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Coinye digital currency briefly shuts down following Kanye West legal threat

Coinye digital currency briefly shuts down following Kanye West legal threat

One of the more interesting digital currencies to surface in recent times (aside from Dogecoin, that is), Coinye was hit with a legal threat from Kanye West this week, something that apparently lead to the website being briefly taken offline and a message being released stating: "COINYE IS DEAD. You win, Kanye." Only, the website is back up and running again, proudly displaying its Kanye-inspired shades-wearing fish.

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Facebook Trending brings popular topics to light, rolling out now

Facebook Trending brings popular topics to light, rolling out now

Following the inclusion of hashtags, Facebook began testing a Trending box during the late summer last year, showing popular topics in the upper corner of one's account much in the same way the aforementioned microblogging site does. Fast-forward a handful of months, and Facebook has now begun rolling the new feature out in certain (yet unspecified) countries, while mobile users will have to keep waiting as testing is still underway.

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Google+ Local hit with thousands of compromised hotel links

Google+ Local hit with thousands of compromised hotel links

Yesterday, news surfaced of an annoying and somewhat unanticipated so-called hijacking of hotel links within Google+ Local accounts by yet-unknown spammers. When clicked, the compromised links took prospective customers to a third-party book service. Whether the third-party services were responsible for the compromised accounts or another entity entirely -- someone operating under an affiliate account sees most likely, in that scenario -- also isn't yet known.

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Google runs afoul of Canadian privacy law

Google runs afoul of Canadian privacy law

Coming a few hours after word surfaced that Google will be appealing a fine issued by France over privacy violations, issues have arisen over another breach of privacy, with this particular instance resulting in Canada. According to the nation's Privacy Commissioner, Google utilized so-called "sensitive personal information" to target certain advertisements in violation of privacy law.

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Chrome for Mobile update brings data compression, page translation and app shortcuts

Chrome for Mobile update brings data compression, page translation and app shortcuts

The latest iteration of Google's Chrome for Mobile browser -- both the iOS and Android varieties -- will be bringing some new handy features with them. Among them, and perhaps most notably, will be data compression for both of the mobile OS apps, allowing iOS and Android users to reduce the amount of data their mobile browsing habits use up, something that brings Safe Browsing with it in tow.

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Net Neutrality is a mess: We can’t even decide what the Internet is

Net Neutrality is a mess: We can’t even decide what the Internet is

The internet as we know it is in peril. Verizon's victory in the court of appeal this week, seeing the FCC's attempts to regulate broadband providers in the name of Net Neutrality defeated, has the potential to change how we access the internet and web services like Netflix, Hulu, and others more fundamentally than 2013's SOPA threatened to. In question isn't whether internet access should be a free-for-all, but what it is fundamentally, legally classified as, and who therefore has control over what gets shuttled through: Verizon and the broadband providers, in control of the "pipes", or the FCC as protector of infrastructure that uses public rights of way. For all both sides are claiming some degree of victory this week, we're still no closer to settling that fundamental question.

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Chrome makes noisy tab icon mainstream in latest browser release

Chrome makes noisy tab icon mainstream in latest browser release

Google has rolled its noisy-tab feature into the stable release of Chrome, giving users of the browser a visual clue as to which tab might be frustratingly playing music or video in the background. Outed back in November as a beta feature, the noisy tab indicator - a tiny speaker icon which sits next to the "close tab" cross - is now a core feature of Chrome 32, released today, among a number of other features Google says should make browsing safer.

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Tumblr joins roster of social networks with @mentions

Tumblr joins roster of social networks with @mentions

It is no secret the Internet is a breeding ground for its own sort of language, a common amalgamation of symbols, smileys, acronyms, hashtags, and @mentions. Twitter was the breeding ground for the latter of those staples, bringing into popularity a feature that makes it easy to grab another user's attention by using an @ symbol to tag them and send a notification their way. Such functionality is available across many services -- Facebook, Disqus -- and starting today, Tumblr.

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