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Comcast gets Oregon tax break made for Google Fiber

Comcast gets Oregon tax break made for Google Fiber

Comcast has been granted a tax break in Oregon that was originally intended for Google Fiber and other service providers offering affordable gigabit Internet to consumers. The tax break, which the Oregon Public Utility Commission has ruled Comcast as eligible for, was brought about for companies that would be making large investments into the state’s infrastructure and more, something critics say Comcast is not doing.

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‘How to move to Canada’ was top search after Trump win

‘How to move to Canada’ was top search after Trump win

It happens every election season: things get heated, a politician gets a lot of attention, and people start vowing to move to Canada if he or she ends up victorious. It appears Super Tuesday was the tipping point this time around, and many are pointing to Trump as the cause. Google's top search following Trump's (frankly baffling) victory was 'How to move to Canada,' with Google confirming the influx of queries.

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Netflix fights back against VPN users, but at what cost?

Netflix fights back against VPN users, but at what cost?

It's been a while since Netflix declared war on customers who use VPNs and other means to access content outside of their country. So far, their efforts have lead to a few VPN providers having their IPs blocked, but that only lasted for a few days at most. Even with a little help from Paypal, their efforts appeared to be in vain. However, over the weekend, the tides appear to have shifted.

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Inbox now lets you snooze emails until “Later this week” or “This weekend”

Inbox now lets you snooze emails until “Later this week” or “This weekend”

I get a pretty steady flow of emails throughout the day. They range from very important, to junk email subscriptions that I really need to remember to unsubscribe from. And all too often, I'll get one that I intend to respond to a little bit later, but not while I'm in the middle of writing. Unfortunately that leads to me finding it again a few days later, and kicking myself for forgetting about it. Well, Google wants to help out people like me, who forget to respond to important emails in a timely manner.

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AT&T files lawsuit to hinder Google Fiber in Louisville

AT&T files lawsuit to hinder Google Fiber in Louisville

The people of Louisville, Kentucky have no doubt been excited at the prospect of getting Google Fiber in their city. Last September, Google announced that they were in talks to bring their gigabit internet speeds to the city, along with two others. Unfortunately, AT&T isn't happy about one of the agreements that the city has made, and has filed a lawsuit against them.

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Microsoft President “wholeheartedly” supports Apple in FBI case

Microsoft President “wholeheartedly” supports Apple in FBI case

Another day, another new development in the encryption battle that's pitting Apple against the FBI. Earlier we saw comments from FBI Director James Comey on the situation. Namely, he didn't believe that the order given to Apple for this one instance will not open the door to future cases just like this one. Well now we're hearing that Apple is getting some help from an old rival.

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YouTube gets smart blurring tool that follows your subject

YouTube gets smart blurring tool that follows your subject

Sometimes when you're shooting a video, there are background objects or people that you don't necessarily want to show. If you notice this during shooting, you might be able to frame your shot to exclude such things, but that isn't always possible. This means that later on in post, you'll need to blur it out. But now YouTube is going to make that process a bit easier for you.

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Google opens Project Shield’s DDoS protection to all news websites

Google opens Project Shield’s DDoS protection to all news websites

Have you ever gone to visit one of your favorite sites, only to find that you can't connect? You'll quickly check another site, just to make sure that it's not your internet connection. Then, you'll assume that they're just having some server issues, and will just come back later. You might not realize it, but the site you were trying to visit was likely suffering from a DDoS attack.

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Google Fiber’s heading to some San Francisco homes

Google Fiber’s heading to some San Francisco homes

Coming on the heels of its Huntsville, Alabama announcement is new word from Google about its Fiber service: it’ll soon be rolling out in parts of San Francisco, doing so using some existing fiber infrastructure. Google is taking the same route in Huntsville, where it will in part be using the city’s own in-development fiber network to deliver the Google Fiber Internet service. In this case, Google will be using an existing network to bring service to some residents’ homes.

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Google’s quick-loading AMP pages arrive in mobile search

Google’s quick-loading AMP pages arrive in mobile search

Back in October 2015, Google announced an open-source project called Accelerated Mobile Pages, AMP for short, which essentially produces svelte, lightweight renditions of publishers’ websites — these AMP pages load much faster on mobile devices, and will hopefully encourage users to remain on the site longer. By November we’d heard that the AMP sites would be launching in early 2016, and that brings us to Google’s announcement today: AMP results have arrived in Search.

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Facebook finally rolls out reactions

Facebook finally rolls out reactions

If you've used Facebook at all, you've noticed the "Like" button underneath every status, picture, and news post. And you've probably wished that there were a "Dislike" button to go along with it. Well, the company thinks that disliking things is too negative, but starting today, you'll see some other options.

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Doctor Who is coming to Amazon Prime

Doctor Who is coming to Amazon Prime

This hasn't been a great year for Doctor Who fans. It's the first time since the series was rebooted that will get no new episodes, save for the Christmas Special. It'll be sometime in 2017 before we see regular episodes return, and as a kicker, the show was pulled from both Netflix and Hulu. This means that it is currently not streaming anywhere that's accessible in the US. But that's about to change.

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