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North Korea’s internet is down in wake of The Interview

North Korea’s internet is down in wake of The Interview

Late Sunday, the 22nd of December, North Korea began suffering a major internet outage cross-country. This sort of internet failure is not common in North Korea, and researchers have suggested that it's very possible the country is under a concentrated DDoS attack. This would be a denial-of-service for North Korea shortly after the FBI suggested whoever was responsible for the digital attack on Sony would suffer costs and consequences. Meanwhile President Barack Obama suggested that "we will respond proportionally, and we will respond in a place and time and a manner that we choose."

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Several Tor servers mysteriously taken offline

Several Tor servers mysteriously taken offline

Tor, the secure browser that leaves your traffic and identity as anonymous as you like, is having some difficulty. A cluster of servers in the Netherlands has been taken offline, and it’s not immediately clear why. It’s also not known if it was the work of law enforcement, or some rogue agency. It could also be a single black-hat hacker who is tying to disrupt service. Thomas White, who runs a large portion of exit nodes for Tor, says they’ve lost “all servers” under that particular ISP.

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Reddit Notes: users getting 10% equity with kinda-sorta currency

Reddit Notes: users getting 10% equity with kinda-sorta currency

Reddit has just announced an odd initiative that aims to see 10% of the company's shares distributed among users, making true on a promise they made back in September after receiving $50 million in new funding. They're calling it Reddit Notes, and the details are still very slim. The basic idea is that Reddit Notes are to act a kinda-but-not-really form of currency that holds no real world monetary value, but can be used to "tip, donate, or trade" with other users for things of value.

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Google Fiber expansion news on ice

Google Fiber expansion news on ice

Google has slammed the brakes on its Google Fiber roll-out, telling eager internet addicts that its plans to go live in fresh cities across the US before the end of the year have been postponed until 2015. The search giant had originally maintained it would have an answer on the next locations to get high-speed service by the holidays, with many hoping to receive the gift of insanely fast connectivity - or at least the promise of it - among their other presents. However, 33 cities will now have to wait until the new year before they find out who gets fiber and when.

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Cuba about to go online as Diplomacy wins out

Cuba about to go online as Diplomacy wins out

Before you get too tucked into this article, or any news regarding the United States’ new diplomatic views on Cuba, just know this: as it stands, a Cuban resident can’t read any of it. Say what you like about the content or context of any article on any site you read, but the people of Cuba by and large aren’t going to read it. They can’t. That’s likely to change over time, as the free-flow of information is coming their way.

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Spain’s newspapers actually don’t want Google News to go

Spain’s newspapers actually don’t want Google News to go

In a rather ironic turn of events, some of Spain's newspaper publishers actually want Google News to come back. This after the search giant announced its withdrawal of Google News service in Spain due to a new law that would require Google to pay publishers a fee for showing a snippet of news, no matter how small or how big. Claiming that it isn't sustainable for its free and advertisement-clean Google News service, it decided to just pack up and leave, much to the worry of the same publishers pushing for such a law.

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The Pirate Bay archives resurrected as “Old Pirate Bay”

The Pirate Bay archives resurrected as “Old Pirate Bay”

It's a familiar story: The Pirate Bay goes down, and then it comes back around some time later. Recently The Pirate Bay was taken down after a raid by police in Stockholm. The police seized hardware, including servers, and the result has been a long low lament across the Internet as the site remains offline. Of course, TPB's archives have long been available, and now Isohunt has made them easily accessible via the new "Old Pirate Bay".

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Letter from IBM, others to FCC decries Net Neutrality reclassification

Letter from IBM, others to FCC decries Net Neutrality reclassification

Major tech companies sent a letter addressed to the FCC and Congress today in opposition to President Obama’s stance on Net Neutrality. The letter, sent by the Technology Industry Association (TIA), was signed by more than 60 companies including Cisco, dLink, IBM, and Intel. Outlining a trickle-down effect that would ultimately lead to stifling technological investments, the scope of the letter is that reclassification under Title II of the Telecommunications Act is a bad thing. It also serves as a line in the sand, as other tech companies like Netflix or Amazon support reclassification.

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Google News to shut down in Spain

Google News to shut down in Spain

Google News has faced a fair bit of opposition in recent times from publications struggling to sustain themselves in the digital age. Many publications have demanded Google pay for showing news it sources from them, even if it is only a snippet, and the Internet giant has strongly opposed such measures. While Google did see victory in Germany last year, it hasn't had the same fortune in Spain, and now it has announced plans to shutter its service there.

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