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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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Microsoft Edge users can now block advertising with AdBlock Plus

Microsoft Edge users can now block advertising with AdBlock Plus

Good news for Windows 10 users: you can now block internet ads in the Edge browser just like those with Chrome and Firefox do! Extensions for both the AdBlock and AdBlock Plus services have come to Microsoft's new browser, and are now available on the Windows Store. There is one small requirement, however, and it's that users need to be Windows Insiders with build 14291 on the desktop.

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Roost now has its own Smart Smoke Alarm

Roost now has its own Smart Smoke Alarm

Last year, Roost made an interesting proposition. Keep your traditional smoke detectors but make them smarter simply by using its 9V Smart Battery. That was practically all you needed to do to get things like alarm notifications, battery level alerts, and even naming your smoke detectors. Today, however, Roost is finally jumping in all the way in the smart appliance market. It is announcing the Roost Smart Smoke Alarm that gives all that and more in one single package. And yes, it still includes the smart battery.

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WiFi prank grounds Qantas flight for two hours

WiFi prank grounds Qantas flight for two hours

WiFi SSIDs can be amusing. One of my friends has theirs set to BillWiTheScienceFi. It's the sort of thing will make you chuckle as he tells you which network is his, and what the password is. However, there are some network names that might seem funny, but can actually cause serious issues. One person found this out the hard way.

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Twitter’s new Connect tab makes it easy to follow new accounts

Twitter’s new Connect tab makes it easy to follow new accounts

Twitter wants to make it easier to find new accounts to follow, and so it has introduced a new Connect tab that will help connect you with other Twitter users. The tab shows accounts that Twitter thinks you’ll want to follow based on who you already follow, the kind of tweets you “like,” current events, accounts from your local area that are popular, and more. The feature will be showing up on mobile soon.

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WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

One of the big perks about using WhatsApp is the fact that the messages are encrypted. Since privacy has become a growing concern, more people are turning to encrypted methods of communication. Unfortunately, that's also why currently, no one in the country of Brazil can access the service.

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Facebook: 60% of government requests ban notifying affected users

Facebook: 60% of government requests ban notifying affected users

Facebook has released its new Global Government Requests Report, and this time around it includes some case studies as examples of the types of requests it gets. The report also includes a bigger bit of information — the company says that about 60-percent of the government requests it received in the second half of 2015 included gag orders that prevented Facebook from notifying the affected users. On the flip side, though, Facebook has been able to disclose national security requests in bands of 500 rather than the previous 1000 it had to use before.

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Comcast’s 1TB data cap is praised by Netflix

Comcast’s 1TB data cap is praised by Netflix

In case you missed the news yesterday, Comcast announced that they would be raising their data caps from 300GB per month, to 1TB per month, starting in June. While most people would agree that data caps need to disappear altogether, plenty of people were happy to see Comcast listen to feedback, and raise their caps. And one of their biggest supporters in this move is also one of their biggest competitors.

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Comcast raises data caps to 1TB for all customers

Comcast raises data caps to 1TB for all customers

For a long time, data caps have been an issue for many people. With more and more people choosing to cut the cord and ditch cable in favor of streaming media, data caps that once seemed generous are feeling smaller and smaller. But if you’re a Comcast customer that has been worrying about their 300GB caps, today is your lucky day.

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Spotify exposed: list appears online with hundreds of account details

Spotify exposed: list appears online with hundreds of account details

Something fishy is going on, and it involves a bunch of Spotify accounts. A Pastebin text document recently surfaced online containing what appears to be the login details for hundreds of Spotify accounts, and some Spotify users are surfacing with claims that they've been locked out of their own accounts, in part. Spotify, however, has denied that it has been the victim of a hack, leaving many in the dark about what exactly is going on.

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OneDrive storage limit dropping to 5GB in July

OneDrive storage limit dropping to 5GB in July

If you'll recall, Microsoft upset a large number of OneDrive users by cutting the amount of free storage space from 15GB (or 30GB, for some users) to 5GB. Losing two thirds of your storage space can be a pretty big deal, so customers cried out until Microsoft reversed their position. Of course, that reversal came with one small catch.

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