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Tinder is banning everyone under 18 from its service

Tinder is banning everyone under 18 from its service

In a bid to act more responsibly, Tinder is doing away with its 13-and-up age policy, banning everyone under the age of 18 from its service. The change will be taking effect some time next week, and all things told, it won’t affect many users — only about 3-percent of Tinder users are minors. This news comes shortly after Tinder announced plans to adjust profiles in such a way to make the service more friendly to transgender users.

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Comcast brings gigabit internet to its second city

Comcast brings gigabit internet to its second city

If you want the fastest internet connection possible, and you happen to live in Nashville, then today is your lucky day. Comcast has announced that they're finally ready to roll out gigabit service to both business and residential customers in the city, today. The company started laying the groundwork for the faster service back in February, but now they're ready to crank up the speed for customers.

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AT&T 5G testing hits 10 Gbps with Nokia

AT&T 5G testing hits 10 Gbps with Nokia

AT&T Labs announce reaching 10 Gbps in 5G trials as they make their team-up with Nokia an official hardware partner. Testing has exceeded 10 Gbps speeds - this will "pave the way toward future international 5G standards and allow us to deliver these fast 5G speeds and network performance across the U.S.," so says AT&T. The company has begun speaking about latency trials as well - imperative for the next generation of connected devices, and vehicles.

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American Airlines new fleet to get 12Mbps connections for every seat

American Airlines new fleet to get 12Mbps connections for every seat

Back in February, American Airlines sued the in-flight internet provider Gogo. The dispute was centered around a clause in the contract between the two that allowed the airline to terminate or renegotiate if they found a provider that offered better service. And if you've ever used Gogo, you know that it can't be that hard to find something better.

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Periscope asks viewers to vote trolls out of broadcasts

Periscope asks viewers to vote trolls out of broadcasts

If the Internet has taught us anything, it’s that we can’t even get along when we don’t have to be physically near each other. There’s no shortage of trolls, and that includes on Periscope. The company has announced a new comment moderation system that allows other users to vote on comments (like downvoting) that are trollish or spam, as well as report them for removal if they’re serious enough. A user could be booted from a broadcast if enough people vote against them.

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Google Trends shows the most misspelled word in each state

Google Trends shows the most misspelled word in each state

We all have a special word or two that never looks quite right, that you have to stop and think about for a moment or two, that you may second guess yourself over. If you’re like me, you fire up Google and type the world out quickly to see whether you were right. According to Google, a bunch of people search for “how to spell” followed by a word, and it has used Trends to group the queries by state.

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Three’s ad-blocking initiative could kill the internet

Three’s ad-blocking initiative could kill the internet

We've known since February that the UK wireless carrier Three has had plans to block advertising on mobile devices. Today the company outlined their strategy by announcing that they would offer 500,000 of their customers the opportunity to opt-in to a test of this service, which will happen sometime next month.

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UK carrier Three to test mobile ad blocking next month

UK carrier Three to test mobile ad blocking next month

Back in February, UK mobile carrier Three announced a pretty radical change. The company had partnered up with a startup named Shine to remove ads from mobile webpages. While they didn't have a lot of details at the time, we're finally getting some clarification on this initiative.

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Microsoft, Facebook to build Transatlantic subsea Internet cable

Microsoft, Facebook to build Transatlantic subsea Internet cable

The ubiquity of mobile devices has exponentially increased the number of people connecting to and using the Internet. That's not yet counting the exponentially increasing volume of data going through the Interwebs thanks to streaming services and cloud computing. All these boil to one thing: our Internet infrastructure needs an upgrade. Answering that call, Microsoft and Facebook, two of the biggest companies associated with high-speed Internet-based products and services, have joined forces to build MAREA, a new subsea cable that will cross the Atlantic in an attempt to provide quality Internet services to the world.

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Reddit debuts native photo uploads hinting at split from Imgur

Reddit debuts native photo uploads hinting at split from Imgur

The website Imgur has long been the unofficial partner for Reddit when it comes to media uploads. When you check out the pictures and GIFs on your favorite subreddit, it's almost guaranteed that they are hosted on Imgur. But this week, Reddit has announced the launch of its own native media upload option, with support for images up to 20MB and GIFs up to 100MB, which are then hosted on the site itself.

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Facebook publishes letter to Sen. Thune over Trending bias accusations

Facebook publishes letter to Sen. Thune over Trending bias accusations

Remember the hoopla around Facebook’s alleged ‘Trending’ section news bias, something that arose from a report citing anonymous sources? Facebook has since published its editorial process concerning the section, and even talked with conservatives including Glenn Beck, who recently stated that he felt the social network was being honest. Before all of this, though, Republican Senator John Thune fired off an upset letter demanding answers from Facebook; this week, the social network has responded.

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The Pirate Bay returns to .org domain

The Pirate Bay returns to .org domain

While I don't actually use the website, I enjoy reading news pertaining to The Pirate Bay. For many years, the site has been providing links to torrents, and no one has been able to take them down. Most recently, a Swedish court ruled that they must give up two of their most-commonly used domain names. But today brings a new twist in the tale.

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