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Comcast has killed the Time Warner Cable merger

Comcast has killed the Time Warner Cable merger

Comcast has pulled the plug on its merger plans with Time Warner Cable, after the government refused to let up on monopoly concerns. The failure of the agreement - along with Comcast's transactions agreement with Charter Communications, Inc., which is also a victim of the deal's demise - was rumored earlier this week, amid ongoing speculation that the US Department of Justice was building a case against the merger on the grounds that it would not be in the best interests of consumers.

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Cablevision throws in antennas to woo cord cutters

Cablevision throws in antennas to woo cord cutters

Cablevision is trying to court cord cutters that are getting away from expensive cable plans with an old school way to get local broadcast TV channels. The company is tossing in antennas with its lower cost internet packages for free as a way to allow people to watch local TV. The two lower tier internet plans that include the antennas were announced recently.

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Twitter tightens security after messaging snafu

Twitter tightens security after messaging snafu

Today Twitter is updating their Policy and Product outlines to further combat abuse on their social networking platform. This comes just one day after Twitter announced that they'd be opening the proverbial gates to more Personal Messaging between users, creating a feature update which needed to be turned on to be used. Today, Twitter updates their violent threats policy as well as expanding their coverage of suspected abusive Tweets. In short - Twitter isn't taking this whole "public abuse" thing sitting down - they want you to feel safe and comfortable in their social networking environment.

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Google-funded troll algorithm targets antisocial behavior

Google-funded troll algorithm targets antisocial behavior

Google has funded a study by Cornell and Stanford researchers who have created an algorithm for identifying trolls before they become too much a problem, and though it isn’t perfectly accurate, it does a good job of weeding out users who are likely to end up getting the banhammer. All the while, the algorithm isolates a number of online behaviors typical of trolls, things referred to as antisocial behaviors, including making far more posts during a block of time that regular non-troll users.

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Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Last week, Google updated Chrome to version 42 (beta). In that update, there was a small (possibly overlooked) feature that brings push notifications to your phone for websites than enable the feature. The update is part of Google’s Fizz initiative, which aims to bridge the wide gap between native mobile apps and web apps for mobile. That same update is creating a bit of buzz, but also confusing the matter of apps a bit, as push notifications for mobile websites are now available — just like native apps.

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Twitter DM feature is opt-in: NOT on by default

Twitter DM feature is opt-in: NOT on by default

Please feel free to chill - today's announcement of direct messaging for everyone on Twitter is not just a Wild West situation. You will not be flooded with DMs this afternoon. While you CAN turn on DMs from anyone, this is not an open-door policy sort of deal. You DO NOT HAVE TO TURN THIS FEATURE ON. Twitter is just allowing DMs to appear in your inbox - IF YOU WANT THEM TO - from anyone on Twitter. Again - if this isn't clear enough - you DO NOT need to turn this feature on if you do not want to, and it isn't on by default.

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Google’s QUIC protocol talks UDP for a faster Internet

Google’s QUIC protocol talks UDP for a faster Internet

With today's Internet generation, a delay of a few seconds can already mean lost audiences, and money, for businesses. That's why the industry is always on the lookout for faster connections. But the answer isn't always in faster lines or faster networks, Sometimes, the are solutions in the way we communicate over those lines as well. Google's experimental QUIC protocol is one such new communication method that tries to get data across faster by using a language that is already in use on the Internet but not widely known: UDP.

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DoJ tipped in plan to recommend Comcast-TWC merger block

DoJ tipped in plan to recommend Comcast-TWC merger block

Many have criticized the planned merger of Comcast and Time Warner, and for valid reasons. Now sources have cropped up to say that it might not happen after all, with the Department of Justice reportedly contemplating a recommendation to block the acquisition. Says the sources, there are concerns that such a merger between the two companies would be to the detriment of consumers. Furthermore, lawyers for the DoJ are said to be gathering evidence in support of a case to challenge the planned acquisition.

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Google Fiber cleared for landing in Portland with tax law amendment

Google Fiber cleared for landing in Portland with tax law amendment

When Google announced which cities would potentially get Fiber, Portland, Oregon was on the list. Residents of Portland (like myself) were excited to have another option (our two main options are Comcast and CenturyLink) for Internet, and Fiber is a pretty exciting one to have. It slowly became evident that Oregon tax laws were the reason Google was balking at Fiber in Portland, but that hurdle has been knocked down. Yesterday, Oregon lawmakers clarified tax laws to clear the way for Fiber in Portland.

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