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7 Colorado towns vote to take Internet back

7 Colorado towns vote to take Internet back

In the ongoing conversation about an open Internet, the main topic of discussion is about pipelines. Some would like the Internet to remain as-is, while some others want there to be a paid and free service; tiered Internet, so to speak. In Colorado this week, citizens took back their right to have Internet as they choose, just in a different way. A previously implemented ban on community broadband service was overturned, as a majority of voters want their Internet back.

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Aereo goes on life support, shuts down Boston office

Aereo goes on life support, shuts down Boston office

The last time we visited the whole “What’s TV and what’s Internet?” thing, the FCC was considering change to the way they treated both types of services. As legacy cable service starts to operate more like a digital offering, the lines are blurring. In that vein, we held out a small amount of hope Aereo would survive their setbacks, and hold out long enough to see the FCC make a bigger ruling in their favor. Aereo might have the same thing in mind, as they cut down staff significantly, closing at least one office entirely.

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Verizon FiOS Quantum Gateway router boasts 800Mbps

Verizon FiOS Quantum Gateway router boasts 800Mbps

Verizon has introduced its new FiOS Quantum Gateway router, a high-speed device that promises up to 800-megabits-per-second speeds and other features that will complement the average Internet user's browsing habits. Among its offerings, the Quantum Gateway router is being hailed as one of the top options available when it comes to signal quality (range, when unobstructed, goes up to 325ft). The router is available now from Verizon, which is hawking it to subscribers with high-speed Internet plans.

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Google Stars quietly released as new Bookmark Manager for Chrome

Google Stars quietly released as new Bookmark Manager for Chrome

Previously dubbed "Google Stars," Google has quietly released to the public its new internet bookmark management plugin for Chrome, now known as simply "Bookmark Manager." Currently available through the Chrome Web Store, we say Bookmark Manager has quietly launched because there is yet to be an official announcement from Google, but the plugin seems to be working for many users who are running the latest version of Chrome.

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Hungary’s Internet tax nixed following massive protests

Hungary’s Internet tax nixed following massive protests

Hungary's government isn't doing so well financially, and so it decided the best way to address the issue was to tax the Internet. As you'd expect, both citizen and ISP alike were unhappy with the decision, with service providers in particular warning that the planned fees would be a massive -- potentially crippling -- burden. The government dismissed the concerns, and massive protests in the streets soon followed. In response, the government has announced that it has shelved the taxation plan...temporarily. It may, however, return again in the future.

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Facebook now lets Tor users access site directly

Facebook now lets Tor users access site directly

You’re probably not used to Facebook being cautious about your privacy. For a long time, they weren’t, with several snafus leading to the release of private data in a very public way. The social giant has just taken a bold step in the opposite direction, though, and lent credence to a very private Internet portal along the way. If you prefer to do your web surfing via Tor, which lets you obfuscate your IP address and personal info, you’ll now be able to access Facebook directly via a custom portal.

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Movie watching just got easier with “What Is On Netflix”

Movie watching just got easier with “What Is On Netflix”

It's a common plight: you fire up Netflix and start scrolling, and scrolling, and scrolling...and you can't find anything decent to watch. It seems like most of the shows have disappointing ratings, and you've already binged on the latest releases. This usually leads to a bunch of other websites, where you hunt down "Top Ten" lists and similar charts in search of a movie worthy of taking up your free time. That ends up being a huge waste of time, sometimes returning something decent, somethings not.

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Reddit dabbles in crowdfunding with new “Redditmade” site

Reddit dabbles in crowdfunding with new “Redditmade” site

Reddit has jumped aboard the crowdfunding train, doing so with the launch of a new website called Redditmade. Like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Redditmade lets users set up funding campaigns for projects ("You can create almost anything you want ," says Reddit), which users can then fund if they're so inclined. Campaigns that reach their goal in 30 days will survive, while those that don't will fizzle away into the silence. Dozens of projects are already up, most of them in the form of witty t-shirt designs.

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Proposed FCC rule change blurs Internet/Cable TV lines

Proposed FCC rule change blurs Internet/Cable TV lines

The FCC might be a slow-moving agency, like any in Government, but they’re oddly in-tune with what consumers want (most of the time). A new proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would give many TV addicts exactly what they want, giving Internet TV providers the same footing as legacy Cable TV providers. If passed, the new rules would make it impossible for a broadcaster to refuse to allow an Internet TV provider the right to carry their service specifically because they weren’t a cable provider.

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Samsung video explains why it’s so hyped about 5G

Samsung video explains why it’s so hyped about 5G

South Korea hasn't been one to settle on a network technology for too long. Even while the rest of the world is still migrating towards and heavily marketing 4G, companies and engineers already have their sights on the next generation, 5G. Samsung, unsurprisingly, is one of the biggest proponents of that technology, considering a good bulk of its business revolves around devices that connect to the Internet. Now it has released a video showing why you should be excited about it too. And no, it's isn't about eliminating YouTube buffering.

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