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Google Fiber service to be provided in public housing

Google Fiber service to be provided in public housing

Internet is an important part of modern life, often being necessary for applying to jobs and, in some cases, working those jobs, not to mention educational requirements and banking. Google pointed out the necessity in a statement today, saying that for low-income families, something as simple as having or not having Internet access can be the deciding factor between “thriving or falling behind."

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Twitter’s new update brings pop-out conversations

Twitter’s new update brings pop-out conversations

Twitter has pushed out an update that changes how users interact with tweets, and not everyone is happy about it. Click on a tweet now and rather than being taken to a page with the full conversations, users will now see the tweet and subsequent tweets in a pop-out window with their Twitter timeline behind it. Fancy? Yes. But many are already complaining about usability, saying the move is a step backwards.

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Comcast begins rolling out gigabit cable connections

Comcast begins rolling out gigabit cable connections

Google has been working hard to roll out gigabit internet in various parts of the US. When they first announced the endeavor, many people thought that it was more or less a way to get other ISPs to step up their game and offer higher speeds at lower costs. Well, it's at least partially working, as Comcast is prepping to roll out their fastest cable internet speeds ever, in select locations.

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Dissatisfied customer tweets Comcast when his speeds go down

Dissatisfied customer tweets Comcast when his speeds go down

Some already classify the Internet as a basic human need. Other still see it as a luxury. Whichever of the two views you subscribe to, when you're paying good money for one, you deserve, or are even legally entitled, to get what you pay for. ISPs, however, are not perfect, and all of them have their fair share of dissatisfied, sometimes even irate, customers. One customer from Comcast, however, made a rather ingenious, if not creative, way to call the ISPs attention when the quality of his connection goes down: by tweeting from a Raspberry Pi.

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Cuba to launch its first home broadband Internet service

Cuba to launch its first home broadband Internet service

Cuba has announced plans to launch its first broadband Internet service in Havana, bringing connectivity to a nation with very few Internet options. The service will be launched in a pair of neighborhoods in Havana, and will, among other things, let companies like cafes and restaurants set up service for their customers. When the broadband service will rollout hasn’t been stated, but it marks yet another milestone for Cuba.

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Facebook updates News Feed to weed out clickbait

Facebook updates News Feed to weed out clickbait

If there's one type of story in my Facebook feed that will get me to unfollow a page, or use the “hide post” feature, it's a clickbait title. Basically anything with “one trick” or “you'll never believe number 4!” in the title gets removed from my feed. Well as it turns out, I might not need to keep doing that much longer.

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Microsoft tests undersea data centers

Microsoft tests undersea data centers

If you've ever walked into a server room, you know how important cooling is. Depending on how nice the facility is, you'll either notice that it's rather warm, or that there's some serious cooling happening. Now imagine that same server room, but expanded in size many dozens of times over. That's what a data center is like, and you have to get creative when you want to cool one of those, as Microsoft has learned.

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FCC allows more but limited LTE-U testing

FCC allows more but limited LTE-U testing

LTE-U or LTE on the Unlicensed spectrum. To be even more technically specific, on the 5 GHz band. It is either the future of mobile data connections or will bring forth Internet apocalypse. Tech companies from all corners of the industry are split on the matter and have even asked the Federal Communications Commission to mediate. The FCC still hasn't taken a formal stance yet, but, in the meantime, it will be allowing those from the pro LTE-U camp to continue some tests and try to prove their position.

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Google’s Project SkyBender solar-powered drones to bring 5G Internet

Google’s Project SkyBender solar-powered drones to bring 5G Internet

Companies that rely heavily on the existence of Internet connections are creating ways to bring the Internet everywhere possible. Facebook has its laser satellite dream and Google has its balloon army. That said, the search giant isn't settling for just one kind of technology. Using the knowledge and assets it acquired from Titan Aerospace, Google also envisions using solar-powered drones. But that's only half the interesting story. The other half involves the use of millimeter waves to deliver Internet 40 times faster than 4G. In other words, 5G.

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