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Netflix launches Fast, a simple online speed test

Netflix launches Fast, a simple online speed test

When I want to check on my internet speed at home, or anywhere else, I typically go to SpeedTest.net. The site has been around for years, and has never failed to give me the data that I’m looking for. However, the site can be a bit overwhelming for some people. And that’s why Netflix has decided to launch their own speed testing site, simply called Fast.

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2012 Linkedin hack is back to haunt 117 million users

2012 Linkedin hack is back to haunt 117 million users

Remember way back in 2012, when Linkedin was hacked? It's been a few years, so if you don't remember, that's understandable. Back then, roughly 6.5 million users had their passwords shared online, thanks to a hacker that was able to obtain them. Thankfully, the released passwords didn't have the account email addresses listed with them, which meant that there were likely no unauthorized logins to the site.

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BitTorrent Live tries to fix live streaming woes with P2P

BitTorrent Live tries to fix live streaming woes with P2P

BitTorrent, or simply "torrent", may now be more easily associated with piracy, but the technology originated from a desire to distribute files, especially large ones, more efficiently, without being beholden to a single server or its limited bandwidth. That need is greater today with the rise of live streaming, which has practically democratized news and event coverage away from media giants. In a similar vein, BitTorrent, the company behind the technology, is announcing BitTorrent Live, a "multichannel, live and linear video streaming platform". In other words, a peer-to-peer live streaming platform.

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Google’s mobile image search will soon have shopping ads

Google’s mobile image search will soon have shopping ads

Google is going to add shopping advertisements to its image search, presenting related products to browsers and giving them a way to click-through and buy. The advertisements will show up for users on mobile, with Google saying that this year has seen 34-percent of online purchases happening through mobile devices. Likewise, the company says it has seen the number of mobile shopping searches on its own service jump 30-percent in the past year.

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Facebook patents system that turns your face into emoji

Facebook patents system that turns your face into emoji

Emoji are the spices with which you flavor your chats and texts. They add a bit of unspoken context to otherwise plain sentences. Are you saying something in a humorous way? Stick your tongue out at someone and they might get the hint. Wink, smile, scream...there's an emoji for every occasion. Facebook, though, might be looking to take things a little further, replacing the cartoon faces with a small copy of your own.

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NYC rolls out their first WiFi-enabled buses

NYC rolls out their first WiFi-enabled buses

When you're in a big city, sometimes it's hard to get a good cell phone signal. Between the sheer number of people, and the skyscrapers, it can be frustrating to even try and load a webpage on your phone. Thankfully the people of New York City won't have to worry too much about that, at least not while riding the bus.

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Study: many Americans limit Internet use over a roster of fears

Study: many Americans limit Internet use over a roster of fears

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) has published a new study that found a combination of concerns about security and privacy are causing some Americans to limit their online activities, something that could, over time, impact the economy and more. The lack of trust in online safety comes at a time when report after report details mass government spying against citizens and cybersecurity breaches that leave ordinary users exposed and vulnerable.

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70,000 OKCupid users’ data leaked from dating site

70,000 OKCupid users’ data leaked from dating site

In this age of technology, looking for love often means using some sort of online dating service. After all, what could be easier than filling out a profile, adding some pictures, and sending out a few messages? Well, it might be easy for you to fill out all of that information, but it turns out it's just as easy for someone to post all of that information for all the world to see.

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Google Chrome to completely phase out Flash by Q4 2016. Almost.

Google Chrome to completely phase out Flash by Q4 2016. Almost.

Once and briefly the darling of interactive Web content creators, Flash has fallen by the wayside and has become more of a liability than a feature. Even Adobe has taken steps to de-emphasize Flash content in its own tools, while still keeping backwards compatibility a thing. In its stead is HTML5, which covers almost everything Flash can do, especially videos. To hasten Flash's demise from the Web, Google will disable Flash by default in its Chrome Web browser before the year ends. That said, it will still actually ship Flash even then, just in case.

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Social media accounts now part of federal background checks

Social media accounts now part of federal background checks

Employers have long relied on the practice of checking job applicants' social media accounts as part of the application process to help determine if they'll be a good fit for the company. Now the federal government will do the same as part of their background and security clearance investigations. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced the new policy on Friday, and it highlights the fact that our social media presence is more and more seen as a reflection of our character.

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Make the perfect Simpsons GIF with Frinkiac

Make the perfect Simpsons GIF with Frinkiac

After 27 seasons, and nearly 600 episodes, it feels like The Simpsons has managed to cover every topic possible. In fact, South Park made an entire episode centered around the fact that The Simpsons had already done nearly every topic and joke, and that was way back in 2002. Needless to say, there's a Simpsons quote, picture or gif for almost any occasion.

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Here’s why 45,000 people just signed an open letter to Netflix

Here’s why 45,000 people just signed an open letter to Netflix

At the beginning of this year Netflix made a huge announcement. For the first time, they were going to stop turning a blind eye to customers who VPNs to access content outside of their geographical location. Over the last few months they've made good on that promise, and they've managed to upset at least 45,000 users.

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