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Google’s new patent wants to protect you from spoilers

Google’s new patent wants to protect you from spoilers

This April, there is a lot of new content to look forward to. Daredevil, Game of Thrones Season 5, Avengers: Age of Ultron, just to name the high profile ones. Inevitably, this will be the source of no small amount of discussion over the Internet, which will, of course, lead to spoilers. If you're the type who can't stand this situation, you'll most likely go off the grid until you catch up. Google, however, has a brighter idea. Let it do the filtering for you and hide those pesky spoilers while you continue to cruise the Web worry-free.

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Google Moderator to close down in July

Google Moderator to close down in July

Google will be shutting down its Moderator service forever this summer, the Internet giant has announced. The closure will take place in three parts, with the first part having kicked off on March 30 -- that was when you could start exporting your data using Google Takeout, something that now makes sense in light of the newest announcement: Moderator will close to new questions and similar actions on June 30, and will be gone forever a month later on July 31.

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Whistleblowers claim Russia has a propaganda “troll house”

Whistleblowers claim Russia has a propaganda “troll house”

What's more frightening and more destructive than an Internet troll? Why, a house full of them! That is exactly what Russia alleged has and it is a literal one. Two former employees of this "troll house" have come out to reveal some rather worrying details about this secret business that might actually be booming in the dark. Their testimonies add to the growing body of testimonies and speculation regarding Russia's more than active yet completely under the radar activities to spread its ideology and world views, especially against its enemies and the West.

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Hulu introduces GIF collection to meet (mostly) any need

Hulu introduces GIF collection to meet (mostly) any need

GIFs are a staple of the Internet, serving as a way to express an emotion or a statement without text, and as a convenient way to show snippets of animations without posting or viewing an entire video. Getting those GIFs has become easier over the years, including the introduction of YouTube's own GIF creation tool, and latest to provide them is Hulu. Most fittingly, it has launched its new GIF portal on Tumblr, and as expected, they're clipped from the service's streaming options -- mostly modern television shows.

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Russian troll team reportedly paid to tout YotaPhone

Russian troll team reportedly paid to tout YotaPhone

The most notable smartphone to come out of Russia is the YotaPhone, which is currently in its second iteration and soon to arrive on Indiegogo. The phone is notable because of its dual displays, one of which is an e-ink panel that sips battery life and is, arguably, more ideal for viewing certain kinds of content (ebooks, perhaps) than a regular LCD screen. The phone has caught quite a bit of attention on its own, but it looks like the Russian government is leaving nothing to risk, using unofficial trolls to tout the device online.

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Judge: Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers

Judge: Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers

Serving divorce papers just became a bit easier, with a judge in Manhattan ruling a Brooklyn resident can serve her husband with divorce papers using the world's most popular social network. It seems the reason revolves around the defendant's perpetual lack of a physical address, and his unwillingness to make a personal appearance to be served, as well as his perpetual availability for contact through Facebook...making it the only way to serve the papers. Some have called this a necessary ruling for the modern age.

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Facebook launches primer detailing all things security

Facebook launches primer detailing all things security

Anyone with a social networking account should be mindful not only of what they post on it, but also their security settings -- misunderstanding a particular setting, for example, could lead to info you believed was private actually being visible to the public. Facebook has rolled out features that aim to improve the users' awareness of those security features, including reminders that popup with snippets of information every now and again, and that settings review that rolled out not too long ago. Now it is back with more...a lot more.

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Dyre Wolf malware transfers victims to live operator

Dyre Wolf malware transfers victims to live operator

IBM has detailed a new variation of the Dyre malware, which it is calling "The Dyre Wolf". The malware targets large enterprises, and comes with an unexpected twist: a bit of social engineering involving a live operator posing as a representative. When on the phone with this operator, the hackers on the other side use banking information provided by the victim to initiate a large wire transfer...and in some cases use a DDoS attack to keep the company from discovering the transfer until it is too late.

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Sling TV takes over DishWorld, re-names it ‘Sling International’

Sling TV takes over DishWorld, re-names it ‘Sling International’

Today, DishWorld — the international arm of Dish Network — is being re-branded under the Sling name, and will now be known as Sling International. As Sling International, DishWorld owners can access roughly 200 channels spanning 18 languages including Spanish, Punjab, Filipino, Arabic, Hindi, Vietnamese, and both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. Content includes sports, news, and general entertainment, and new customers are getting a free month to give Sling International a shot. Just like with DishWorld, there is no hardware to hook up.

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Google to stop recognizing Chinese web security certificates

Google to stop recognizing Chinese web security certificates

Google will stop recognizing web security certificates issued by China's CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center), it has been announced. This comes at a time when China is cracking down on foreign services in the nation, and tech companies are backing off in return, pulling or otherwise limiting their interactions with China. Google announced yesterday that it would stop recognizing the CNNIC certificates, and the agency has fired back today with a statement saying the move is "difficult to understand and accept".

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