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Venezuelan government shuts down internet in wake of protests

Venezuelan government shuts down internet in wake of protests

Don’t expect one whole heck of a lot of tweets coming out of Venezuela in the immediate future as President Nicolas Maduro’s government has shut down the internet and select TV channels. Having shut down Twitter access for the area this past week, Venezuela’s state-run ISP CANTV has been cut in areas such as San Cristobal. This area is a regional capital in the west of the country and CANTV controls the vast majority of internet connectivity in the area.

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Comcast and Netflix tipped in peering agreement

Comcast and Netflix tipped in peering agreement

Those of us using Comcast have been subjected to fairly poor quality on Netflix for that nice after-dinner movie, something that prompted numerous complaints (and ample frustration) in recent times about content showing up in less-than-HD despite high-speed plans, as well as frequent buffering. According to some recent details spotted and confirmation from a source, these issues may have come to an end.

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YouTube ushers in new design

YouTube ushers in new design

On the company's blogspot today, YouTube announced a couple of changes, most notable among them being a redesign that aims to accommodate screen sizes of all flavors. Users will also see changes to the playlists feature, which makes making and browsing the feature easier.

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Study turns selfies into a science

Study turns selfies into a science

Seflies -- images one takes of him or herself, often with the front-facing camera on their smartphone -- has become a digital world staple so common the word has made its way into the dictionary. As such, it isn't surprising one team of researchers conducted a mass study of thousands of images, breaking them down into details like pose, location, and gender.

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University of Maryland hacker nabs SS# trove

University of Maryland hacker nabs SS# trove

In a statement on the university's website today, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh revealed a security breach resulting in hundreds of thousands of compromised social security numbers, as well names, university IDs, and dates of birth. Calling it a "sophisticated computer security attack," Loh stated all relevant parties that have been issued a university ID since 1998 are at risk.

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Twitter lie detector is in development

Twitter lie detector is in development

Have you ever told a fable on Twitter, perhaps for humor's sake or as an accidental faux pas? Ever retweeted something, only to later discover it was false? Soon such tweets will be tested under the watchful eye of Pheme, a lie detector of sorts that aims to determine in real time whether a tweet contains the truth or is a lie.

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