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Verizon to improve San Francisco LTE speeds with ‘small cells’

Verizon to improve San Francisco LTE speeds with ‘small cells’

The typical transmitters used by mobile carriers are built to cover large areas, but in turn are expensive and require lots of space. "Small cells" are the exact opposite. They are small transmitters that only cover a radius of 250 to 500 feet, but the trade off is that they are cheaper to build and maintain, and their size means they can be installed in places and remain inconspicuous. In the coming months, Verizon will be installing 400 of these small cells in San Francisco in order to improve its 4G network speeds.

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Yelp sues websites that promise businesses all positive reviews

Yelp sues websites that promise businesses all positive reviews

As good Yelp reviews have the power to make or break a business, the website takes the ranking and filtering of user reviews very seriously, and does what it can to stop those from gaming the system. That's why Yelp has filed a civil suit against the individuals behind three sites that promise listed businesses to get them a large number of 4 and 5 star ratings from customers, as well as get them to stick to the front page. The sites targeted by the suit include Revleap, YelpDirector, and Revpley.

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Internet to be classified as a public utility if UK Parliament has its way

Internet to be classified as a public utility if UK Parliament has its way

Many people around the world feel like internet is as important as water or electricity making it feel like a utility to many. Lawmakers in the US want to classify internet as a utility with backlash from many groups who fear that putting the government in more control of internet access would ruin net neutrality. In the UK, the upper house of parliament known as the House of Lords is also clamoring for internet access to be reclassified as a public utility.

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The Web grows up: HTTP/2 is done

The Web grows up: HTTP/2 is done

Given the fast-paced development and progress that we have when it comes to the Internet and Internet-connected devices, it can almost be too hard to imagine how old the World Wide Web really is. That reality check might soon become a topic now that the Web bells have started ringing. IETF HTTP Working Group chair Mark Nottingham has just announced on his blog that HTTP/2 has been approved and is on its way to become the new standard, following HTTP/1.1 which was adopted way, way back in 1999.

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DARPA’s “Dark Web” revealing Memex tool is also pretty scary

DARPA’s “Dark Web” revealing Memex tool is also pretty scary

In the realm of cybersecurity, balancing national security and personal privacy is undoubtedly a tough act to pull off. The Internet has long been held as the bastion of free speech, but it has also become a breeding ground and hiding place for miscreants. So it isn't surprising that law enforcers would want to penetrate all corners of the Web in order to catch the bad guys. That is exactly what DARPA's new search engine called Memex is trying to do, by diving even into the depths of the "Dark Web".

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AT&T GigaPower takes on Google Fiber in Kansas City

AT&T GigaPower takes on Google Fiber in Kansas City

As Google announced their Fiber service would come to Austin, AT&T made a move to compete with Google for Fiber supremacy in west Texas. Now, AT&T is heading to the place where the gigabit Internet race started: Kansas City. AT&T is readying their GigaPower Internet for Kansas City and surrounding communities, the company said in a blog post. Those in Kansas City, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, and Overland Park can now experience non-Google Internet at a blazing fast speed, and for the same price Google charges — but there’s a catch.

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The 2015 .GIFYs: vote for the best of the net’s favorite file format

The 2015 .GIFYs: vote for the best of the net’s favorite file format

It's the year 2015 and everyone on the internet loves GIFs, right? Well, now it's time to vote for your favorites in The .GIFYs! As it stands, this the only award specifically for the silent, endlessly looping file format, but believe it or not, this is their second year of voting. In their own description, The .GIFYs say they are "the first and only award show honoring the animated GIF as a medium, social commentary and art form," but don't think it's all about prestige and high-brow, there's still cats. Lots of cats.

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Obama signs divisive cyberthreat bill amid privacy fears

Obama signs divisive cyberthreat bill amid privacy fears

President Obama publicly signed the executive order driving through new cyber security legislation today, using an appearance at Stanford to discuss the controversial balance of privacy and protection. The bill - already a topic of fierce debate in Congress, which had continually refused to pass it - demands greater information sharing between government and private industry, "sharing appropriate information" as relevant to ensure vital infrastructure isn't compromised by hackers or malicious governments. However, exactly what counts as "appropriate", and what impact that has on individual privacy, remains to be seen.

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A “digital Dark Age” is coming, warns father of the internet

A “digital Dark Age” is coming, warns father of the internet

When the "father of the internet" says you should worry about digital ephemerality, it's probably time to pay attention. Vint Cerf, currently a VP at Google but better known as one of the men behind the creation of the internet, made the ominous prediction that we face a "digital Dark Age" at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, pointing out the rapid pace of development meant that there was a strong possibility that digital files - from family photos, though vital documents, and more - could be left behind unreadable.

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Pinterest tipped to be adding ‘buy’ button

Pinterest tipped to be adding ‘buy’ button

Pinterest has been up to different things lately, having just recently kicked off its apps initiative, and according to a new tip that has surfaced, it is also looking to enter the e-commerce sphere. The pinning website is reportedly planning to add a "buy" button that will allow users to buy some of the items they discover in pins, doing so without having to leave the website for a different one. The feature could be seen within the next half a year, though it might launch in a limited fashion first before becoming more widely available.

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