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NYC rolls out their first WiFi-enabled buses

NYC rolls out their first WiFi-enabled buses

When you're in a big city, sometimes it's hard to get a good cell phone signal. Between the sheer number of people, and the skyscrapers, it can be frustrating to even try and load a webpage on your phone. Thankfully the people of New York City won't have to worry too much about that, at least not while riding the bus.

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Study: many Americans limit Internet use over a roster of fears

Study: many Americans limit Internet use over a roster of fears

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) has published a new study that found a combination of concerns about security and privacy are causing some Americans to limit their online activities, something that could, over time, impact the economy and more. The lack of trust in online safety comes at a time when report after report details mass government spying against citizens and cybersecurity breaches that leave ordinary users exposed and vulnerable.

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70,000 OKCupid users’ data leaked from dating site

70,000 OKCupid users’ data leaked from dating site

In this age of technology, looking for love often means using some sort of online dating service. After all, what could be easier than filling out a profile, adding some pictures, and sending out a few messages? Well, it might be easy for you to fill out all of that information, but it turns out it's just as easy for someone to post all of that information for all the world to see.

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Google Chrome to completely phase out Flash by Q4 2016. Almost.

Google Chrome to completely phase out Flash by Q4 2016. Almost.

Once and briefly the darling of interactive Web content creators, Flash has fallen by the wayside and has become more of a liability than a feature. Even Adobe has taken steps to de-emphasize Flash content in its own tools, while still keeping backwards compatibility a thing. In its stead is HTML5, which covers almost everything Flash can do, especially videos. To hasten Flash's demise from the Web, Google will disable Flash by default in its Chrome Web browser before the year ends. That said, it will still actually ship Flash even then, just in case.

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Social media accounts now part of federal background checks

Social media accounts now part of federal background checks

Employers have long relied on the practice of checking job applicants' social media accounts as part of the application process to help determine if they'll be a good fit for the company. Now the federal government will do the same as part of their background and security clearance investigations. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced the new policy on Friday, and it highlights the fact that our social media presence is more and more seen as a reflection of our character.

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Make the perfect Simpsons GIF with Frinkiac

Make the perfect Simpsons GIF with Frinkiac

After 27 seasons, and nearly 600 episodes, it feels like The Simpsons has managed to cover every topic possible. In fact, South Park made an entire episode centered around the fact that The Simpsons had already done nearly every topic and joke, and that was way back in 2002. Needless to say, there's a Simpsons quote, picture or gif for almost any occasion.

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Here’s why 45,000 people just signed an open letter to Netflix

Here’s why 45,000 people just signed an open letter to Netflix

At the beginning of this year Netflix made a huge announcement. For the first time, they were going to stop turning a blind eye to customers who VPNs to access content outside of their geographical location. Over the last few months they've made good on that promise, and they've managed to upset at least 45,000 users.

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Leak reveals Facebook’s behind-the-scenes ‘trending’ editorial process

Leak reveals Facebook’s behind-the-scenes ‘trending’ editorial process

Following a recent report suggesting that Facebook suppressed conservative news stories from its Trending Topics box (and the subsequent political fallout), someone has leaked internal company documents that reveal human editors greatly aid in determining what stories you’ll see trending on the site — not just algorithms as Facebook hints. The team is said to be small, and has powers including the ability to “inject” and “blacklist” stories and topics.

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YouTube’s Messenger will soon have you chatting inside YouTube

YouTube’s Messenger will soon have you chatting inside YouTube

Amazon may have just launched its Direct service to compete with YouTube, but the latter's upcoming feature widens its lead in the market yet again. As if it weren't enough to waste spend hours on YouTube actually watching videos, or even commenting on them, YouTube wants you to waste spend even more hours on its app chatting about those videos as well. Rolling out to a select few users at first is a new "native sharing" feature which is really just a fancy way of saying "YouTube Chat".

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Ubiquiti Amplifi is a heavy-duty Wi-Fi system for homes

Ubiquiti Amplifi is a heavy-duty Wi-Fi system for homes

The demands on today's home networks have changed substantially compared to yesteryears. Whereas before each household would have at least one or two computers, today each member of that household would have at least one mobile device, sometimes even more. Regular consumer routers sometimes just aren't enough anymore to handle all those devices, not to mention the bandwidth their activities require. Enter Ubiquiti with its new Amplifi Wi-Fi system which was designed to create an enterprise-grade Wi-Fi network but with the convenience and beauty of a home device.

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Report: Twitter strips US intelligence agencies of Dataminr access

Report: Twitter strips US intelligence agencies of Dataminr access

A couple years ago, we reported that Twitter had teamed with startup Dataminr to monitor, find, and surface tweets related to specific things. The intention was providing news agencies like CNN with fast-access to tweets that may aid journalists in forming their stories. Dataminr is the only company with Twitter’s blessing to have real-time access to its public tweets and to sell those tweets back to various clients, some of whom have been U.S. intelligence agencies. According to a source, Twitter has decided to cut off those agencies’ access to Dataminr’s harvested data.

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British Airways to launch 70Mbps internet service on long-haul flights

British Airways to launch 70Mbps internet service on long-haul flights

When you're on a short plane ride, there's usually not much of a reason to buy in-flight WiFi. Sure, if you have important work that can't wait, then yeah, definitely do that. But otherwise, I've found it's a better use of my time to catch up on a book, or watch a movie on my tablet. Now when you're traveling overseas, that's a different story. And British Airways is about to start giving their long haul passengers a serious speed boost.

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