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Spotify updates its privacy policy again, makes it more clear

Spotify updates its privacy policy again, makes it more clear

Spotify updated its privacy policy in the recent past, and while many users went on to accept the updated terms (which are, by all accounts, fairly benign), some users expressed concern about some of the content Spotify may or may not be accessing. That all boiled down to a communication issue, says Spotify, which had quickly pushed out an apology when the uproar started. Now it is back with another updated privacy policy, and this one is more clear.

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Comcast to subscribers: pay extra or face 300GB data cap

Comcast to subscribers: pay extra or face 300GB data cap

Comcast wants to play a game: pay $30 extra per month, or get your data capped at 300GB and pay extra anyway when you go over that amount. It's a lose-lose situation for subscribers in the regions where Comcast will be introducing it -- if you don't pay it, you may end up paying more than the $30/month extra in overage charges. If you do pay it, though, but don't end up using more than 300GB that month, Comcast will just pocket the money and you'll be faced with the same situation the next month.

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Google updates their logo – again!

Google updates their logo – again!

Every could of years, it would seem, Google opts to update their main "Google" logo - that time has come again. This year Google is working to become a whole lot more modern, cutting out the serifs and going super flat. This version of the logo retains the colors from the past couple of schemes, while changing the lettering relatively drastically. This is the first time Google has gone without serifs in their mark - ever.

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PayPal.me offers personal URL for collecting quick payments

PayPal.me offers personal URL for collecting quick payments

PayPal has just launched a new feature aiming to both simplify and quicken online payments from person to person. Dubbed PayPal.me, the service provides users with a personalized URL that they can provide to people who need to send them a payment. Both parties still need to have their own PayPal accounts, but those making a payment no longer have to log in, navigate to the payment menu, and enter someone's email address. They can simply visit a PayPal.me link, sign in, choose the amount to pay, and hit send.

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AT&T launches GigaPower map highlighting current and planned cities

AT&T launches GigaPower map highlighting current and planned cities

AT&T's plan to combat Google and its fast Google Fiber internet service is called GigaPower. Earlier this year, GigaPower came to Kansas City, the first location where Google rolled out Google Fiber. The next moth AT&T rolled GigaPower out in Cupertino, Ca. There are a number of folks wanting to know when they might be able to get GigaPower service in their area and AT&T has made that easier to track and discover with a new map.

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T-Mobile to hunt down tethering “thieves”

T-Mobile to hunt down tethering “thieves”

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been known never to mince words when it came to the company's rivals. Now he is using that same aggressive attitude towards not rivals but "customers" that are gaming and hacking the system in order to abuse the carrier's network. To be more specific, he will be going after a small subset of individuals whom he describes as "stealing" data from T-Mobile by finding ways to go around set limits to LTE tethering, raking in terabytes of data per month.

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Six teenagers arrested in UK for alleged cyberattacks

Six teenagers arrested in UK for alleged cyberattacks

Law enforcement officials in the United Kingdom have arrested half a dozen teenagers who are said to have used a tool from Lizard Squad to carry out cyberattacks against online retailers, a school, a newspaper, and more. The teenagers, who range in age from 15 to 18, have been released on bail; the collective allegedly used Bitcoin to purchase the Lizard Stresser tool in a bid for anonymity, but none are part of Lizard Squad. The arrests were made as part of a larger operation codenamed “Vivarium”.

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Virginia teen behind ISIS Twitter account gets 11 year sentence

Virginia teen behind ISIS Twitter account gets 11 year sentence

The Virginia teenager who supported ISIS on Twitter, among other things, has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced. The matter concerns 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin, the Virginia-based teenager behind the “@Amreekiwitness” Twitter account that offered support to ISIS and disseminated ISIS propaganda. Reportedly, the support included providing information on using Bitcoin to send financial support to terrorists. The teen plead guilty to running the Twitter account in mid-June.

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Ashley Madison boots CEO Biderman in bid to save company

Ashley Madison boots CEO Biderman in bid to save company

The CEO of Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media has, with the agreement to the company, resigned from his position. The company recently suffered a massive data hack that exposed intimate details on millions of users, some of which have resulted in job loss, extortion attempts, lawsuits, and unconfirmed suicides, among other things. Biderman was the primary focus of the second data dump, which included several gigabytes of his personal email.

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Chrome will auto-pause select Flash content starting September 1

Chrome will auto-pause select Flash content starting September 1

The battle against Adobe Flash content on the web continues to move forward. Google has just revealed that starting September 1st, its Chrome browser will automatically pause Flash content on web pages. This option has actually been available for some time now for beta users, but Google says it will soon become the standard default setting for all users. The setting works by detecting and pausing Flash content that isn't "central to the webpage," or, in other words, advertisements.

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Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

It isn't surprising that Google is being hit with lawsuits, chief among which are antitrust charges. After all, a giant makes for a big, easy target. It also isn't surprising to hear Google take to its online soapbox to proclaim its innocence, while pointing out the weakness of the other party's arguments. What we have now, then, is a legal "he said, she said" between Google and the European Commission's antitrust body, which could eventually lead to the most high-profile lawsuit Google will be facing in that region.

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