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Is Microsoft’s How Old website storing your photos? Maybe

Is Microsoft’s How Old website storing your photos? Maybe

By now nearly every netizen has heard of How Old Do I Look, Microsoft's facial recognition website that has gone viral over the last few days. Many users have gotten laughs, or been disappointed, over just how inaccurate the guesses are sometimes. But what isn't being talked about is what's actually happening to the photos that users upload. While the website has the message "We don't keep the photo" placed front and center, the language used in the terms of service have hints of a different meaning.

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Comcast said to be developing YouTube-like video service

Comcast said to be developing YouTube-like video service

Comcast, the cable and internet service provider/monopoly, may be looking to expand into a new area: the short-form, web-generated video content that YouTube excels at. A new report from The Information says Comcast has been working on an online video service for over a year and a half now, and is planning a nationwide rollout for sometime in the future. The project was put on hold as the now-cancelled Comcast/Time Warner merger was submitted for government review.

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Google’s Password Alert already patched but still vulnerable

Google’s Password Alert already patched but still vulnerable

Earlier this week, Google released a Chrome extension designed to protect against phishing attacks, particularly the kind that directs users to a page designed to look like one of Google's own login pages. When on one of these fake Google logins, the Password Alert extension was designed to identify that it was a phishing attempt and alert the user that they were about to enter their credentials on a Web page that isn't part of Google. The problem is that the extension itself was vulnerable, and remains that way despite a patch.

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Internet Archive: you can now play MS-DOS games in tweets

Internet Archive: you can now play MS-DOS games in tweets

What a time to be alive. Those classic MS-DOS games you used to love to play have been available online as playable games through the Internet Archive for a little while now. We saw 900 of them become available this past November, for example, and by January that number spiked to include more than 2,000 titles, and it is still growing. Those games are still available, but the ability to play them and share them, however, just got a little bit more awesome.

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Microsoft’s ‘How Old’ age estimator reaps Internet mockery

Microsoft’s ‘How Old’ age estimator reaps Internet mockery

Microsoft has a facial recognition tool called 'How Old' that aims to guess your age based on a picture of your face. It's a fun little novelty...or it would be if it were accurate. Rather, many users find the guesses to be inaccurate, sometimes very much so, and as a result the Internet has done what the Internet often does: taken to mockery. A bunch of screenshots have appeared on Twitter (and elsewhere) showing faces and the ages estimated, and in some cases faces that aren't even human.

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Google’s Password Alert Chrome extension foils phishing attempts

Google’s Password Alert Chrome extension foils phishing attempts

Phishing schemes are one of the more popular ways hackers and other nefarious sorts gain access to accounts that are not their own, and despite attempts to educate users on what to look for, these kind of attacks are still largely successful. Google, however, is working to further quash them with the introduction of a new Chrome extension called Password Alert, which points out to users when they attempt to log into their Google account on a website that is not Google’s own.

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AT&T hits dial-up subscriber with $24,000 bill

AT&T hits dial-up subscriber with $24,000 bill

We hear stories every now and then about surprised parents who discover their children amassed large bills through excessive text messages or data usage or "free" games. The latest story of an egregious bill to surface is quite the opposite, however: an elderly AT&T subscriber says he was hit with a bill for more than $24,000 USD from the company over his landline, which typically cost $51 per month. The landline was used to access AOL dial-up (yes, people still use this), and the company reportedly told him he had to pay it.

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Tesla website, Elon Musk’s Twitter defaced by hackers

Tesla website, Elon Musk’s Twitter defaced by hackers

Even the smartest, most innovative companies fall victim to hackers once in a while, as evidenced by the few hours of difficulty Tesla Motors experienced on their website and Twitter account. Starting sometime between 4:00 and 5:00pm ET on Saturday, hackers took control of the company's official home page, Twitter account, and even founder Elon Musk's Twitter account for a brief time. The profile name on the social networking site's page was changed to #RIPPRGANG during the time control was lost, with tweets promising a free car to anyone who called a certain phone number.

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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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