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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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Italy plans to boost economy, tourism with free WiFi

Italy plans to boost economy, tourism with free WiFi

Italy is a country known for delicious food and amazing sights, but not so much for decent broadband internet access. The nation's government recognizes this, and a group of lawmakers have proposed a $6.3 million project that would install free, public WiFi in across the country in effort to not only attract tourists, but also strengthen its economy in comparison with the rest of Europe.

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South Korean ISP announces 10Gbps broadband Internet plan

South Korean ISP announces 10Gbps broadband Internet plan

The United States is clamoring for widespread availability of 1 gigabit Internet service options, something that is slowly rolling out but is still a long way off from being an option for most. In the meantime, Internet users in South Korea are slated to get service that trumps that connection speed ten-fold, with SK Broadband revealing that it has a 10Gbps service in the works. The service is not available yet, and it seems there will still be a decent wait before it arrives.

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Torrent sites hurting after Google’s latest anti-piracy change

Torrent sites hurting after Google’s latest anti-piracy change

Last Friday Google revealed its newest anti-piracy efforts, which largely amounted to a mixture of demoted rankings for torrent websites and a new box dangling legal download alternatives to those looking for content. It hasn't been quite a full week since the announcement, but the changes are in place and torrent websites are already hurting, with some of the biggest ones reporting massive decreases in traffic in the past handful of days -- though, it seems, some of the small sites are benefiting from the change.

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Hungary’s Internet providers could soon be taxed per gigabyte

Hungary’s Internet providers could soon be taxed per gigabyte

Internet usage is still mighty expensive in some regions, but all could pale in comparison to what residents in Hungary may soon be paying: the country is set to impose the first-ever tax on Internet usage, and it's a hefty one. The announcement was made earlier today by the nation's Minister for National Economy Mihaly Varga, and it has received harsh criticism from both locals and those abroad. Calls for protests have already happened, but as of right now, the measure is set to start in 2015.

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Your internet is about to be rated like a TV show

Your internet is about to be rated like a TV show

This week the folks at Adobe and Nielsen have made clear their intent to rate the internet. These ratings won’t necessarily be used the same way movie ratings are - you probably won’t be banned from seeing an R-rated website if you’re under-age any more than you’re banned today. But Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings data will be available in Adobe Marketing Cloud products, and Nielsen measurement data will be embedded in Adobe Primetime for broadcast TV. It's all for the greater good of advertising, really.

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Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

How often do you download a song without previewing it first? If it is an artist you're fond of, the odds are likely high, as you figure it's something you'll want in your collection. We have to assume that is the reason behind what happened in Canada recently, where a newly released Taylor Swift song hit the #1 slot...even though it was only 8 seconds of loud, obnoxious static. It's either that, or our Canadian friends have a rather eclectic taste in music.

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Google’s latest anti-piracy efforts: download suggestions, demoted rankings

Google’s latest anti-piracy efforts: download suggestions, demoted rankings

Google has been active in helping combat the issue of piracy, and as such has tried various methods to deter users away from copyright-infringing sources to legitimate download websites. Last year Google published a report called "How Google Fights Piracy", which detailed the methods with which it was trifling and what users could expect as a result. That report has now been updated to encompass the changes that have taken place since its first publication, and among those changes is the addition of a large legit downloads suggestion box.

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anonabox already in boiling hot water even before shipping

anonabox already in boiling hot water even before shipping

If run of the mill products made behind closed doors can already have a number of detractors, those growing in the semi-open space of crowdfunding should expect even more scrutiny. The lastest high-profile Kickstarter case is one that we just shared two days ago. anonabox, a little open source device that claims to give easy and complete anonymity via Tor, might have been enjoying massive success, but now it is not so enjoying massive criticism, enough for some to call for its removal from Kickstarter.

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