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Google Fiber’s heading to Huntsville, Alabama

Google Fiber’s heading to Huntsville, Alabama

Google has announced another city set to get its Google Fiber service: Huntsville, Alabama. The plans were revealed today by Google and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle; it will involve the Huntsville Utilities’ fiber network, something the city had decided to build back in 2014. The city had sought fiber providers who may be interested in coming to the city, and Google apparently expressed such interest.

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Intel’s 5G aspirations: mobile, PC, cloud, IoT, end-to-end

Intel’s 5G aspirations: mobile, PC, cloud, IoT, end-to-end

This week Intel appeared at MWC 2016 to speak largely about the imminent onset of 5G mobile data. They suggest that they are "one of the only industry players" that's able to deliver an end to end 5G solution. That means 5G hardware for smartphones, tablets, PC platforms, and M2M applications, expanded comms for IOT applications, and partnerships with companies like Ericsson, Korea Telecom, Nokia, SK Telecom, and Verizon. They're ready to roll right now. Ready to roll for 5G data.

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Karma Neverstop replaced with Pulse tiered data plans

Karma Neverstop replaced with Pulse tiered data plans

Karma has announced that is is pulling Neverstop, allowing present customers to keep enjoying it until their billing cycle ends, but stopping further renewals after that (as well as new signups). It is replacing Neverstop with a new service called Pulse, but the move isn't terribly surprising — Karma announced some pretty big changes to Neverstop last month that throttled users after they reached a 15GB data cap.

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Sprint doubles down on data with their Better Choice plans

Sprint doubles down on data with their Better Choice plans

I enjoy watching phone providers fight it out to win over customers. Each one steps up their game just a bit, in order to outdo the competition. But just as one seems to have the upper hand, another comes out and flexes its muscles, in attempt to lure people to their service with a better deal. Today's newest deal comes from Sprint, who wants to give you more data than the competition.

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UK carrier Three says it will begin blocking mobile ads

UK carrier Three says it will begin blocking mobile ads

UK wireless carrier Three has announced that it will begin block ads for all its subscribers at the network level. The company has partnered with the startup Shine, with the intent to remove "excessive and irrelevant mobile ads" for users, and in turn reduce the strain on their bandwidth. Three says this move isn't an attempt to eliminate mobile advertising altogether, but instead is to give customers "more control and choice" over what appears on their devices.

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NYC launches its pay phone-replacing free WiFi hubs

NYC launches its pay phone-replacing free WiFi hubs

New York City residents now have much easier access to free, public WiFi hotspots. The city has launched its LinkNYC service throughout the five boroughs, with terminals replacing old pay phones, capable not only of free WiFi, but free domestic calls and access to the web via built-in tablet display. It's all supported with built-in advertising, and city officials say it's the start of what will become the world's largest municipal network.

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Facebook’s Instant Articles open to all publishers in April

Facebook’s Instant Articles open to all publishers in April

Facebook will be opening Instant Articles up to all publishers this upcoming April, the social network has announced. The service, which is already being used by a few hundred publishers, will be available to all regardless of the publication’s size and location. The change will take place at the Facebook F8 conference on April 12, with the social network pointing interested publishers toward its documentation to “prepare for open availability.”

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Yahoo axing day 1: cutting half of media unit

Yahoo axing day 1: cutting half of media unit

Several of Yahoo's digital magazines are being cut from the business altogether this week. These include Yahoo Food, Yahoo Health, Yahoo Parenting, Yahoo Makers, Yahoo Travel, Yahoo Autos and Yahoo Real Estate. The axing of these news portals will have many workers laid off while Yahoo's plan to "simplify" their business will have focus placed instead on their "four most successful content areas". Those include News, Sports, Finance, and Lifestyle. A small number of staff will be transferred from units that are shut down to units that will remain.

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A .Cloud domain name is something you can actually buy

A .Cloud domain name is something you can actually buy

As the list of unique domain name suffixes continues to grow, there's a new option joining the likes of .NYC, .youtube, and .pizza. It may not be as hip or trend-setting as those, but if you want, a .cloud domain name can now be yours. While this is clearly a perfect fit for companies with cloud computing or cloud storage services, it could also be a great fit for website with a focus on the weather, flying, or any general enthusiasm for the sky.

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Hackers release cache of Turkish National Police data

Hackers release cache of Turkish National Police data

Hackers have released a large load of data nabbed from the Turkish General Directorate of Security (EGM), according to a new report. The data was stolen by a hacker said to be associated with Anonymous, and was done in a bid “against corruption.” The data is available now through various file sharing services, and appears to contain database files. This isn’t the first time Anonymous has set its sights on Turkey, with last year involving a declaration of war over the nation’s alleged support of terrorists.

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American Airlines opens lawsuit against in-flight internet provider Gogo

American Airlines opens lawsuit against in-flight internet provider Gogo

If you're used to getting on an American Airlines flight and logging into Gogo for in-flight internet, things may be changing. The airline giant is thinking of switching internet providers, as they think they have found someone who can offer better service. So to get out of their contract with Gogo, they have filed a lawsuit against the company.

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Play as a goat in the FBI’s new bizarre anti-extremism game

Play as a goat in the FBI’s new bizarre anti-extremism game

The FBI has a new website that educates the public about violent extremism and encourages visitors with the slogan "Don't be a Puppet." That’s great, except it is all joined by a new odd online game called Slippery Slope where visitors play as a goat running down a blocky virtual field. Use your arrow keys to avoid the blocks (hay bales?), or else you’ll crash into them and suffer what appears to be a goat-tactic explosion (intentional or unwittingly isn’t clear).

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