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Privacy should never be sacrificed for the sake of free

Privacy should never be sacrificed for the sake of free

Yesterday was not a very good day for privacy. First was the revelation that Evernote’s new privacy policy will basically allow its engineers to take a peek at any of your notes. Then there’s Google’s lawsuit settlement, which involves still scanning your (and non-Gmail users’) e-mails. And to top it all off, Yahoo has admitted that an even more massive breach happened in 2013, affecting no less than 1 billion accounts. All this should send chills down your spine, and yet most people will probably react to the news with a shrug. Have we become accustomed, even numb, to intrusions of privacy in exchange for service? Common sense tells us we shouldn’t, and yet that might not be the case.

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Now you can fix your Netgear router vulnerability with firmware update

Now you can fix your Netgear router vulnerability with firmware update

A few days back we talked about a serious security vulnerability in some of the popular Netgear routers. This security flaw allowed nefarious users to use unauthenticated web pages to pass form input directly to the command-line interface. That gave the potential for a remote attacker to inject arbitrary commands that could be executed by the system.

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FBI targets teens with cringy anti-hacking campaign

FBI targets teens with cringy anti-hacking campaign

It's difficult not to feel a little embarrassed for the FBI in light of its recently published anti-hacking advertisement. Made in collaboration with Europol, the ad shows two teenagers, one dolled up like an Ivy Leaguer and the other replete with emo affectations in a dark hoodie, both of them labelled with things like health status, 'cash total,' and, of course, their hacker/non-hacker designations.

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Facebook plans to launch original scripted, unscripted, and sports shows

Facebook plans to launch original scripted, unscripted, and sports shows

Facebook plans to offer original content on its platform soon, the social network has revealed, the variety of which may include many genres and types, including sports-related video, game shows, and scripted shows. Details are still slight at this time, so we don’t have any ideas about what kind of shows may be in the pipeline, nor when we’ll see them arrive on the platform. However, it is suggested that Facebook is talking with others about licensing various videos.

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Amazon Prime Video rolls into over 200 countries

Amazon Prime Video rolls into over 200 countries

Amazon has made a big announcement today that everyone was expecting thanks to Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson Is a former Top Gear host and avid twitter user who isn't afraid to give up details about things a bit early at times. Such is the case when he tweeted that his new show, The Grand Tour, would be available on over 200 countries. The catch when he made that tweet was that Amazon had yet to roll out in that many locations.

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Facebook Parents Portal taps parents to help stop online bullying

Facebook Parents Portal taps parents to help stop online bullying

Facebook has announced the launch of a new Parents Portal aimed at informing parents and enabling them to keep their kids safe online. The portal includes primers on the social network itself, such as how sharing and posting works, as well as tips on discussing Internet safety with kids, advice from experts and resources for parents, and easy access to the help center’s privacy and security checkups, as well as a link to suicide hotlines.

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Net Neutrality – Why it should matter to you

Net Neutrality – Why it should matter to you

Before this year’s presidential elections became the major factor dividing the US tech industry, it was “net neutrality” that split camps along lines of for or against. And if you thought the (legal) battle is over, you are definitely wrong. Although the FCC already ruled in favor of net neutrality last year, the changing of the guards opens up the real possibility, nay an explicit objective even, of undoing all that. The net neutrality debates are about to be reignited and, whichever side of the camp you stand on, the results will inevitably affect everyone.

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Fake News is old news but here’s what we can do to stop it

Fake News is old news but here’s what we can do to stop it

The Internet is without a doubt one of the most powerful things man has ever invented. It has made the world a smaller place, at least digitally, and has made it easy for any voice to be heard. Almost too easy. It has made spreading false or inaccurate information as easy as clicking “Retweet” or “Re-post”. Coupled with a culture of instant gratification, that has become a recipe for disaster. That disaster has a new name this year, and it’s called “Fake News”. Sadly, Fake news is actually nothing new, aside from the now more severe geopolitical implications. The good news, it can be beaten. The bad news is, it requires undoing the fortunately still young culture of mindless reading and sharing on the Web.

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Facebook Android app adds HD video upload support

Facebook Android app adds HD video upload support

Facebook is making a change that lots of people out there will be thrilled to hear. Support for HD video uploading is finally coming to the Facebook app for Android users. This is something that many Android users have been bitter about lacking for a while as the iOS app has offered a toggle for uploading HD videos for a long time.

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Facebook bug has old updates and photos reposted as new

Facebook bug has old updates and photos reposted as new

Facebook seems to be once again digging up the past for its users, but not quite in an intended way like the Year In Review video feature. A large number of users on Friday began noting how random photos and updates from months prior began reappearing on their timelines, but with new timestamps making them look like they were just shared. Turns out the cause is an annoying bug on the social network, and while it's not known how widespread it is, Facebook says it's looking into the issue.

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PewDiePie’s deleted channel trolls, drives up net worth

PewDiePie’s deleted channel trolls, drives up net worth

If you were on Twitter yesterday, there was a good chance you heard that Felix Kjellberg, otherwise known by his YouTube handle of PewDiePie, planned to delete his channel. The famous YouTuber announced last week that he would delete his channel once his account hit 50 million subscribers - a milestone that would be a first in YouTube history. Yesterday, his channel hit that 50 million figure, and he announced via Twitter that he would delete his channel today at 5 PM GMT.

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NASA shares load of space GIFs with Giphy and Pinterest

NASA shares load of space GIFs with Giphy and Pinterest

Thanks to NASA, both Giphy and Pinterest are now both home to a big roster of space-related GIFs and images, giving the public yet another way to view and share the space agency’s wares. NASA announced new accounts on both services today, encouraging the public to follow both for access to the variety of GIFs and photos. The Giphy account in particular greatly expands the number of GIFs available through apps that include Giphy integration, possibly making your future Facebook chats a little more out of this world.

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