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Rehashed bill could force tech companies to report ‘terrorist activity’

Rehashed bill could force tech companies to report ‘terrorist activity’

A bill has been introduced that, should it become law, will force tech companies like Facebook to report ‘terrorist activity’ to law enforcement agencies. The bill was introduced by Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein and Chairman Richard Burr, who stress that such companies won’t have to “monitor customers or undertake any additional action” to hunt down suspected terrorists. The new bill was spurred by reports that the San Bernardino shooter had pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook.

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Apple’s Live TV service might not be “Coming Soon” after all

Apple’s Live TV service might not be “Coming Soon” after all

It seems it was wise after all for Apple not to wait for the launch of its Internet-based TV subscription service before launching its new Apple TV set-top box. Because now it seems that plans for that service are being put on hold indefinitely. Although the rumor mill never really gave a target date, it was commonly believed that Apple was close to finalizing deals that would fill its service with channels and content. As it turns out, Apple was nowhere near closing after all.

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Google Fiber adds Los Angeles, Chicago to potential cities list

Google Fiber adds Los Angeles, Chicago to potential cities list

Google has revealed that two of the largest cities so far have been added to the list of potential candidate location for its gigabit internet service, Google Fiber: Los Angeles and Chicago. Google says the two metropolitans are the largest they've begun talks with so far, and with the help of city officials the company will start its process to determine if Fiber can be rolled out there. There's already a number of other cities on Google's potential list, and unfortunately there's no timeframe for when Fiber might be rolled out in the populated hubs.

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AT&T to bring its Fiber-enriched GigaPower to 38 more cities

AT&T to bring its Fiber-enriched GigaPower to 38 more cities

Lately, Google has been trying to take a bite out of the carrier business pie, and now carriers are trying to bite it back. For example, Verizon's LTE-U push, which is being contested by the likes of Google, is, in a way, trying to cut into Google's Wi-Fi offering. Now AT&T is now also trying to give Google a taste of its own medicine, by announcing its plans to extend its "100% Fiber" GigaPower service to 38 more metros, particularly in locations that Google Fiber has yet to reach.

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Twitter’s newest feature will make photographers happy

Twitter’s newest feature will make photographers happy

Twitter users that appreciate viewing and sharing photos on the social service might notice something is much more pleasing when viewing the site on the web. Twitter says it is no longer cropping images appearing in the timeline into rectangles, instead displaying square and landscape photos in full, eliminating the need to click on them to expand. Unfortunately, Twitter users that appreciate viewing as many tweets on the screen at once without scrolling will not be pleased by today's update.

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Meme forces Turkish court to decide if Gollum is evil

Meme forces Turkish court to decide if Gollum is evil

Bilgin Ciftci, a doctor in Turkey, is in hot water after sharing an image on Twitter comparing the nation's president to Gollum from the Lord of the Rings movies. Why? Because of a local law that protects, presumably, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's fragile ego, making it illegal to insult the nation's ruler in any way. The shared image is insulting, according to the government, and lead to Ciftci's arrest. Whether the charge holds, though, may depend on whether the image is really of Gollum and whether Gollum is evil.

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North Korea is searching tourists’ laptops, web history

North Korea is searching tourists’ laptops, web history

North Korea is, of course, an awful place to be, and not the first idea most have for an international vacation. The nation has been trying to increase its tourist numbers over the last couple years, however, going so far as to offer mobile Internet access (revoked) and Internet ‘cafes’ lacking in peripherals. If neither of those things deter you from visiting, though, there’s the latest warning from the State Department stating, among other things, that North Korean customs will search through your Internet browser history.

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Facebook’s new live video feature takes on Periscope

Facebook’s new live video feature takes on Periscope

Facebook is testing a new major feature that pits it against Periscope, arguably the world’s most popular mobile live streaming platform. The feature, as you probably guessed, is live video streaming, allowing Facebook users to share real-time videos with their friends and the public. Joining live video is a new collage feature that groups photos and videos into "moments."

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Wikipedia deploys AI to fight spam and troll edits

Wikipedia deploys AI to fight spam and troll edits

Wikipedia has revealed that it recently began using artificial intelligence (AI) in order detect and eliminate article edits that contain spam or false information from trolls. The goal of the AI, dubbed Objective Revision Evaluation Service, or ORES, is to not only make life easier for Wikipedia veterans who volunteer hours of their time to eliminate bogus updates, but also attract and encourage new contributors.

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Google’s new Santa Tracker teaches kids coding skills

Google’s new Santa Tracker teaches kids coding skills

It’s that time of the year — Google has launched its Santa Tracker! It’s one of the more attractive Santa Tracker pages we’ve seen, and it is packed full of content to keep the kids (and adults) entertained. Those who have used Google’s past trackers will be familiar with the page — it is wintery and styled after Santa and other Christmas elements, and features interactive elements related to the holiday, as well as a timer counting down the days, hours, and minutes before Christmas.

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