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Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Earlier this week, both Reddit and Google revealed plans to crack down on adult content, and while Reddit has held firm to its decision, Google has listened to the outcry of its users and, likely upon fully realizing how many users were poised to leave, reversed its decision. Today on the company's Product Forums, Google worker Jessica Pelegio announced the reversal, saying that rather than instituting this new adult content limitation, the company will merely be ensuring that its users stick to the current rules.

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Qualcomm moves from LTE-A to LTE-U for unlicensed spectrum

Qualcomm moves from LTE-A to LTE-U for unlicensed spectrum

Our Internet connections are getting crowded. With more and more people using the Internet, some on more than just one or two devices, networks are getting overloaded and over burdened. That problem is a bigger one for mobile carriers because their bandwidths are limited to a certain spectrum that they pay for. Qualcomm is trying to alleviate that problem just a bit by introducing a new chipset that will allow users and carriers to ride on what is known as the unlicensed spectrum of the Internet.

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Twitter introduces more tools to combat trolls

Twitter introduces more tools to combat trolls

Twitter has been criticized on numerous occasions for how it handles trolls, and it has made a serious effort in recent times to change that. Early this month, for example, a message from Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo surfaced in which he took personal responsibility for the social network's trolling troubles and vowed that Twitter won't be tolerating such abusive users any longer. Fast-forward a couple weeks, and the microblogging service has announced some new tools for combating abusive users, trolls, and other issues.

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Netflix has another big content library reshuffle for next month

Netflix has another big content library reshuffle for next month

Astute Netflix users will have noted the big content changes that took place over the course of December -- the first of the month marked a lot of shows and movies disappearing and some new ones coming in to fill the void, followed by more additions over the course of the including (including another Original Series Marco Polo). It seems like that just happened, but the new year is moving quickly and another big content library reshuffle is just around the corner, set to kick off on March 1.

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Google jabs TWC, tells cities to make Fiber rollout easier

Google jabs TWC, tells cities to make Fiber rollout easier

Consumers are tired of shelling out relatively high figures for slow Internet speeds, and Google Fiber has long been the glimmer of light on the horizon promising better things for the digital generation. Still, its launch has been metered and to those waiting for it to come their way, every aspect of the rollout appears to be painfully slow, from selecting where it will arrive next to getting it finally up and running. A Google executive recently told cities that if they want Fiber, they're going to need to make the process easier...taking a jab at Time Warner Cable in the process.

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Net Neutrality passes, FCC classifies internet as utility

Net Neutrality passes, FCC classifies internet as utility

Your broadband Internet is now a utility. Today, the FCC voted to make your broadband Internet a utility, which means providers can be reclassified as a Title II public utility. That also gives the FCC more oversight with regard to your provider, which even reach into mobile broadband. In making their ruling, the FCC also banned ‘paid prioritization’, which was the catalyst for much of the ‘Net Neutrality’ debate. Now, your Internet service will not only remain free and open, but it’ll also be regulated.

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FCC’s 3-2 vote brings widespread municipal broadband

FCC’s 3-2 vote brings widespread municipal broadband

Municipal broadband is now available. The FCC today ruled — via a 3-2 vote — that municipalities across the country can build their own broadband Internet service. Keep in mind, broadband was recently reclassified to reflect a 25Mbps download and 10Mbps upload speed. The decision was prompted by the petition of two communities with gigabit Internet service who were prevented from expanding into neighboring areas due to state laws. This is a big step toward better Internet service, but it’s not the grand prize.

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Google tests a new way to chat with businesses

Google tests a new way to chat with businesses

Modern day businesses are evolving. A few years ago shopkeepers started realizing the importance of social media, but now that isn't enough. Google is giving businesses new ways to keep in contact with their customers. Google is testing a feature that allows customers to use a chat with business owners in real time through Google Hangouts. It's a great idea for today's customers who not only want instant access to store information, but they want it without having to pick up the phone and make a call.

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Facebook suicide prevention tool update inbound

Facebook suicide prevention tool update inbound

Cries for help come in many forms, and in our digital age, many of them take place online. Facebook, being one of the biggest social networks out there, is peppered with depressed, suicidal, and otherwise troubling statuses making one's personal anguish known to a larger audience. The social network has previously had a tool that aimed to help those who might be suicidal, and now the network is updating it to be more robust. With the update, those who may be suicidal are temporarily locked out of their account.

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Kickstarter is down – it’s not just you [UPDATE: up again]

Kickstarter is down – it’s not just you [UPDATE: up again]

This morning Kickstarter was kicked in the pants by an unknown error resulting in a downtime of more than three (correction: two) hours. Check sites like "isitdownrightnow" have pinged the site with their servers and have reported real down time. This sort of situation suggests that the webpage is down due to a network problem or outage. This is not a scheduled maintenance time for Kickstarter, that's for certain. According to Kickstarter support, their developers "are still hard at work investigating the issue."

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