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Web inventor Berners-Lee shoots down CISPA

Web inventor Berners-Lee shoots down CISPA

This week the inventor of the internet Tim Berners-Lee spoke on several subjects involving data sharing on the web - perhaps most important of all on CISPA, a bill currently up for review in Washington. We've spoken about CISPA before - also known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, and have gotten some positive and very negative feedback on it from you, the readers, and groups like Facebook - who say it's great. Berners-Lee, generally considered an expert on how the web works since he invented it, after all, is worried about the bill's implications.

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Internet inventor demands his data back

Internet inventor demands his data back

The original and one true inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, has spoken this week quite specifically on how the web might advance - and how it's currently in a bit of a trap with sites like Google and Facebook. Speaking with The Guardian, Berners-Lee spoke of "internet silos" like Facebook and Google collecting data and not immediately allowing users to give it back - this unlike home-based applications which essentially all have such an ability in one form or another. The data held online today, he suggested, could already be ushering in a new era of personalized services for you, I, and everyone around us.

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Google faces FTC fine for Safari tracking

Google faces FTC fine for Safari tracking

Google will reportedly be hit with a regulatory fine for bypassing Safari users' privacy settings. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will soon conclude its investigations and is expected to issue a fine within the next 30 days. The fine could be far greater than the $25,000 that Google was recently slapped with by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for privacy issues involving its Street View car.

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Google may replace .com in the near future

Google may replace .com in the near future

Though of course .com and other Top Level Domains will continue to exist for a very long time, Google has noted today that they've applied for several TLDs ahead of ICANN's April 20 deadline for purchasing such rights. Google's domain name choices will likely be revealed once they've got them locked down with ICANN, until then we can only guess at such obvious hits as .GOOGLE, .YOUTUBE, and .GPLUS. Would you like your Google+ domain to be ChrisBurns.GPLUS?

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Three easy ways to save your Instagram photos to desktop

Three easy ways to save your Instagram photos to desktop

Those of you using Instagram for the first time in these recent weeks when it's just come to Android may well be wondering how you can easily access and save your content to your desktop - as it turns out, there's three apps for that. Though the recent purchase of Instagram by Facebook may bring more desktop-related features in the future, for the moment we're stuck moving photos one by one if we want to save them offline or off-phone. Three projects with inspired names have filled that hole with their own solution: Copygram, InstaBackup, and Instaport.

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Mozilla demos video chat app for Firefox

Mozilla demos video chat app for Firefox

Mozilla has been experimenting with integrating social features directly into its Firefox browser, recently demoing a built-in video chat service. The web app uses the open-source WebRTC standard to establish the video call connection and a SocialAPU add-on, built on Javascipt and HTML for audio and video streaming capabilities that previously relied on proprietary plugins, such as Flash.

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BlackBerry steady as Android and iOS slide in mobile web usage

BlackBerry steady as Android and iOS slide in mobile web usage

I bet you never thought you'd read that headline again, did you? As it turns out, the following bit of analytics does not show the popularity of the operating systems here, only the relative amount of web-browser web use they've got going for them. What you're going to see instead of Apple and Google falling down is both mobile operating systems showing their web browsers as a steadily common way to actually access web content. It should go without saying that BlackBerry is going to be doing fairly well in comparison with any other OS then, as 3rd party apps aren't exactly RIM's strong suit.

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Chrome 18 release fixes bug competition finds

Chrome 18 release fixes bug competition finds

It was the Pwnium competition held by Google that revealed the bugs that the newest release of Google's Chrome web browser version 18. This version has been release today to the public in its first stable release, and includes notes to the effect of congratulating the participants of the Pwnium competition for their hard work and great contributions to the Chrome project. The Chromium security page has full details of what this update is all about, meanwhile let's have a look at some simplified details below!

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Yahoo starts ‘Do Not Track’ this summer

Yahoo starts ‘Do Not Track’ this summer

This week Yahoo Inc has announced that they'll offer their own "Do Not Track" feature on all of their associated websites by this summer. What we've learned over the past few weeks about how much and how often search engines, web browsers, and other web giants track us has been shocking, to say the least, and Yahoo appears to be joining the fray of groups attempting to win back customers turned off by such allegations. This feature will provide customers with a peace of mind, Yahoo hopes, that at this moment will come from nothing else but those three words: Do Not Track.

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Microsoft comes clean with Internet Explorer distrust

Microsoft comes clean with Internet Explorer distrust

This week the folks at Microsoft have finally come to terms with the idea that nobody other than hipster's mothers, uncles, and half-naked girlfriends use the web browser known as Internet Explorer. They've released a new commercial which features a therapist speaking with a nerd about how he "used to" hate Internet Explorer and how, now that he's gotten past his madness, he can move on the IE 9. When you accept that you have a problem, the healing can begin.

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