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NETGEAR Wi-Fi products get Circle with Disney parental control

NETGEAR Wi-Fi products get Circle with Disney parental control

Most mobile devices and operating systems these days include some form of parental control. Sooner or later, however, this per-device system becomes inconvenient and sometimes even ineffective. The best way to monitor, check, and curb Internet use is really at the source, which, in the case of a home network, is often the router. That is why NETGEAR and Circle Media have teamed up to install the Circle with Disney parental control system directly on NETGEAR’s Wi-Fi systems and routers.

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Facebook has a surprisingly good reason to see your naked photos

Facebook has a surprisingly good reason to see your naked photos

A couple of days back, Facebook launched a limited-scale pilot program in Australia to combat the particularly troubling problem of revenge porn. Revenge porn has become a major issue on a lot of social media sites, and this new pilot is meant to put an end to it. In reality, though, the way Facebook is going about combating revenge porn left a lot of people scratching their heads.

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Twitter now doubling display name length as well

Twitter now doubling display name length as well

Some people’s solution to problems, especially business problems, is to throw more money at the problem. Twitter’s solution to its declining numbers? Throw more letters. It has just recently doubled the amount of characters you can type into a tweet, which isn’t exactly doing it any favors. Now it is doubling the number of characters you can use in your display name, which will potentially open things up to further abuse and, therefore, more criticism.

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YouTube tweak will help filter bizarre videos from Kids app

YouTube tweak will help filter bizarre videos from Kids app

YouTube has increasingly faced criticism for a large library of bizarre videos collectively dubbed the 'ElsaGate' collection. These videos feature keyword-stuffed titles that seem to be aimed at luring in as many clicks as possible, and many of these involve the fictional character Elsa, as well as Spiderman and other superhero characters. Many of the videos have been criticized for containing disturbing, sometimes violent or inappropriate content that is targeted at the platform's youngest viewers.

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eero Plus adds anti-malware, 1Password and VPN (but there’s a catch)

eero Plus adds anti-malware, 1Password and VPN (but there’s a catch)

eero's mesh router wants to be your internet watchdog as well as getting all your gadgets online, with the addition of new security tools to the company's eero Plus subscription service. Launched alongside the second-generation eero system earlier this year, eero Plus started out with two of what the company said were users biggest demands: whole-home network security, and parental controls with content filtering.

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Trump’s Twitter account accidentally deactivated for 11 minutes [UPDATE]

Trump’s Twitter account accidentally deactivated for 11 minutes [UPDATE]

President Donald Trump's Twitter page was deactivated earlier today and people across the Internet rejoiced. Then the page was reactivated 11 minutes later, dashing hopes that it was a permanent decision on Twitter's part. Why the brief downtime? Twitter has just issued a statement, saying that some Twitter worker 'inadvertently' deactivated the account.

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Outlook.com standalone premium features nixed in favor of Office 365

Outlook.com standalone premium features nixed in favor of Office 365

Microsoft has eliminated the standalone premium features it previously launched for Outlook.com, its online email service. These premium features included things like getting rid of the advertisements that some find annoying, plus more storage space and better security. You had to pay for these premium features, but that soon won't be an option, as it looks like Microsoft is getting rid of that option entirely.

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Meuller Trump investigation unfolds on Twitter [UPDATES]

Meuller Trump investigation unfolds on Twitter [UPDATES]

We're living through a day that'll be remembered in history books, and we're getting in-the-minute updates from Twitter. News on the ground comes from the same online social media platform current-President Donald Trump used over the past half-decade to build himself up and tear others down - this is where we see everything happen in real time. Connections are made as revelations from the news media appear, especially from one Law Professor and Attorney Seth Abramson.

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Google search now defaults to local location regardless of country domain

Google search now defaults to local location regardless of country domain

Google has made a big change to the way its search feature is used internationally — or rather, the way users can perform international searches. Before now, users could navigate to a different country's Google domain, like google.co.jp for Japan or www.google.com.au for Australia, and in turn get search results specific to that location. That's no longer the case, as the company says users will now get results based on their current location regardless of the domain they search from.

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DNS over TLS coming to Android for some level of privacy

DNS over TLS coming to Android for some level of privacy

Apple has gotten into hot water because of its stance on privacy and encryption and while Google is, on paper, on the same boat, Android hasn’t exactly been widely regarded as a very privacy-focused OS. Especially with Google behind it. A new feature coming to a future version of Android could give users a new tool to keep some prying eyes away, specifically those of ISPs. Called “DNS over TLS”, it’s really a very simple layer of encryption that masks what websites you go to.

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Project Loon LTE balloons restore some communications in Puerto Rico

Project Loon LTE balloons restore some communications in Puerto Rico

Alphabet's Project Loon has brought basic communications back to parts of Puerto Rico for individuals who have LTE phones. The communications are being made possible by Project Loon's balloons; they're currently giving people access to the Internet and text messaging in parts of the island hit hardest by Hurricane Maria. The team has been working with a variety of groups to make this possible, including the FAA and FCC.

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Honest Ads Act wants tech companies to reveal who buys political ads

Honest Ads Act wants tech companies to reveal who buys political ads

Russian-linked online advertisements have snowballed into a new bill called the Honest Ads Act that would force tech companies like Google and Facebook to disclose when political advertisements are bought on their platforms. This disclosure bill was drafted by Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner; soon after Republican Sen. John McCain signed onto it. The bill aims to increase transparency about who is funding online political advertisements and, potentially, revealing what kind of motives may lie behind them.

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