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Slow internet problems today? It’s not just you

Slow internet problems today? It’s not just you

The internet's having a bit of a problem today. It would seem that TeliaSonera's translatlantic network is having an issue which is slowing - or straight up stopping - information flow between Europe and the United States. TeliaSonera's translatlantic network assists in connecting the USA to larger Europe with a series of cables that run through tubes under the ocean. Yes, if you weren't already aware, the internet is sometimes literally fitting inside and traveling through tubes.

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The Pentagon expands program for hackers to test its security

The Pentagon expands program for hackers to test its security

Back in March, the US's Department of Defense launched a "Hack the Pentagon" campaign to get hackers to test their websites and security networks for vulnerabilities, without the threat of jail time. The project was so successful that the government agency has announced it's being expanded, including more DoD websites and networks, with further cash incentives for hackers. Think of it like the bug bounty programs that Google, Facebook, and other tech companies offer, except hackers get to put the government's most secure facilities to the test.

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YouTube star Lonelygirl15 returns 10 years after revolutionizing web series

YouTube star Lonelygirl15 returns 10 years after revolutionizing web series

If you're old enough to remember using MySpace in its prime, you're probably also familiar with the early YouTube sensation of Lonelygirl15. It started off exactly 10 years ago as just an everyday teenager speaking into webcam in a simple format that become known as the "vlog." This was long before everyone knew what "web series" or "going viral" meant. It went on to be revealed as a scripted series, and still survived for two years before fizzling out. But now it's back, with Lonelygirl15 posting her first video in eight years.

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Snapchat announces once-daily digital magazine about technology

Snapchat announces once-daily digital magazine about technology

We all know that Snapchat's meat and potatoes are selfies and videos, but that doesn't mean the company isn't interested in exploring new ideas. Snapchat made a solid attempt at creating original video content, but after that was shut down last fall, its ready to try something different. It's not video-related this time; instead, it's text — no, not text messaging. Rather, the text you see when reading a magazine, or in Snapchat's case, a digital magazine.

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Plume router-less WiFi solution pre-orders commence

Plume router-less WiFi solution pre-orders commence

Plume is a company that wants to change how we get WiFi signals around our homes and offices. Rather than relying on a router that sits in one place and we hope will cover all the space we need covered, plume takes a different approach. The company doesn't rely on a router as most wireless networks do now; Plume uses something it calls pods that can be plugged directly into wall sockets around the home.

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Firefox Containers are an experiment in multiple identities

Firefox Containers are an experiment in multiple identities

Web browsing is no longer a one browser per person activity. And that's not just about a family sharing a single computer or tablet. Even a single user sometimes needs to use the web as different persons. And no, this isn't a case of schizophrenia. In order to support the not so unusual use case of a single person having different accounts, personas, and habits when browsing the web, the Firefox team is playing around with "Containers" that separate those virtual users, and their data, from each other.

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D-Link DCS-8200LH HD 180-degree camera joins the smart home club

D-Link DCS-8200LH HD 180-degree camera joins the smart home club

As homes get smarter, so too do potential intruders and miscreants. As we continually upgrade our appliances, it is also fitting that we upgrade our security systems. Fortunately, it won't necessarily mean trading an arm or a leg just to get a smart security setup. D-Link is adding a new HD 180-degree camera, the DCS-8200LH, to its mydlink Connected Home team to offer affordable security cam without skimping on the features that make these connected cameras a perfect fit for smart homes.

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Facebook expands suicide prevention tools around the world

Facebook expands suicide prevention tools around the world

Facebook is rolling its suicide and self-harm prevention tools out to users around the world, the company announced on Tuesday, doing so in collaboration with local partners. This follows a controversial update Facebook had rolled out to its suicide prevention tools last year; in that instance, users flagged as suicidal would be temporarily locked out of their Facebook account, being unable to access it until they viewed helpful materials designed to prevent suicides.

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Infamous ‘Spam King’ gets 2.5 years jail sentence, $310k fine

Infamous ‘Spam King’ gets 2.5 years jail sentence, $310k fine

Following his guilty plea almost a year ago, Sanford Wallace, the self-proclaimed "Spam King," was given a two-and-a-half year prison sentence this week. The hacker is known for plaguing Facebook users with over 27 million spam messages, in addition to collecting the log-in credentials of more than 500,000 people. While that punishment might seem a bit light considering the depth of Wallace's operation, he has also been ordered to pay some $310,000 in fines.

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Reddit gives r/news mod the boot, but says there’s no censorship

Reddit gives r/news mod the boot, but says there’s no censorship

The tragic shooting in Orlando recently spurred renewed claims about rampant censorship on Reddit’s “r/news” subreddit, where many comments were deleted, posts were deleted, and one mod was witnessed telling people to kill themselves, among other things. The matter resulted in a big drop in r/news subscriber numbers, and in light of it all Reddit has made an official statement, saying that it has gotten rid of one of the mods but that overall it does not agree with the censorship accusations.

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Twitter makes it easier to block the trolls that won’t go away

Twitter makes it easier to block the trolls that won’t go away

Twitter, which has previously been under fire over claims that it doesn’t do enough to stop abusive users, has introduced a newly streamlined blocking process that makes it quicker than ever to block a user. Blocking a user is nothing new, of course, but Twitter is making sure you can do it as quickly and easily as possible, adding 'block' to the same menu where 'mute' is located.

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Time Warner Cable lambasted over slow speeds by New York AG

Time Warner Cable lambasted over slow speeds by New York AG

New Yorkers have been writing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over alleged slow download speeds on Time Warner Cable, and those complaints have prompted the AG to fire off a letter to Charter, the company that recently finalized its TWC acquisition. In the letter, Schneiderman presses Charter to fix Time Warner Cable’s ‘abysmal’ performance, citing numerous complaints about lower-than-advertised download speeds.

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