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iOS browser Brave reveals payment system for blocking (or viewing) ads

iOS browser Brave reveals payment system for blocking (or viewing) ads

Brave, the new web browser app for iOS, made a splash a few months ago when it was announced with a feature that would allow users to block ads in exchange for payment. The purpose is to allow privacy-minded individuals to browse the web without ads or trackers, but still help benefit publishers and the sites they visit. Now Brave has detailed the second half of the feature: the ability for users to get paid if they permit the browser to show them safe replacement ads.

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China bans April Fools’ day as Internet overflows with jokes

China bans April Fools’ day as Internet overflows with jokes

Reports that swear they're not April Fools' pranks claim China has banned April Fools' day, citing annoyance and incompatibility with the "western tradition." April Fools' day is, of course, a day for unabashed suspicion — it’s also fun, and companies have fully embraced it to release all sorts of amusing (and sometimes incredibly frustrating) jokes. China will have none of that, though; the nation’s state-run news agency has stated that April Fools' isn’t inline with its “cultural traditions, or socialist core values."

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Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

In December, news surfaced that Egypt had shut down Facebook’s Free Basics Internet service, news that itself followed the social network’s troubles in India. The move was a sudden one, and officials made no public announcements about their reason for pulling the plug. According to new sources who have surfaced, Free Basics was canned because Egyptian government officials wanted access to spy on users, something Facebook reportedly rejected.

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Reddit’s 2015 Transparency Report teases National Security Letter

Reddit’s 2015 Transparency Report teases National Security Letter

Reddit has released its 2015 Transparency Report, the followup to its 2014 report with updated numbers on government requests and more. Says Reddit, it aims to show users a couple different types of data, namely the number and variety of requests it gets for user information and content removal, as well as how many requests it gets that it is legally required to act on. It seems this time around, Reddit may have received a National Security Letter, as well.

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FCC’s Lifeline now subsidizes Internet for low-income Americans

FCC’s Lifeline now subsidizes Internet for low-income Americans

The FCC has voted in favor of expanding Lifeline, a phone subsidy program that has been around for the last thirty or so years. Under this expansion, low-income individuals and families will be able to get subsidized high-speed Internet service, an essential service in the modern world. The Lifeline program will cover bundled Internet-and-voice services, as well as Internet-only services.

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Facebook Instant Articles is adding video advertisements

Facebook Instant Articles is adding video advertisements

Facebook is going to add video advertisement support to Instant Articles, a platform for publishers that presents articles more quickly to the social network’s users. In addition to the new video advertisements, Instant Articles will also get a new ad unit block on top of the ones already available, something Facebook anticipates will boost ad impressions more than 20-percent.

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Canceling Comcast service may soon be as simple as a few clicks, in California

Canceling Comcast service may soon be as simple as a few clicks, in California

Have you ever tried to cancel your internet or cable service? If you've used a company like Comcast, you know that it's not always an easy task. You'll call in to cancel, and they'll route you to someone in their retention department who will spend the next 15 to 20 minutes trying to convince you to stay with them. Well in the state of California, this might be a thing of the past.

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AT&T U-verse launching unlimited data option May 23

AT&T U-verse launching unlimited data option May 23

Anyone who has a metered internet connection knows that you don’t have to spend much time streaming video content or playing online games to blow through a miserly bandwidth allotment. AT&T U-verse subscribers are going to get more bandwidth at no additional cost and there will even be an unlimited option allowing you to gobble all the downloads, games, and streaming content you want. The unlimited option for U-verse subscribers will launch on May 23.

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AT&T Unite Explore hotspot offers security in a rugged body

AT&T Unite Explore hotspot offers security in a rugged body

Wi-Fi may be quite ubiquitous these days, some of them offered for free even, but it won't always be there, sometimes when you need it the most. Mobile hotspots have become the go to solution for Internet everywhere but, naturally, not all of them are created equal. AT&T is unveiling the Unite Explore, which, as the name may suggest, is primed for adventure. In addition to the rugged shell that frees you from worries, the hotspot is also AT&T's first to offer a range of security features that allay worries of a different sort.

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Man faces 44 years in jail for helping users circumvent UK censorship laws

Man faces 44 years in jail for helping users circumvent UK censorship laws

Proxy services have been in the news a fair bit this year, due largely in part to the fact that Netflix has been fighting against them. The reason is because they don't want their users accessing content that's not available in their country. However, in the UK, it turns out that running or assisting proxy sites can land you in some serious hot water.

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Twitter will stick with 140-character tweet limit, CEO says

Twitter will stick with 140-character tweet limit, CEO says

Twitter will be keeping its 140-character tweet limit, it has been announced. It’s good news for users who have been worried over word that Twitter was considering increasing the character count, something that would fundamentally change how the service is used. The reassurance was given by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey during a spat on the Today Show earlier. “It’s staying,” he said.

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Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

The fight between Apple and the Justice Department over the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone has once again put the spotlight on security, privacy, and encryption. The last time that was a hot topic was nearly 3 years ago at the height of the "Snowden Files". Born out of that very same controversy, Swiss encrypted email provider ProtonMail has seen it fit to finally open up its service to the general public, removing the invite-only barricade for individuals and groups to sign up for an end-to-end encrypted secure e-mail service.

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