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Elon Musk shares details of Internet satellite swarm dream

Elon Musk shares details of Internet satellite swarm dream

"One giant global Internet service provider." That is how Elon Musk, who seems to have a lot of time and money in his hands, describes his plans of building swarm of low-flying satellites that will carry the Internet anywhere and everywhere, daring to go where no Project Loon balloon has gone before. But Musk's dream of building the world's fastest and most expansive Internet network isn't limited to just that. And in the long run, it isn't going to be limited to Earth either.

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ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com owner selling site, tired of dealing with glitter

ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com owner selling site, tired of dealing with glitter

Less than a week after launching, the Australian entrepreneur behind the fiendishly clever ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com is trying to sell the site and be rid of the awful product he sends people at your request. 22-year-old Mathew Carpenter made headlines with his site that offered to anonymously mail an envelope full of glitter to any address in the world for $9.99. Turns out trying to ship glitter sucks just as much as receiving a "glitter bomb" in the mail.

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Google begins linking to event tickets directly from search results, Maps

Google begins linking to event tickets directly from search results, Maps

Earlier this week, Google began saving you a click or two when searching for tickets to live events. Now, if you search for a certain venue or specific band, for example, you will find direct links to purchase the related tickets. This can be seen in both Google search results and Google Maps, and is the result of a recent deal the search giant made with ticketing companies Ticketmaster, Ticketfly, and AXS. While this is certainly meant to make it easier for ticket sellers to snag more customers, it's also another step by Google to present everything a user needs directly in the search results, never more than a single click away.

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Xiaomi is attempting what Apple and Google have only dreamed of

Xiaomi is attempting what Apple and Google have only dreamed of

Today it became clear what it was, exactly, China-based smart device company Xiaomi was getting at when they started releasing devices outside of the mobile smartphone ecosystem. We're not just talking tablets here, we're talking TV boxes, smart TVs, smart bands, and an air purifier. The Xiaomi air purifier was revealed earlier this year as a bit of a shock to outside parties - what was a smartphone company doing releasing a home product? They've got big plans for China - that's what's up - and they don't plan on stopping with the devices that fit in your pocket or your backpack.

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Marriott drops hotel WiFi-blocking efforts

Marriott drops hotel WiFi-blocking efforts

You've likely heard the news by now: Marriott was slapped with a big fine for blocking patrons' WiFi hotspots, something done under the guise of "security" but criticized as being a ploy to force guests to pay for WiFi access. This led to an official push for permission from the FCC to jam guest hotspots, and many entities and companies -- including Google and Microsoft -- spoke out against the petition. Now Marriott has backed down, saying it won't go through with the plan.

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Over 2,000 MS-DOS games now available in your browser

Over 2,000 MS-DOS games now available in your browser

The gaming industry is often criticized for being poor curators of their heritage. Well, not anymore. At least hopefully not anymore. Various efforts have popped up to not only preserve these age old titles but also make them available to a generation of gamers who would otherwise have no other way to experience these games. Last November, it was old school arcade games that went up on the Internet Archive. Now it's the turn of hundreds and hundreds of MS-DOS games, around 2,300 in all.

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FCC wants ‘broadband’ to be 25Mbps down/3Mbps up

FCC wants ‘broadband’ to be 25Mbps down/3Mbps up

I think we can all agree that a 4Mbps download is not ‘broadband’ Internet, at least as most would define it. That’s how the FCC currently sees broadband, but FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler agrees with us, and wants to reclassify what broadband actually is. He feels (probably correctly) that ‘broadband’ is more like 25Mbps down. As for upload, he’d like the current definition of 1Mbps to be upped to 3Mbps. In a report, the FCC is also troubled by broadband rollout, especially in rural areas.

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Broadcom and Comcast team for gigabit cable internet service

Broadcom and Comcast team for gigabit cable internet service

If you want the really fast internet speeds in the gigabit range, you may think you need to be in an area served by fiber optic service of one flavor or another. That may not be true this year with Comcast and Broadcom teaming up to roll out gigabit cable internet service in some parts of the country. Broadcom announced at CES 2015 that it has started to sample its first DOCSIS 3.1 chip.

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Sling TV brings cable channels to cord cutters for $20/month

Sling TV brings cable channels to cord cutters for $20/month

What is Sling TV? It’s not the Sling you might be thinking of for media consumption, but it’s close. While the Sling Player lets you broadcast content just about anywhere you like, Sling TV lets you subscribe to cable without having to go through a legacy Cable TV provider. It’s Internet cable, and comes courtesy of Dish. Maybe best of all, it only runs $20/month. For that spend, you get access to a variety of popular cable TV channels, including ESPN.

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Netflix said to be shutting out international VPN users

Netflix said to be shutting out international VPN users

Due to international laws and different contracts with copyright holders based on country, Netflix's digital content available for streaming can vary widely depending on your location in the world. It has long been a tactic of international Netflix users to rely on VPNs (virtual private networks) in order to get around the site's regional locks and access content available in the U.S. Unfortunately for those subscribers, it appears that Netflix is cracking down on some VPN services and keeping their users out of its walled garden.

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