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Google’s painting their otherwise-blank Data Center walls

Google’s painting their otherwise-blank Data Center walls

Today Google revealed a project they're in the middle of working on, allowing muralists to "reimagine the facades of Google Data Centers." Once massively blank flat walls, just asking for graffiti, now coming alive with the artwork of some of the most awesome large-scale artists in the world. This is Google's latest vision for keeping their physical footprint on this earth a beautiful one. If they're going to have a giant box sitting in the middle of nowhere running countless computers for the cloud, they may as well look beautiful in the real world.

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Verizon offers users 2GB of data to try Android Pay

Verizon offers users 2GB of data to try Android Pay

In this age of smartphone dominance, data caps from mobile carriers can be a real pain. Anytime a large chunk of free data is offered, customers should take notice. This is exactly the case for Verizon users, as the company just announced a promotion that will reward them with 2GB of free data at no charge. It's available to anyone with an Android device that supports Android Pay, and all they need to do is try out the contactless payment system three times.

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Google webpage encryption made transparent

Google webpage encryption made transparent

This week Google has opened up a new section in their ever-changing, ever-updating Transparency Report for the public. In this new section, google delivers encryption for the masses. Not that they hadn't been moving toward encryption and data security in all things public before - now it's just that they're making more of an effort to show you, the user, how they're doing in their move to HTTPS. This new Transparency Report section is called - appropriately enough - HTTPS at Google.

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NYPD wants access to ALL iPhones (with a warrant)

NYPD wants access to ALL iPhones (with a warrant)

The New York City Police Department says they'd like Apple to unlock every iPhone currently subject to a court-ordered search. Once the San Bernardino doors are broken down by the FBI, the NYPD has made clear: they want in, too. That'd mean every iPhone entered into evidence in a court case and subjected to a search ordered by a judge could be forced open by law enforcement, courtesy of a piece of software they've forced Apple to create. That software would be an entirely new version of iOS which the FBI (then the NYPD, and every other law enforcement agency in the USA) would then install on each iPhone, bypassing Apple's security measures, opening the locks to access data. You might be asking yourself, "why is that so bad?"

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Verizon defies net neutrality, makes own video service free of data caps

Verizon defies net neutrality, makes own video service free of data caps

Completely disregarding the rules of net neutrality put in place last year by the FCC, Verizon has just made a controversial change to its own Go90 mobile video service: any content watching on the app won't count towards customers' LTE data limits. Watching videos from any other source? That's going to eat into their monthly allotment. The move follows rival T-Mobile with its Binge On service, which also throttles video content.

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Facebook unveils site for second European data center

Facebook unveils site for second European data center

Facebook is planning to build a second data center in Europe, and it has just announced the eventual site: Clonee, Meath County, Ireland. This will be the social network’s first ever data center in Ireland; the company’s current and only European data center is in Sweden. Alongside the news comes a render of what the planned data center will look like once it is constructed.

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Verizon FreeBee sponsored data program unveiled

Verizon FreeBee sponsored data program unveiled

Verizon has introduced a new sponsored data program called FreeBee Data. Under this, companies are able to sponsor subscriber mobile data under one of four different categories, including things like covering the data used by watching a 30-second video or streaming 30 minutes worth of audio. Verizon will offer both per-gigabyte and pay-per-click options.

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Yahoo releases massive machine learning dataset for researchers

Yahoo releases massive machine learning dataset for researchers

Yahoo has introduced its new “Yahoo News Recommendation” dataset, something it says is the biggest ever machine learning dataset released publicly. Says Yahoo, this dataset has been released for the academic research community, giving researchers who are normally unable to access such large-scale datasets the opportunity to conduct research using the mass of information.

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U.S. voter database leak leaves millions exposed

U.S. voter database leak leaves millions exposed

A leaky database has been discovered that contains information on more than 191 million U.S. voters. The discovery was made by researcher Chris Vickery, who found his own personal information among millions of others’ in the misconfigured database. Despite efforts, the source of the database hasn’t yet been discovered and law enforcement, at least at this time, doesn’t appear too interested in taking down the list.

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Google’s Project Fi adds support for data-only devices

Google’s Project Fi adds support for data-only devices

Google has announced that Project Fi, its mobile service, will cover more than just your Nexus smartphone. With this new update, Project Fi adds support for data-only devices like your tablet; you’ll need to pick up one of its data-only SIMs to get it (availability is rolling out gradually). Google is going with a simple pricing structure, a flat rate of $10 for every gigabyte.

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Facebook Offline Mode will download data for you

Facebook Offline Mode will download data for you

The social network makes Offline Mode a reality with apps' ability to make Facebook comments and see cached content at all times. This is part of the plan. Part of the plan Facebook has to get as much Facebook delivered to you as it can, all the time. They suggest that these updates are to tend to people around the world connecting with 2G mobile data in developing countries - we know it's for the cat pics.

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What is Li-Fi, and how practical is it in the real world?

What is Li-Fi, and how practical is it in the real world?

Li-Fi stands for Light Fidelity, and it's being presented at this time as an eventual replacement for Wi-Fi-transmitted internet. While the term Li-Fi actually does stem from the term Light Fidelity, the word Wi-Fi stems from Hi-Fi, or High Fidelity, from the audio term for home audio, high-quality sound production. The people presenting Li-Fi have taken the concept of the Signal Lamp (aka the Aldis Lamp), sending morse code between ships at sea, instead sending data to your phone. Li-Fi is also known as visible light communications (VLC) technology.

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