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SpaceX applies for FCC approval of space Internet plans

SpaceX applies for FCC approval of space Internet plans

We are really veering dangerously close to Skynet, this time a literal interpretation of that name. SpaceX has finally gone official with its ambition to put a swarm of low-orbiting satellites around the earth to deliver Internet where no carrier has gone before. And also where carriers profit. The company has filed an FCC application, marking the formal start of the road towards its dreams. If approved, SpaceX plans to start test next year. Barring any disastrous setbacks, its space Internet service could go live by 2020.

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Flickr upsets users by (apparently) boosting compression

Flickr upsets users by (apparently) boosting compression

Some users of Yahoo's photo sharing and hosting website Flickr have taken to the Internet with upset comments, expressing issues with the quality of their lesser-sized photos. Namely, the sized-down non-original photos appear to have more compression artifacts than they used to, suggesting that Flickr has made some silent tweak that cuts down on data numbers while (very slightly) lessening the visual quality of many images. Flickr has issued a statement on the matter, though it dances around actually confirming whether a change has happened.

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US government to have all its websites begin using HTTPS

US government to have all its websites begin using HTTPS

As part of a new initiative to maintain security and privacy on its websites, both for users and itself, the U.S. government has announced a plan to make HTTPS a standard for all its public federal sites. The goal is to have all sites using HTTPS encryption by December 31, 2016. The White House is even sharing its proposed and final versions of the policy, posting both on Github, allowing the public to compare for themselves.

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Twitter blocks Politwoops for tracking politicians’ deleted tweets

Twitter blocks Politwoops for tracking politicians’ deleted tweets

Everyone says something on a social network that they reconsider later on and delete -- for most of us, though, that's inconsequential and no one cares. For politicians, though, those deleted tweets are often the ones people are most interested in seeing; they might reveal something about a politician's character or thought process, and influence the future of their career. Politwoops took the hassle out of finding them, recording deleted tweets from politicians for others to look up. Now Twitter has banned them.

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Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht appeals life sentence

Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht appeals life sentence

Ross Ulbricht, founder of the no-longer-available underground market Silk Road, was recently sentenced to life in prison (and then some). On Thursday an appeal was filed challenging the conviction and sentences, and part of that appeal will focus on the actions of two allegedly corrupt federal agents that had been involved in the case. The agents are said to have stolen a substantial number of bitcoins during their involvement in the investigation; charges include wire fraud and money laundering, among other things.

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Upload your photos to Microsoft’s TwinsOrNot website, find the truth

Upload your photos to Microsoft’s TwinsOrNot website, find the truth

After the relatively massive success of the Microsoft website "How Old", creator Mat Velloso decided to return with another. This release goes by the name TwinsOrNot - Twins or Not - and it'll help you decide whether or not you and a friend are actually secret twins. Velloso is a Microsoft man, developing this website for the greater good of Microsoft's Face API, showing developers how easy it is to make it work for them. Velloso knows what the people want. They want creepy photo uploaders.

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Showtime and Apple partner to launch standalone streaming service

Showtime and Apple partner to launch standalone streaming service

Showtime has confirmed recent rumors, officially announcing that it will be launching a standalone Internet streaming service next month. The service will follow in line with HBO's recent embracing of the Internet (as well as Dish and many networks with its Sling TV), and it will be called simply "Showtime". Apple will be the first partner for the service, CBS Corporation announced this evening. The standalone Internet-based Showtime service will go live some time in early July. More after the jump.

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Tumblr takes a step against harassers, ‘Ignore’ renamed ‘Block’

Tumblr takes a step against harassers, ‘Ignore’ renamed ‘Block’

In an age where getting harassed on social media, whether it be a modern inconvenience or something very serious, Tumblr has taken the initiative to change the name of the "Ignore" feature to "Block." It's still the same basic feature you'll find on almost every social network, that is, preventing another user from contacting you or seeing your content, and even though it's just a change in language, it's a still a step recognition of a problem.

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Imgur’s first native Android app goes live

Imgur’s first native Android app goes live

Imgur has finally released its first fully native Android app, which is up now in the Google Play Store. The app was built from the ground up and aims to bring Imgur's glut of amusing content to mobile Android users in a way that hasn't thus far been fully satisfied (while there have been some Imgur Android offerings, they've largely been limited). That ends today, with Android users (most of them, anyway) now having access to a mobile offering akin to what iOS users have been enjoying for a couple months.

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