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Facebook and Instagram are down for many users [UPDATE]

Facebook and Instagram are down for many users [UPDATE]

These long hours stuck indoors as several states are pounded by snow are sure to be marked by excessive, boredom-induced phone checking and social network posting. Only, for many users, the social activities will exclude Facebook and Instagram, at least at the moment. Both sites appear to be down for many users in multiple regions, with those in the United States and India both reporting trouble accessing Facebook and just as many finding it impossible to access or share images on Instagram.

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Cablevision’s Freewheel is a WiFi-only phone service

Cablevision’s Freewheel is a WiFi-only phone service

While some cable TV providers seem themselves competing with video streaming services, Cablevision will be entering a different arena altogether. The cable operator will be launching a new service next month called Freewheel and it has very little to do with TV. The service, instead, offers mobile phone connectivity, but not just any kind. It will be powered and substantially limited to WiFi connectivity only, taking advantage of the million-strong WiFi hot spot network it has been establishing on its home turf.

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Google Fiber expected to next launch in North Carolina

Google Fiber expected to next launch in North Carolina

Good news for high-speed internet users in North Carolina, as Google is expected to announce later this week that it will be bringing the Google Fiber service to the cities of Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte. Sources have told WRAL TechWire that Google's special "Save the Date" event scheduled for January 28th and 29th could see the announcement, with officials from both cities having been invited. Even better, the publication reports that drill crews may begin building the fiber network as early as April.

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China is cracking down on VPN services with ‘upgrade’

China is cracking down on VPN services with ‘upgrade’

China has been cracking down on Internet freedoms lately, having blocked Gmail last month and been pegged for a man-in-the-middle attack against Microsoft's Outlook recently. A new report shows that isn't the end, however, with word surfacing that the Chinese government has now set its sights on VPN services. Some VPN users inside the nation have reported being unable to use their VPN service, and the reason is said to be due to a Great Firewall "upgrade".

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Twitter rolls out tweet translation feature

Twitter rolls out tweet translation feature

Twitter has tapped Microsoft's language translation tool to make reading tweets in languages you don't speak a bit easier. The company announced the new translation feature in a tweet yesterday, saying that the service is being provided using Bing Translator. Those who do not want to see the translations have nothing to fear, with Twitter also tossing in the ability to disable translations if desired. We have got all the details on enabling the feature and more after the jump.

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HealthCare.gov makes changes to data sharing following criticism

HealthCare.gov makes changes to data sharing following criticism

On Wednesday, word surfaced through The Associated Press that HealthCare.gov is shuttling some personal data input by users to third-parties like DoubleClick. The information was not tied to one's identity, and was comprised of things like whether one smokes, is pregnant, and where they live. The report was later confirmed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and it led to protests from those concerned about consumer privacy. In response, the administration has made some changes.

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4chan creator tried to give site away, but couldn’t

4chan creator tried to give site away, but couldn’t

This afternoon Chris "moot" Poole, creator, owner, and sole administrator of the imageboard 4chan spoke about why he was preparing to retire from his role entirely. One of the odd bits about his transfer of leadership and the story therein was that he'd actually tried to give 4chan away at some point inside the last couple of years. While it's not clear to whom he'd have been giving this mega-popular website to, the outcome of this transaction was: the answer was "no, no thank you."

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4chan creator moot hands leadership to team of three

4chan creator moot hands leadership to team of three

This afternoon 4chan creator and sole administrator Chris "moot" Poole spoke (and continues to speak, depending on when you're reading this article) on the whys and wherefores of his departure from the site. He's the creator of 4chan and has been the one and only non-volunteer owner and administrator of the site since it came into being. Today he spoke up a bit on who will be "taking his place" - or how that's not actually something that will happen, as it turns out.

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Watch: 4chan’s moot retirement Q&A session livestream

Watch: 4chan’s moot retirement Q&A session livestream

The originator and sole owner of the imageboard/messageboard 4chan has announced this week that he's about to retire. Chris Poole, otherwise known as moot, suggests that this changing of the guard will not make a big difference to the millions of users of 4chan, one of the world's largest online communities. Today a Q&A session will be taking place for the 4chan community - and the rest of the inquisitive internet - to take part in. This session begins at 1PM Central Time, January 23rd, 2015.

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Twitter prompts top users to stop tweeting Instagram links

Twitter prompts top users to stop tweeting Instagram links

Twitter and Instagram are battling over mobile photo-sharing, and it is a story that has been long running. Back in December of 2012, Instagram changed the way its photos showed up on Twitter so that the latter's users are forced to click a link and view the images on Instagram's own site/app. For its part, Twitter has made filters available to users for sprucing up photos and making it more appealing to post images directly in tweets rather than through a different service. Now Twitter is upping its game.

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