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Infamous ‘Spam King’ gets 2.5 years jail sentence, $310k fine

Infamous ‘Spam King’ gets 2.5 years jail sentence, $310k fine

Following his guilty plea almost a year ago, Sanford Wallace, the self-proclaimed "Spam King," was given a two-and-a-half year prison sentence this week. The hacker is known for plaguing Facebook users with over 27 million spam messages, in addition to collecting the log-in credentials of more than 500,000 people. While that punishment might seem a bit light considering the depth of Wallace's operation, he has also been ordered to pay some $310,000 in fines.

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Reddit gives r/news mod the boot, but says there’s no censorship

Reddit gives r/news mod the boot, but says there’s no censorship

The tragic shooting in Orlando recently spurred renewed claims about rampant censorship on Reddit’s “r/news” subreddit, where many comments were deleted, posts were deleted, and one mod was witnessed telling people to kill themselves, among other things. The matter resulted in a big drop in r/news subscriber numbers, and in light of it all Reddit has made an official statement, saying that it has gotten rid of one of the mods but that overall it does not agree with the censorship accusations.

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Twitter makes it easier to block the trolls that won’t go away

Twitter makes it easier to block the trolls that won’t go away

Twitter, which has previously been under fire over claims that it doesn’t do enough to stop abusive users, has introduced a newly streamlined blocking process that makes it quicker than ever to block a user. Blocking a user is nothing new, of course, but Twitter is making sure you can do it as quickly and easily as possible, adding 'block' to the same menu where 'mute' is located.

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Time Warner Cable lambasted over slow speeds by New York AG

Time Warner Cable lambasted over slow speeds by New York AG

New Yorkers have been writing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over alleged slow download speeds on Time Warner Cable, and those complaints have prompted the AG to fire off a letter to Charter, the company that recently finalized its TWC acquisition. In the letter, Schneiderman presses Charter to fix Time Warner Cable’s ‘abysmal’ performance, citing numerous complaints about lower-than-advertised download speeds.

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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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