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Canadian teen arrested for Florida swatting pranks

Canadian teen arrested for Florida swatting pranks

A Canadian teenager has been arrested for carrying out "swatting" pranks in Florida, an act that involves calling in fake threats to get law enforcement and SWAT teams deployed on unsuspecting victims. This isn't a new "prank", and videos have surfaced over recent months of gamers who were caught off guard by invading law enforcement officials -- the events were captured with webcams running at the time. The teenager is 17-years-old, and his identity has been concealed because he is a minor.

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Julian Assange seeks crowdfunding for whistleblower monument

Julian Assange seeks crowdfunding for whistleblower monument

Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, has spent the last couple of years (and a handful of months) in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid what would be an unfortunate extradition to Sweden. Using the WikiLeaks Twitter account, he retweeted a crowdfunding drive that is seeking funding to create a whistleblower monument of sorts, which will include a life-size statute of Assange himself, as well as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

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Marco Polo now available on Netflix

Marco Polo now available on Netflix

As promised, Netflix launched Marco Polo today, making the first season available for all to enjoy. This is the company's latest original series, and no doubt it is hoping to find the same fame it has with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. There are ten episodes to watch, all of them revolving around Polo's adventures in Kublai Khan's world.

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Google to close Russian engineering office

Google to close Russian engineering office

Google plans to pull its engineering office from Russia, leaving in place only workers tending to its partnerships, sales, support, communications, and marketing. The information comes from the Wall Street Journal, which says a Google spokesman wouldn't state the company's reason for closing its engineering office. The business move follows the nation's crackdown on both Internet companies and Internet freedoms.

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YouTube quietly introduces GIF creator tool

YouTube quietly introduces GIF creator tool

Your GIF collection is about to get bigger. YouTube is testing a GIF creation tool that allows users to select a portion of a video and turn it into a GIF, no third-party tools necessary. The creation tool makes it easy to add text to the resulting GIFs, as well, with options for adding both top and bottom lines of text. Unfortunately, this feature isn't widely available yet, and so it is assumed YouTube is only testing the tool at this point.

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Spotify now shows users the top tracks in their network

Spotify now shows users the top tracks in their network

Spotify has announced a new feature that shows the top tracks within one's own network, with that network being the user's group of friends using the music streaming service. Says Spotify, "One out of every five Spotify streams comes from a user listening to another user's music." The idea is that music recommendation is often best when it comes from someone you know or follow, and so a track listened to by multiple friends is likely something you'd want to check out yourself.

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Uber vows change in India, but it’s just not enough

Uber vows change in India, but it’s just not enough

A recent report out of India brought the disgusting, horrifying news that a woman had been raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi. In doing their diligence investigating the crime, Indian authorities shut Uber down in the city. Now, Uber has officially responded, and have outlined a four-step plan for making service in New Delhi safer. Uber is also suspending their service while they make changes, noting they’re taking time to “reflect” on their service.

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Google News to shut down in Spain

Google News to shut down in Spain

Google News has faced a fair bit of opposition in recent times from publications struggling to sustain themselves in the digital age. Many publications have demanded Google pay for showing news it sources from them, even if it is only a snippet, and the Internet giant has strongly opposed such measures. While Google did see victory in Germany last year, it hasn't had the same fortune in Spain, and now it has announced plans to shutter its service there.

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Facebook brings trending topics to mobile, organizes the discussion

Facebook brings trending topics to mobile, organizes the discussion

Facebook has made a concerted effort of late to be your go-to source for more than just wedding announcements and passive-aggressive complaining. Their trending topics section, typically housed on the right side of your home screen, has been a staple on the desktop. This is an increasingly mobile landscape, though, and Facebook is trying to stay relevant there, too. Now, trending topics will make their way to mobile, with the conversation being aggregated in a way that will make it easier to cut through the nonsense and get right to the gritty details.

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Amazon tipped to be testing bike delivery in NYC

Amazon tipped to be testing bike delivery in NYC

Latest among Amazon's new delivery projects is a bike delivery service being tested in New York City. The program is called Amazon Prime Now, according to sources that spoke to the Wall Street Journal, and it aims to provide customers with their orders within an hour of placing them. This will give the company an edge on competing online retailers, and will give consumers the immediacy that results from shopping at brick-and-mortar shops.

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