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Google’s Contributor an ‘experiment’ in low threshold paywalls

Google’s Contributor an ‘experiment’ in low threshold paywalls

Websites are funded by ads. You probably see them right now on either side of this text. A lot of the ads you see on the web at large are courtesy of Google, who has one of the largest ad networks around. Paywalls exist for seeing content without ads, but you’d almost have to be a superfan of the site to pay upfront to see the content within. In what’s being billed as an “experiment”, Google has released Contributor, their attempt at crowdfunding ad-free sites.

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AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

The ubiquity of mobile devices is starting to push the limits of the Internet's infrastructure to the breaking point. Add that to the fact that a lot more regions don't have quality connections or don't have Internet at all, and you have a scenario where service providers are scrambling to add more and more cables, especially fiber optic ones, on land and on sea. But such installations cost time, money, and, in some cases, political will. AOptix's solution is cheaper as it uses a combination of laser and radio waves to bring the Internet anywhere.

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NYC residents may get free gigabit WiFi Internet kiosks

NYC residents may get free gigabit WiFi Internet kiosks

Free, city-wide WiFi already sounds like a pretty awesome thing, but Gigabit? If you’re in New York City, that might be what you’re getting. Today, city officials are unveiling an enterprising plan named LinkNYC, which will use kiosks placed throughout the city as WiFi hotspots. There will be as many as 10,000 of these kiosks placed throughout all five boroughs, and will bring free domestic voice calls to the US as well as Internet service. These WiFi hotspots could start to appear later next year.

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Kim Dotcom banned from Mega over piracy claims

Kim Dotcom banned from Mega over piracy claims

As you might recall, Kim Dotcom -- the subject of numerous legal battles and founder of file-hosting service Mega -- soft-launched his own single album Good Times back in January. It has been available through Mega for some time now, but began having troubles back in September when IFPI -- which represents many big-name music labels -- started hitting it with takedown requests over alleged copyright infringement. That had rolled out into a story of unknown pranksters and blindly sent takedown requests, and now months later Kim Dotcom has been banned from his own site for sharing his own album.

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Google Project Loon test flights to take place in Australia

Google Project Loon test flights to take place in Australia

Google is set to test fly its large balloons, which are part of Project Loon, over Australia next month. Project Loon balloons are designed to beam internet service to residents on the ground. Project Loon is a plan that Google has talked about in the past and hopes to use to give internet connectivity to remote parts of the world. The balloons themselves are able to circle the globe on stratospheric winds.

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AT&T to stop tracking mobile Internet use

AT&T to stop tracking mobile Internet use

AT&T customers were probably totally, blissfully unaware they were being tracked by the carrier. In attaching a unique identifier to your mobile Internet activity, AT&T was culling all kinds of data about what sites you visited, and what apps you use. The tracking number was untouchable, too, and left users without the ability to delete it. At AT&T spokesperson now says the tracking scheme “has been phased out” of their network, but it could come back in the future.

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MPAA’s “WhereToWatch” hopes to steer you away from piracy

MPAA’s “WhereToWatch” hopes to steer you away from piracy

The MPAA has introduced a new website it hopes will steer you away from piracy by listing all the places (most of them, anyway) where you can get content legally. It's called WhereToWatch.com, and it recently launched in beta form with a clean interface and search functionality. Both TV shows and movies are listed, with content being presented alongside a summary and other relevant information, as well as links to services where it is offered -- and price tags -- listed beneath it.

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Reddit CEO resigns over office location disagreement

Reddit CEO resigns over office location disagreement

Reddit's CEO has resigned from his position following a disagreement over the company's new office location and lease cost. The information comes from Sam Altman, who made the announcement earlier today on his blog. Says Altman, former CEO Yishan Wong was not asked to resign (nor was it suggested he should), but he made the decision "when we didn't approve the new office plan". For now, Ellen Pao will be stepping up to serve as interim CEO. Joining this announcement are details about other team shakeups taking place at the company.

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Spark.io brings the IoT to everyone with tiny board

Spark.io brings the IoT to everyone with tiny board

The DIY aficionado has a new toy: the Spark Photon. Today, Spark is releasing their Photon board, which has the ability to add WiFi to just about any device you’d like. About the size of a postage stamp, the Photon is designed more for prototype devices, or the aforementioned tinkerer. While Photon is the board for your WiFi endeavors, Spark is also introducing the P0 and P1 modules, which are what actually go into your end product. The pricing for each is pretty special, too.

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