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Google Books appeal is thrown out by the Supreme Court

Google Books appeal is thrown out by the Supreme Court

It's been a little while since we've heard anything about the Authors' Guild and their lawsuit against Google. The Guild sought legal action against the search engine giant for their Google Books project, in which they scanned millions of books. The reason we haven't heard much about this case in a while is because Google won the lawsuit back in 2013. But that didn't stop case from continuing.

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URL shorteners may be exposing your private information

URL shorteners may be exposing your private information

URL shorteners have been around for a while, and can be rather useful. This is especially true when using services like Twitter, which limit the number of characters you can use. But there are hidden dangers to using a shortener that you might not even be aware of.

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Skype drops the requirement for plugins on its web app

Skype drops the requirement for plugins on its web app

Microsoft has just announced that Skype for Web will no longer require a browser plugin or download of any kind, allowing users to make video and audio calls simply by signing in to the service. The company says that the Skype feature within Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive is also plugin free. The catch is that it's limited to Microsoft's Edge browser on Windows 10 at the moment, but there are plans to do the same on other browsers, making it easier to use Skype in situations where local installations aren't possible.

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Instagram ‘Explore’ adds video channels

Instagram ‘Explore’ adds video channels

Instagram has updated Explore with video channels, making it easier for users to find the ones they’re interested in. Most notably, Instagram offers a personalized channel called “Videos You Might Like,” which is exactly what it sounds like — videos suggested for you based on the content you typically view. As well, Instagram is featuring some channels in Explore, aggregating them based on topics.

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Facebook Terragraph and Project Aries aim to deliver fast internet everywhere

Facebook Terragraph and Project Aries aim to deliver fast internet everywhere

Facebook wants people everywhere to have fast internet access. While that is a great thing for being able to access information of all sorts, fast internet everywhere also means more users for Facebook as one of the most visited destinations online. The issue with rolling out faster and faster internet service around the world is the cost associated with laying fiber optic cables. The Facebook Connectivity Lab is working on projects called Terragraph and Project Aries to address these issues.

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Facebook launches quote-sharing feature and button

Facebook launches quote-sharing feature and button

Facebook wants you to share quotes in text form, not screenshot form, and to encourage that comes a new quote-sharing button that makes it easy to copy text from a website into a Facebook status. The feature was recently detailed for developers, enabling them to add the share-quote button to their app or website. When a user highlights text to copy, a Facebook button will appear encouraging them to share the quote on Facebook.

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Facebook Messenger is about to be a total disaster

Facebook Messenger is about to be a total disaster

Today at Facebook's F8 conference, there was a lot of talk about the Messenger app. Lots of praise for it, and its future were given by the presenters. One went so far as to say that thanks to the advancements in Messenger, that this may now be the beginning of a new era.

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Chrome will block deceptive download and update ads by default

Chrome will block deceptive download and update ads by default

Having worked in IT for more than a decade, I'm pretty skilled at picking out fake download buttons and ads that look like legitimate notifications. However, there are still plenty of times where one of these will make me pause, as I have to look for extra clues as to what it really is. If one of these ads is clever enough to give an IT professional pause, just imagine how easily tricked your elderly relatives are, when confronted with them.

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First city to get Google Fiber also first to lose free Internet

First city to get Google Fiber also first to lose free Internet

Some things are indeed just too good to last and what can be better than free Internet? That might have been the privilege that Kansas City enjoyed being the first to get Google Fiber. While the service wasn't completely free, as it required a rather hefty but one-time $300 installation fee. Soon, however, it might be good news/bad news for Kansas as Fiber, now directly under Alphabet, reportedly will be waiving the installation fee but, in exchange, will be charging a monthly subscription, but for faster speeds too.

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Facebook users aren’t posting personal statuses as often as they used to

Facebook users aren’t posting personal statuses as often as they used to

The era of oversharing is coming to an end, at least as far as Facebook is concerned. A newly leaked internal company report reveals a sharp drop in the number of intimate and personal statuses being shared on the social network, something Facebook is scrambling to reverse. Such statuses are referred to as “original sharing,” and they involve things like announcing engagements, sharing a fun story from one’s day, and talking about family. In the place of original sharing are media links to videos, news articles, and other less valuable content.

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Microsoft Edge browser will soon auto-pause Flash content

Microsoft Edge browser will soon auto-pause Flash content

Microsoft is going to add an intelligent auto-pause feature to the Edge browser; with it, non-essential Flash content will be paused, only turning back on if the user clicks on it. Such a move is one to encourage an exodus away from Flash, but it is a bit different than how other companies are handling the matter — in most cases, Flash is disabled by default and the user must turn it on. Critics feel that would have been a wiser choice on Microsoft’s part.

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Verizon preps Yahoo bid as Google considers buying core business

Verizon preps Yahoo bid as Google considers buying core business

Yahoo's been criticized for dragging it feet, and things are finally getting underway -- there's a planned bid for the company's web business, according to sources, and other companies are considering challenging it. Sources say Verizon is preparing to place a first-round bid for Yahoo's web business, something that would fall in line with the company's previous comments about acquiring Yahoo. As well, sources say Google is considering making a bid of its own.

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