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Nest thermostat leaked unencrypted zip codes, now fixed

Nest thermostat leaked unencrypted zip codes, now fixed

It seems that Nest is again being made into the poster boy for everything that can go wrong with Internet of Things appliances. Remember the Nest Protect smoke detector fiasco of 2014? How about the more recent case of the cold shoulder from suddenly non-working thermostats? Now researchers from Princeton University have discovered how Nest, along with some other "smart appliances" might be leaking information, like the user's ZIP code, in an easily hacked, unencrypted way, leaving users exposed and even potentially in danger.

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Brendan Eich’s Brave browser fights ads with ads

Brendan Eich’s Brave browser fights ads with ads

Brendan Eich is a man that is familiar with the Web as well as controversy. After all, his is both credited and at times cursed for having created Javascript, one of the most widely used and, at the same time, reviled programming languages. He also co-founded Mozilla, from which he was practically forced to leave two years ago. Now Eich is back at doing what he does best: creating browsers and stirring up the pot. Brave, as it is called, is a speedy browser that blocks ads by default. And then it replaces them with other ads.

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Facebook mobile app supports anonymous connections via Tor

Facebook mobile app supports anonymous connections via Tor

The terms “Facebook” and “anonymously” are two that probably don't seem to go well together. After all, Facebook goes to great lengths to confirm exactly who is using their service, at times. But still, some people want to be on the social network, without giving up information such as their current location. And the company has rolled out a new feature to help you do just that.

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Chrome will soon load pages 26% faster

Chrome will soon load pages 26% faster

There's one thing that can be said of just about anyone using the internet. We always want everything to load faster. Unless a page opens the second after you click on it, it's just too slow. Thankfully, modern internet speeds and browsers are pretty snappy, but Google thinks that it can do better.

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LinkNYC free gigabit Wi-Fi starts beta with mind-blowing speeds

LinkNYC free gigabit Wi-Fi starts beta with mind-blowing speeds

Who would have thought that free, especially from the government, would be this sweet? New York City's mission to lift the city's profile on the Internet map might just truly take off. LinkNYC, which will install gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots all over the city, has just launched in beta for a few locations. And already, the blazing fast speeds are earning it quite the accolades, at least for now. With still a few simultaneously connected users not doing anything extraordinary, not to mention improper, that might not be much of a surprise. Still, it's an achievement worth commending.

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If your password is on this list, you’re asking to be hacked

If your password is on this list, you’re asking to be hacked

You'd think, with the number of times cloud services are hacked and online retailers' data stolen, that we'd be more proactive with passwords. You'd be wrong. Once again, the research suggests that when it comes to being safe online, the credentials we pick are more about pop-culture and convenience than keeping other people out of our accounts.

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Facebook takes on extremism and hate speech in Europe

Facebook takes on extremism and hate speech in Europe

Facebook is part of a new initiative in Europe that is fighting hate speech and extremist content both offline and online. The new effort is called the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), and it is a partnership between Facebook, the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, and the Institute from Strategic Dialogue.

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Lawsuit accuses Twitter of indirectly supporting ISIS

Lawsuit accuses Twitter of indirectly supporting ISIS

Twitter has been sued by Floridian Tamara Fields, the widow of Lloyd Fields, an American who was killed in an ISIS attack in Jordan last year. The lawsuit accuses Twitter of letting ISIS use its platform for attracting new recruits, disseminating propaganda, and raising funds. According to Fields’ lawyer, this may be the first time a social media company has been accused of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act, a federal law.

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Valve adds 100 Gbps connections to keep up with download demands

Valve adds 100 Gbps connections to keep up with download demands

When you decide that your internet speeds just aren't enough to keep up with modern entertainment, you talk to your ISP and they change you over to a different package. Sure, it'll cost a bit more, but you'll be able to stream Netflix and download games at the same time, without having one or the other slowed down to a crawl. But what do you do if you're one of the largest digital game providers?

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Google Drive gets easier to organize

Google Drive gets easier to organize

Having all of the cloud storage in the world isn't very useful if you can't find your files. Sure, you know they're in your Google Drive somewhere, but isn't it better to know exactly where everything is? Yesterday Google announced a few new features that should help keep things organized.

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Facebook Friend Finder truly and finally illegal in Germany

Facebook Friend Finder truly and finally illegal in Germany

Legal cases usually take years because of appeal after appeal. But when they reach the highest court of the land, judgment is, more often than not, really final. That might be the case here with Facebook's ongoing, and now probably over, tussle in German courts over its Friend Finder feature. Now that the country's highest court, the Federal Court of Justice, has declared it illegal, there isn't much left for Facebook to do except to recoup its losses and to move forward. Without that feature in Germany, that is.

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Comcast criticized for injecting modem advertisements

Comcast criticized for injecting modem advertisements

Comcast is being criticized for interrupting a subscriber's Internet browsing to hawk its' own modems. According to a Comcast subscriber going by the name “BB," the ISP started pushing popup messages during his browsing sessions to peddle its own modems, something the service provider has reportedly been advertising in the subscriber’s region since updating its network.

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