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NYC breaks ground on free gigabit WiFi kioks

NYC breaks ground on free gigabit WiFi kioks

Last year we brought you news that the citizens of New York City would be getting free gigabit internet service, via WiFi. While it seemed like a pipe dream, it's really happening. In fact, the first such kiosks are being installed right now.

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Comcast begins early rollout of gigabit internet service

Comcast begins early rollout of gigabit internet service

Comcast has previously said that it's working hard to upgrade its network with gigabit internet service, with plans to have it operating across the entire US by 2018. While it's scheduled to officially launch in 2016, the telecom giant has kicked off some initial testing a bit early, with its first cable modem supporting DOCSIS 3.1 technology ("Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification") having been activated for one lucky customer in Philadelphia.

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Alleged hacker charged with stealing scripts, celebrity IDs

Alleged hacker charged with stealing scripts, celebrity IDs

An alleged hacker has been charged with stealing television scripts, celebrity social security numbers, explicit personal videos, and more through the use of phishing techniques and malware. None of the victims have been named, however they’re said to include a comedy film, “hip-hop biopic,” professional athletes, and actors, among others. The data theft came to light after the alleged hacker reportedly tried to sell some of the content to a well-known radio host.

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Yahoo’s warning users of state-sponsored spying, too

Yahoo’s warning users of state-sponsored spying, too

Yahoo’s Chief Information Security Officer Bob Lord has announced that Yahoo will now inform its’ users when they’re the subject of a state-sponsored attack. The notifications will be provided if the company “strongly suspect[s]” an account has been targeted by a state-sponsored actor of some sort, giving the user a chance to protect his or her account.

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Livestream reports possible hack: users told to reset passwords

Livestream reports possible hack: users told to reset passwords

Livestream is notifying its users about a possible breach of its customer accounts database and is advising they reset their passwords for security’s sake. Users are receiving messages through the email addresses they registered with, but even users who haven’t been notified should change their password. The possible breach is still being investigated, the company said.

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Kim Dotcom legal case rules him eligible for extradition

Kim Dotcom legal case rules him eligible for extradition

Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing started in September after years of delays. Now about three months later, the ruling has been made: Dotcom is eligible for extradition to the United States where he would be tried on copyright charges. The extradition may not pan out, though, as Dotcom and his lawyer still have 15 days to appeal the ruling. It has been almost four years since Dotcom's New Zealand home was raided by police.

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Super Mario Maker Bookmark is live

Super Mario Maker Bookmark is live

Last week we brought you the news that Nintendo was changing the way you browsed for courses in Super Mario Maker. Instead of forcing you to sort through courses in-game, they have made a dedicated website where you can find and bookmark your favorite courses. Today, the site has gone live.

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Google experiments with password-free logins

Google experiments with password-free logins

Passwords are a pain. Either you have one that's simple and easy to guess, or one that you might struggle to remember. And even then, your account might still get compromised, anyway. Well, Google is working to do away with passwords by offering a new way to login to your account.

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Hello Kitty community breach leaves 3.3m users vulnerable

Hello Kitty community breach leaves 3.3m users vulnerable

The online community SanrioTown.com has suffered a data breach, and as a result 3.3 million user accounts have been left vulnerable. The website is a site for Hello Kitty fans, and as such many of the users are likely children. That didn’t stop someone from accessing the site’s user database and posting it online, though. Several other Hello Kitty websites were targeted, too.

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Leak has ‘Hateful Eight,’ ‘Revenant’ online before premieres

Leak has ‘Hateful Eight,’ ‘Revenant’ online before premieres

A massive leak has resulted in two highly anticipated movies, The Hateful Eight and The Revenant, being published online before their Christmas day theatrical premieres. So far The Revenant has proven most popular, with nearly a million people downloading it in a single day. Tarantino’s Hateful Eight has also proven popular, though, with more than half a million downloads during the same time period.

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New internet error code identifies censored websites

New internet error code identifies censored websites

Everyone on the internet has come across at least couple error codes, the most well-known being 404, for page not found, while other common ones include 500, for internal server error, or 403, for a "forbidden" page. However, with latter, there's the growing issue of why a certain webpage has become forbidden, or who made it so. In an effort to address things like censorship or "legal obstacles," a new code has been published, to be used when legal demands require access to a page be blocked: error 451.

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VLC comes to ChromeOS

VLC comes to ChromeOS

For years, the only player I've needed for my video watching needs is VLC. I've yet to throw a video at it that wouldn't play, and it runs easily on both my Mac and PC. However, today the lightweight media player finally lands on another important OS.

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