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Apple Web crawler stokes search speculation

Apple Web crawler stokes search speculation

Developer Jan Moesen recently spotted an Apple Web crawler written in Go. He detailed the discovery on his website, where he said it is requesting HTML pages only, ignoring image files, CSS and such. He posited the question: is this a sign of an official Apple project, or is it just an Apple worker tinkering with some personal project? No one knows at this point, but it has stoked quite a bit of speculation, particularly that Apple may have a search-related project in the works, the likes of which are also speculation.

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Silk Road Dark Net raid puts 400+ sites out of commission

Silk Road Dark Net raid puts 400+ sites out of commission

This week a joint police operation in Europe took down more than 400 websites suspected of illegal activity in the Dark Net. This operation had to be run entirely in secret and had to take place in many places at once. Once one site is taken down, others are warned, and they unplug. Simultaneous takedown is the only way this sort of operation is able to be run - so said Troels Oerting, head of Europol's European cybercrime centre. This hit took down not only dark net sites, but services as well.

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Twitter and WAM! team up to battle harassing tweets against women

Twitter and WAM! team up to battle harassing tweets against women

Twitter is collaborating with Women, Action & the Media, more commonly referred to as WAM!, to help reduce the number of harassing tweets directed at women. To do this, WAM! has kicked off a harassment reporting tool, which will allow women who are being harassed on the microblogging site because of their gender to report the abuse. WAM!, then, will review the report and pass ones that meet the criteria on to Twitter. In time, the data collected will be used to improve how these issues are handled in the future.

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Silk Road 2.0 seized by feds alongside (alleged) admin’s arrest

Silk Road 2.0 seized by feds alongside (alleged) admin’s arrest

In early October of last year, the first iteration of underground online shop Silk Road was seized by the FBI and Department of Justice, and its founder Ross William Ulbricht was arrested. It didn't take long for a new version to open, however, and though the Silk Road 2.0 has had its share of drama, the underground market has been in operation for the last year or so. That came to a halt today, with the service again being seized and the alleged admin being arrested.

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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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