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Facebook’s Zuckerberg takes swipe at Apple, overpriced products

Facebook’s Zuckerberg takes swipe at Apple, overpriced products

In the wake of Apple’s iCloud security issues, CEO Tim Cook released a statement that said, in part, “when an online service is free, you're not the customer. You're the product.” In an interview with Time magazine, Facebook’s boss, Mark Zuckerberg, has a retort for that. With Facebook ramping up their own ad network, Zuck has taken offense to Cook’s comments, and challenges that Apple is who’s really out of touch with consumers. His proof? Your expensive iPhone.

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Justice Department eyeing cyber attack prevention with new unit

Justice Department eyeing cyber attack prevention with new unit

Following the massive attack against Sony Pictures and a recent warning from the FBI regarding malicious software, the Department of Justice has revealed plans to create a new unit in its criminal division that will, among other things, aid the private sector in preventing these kinds of cyber attacks in the future. The news was announced by a Justice Department official today, and aims to also ease public distrust of government surveillance efforts that has resulted following the Snowden revelations.

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Google Fiber gigabit internet and TV available in Austin

Google Fiber gigabit internet and TV available in Austin

Technology fans that live in parts of Austin, Texas covered by the new Google Fiber internet service can now sign up to get service for data and TV in their home or business. Google promises that fiber connections can be up to 100 times faster than basic broadband speeds available today in the city. That means blazing fast movie downloads and lots of bandwidth for streaming video and other services to multiple devices.

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FBI malware warning hints at Sony Pictures attack

FBI malware warning hints at Sony Pictures attack

The FBI has issued a warning about dangerous malware, and Reuters has acquired a five-page confidential document on it the agency sent to unspecified companies in the U.S. today. That document reportedly contains some information about the malware, and reports that it has been used in a "destructive cyberattack" in the US. The agency did not specify which company has fallen victim (nor if there is more than one), but it is believed to be related to the recent massive attack against Sony Pictures.

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Bing, Yahoo begin accepting European ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

Bing, Yahoo begin accepting European ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

Good news for individuals in Europe looking to have unwanted information about them purged from internet search results, as Microsoft's Bing and Yahoo's search have officially started accepting and processing "right to be forgotten" requests. This follows a ruling in May by the European Union's Court of Justice that gives people the right to make such requests, and requires search engines to comply under certain circumstances.

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Firefox will soon offer one-click search results

Firefox will soon offer one-click search results

Mozilla wants to make searching for the things you need faster on Firefox, and so to facilitate that the company will be introducing an update sometime in the future that brings with it a new search interface. With this new search, users are able to type a keyword into the search field, then choose a specific preset search engine or website on which they want to view the result, among them being sites like Wikipedia and Google. This follows news that Yahoo will be the browser's new default search option.

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Privacy puzzles and iPhone origin obscure finds Web IQ survey

Privacy puzzles and iPhone origin obscure finds Web IQ survey

Does a privacy policy really promise privacy, and is that Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? Turns out, not everyone is entirely up to speed on how the internet operates or where it came from, with new research from Pew Internet suggesting the US "Web IQ" is patchy at best. The survey firm checked recognition among internet users on topics like net neutrality, what Twitter's character limit is, and when the first iPhone was released, finding that while some topics are well understood, a lot of the basics could still do with some explaining.

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Google Fiber prices for Austin detailed

Google Fiber prices for Austin detailed

In October, Google revealed that Austin, Texas will be getting its Fiber offering next month, and following that up has come a preview of the pricing residents will be paying once it arrives. In the previews we see the expected free basic Internet option, as well as the anticipated Gigabit plan, which will run subscribers $70 per month. The company will also be offering an Internet + TV service option through Fiber, which will be priced a bit higher at $130 monthly.

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Craigslist was down: a short interview with the hacker blamed for it

Craigslist was down: a short interview with the hacker blamed for it

Overnight Craigslist experienced some down time in the form of a hacker redirect. Today we've had a short chat with one of the hackers blamed for the mess, along with word on his most recent project as a musician called YTCracker - a project we've also covered very recently. It would seem that it's no coincidence that one event happened right on top of the other - it might also be no coincidence that 15 years ago today, YTCracker broke into NASA's webpage for the Goddard Flight Center, vandalizing it with a warning for US government to beef up security.

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