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DARPA: Nothing on the Internet is secure, including cars

DARPA: Nothing on the Internet is secure, including cars

We are probably mostly aware of how the Internet has certain holes when it comes to security and privacy. But when the man in charge of hardening the US Department of Defense's computer networks and the Internet in general says that there is no real security on the Internet, people better take heed. Everything that we connect to the world-wide network can be open to attack, and these days, that almost literally means everything, from smartphones, to thermostats, to doorbells, and yes, even cars.

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French law allows websites to be blocked sans court order

French law allows websites to be blocked sans court order

France is cracking down against extremists and child abusers, and as part of it the nation has unveiled a new law that gives its law enforcement's cybercrime general directorate the power to order an ISP to block a website sans a court order. The ISPs will have 24 hours to obey the request, and will be reimbursed for whatever costs this could result in. Likewise, the ISPs will also be able to appeal the decision if they feel it was an inappropriate order, something that may or may not be honored depending on the specific circumstances.

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Imgur drops ‘Pro’ subscription service, gives tools to all users

Imgur drops ‘Pro’ subscription service, gives tools to all users

A recently announced GIF making tool was pretty neat; handy if you’ve ever wanted to get a looping snippet from publicly available YouTube or Vimeo video (or any other publicly hosted video, really). While Imgur could have stopped there and still found favor with users, they’ve instead gone ahead and made everything free to use. The paid tier to Imgur, Imgur Pro, is going away, and all the goodies in the Pro version will be wrapped up in Imgur proper.

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Google dropping SPDY for HTTP/2 in Chrome

Google dropping SPDY for HTTP/2 in Chrome

Chrome has become a widely used and popular browser for a variety of reasons, but one of them is speed. Google developed Chrome to be quick and nimble, and developed their own protocol, SPDY, to make that happen. When Chrome was built, SPDY was necessary, as it roundly crushed other browsers who were using an HTTP 1.1 protocol for transferring web content. With HTTP version 2, Google is ready to ditch their SPDY standard, as the latest HTTP has a lot of performance improvements.

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Freewheel’s WiFi-only smartphone plan goes nationwide

Freewheel’s WiFi-only smartphone plan goes nationwide

WiFi calling isn’t new, but services that offer it as your only means of communication are quickly on the rise. Freewheel, a WiFi-only service we told you about previously, is now going nationwide, and will turn your phone into a WiFi calling monster. Rather than choose to make a WiFi call, it’s your only option, and might just be cheaper than your existing plan. For as little as $9.95/month, you can snag a plan, which is available on the Moto G, sold via Freewheel.

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Verizon sells three states’ worth of FIOS to Frontier

Verizon sells three states’ worth of FIOS to Frontier

In a $10.5 billion deal, Verizon just sold three states’ worth of wireline subscribers to Frontier. Customers in California, Texas, and Florida will soon be Frontier customers, rather than Verizon FIOS users. Via their announcement, Verizon says “at the end of fourth-quarter 2014, these operations served approximately 3.7 million voice connections; approximately 2.2 million high-speed data customers, including approximately 1.6 million FiOS Internet customers; and approximately 1.2 million FiOS Video customers.” Verizon’s reason for selling? To focus on the East Coast.

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Twitter CEO vows to tackle the Trolls

Twitter CEO vows to tackle the Trolls

For all the amazing things the internet has to offer, there is one pervasive and extremely pesky problem that millions of internet users have to deal with on a daily basis, namely Trolls! Often taking the liberty of free speech to the extreme, these individuals are a continual hassle all over the internet - especially on social media sites like Twitter. There have been numerous reports of harassment and abuse on Twitter over the years, but now their CEO has admitted that these Trolls are driving away users, and that Twitter sucks at dealing with such abuse. He has now sworn to take more drastic actions to make the Twitter experience more enjoyable in the future.

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Disney may offer Marvel, Star Wars video streaming plans

Disney may offer Marvel, Star Wars video streaming plans

The recent introduction of Dish Network's Sling TV has rocked the television industry, and for obvious reasons: subscribers can watch live channels like ESPN over their Internet on whatever connected device they have, something that has been long dreamed of by cord-cutters and those tired of traditional cable. Some networks have followed this up with plans to provide streaming subscriptions through which their own content can be streamed -- Viacom, for example, recently revealed that Nickelodeon will be doing just that.

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Twitter and Google tipped in deal on tweets in search results

Twitter and Google tipped in deal on tweets in search results

Twitter and Google have reached an agreement on how tweets will henceforth show up in search results, according to sources that know of such plans. Says these unnamed sources, the first half of 2015 will see tweets cropping up in Google Search results right after they are tweeted. This is a big change up from how it has thus far happened, with results being delayed due to Google having to crawl through the microblogging service's website to identify the tweets.

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FCC Chairman lays out plans for Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman lays out plans for Net Neutrality

We expected FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to rule in favor of ‘Net Neutrality’, so today’s letter comes as no real surprise. What Wheeler laid out was effectively a blueprint for keeping the Internet as free and open as we find it now, possibly forever. After a whopping four million public comments on the matter, Wheeler is set to ask his commissioners to examine a proposal to officially reclassify mobile broadband providers like AT&T under Title II, which will give the FCC stricter oversight.

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