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Plume Pods now shipping to fix your WiFi woes

Plume Pods now shipping to fix your WiFi woes

If Internet access is spotty or slow in parts of your house, mesh networking is probably the solution, and here to help with that is Plume. The company launched its Pods WiFi system for pre-order earlier this year, and now it has announced that those pre-orders are shipping. Anyone who didn't pre-order the Plume Pods can now buy them for immediate shipping, as well, opening the door for relatively inexpensive, attractive WiFi distribution.

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FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

This week the FCC sent letters to both AT&T and Verizon, stating that zero-rated data — plans and services that don't count against users' monthly allotment — is a violation of net neutrality rules. For AT&T, this applies to their new DirecTV Now streaming video service, and for Verizon it's their own Go90 video service. The FCC's wireless communications chief Jon Wilkins wrote that the telecoms' practices "inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the ‘virtuous cycle’ needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet."

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Amazon Rekognition deep learning AI can figure out what’s in your pics

Amazon Rekognition deep learning AI can figure out what’s in your pics

Amazon has introduced its own deep learning artificial intelligence called Amazon Rekognition. This AI analyzes photos it is given and produces results related to them, detailing what is located in the photo as well as things related to the object. For example, it won’t just detect that a person is in the photo, but also their gender, facial expression, emotional state, what clothes they’re wearing, things they don’t have (like a beard), and more.

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Reddit CEO apologizes for editing comments, adds r/all filtering

Reddit CEO apologizes for editing comments, adds r/all filtering

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman stirred up controversy by editing comments posted by users on the subreddit “The_Donald.” This act of trolling didn’t go over well, and many users denounced the actions, citing concerns about privacy and whether admins could -- and were -- secretly editing other posts. Now, a week later, Huffman is back with another post, this one apologizing for his actions and addressing the issue of trolls.

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Impending Trump has Internet Archive mirror to Canada

Impending Trump has Internet Archive mirror to Canada

As the presidency of Trump seems to loom ever larger, The Internet Archive has taken precautions. Precautions against a presidency that, if Trump's previous actions dictate future behavior, will attempt to control free flow of information on the internet. The Internet Archive is a nonprofit charity organization that does not want its many archived moments in internet history to be destroyed - as such, it's moved to Canada.

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Telegram app debuts new Telegraph blogging platform

Telegram app debuts new Telegraph blogging platform

The makers of the popular messaging app Telegram debuted a new blogging platform earlier this week, but one with a very interesting feature. Called Telegraph, it allows users to write and publish long-form posts with no requirement to create an account or sign in through other social network accounts such as Facebook or Twitter. In other words, it can be used to quickly write and publish posts to the web, completely anonymously.

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Reddit revolts after CEO admits to secretly editing user posts

Reddit revolts after CEO admits to secretly editing user posts

Reddit users are still revolting following an admission by company CEO Steve Huffman that he edited some posts to make it appear users were angry with /r/The_Donald mods rather than himself. Huffman, who goes by the Reddit handle /u/spez, admitted to editing the posts after being called out by users, though he didn't exactly apologize, instead excusing it as the result of a 'long week' and hurt feelings.

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Amazon Prime on sale for one day only in US

Amazon Prime on sale for one day only in US

If you've been on the fence about subscribing to Amazon Prime, then you might like to know that the yearly cost is currently discounted. The sale, which drops the price down to $79 for your first year of Prime, will only last as long as November 18 does. That means when the clock hits 11:59 PM, Amazon Prime's price jumps back up to $99 per year.

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SpaceX wants to launch 4,425 satellites for global internet connectivity

SpaceX wants to launch 4,425 satellites for global internet connectivity

Documents have been filed with the FCC in the US by SpaceX that shows the company wants approval to put into orbit a network of satellites to provide internet access at high speeds all around the globe. SpaceX is wanting to put a communications array into orbit around the Earth that would eventually total 4,425 satellites. SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the project would cost the company about $10 billion.

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This Chrome extension flags fake news on Facebook

This Chrome extension flags fake news on Facebook

Facebook's fake news problem has a lot of people riled, and it's an issue worth addressing. As we've detailed before, many people get their news primarily through the social network, and so failing to sift out the questionable and fake stories paves the way for a public misinformed about many topics. Here to help address the problem is a new Chrome extension that flags those questionable or outright fake news articles in your timeline, making it easier to avoid poor content.

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Amazon Music Unlimited rolls out family subscription plans

Amazon Music Unlimited rolls out family subscription plans

Amazon Music Unlimited has wasted little time in taking the fight to established streaming services. Today Amazon announced a new family subscription plan for the service, barely a month after Music Unlimited rolled out in the US. Like other family plan subscriptions, this one will let multiple folks use Music Unlimited for one monthly fee, rather than shelling out for numerous individual accounts.

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Twitter announces new anti-harassment measures

Twitter announces new anti-harassment measures

As promised, Twitter has detailed some new measures its implementing to combat the troll problem it has. Twitter's struggle against online harassment has been well documented, and it's been said that those same struggles have prevented the social media company from finding a buyer. These features are rolling out today, with Twitter planning to make them more comprehensive as time goes on.

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