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Google, others could be ‘accomplices’ to hate speech under French law

Google, others could be ‘accomplices’ to hate speech under French law

France is preparing to draft a new law, and under it Google, Twitter, and other tech companies like them would be considered accomplices to hate speech if extremist messages are hosted on their services. The announcement was made on Tuesday by France's President Francois Hollande, and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will be traveling to the United States soon in an effort to build favor among tech companies. This follows the nation's tragic terror attack earlier in January, and the subsequent efforts to squash extremist communications.

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Dropbox Transparency Report for latter 2014 adds more details

Dropbox Transparency Report for latter 2014 adds more details

Dropbox is one of many companies that provides regular transparency reports, something it started doing a few years ago with a steadily increasing number of details. The cloud storage company has released its report for the second half of 2014 (July to December), and with it likewise comes an increase in details, the most notable of which is the inclusion of data on government data requests that come from outside of the US, making it more relevant for non-US users.

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VexBox disciplines teens with slow internet

VexBox disciplines teens with slow internet

The device we're looking at today is a box that hooks up to your home internet network to slow it down. Madness, you say? This device is made for parents of teenagers. Parents who, apparently, do not allow their children to own smartphones. This box controls the internet speed of your router, slowing it down to the same speed you'd have had if you clocked in at the birth of widespread internet - 56k and dial-up. Instead of turning the web connection throughout your house off entirely, this device just cuts your internet speed down to a crawl.

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Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes: the strangest album you’ll ever hear

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes: the strangest album you’ll ever hear

Pay what you like for this album made by Jeff Bridges - yes, that Jeff Bridges: the actor - and discover what it means to be famous. Discover what it is to be a person like Jeff Bridges, complete with Spoken Word interludes between songs played on wind instruments as well as the guitar. If you do pay, you'll find your cash going toward "No Kid Hungry", which does actually happen to be a real non-profit organization, despite its strange name and connection to this man.

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FCC to hotels on WiFi blocking: it’s illegal, don’t do it

FCC to hotels on WiFi blocking: it’s illegal, don’t do it

Marriott may have dropped its WiFi-blocking efforts, but that doesn't mean the FCC has forgotten about its petition and the WiFi-blocking habits of some other companies. In a warning issued today as an "FCC Enforcement Advisory", the agency made it clear that it is not acceptable to jam others' WiFi hotspots regardless of whether you're an individual or a company, and it specifically pointed toward hotels as an example. In addition, the FCC called hotspot-jamming actions a "disturbing trend" that must stop.

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Google Fiber expands toward East Coast

Google Fiber expands toward East Coast

Google's expansion of Google Fiber internet has been an affair to watch, that's for certain. What we've seen over the past several years is the lights turned on in Kansas City, Austin Texas, and Provo. Today, Google made clear that they intend to flip the switch on an additional four cities very soon: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. This would more than double the amount of cities with the service and would provide the first cities east of Kansas City the option to move in with Google's services.

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Google eyes Fiber in North Carolina and Tennessee

Google eyes Fiber in North Carolina and Tennessee

Details of Google's upcoming expansion of its high-speed Internet service are starting to coalesce. In addition to the earlier reported addition of North Carolina cities, it seems that Google has put down lines in Tennessee as well. It may not be the more ambitious nine areas that Google mentioned early 2014, but it's still some progress, albeit small, in Google Fiber's reach. This insider tip couldn't have come at a better time, when Google has been rumored to be planning on launching its own wireless service as well.

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Vivaldi is a new browser set to take on Chrome and Firefox

Vivaldi is a new browser set to take on Chrome and Firefox

There are plenty of browsers out there today that web users can choose from including the old standby Internet Explorer and the newer Chrome and Firefox browsers among others. If none of those browsers is really your cup of tea, a new offering is coming down the pipes to add another contender to the field. The new browser is called Vivaldi and it is from a team that includes the former CEO of Opera.

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Facebook and Instagram are down for many users [UPDATE]

Facebook and Instagram are down for many users [UPDATE]

These long hours stuck indoors as several states are pounded by snow are sure to be marked by excessive, boredom-induced phone checking and social network posting. Only, for many users, the social activities will exclude Facebook and Instagram, at least at the moment. Both sites appear to be down for many users in multiple regions, with those in the United States and India both reporting trouble accessing Facebook and just as many finding it impossible to access or share images on Instagram.

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Cablevision’s Freewheel is a WiFi-only phone service

Cablevision’s Freewheel is a WiFi-only phone service

While some cable TV providers seem themselves competing with video streaming services, Cablevision will be entering a different arena altogether. The cable operator will be launching a new service next month called Freewheel and it has very little to do with TV. The service, instead, offers mobile phone connectivity, but not just any kind. It will be powered and substantially limited to WiFi connectivity only, taking advantage of the million-strong WiFi hot spot network it has been establishing on its home turf.

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