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FTC report: Google caused ‘real harm to consumers’

FTC report: Google caused ‘real harm to consumers’

A 160 page FTC report from a couple years ago has made the light of day through an open-records request, and in it we see Google held in a harsh, often damning light. The report reveals that it was recommended that the FTC sue Google over three of the Internet giant's practices, something that would have -- had it gone through -- ended up being one of the biggest antitrust cases since the similar suit against Microsoft in the 90s. Among other things, the report says Google both has and will harm consumers and innovation with some of its actions.

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FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

At first, we thought the FREAK security vulnerability was isolated to Internet browsers. Then, it became clear that Windows OS is vulnerable to FREAK attacks. The latest news is that this problem is now able to affect smartphones and mobile devices through apps on Android and iOS. The FREAK vulnerability is a security backdoor created by an old Clinton administration era government policy which required all exported software and hardware to have weak encryption keys. Obviously their policy was passed without much foresight. FREAK attacks cripple HTTPS security, allowing for sensitive data like passwords and credit card information to be snatched by hackers savvy to the susceptibility.

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Twitter adds new feature for reporting tweets to police

Twitter adds new feature for reporting tweets to police

Among Twitter's latest efforts to combat trolls and the other abusive users on its platform is a new method for reporting threats to the police. The social network has just rolled out the feature, adding it as an option on the screen that is presented when filing a report about a threatening tweet. The new feature is available today, and utilizes the user's own email address to provide a stock notice for law enforcement containing all of the relevant information.

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Microsoft to end ‘Internet Explorer’ branding in Windows 10

Microsoft to end ‘Internet Explorer’ branding in Windows 10

Internet Explorer is dead. Microsoft’s legacy browser is soon to be relegated to the trash heap, at least in name. At Microsoft’s Convergence conference yesterday, marketing boss Chris Capossela said the company was working on a new brand identity for their browser initiatives. Currently known as Spartan (which we like), Microsoft has seemingly yet to finalize the name of their new explorer of the Internet. As previously noted at their press event, the new browser will be available in Windows 10.

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Google Feud game lets you guess autocomplete queries Family Feud style

Google Feud game lets you guess autocomplete queries Family Feud style

Have you ever been baffled by Google's autocomplete suggestions, or can you autocomplete with the best of them? If you are looking for a new and quick Internet game, then Google Feud is for you. It's deceptively simple and surprisingly addictive to play. In this Family Feud-style game, you can guess how Google autocompletes its queries for points. It's fun to play alone, but it would be more fun in a room full of friends. It could also make a great drinking game if you're a college student in your twenties and into that sort of thing.

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Yahoo’s new security features: On-demand passwords and e2e encryption

Yahoo’s new security features: On-demand passwords and e2e encryption

Security and privacy are becoming more and more important as we transmit much more than just words via email. Yahoo is developing two new technologies to protect your data and create security solutions. Soon, any sensitive data that you send using email, from business documents to personal information, can be kept secure using an advanced end-to-end (e2e) encryption plugin for Yahoo Mail. And, if you forget your password, Yahoo has come up with a new solution for that as well. Yahoo is calling their new password retrieval system On-demand passwords.

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Cuba launches its first free public WiFi hub in Havana

Cuba launches its first free public WiFi hub in Havana

In a first of its kind project in Cuba, the nation's government has approved the opening of a WiFi hub in the city of Havana that's free for the public to use. The country has had limited internet access resources before this, but they have been strictly allocated for schools and necessary businesses. Not only will the WiFi be free to use at a local cultural center, but the service itself is being generously shared by the center's operator, a popular visual artist by the name of Kcho.

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Facebook acquires TheFind e-commerce site

Facebook acquires TheFind e-commerce site

Facebook has acquired TheFind, an e-commerce search site, it has announced. TheFind revealed the acquisition on its website today, saying that after nine years of hard work it is kicking off its "next chapter" by merging with Facebook, the social network powerhouse that is, apparently, looking to up its advertisements prowess. This comes shortly after a judge ruled Facebook must face a lawsuit related to its refusal to refund purchases made by minors who used their parents banking information.

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Google Store launches as new hardware home

Google Store launches as new hardware home

Joining the new Chromebook Pixel is a new online store for Google to hawk its wares, and it is appropriately called "Google Store". This shuttles the Internet giant's hardware from the Play Store to its own store, keeping the maker's worlds both separate and easily accessible. Those who want a new Nexus, smartwatch, Chromebook, or other Google-centric gadget will now need to head over to the maker's new online store, which also dedicates some space to praising the virtues of Android and related platforms.

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Facebook pulls its ‘feeling fat’ emoji

Facebook pulls its ‘feeling fat’ emoji

Facebook, as you likely know, allows users to insert "feeling" something or other emotions into statuses, such as "feeling happy". One such option has been "feeling fat", which sparked criticism and more recently led to an online petition to get the listing removed. The reason revolved around its trivialization of potential eating disorders and other issues. Facebook originally pushed back against the criticism, but has since conceded, removing the option from the list of emotions (of which, some have noted, "fat" is not a feeling).

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