data input by users to third-parties like DoubleClick. The information was not tied to one's identity, and was comprised of things like whether one smokes, is pregnant, and where they live. The report was later confirmed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and it led to protests from those concerned about consumer privacy. In response, the administration has made some changes.

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4chan creator tried to give site away, but couldn’t

4chan creator tried to give site away, but couldn’t

This afternoon Chris "moot" Poole, creator, owner, and sole administrator of the imageboard 4chan spoke about why he was preparing to retire from his role entirely. One of the odd bits about his transfer of leadership and the story therein was that he'd actually tried to give 4chan away at some point inside the last couple of years. While it's not clear to whom he'd have been giving this mega-popular website to, the outcome of this transaction was: the answer was "no, no thank you."

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4chan creator moot hands leadership to team of three

4chan creator moot hands leadership to team of three

This afternoon 4chan creator and sole administrator Chris "moot" Poole spoke (and continues to speak, depending on when you're reading this article) on the whys and wherefores of his departure from the site. He's the creator of 4chan and has been the one and only non-volunteer owner and administrator of the site since it came into being. Today he spoke up a bit on who will be "taking his place" - or how that's not actually something that will happen, as it turns out.

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Watch: 4chan’s moot retirement Q&A session livestream

Watch: 4chan’s moot retirement Q&A session livestream

The originator and sole owner of the imageboard/messageboard 4chan has announced this week that he's about to retire. Chris Poole, otherwise known as moot, suggests that this changing of the guard will not make a big difference to the millions of users of 4chan, one of the world's largest online communities. Today a Q&A session will be taking place for the 4chan community - and the rest of the inquisitive internet - to take part in. This session begins at 1PM Central Time, January 23rd, 2015.

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Twitter prompts top users to stop tweeting Instagram links

Twitter prompts top users to stop tweeting Instagram links

Twitter and Instagram are battling over mobile photo-sharing, and it is a story that has been long running. Back in December of 2012, Instagram changed the way its photos showed up on Twitter so that the latter's users are forced to click a link and view the images on Instagram's own site/app. For its part, Twitter has made filters available to users for sprucing up photos and making it more appealing to post images directly in tweets rather than through a different service. Now Twitter is upping its game.

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Netflix on piracy: it’s still one of the “biggest competitors”

Netflix on piracy: it’s still one of the “biggest competitors”

Piracy. Despite the near endless efforts to battle it, the Internet has always won out in the end and illegal downloads show no signs of going away. The ease of access that video streaming services and similar products offer has given consumers attractive (legal) alternatives, and many have embraced them. Still, if it is legal it will cost money (or it will end up being like Crackle), and some refuse to pay up, instead turning to torrents and unauthorized streaming sites.

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Twitter’s “While You Were Away” feature arrives for all

Twitter’s “While You Were Away” feature arrives for all

If you follow a lot of people on Twitter, keeping up with all of the tweets can be hard, particularly if you take a small break from browsing them. At the beginning of this month, Twitter began slowly introducing a feature called "while you were away" that addressed this issue. With it, users are presented with some tweets they probably wanted to see but missed the first time around, and as of today the feature is finally rolling out to all users.

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HealthCare.gov is shuttling personal data to third parties

HealthCare.gov is shuttling personal data to third parties

The HealthCare.gov website is no stranger to controversy, and latest to that is a discovery that some personal details about users -- including how old they are, their state and zip code, annual income, parental status, and more -- are being delivered to more than a dozen third-party websites. The information was first revealed by the Associated Press, and has since been investigated and confirmed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.org). The information is being shared even if Do Not Track has been enabled.

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Google wants to test 24GHz spectrum with balloons, drones

Google wants to test 24GHz spectrum with balloons, drones

Drones, balloons, rockets — Google has seemingly endless schemes for delivering Internet to us. We may be largely stuck on the ground, but that doesn’t stop us from beaming info all over the place. In a new letter to the FCC, Google outlines their case for spectrum. Rather than get into the spectrum wars carriers are engaged in, google is going over their heads; literally and figuratively. Rather than frequencies you and I are largely familiar with, Google wants some in the 24GHz neighborhood.

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