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LinkNYC disables web browsing in kiosk tablets due to abuse

LinkNYC disables web browsing in kiosk tablets due to abuse

Let’s face it. Humans are adept at turning situations to their benefit, but not all of them for the better. So it isn’t exactly surprising that 8 months after it launched, LinkNYC’s free gigabit Wi-Fi in New York is undergoing a rather major change. No, the Wi-Fi is still free and you can still connect to it with whatever device you have. However, the startup is now turning off the ability to browse the Web using the LinkNYC kiosk’s tablet following reports of abuse, some of them mildly amusing.

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Netflix declares war on data caps, wants FCC to chime in

Netflix declares war on data caps, wants FCC to chime in

It’s that time of year again for the US Federal Communications Commission, lovingly called the FCC. It’s that time when it is legally mandated to examine the state of broadband deployment in the country, which also means it will be in the crosshairs of ISPs, and vice versa. Netflix, not an ISP, is taking that opportunity to convince the FCC to declare, once and for all, that home Internet data caps are unreasonable, and sometimes even discriminatory. Such a statement, though not completely legally binding, could ISPs to make some adjustments to align Netflix’s point of view.

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Twitter’s reworked character limit tipped to arrive September 19

Twitter’s reworked character limit tipped to arrive September 19

Twitter gives you 140 characters to say whatever it is you need to say. This is a very restrictive limit, yes, but one that is ultimately good for the service, many users argue. That’s why past notions of raising the character limit resulted in swift outcries against doing so, and why Twitter’s May announcement was received with a mixed response. At the time, Twitter revealed something of a compromise: while it is keeping its 140-character limitation, it is tweaking which things count toward that character count. Assuming a new tip is correct, Twitter will be kicking off this change on September 19th.

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Twitter brings Deezer support to Audio Cards

Twitter brings Deezer support to Audio Cards

Twitter is continuing its push to become a destination for all things streaming, announcing a partnership with Deezer today that will see the music streaming service added to the Twitter roster of Audio Cards. Deezer is joining other streaming services like Spotify, SoundCloud, and Rhapsody, and support for Deezer tunes in Audio Cards is rolling out today on iOS and Android.

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Chrome to begin flagging all websites not using HTTPS

Chrome to begin flagging all websites not using HTTPS

Google aims to step up its campaign against an unencrypted internet by alerting users to any websites that still aren't using HTTPS connections. The search giant has said that when the next version of Chrome launches, it will begin displaying a new warning on any login pages that aren't encrypted, or in other words using HTTP. This is scheduled to start in January 2017 with the rollout of Chrome 56.

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Elon Musk turns to Twitter for help with SpaceX explosion footage

Elon Musk turns to Twitter for help with SpaceX explosion footage

As you might've already heard, a little over a week ago saw one of SpaceX's rockets explode on its launch pad just prior to its mission to deliver a Facebook satellite into space. Thankfully no one was hurt when the Falcon 9 rocket was lost, but the mishap comes as a surprise following SpaceX's recent string of successes at landing rockets at sea. Turns out, the private space agency is also a bit confused, and now CEO Elon Musk has put out a request for help from witnesses.

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Facebook has Star Trek emoji reactions for 50th anniversary

Facebook has Star Trek emoji reactions for 50th anniversary

In celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, Facebook has rolled out new Star Trek reaction emoji for its users in the United States and Canada. The new reaction emoji will only be available for a limited (unspecified) time. In addition, those who have “expressed interest in Star Trek or science fiction” may see a personalized greeting from Facebook that includes the USS Enterprise and presents the option of adding a Star Trek frame to their profile picture.

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Microsoft plotting Skype Teams as a competitor to Slack

Microsoft plotting Skype Teams as a competitor to Slack

Earlier this year, we heard that Microsoft had considered putting in an $8 billion offer for Slack, a group messaging service that has quickly grown in popularity over the last few years. Then, remembering that it had already shelled out billions of dollars for Skype, Microsoft pulled out of negotiations with Slack. Now it seems Microsoft is planning to use the Skype platform to develop a Slack competitor, calling it Skype Teams and offering a fair amount of functionality that Slack doesn't have - namely Office 365 integration.

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Google Drive better handles duplicate files via version history

Google Drive better handles duplicate files via version history

Google Drive has made a small but significant change that better enables it to handle duplicate files. When the same file is downloaded and then re-uploaded, rather than changing the name to reflect that it is a duplicate, Drive will list the most recently uploaded file as “version x,” making it easy to see which file you edited last or to find an older version of the file that you may need.

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Instagram’s photo maps will soon be a thing of the past

Instagram’s photo maps will soon be a thing of the past

Instagram has been adding features at a relatively quick pace, but now it's becoming clear that it also intends to remove ones that just aren't working anymore. Get ready to say goodbye to photo maps, as Instagram has confirmed that they'll soon be going the way of the Dodo. In fact, for some users, the photo maps purge has already begun.

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Google’s Asian fiber optic high-speed undersea cable goes online

Google’s Asian fiber optic high-speed undersea cable goes online

Google and a consortium of other companies that operate under the name FASTER Consortium have been working together to get some new undersea cables laid that will increase internet speeds between countries. In June, the FASTER Consortium announced that the cable linking the US West Coast and Japan was complete and ready to go into service. Now Google and its FASTER Consortium cohorts have announced another undersea fiber optic cable is ready to enter service.

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Hacking group OurMine takes control of Variety website, spams readers with email

Hacking group OurMine takes control of Variety website, spams readers with email

The group of hackers going by the name OurMine managed to briefly take over the website for the entertainment new outlet Variety this weekend. If the name OurMine sounds familiar, it's because the same collective was responsible for hacking social media accounts belonging to high-profile tech CEOs recently, including Twitter's Jack Dorsey, Google's Sundar Pichai, and even Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.

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