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John Oliver just made it easier to contact the FCC about net neutrality

John Oliver just made it easier to contact the FCC about net neutrality

It seems that the fight for net neutrality is back on, and just like last time, John Oliver is trying to rally people to the cause. In a segment during Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight, Oliver lambasted the new FCC chairman Ajit Pai as he looks to rollback Obama-era net neutrality protections. With the FCC now accepting comments from the public on the matter, it seems John Oliver saw a chance to strike.

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Comcast Xfinity xFi turn sgateway into a Wi-Fi control center

Comcast Xfinity xFi turn sgateway into a Wi-Fi control center

Gone are the days when homes had at most one or two connected devices. Excluding the growing army of smart home devices, each household would have at least one main computer, two or more smartphones, one "family use" tablet, and maybe more. As that number continues to rise, home owners are faced with tasks and challenges no different from network administrators. To make those tasks less daunting, Comcast is launching its new Xfinity xFi, a veritable command center for managing your home Wi-Fi network.

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This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

In front of a Senate hearing committee SpaceX confirmed this week their plans to create a global internet provider service using space satellites. This service would not be free, but would assist in the FCC's goal of covering the United States with at least 25 megabits per second (“Mbps”) broadband service. SpaceX is not "giving the world internet" for free - as some news sources have misunderstood and reported - instead, they're planning to profit from a service that's sorely needed by the planet.

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Google Docs phishing scam squashed, but don’t let your guard down

Google Docs phishing scam squashed, but don’t let your guard down

Some Google Docs users were hit with a very convincing, very real-looking phishing email today that some, unfortunately, fell for. The email claimed that someone had shared a document with the Google user, who would then click on the link and be taken to a real Google page to select their Gmail account. Choosing the account, though, led to a fishy page that requested access to the user's account, and it only got worse from there.

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Twitter to soon stream news 24/7 courtesy of Bloomberg

Twitter to soon stream news 24/7 courtesy of Bloomberg

Fake news, meet real news. Social media has recently come under fire for its role in the spread of fake news, and various networks have tried to address the problem in different ways. Twitter seems to have opted to fight fake news by increasing the amount of its real news content. That will be via a soon to be announced partnership with Bloomberg, which, among other things, is expected ti bring in the ad revenues Twitter is in dire need of.

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Facebook and Google revealed as victims of a $100M phishing scam

Facebook and Google revealed as victims of a $100M phishing scam

If falling for an email phishing scam is on your list of embarrassments as a tech user, you can now feel a little better, as two titans in the industry have been confirmed to have recently fallen for the same type of security mishap: none other than Facebook and Google. Last month it was reported that the US Department of Justice had arrested and charged Lithuanian man for a phishing scheme that had two tech companies on the hook for $100 million, and now they've been named.

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Streaming boxes and sticks with piracy add-ons targeted in latest EU ruling

Streaming boxes and sticks with piracy add-ons targeted in latest EU ruling

Streaming set-top-boxes and sticks are available widely on websites like eBay, and many of them are preinstalled with 'piracy add-ons' that make it easy to watch content outside the bounds of legal sites. A particularly popular example is the Amazon Fire Stick jailbroken with Kodi installed, which is itself used to access illegally-provided TV shows and movies through various repos. One Dutch seller of these products was recently the subject of a legal matter that made its way to the EU, which has now ruled that the sale of such devices is illegal.

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Twitter’s not doing so well with money

Twitter’s not doing so well with money

Twitter today released a letter to shareholders documenting the progress it made in Q1 2017. Unfortunately for Twitter, the letter doesn't hold many surprises for those who have been following its business side for a while now. The good news is that things like daily active users are up year-over-year, but the bad news is that Twitter is still having a hard time making money from those users.

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Chrome with built-in ad-blocker may target the most obnoxious ads

Chrome with built-in ad-blocker may target the most obnoxious ads

Google is planning to add a built-in ad-blocker to Chrome, according to sources, and it will target the Internet's most obnoxious types of advertisements. These sub-standard advertisements include things like videos that automatically start playing and advertisements that won't disappear until a long countdown timer is finished. The sources indicate that Google hasn't ironed out all of the details yet, and that it may not ultimately go through with the feature.

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Here’s how to turn on YouTube’s hidden Dark Mode

Here’s how to turn on YouTube’s hidden Dark Mode

YouTube, for all of its benefits, still lacks at least one basic feature a lot of other video players around the web have. That, as you've probably guessed from the title, is dark mode - even though YouTube has been around since 2006, there's been no official way to "dim the lights" so you can better focus on the video in front of you. Or, to put a finer point on it, there's been no official way that we know about.

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Instagram Stories hits 200m users, celebrates with new camera features

Instagram Stories hits 200m users, celebrates with new camera features

Despite whatever controversy it may have caused when it first launched, Instagram Stories has certainly taken off in the time since then. Today Instagram revealed that Stories has attracted 200 million users, joining the recently announced milestone of 375 million users for Instagram Direct. As a result of these big numbers, both Stories and Direct are getting some new features today.

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Malware makes users play game for high score instead of paying ransom

Malware makes users play game for high score instead of paying ransom

These days, it's no surprise when a new type of malware turns up to exploit and abuse users, but a recently discovered variant of ransomware is something else entirely. Instead of holding someone's files for ransom until a payment is made to hackers, "Rensenware" requires that users play a punishing video game and reach a high score in order to get their data back.

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