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Google Fiber is bringing Webpass to apartments in Denver

Google Fiber is bringing Webpass to apartments in Denver

Google is bringing super fast Internet service to Denver via Webpass, the company has announced. The Internet service will be made available first at an apartment community via Ethernet, with speeds being available at up to a gigabit per second. This latest addition — the Denver rollout — joins Webpass rollouts in other cities including Boston, Chicago, Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland, San Diego, and Miami.

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Facebook launches mid-roll ads in Live and on demand videos

Facebook launches mid-roll ads in Live and on demand videos

As the rumors foretold, Facebook is getting ready to launch mid-roll video ads. Though we heard last month that it was considering letting publishers play ads during on demand videos, this roll out includes Live videos as well. In other words, there's no escape from the Facebook ad invasion.

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Google Perspective puts comment trolls on notice

Google Perspective puts comment trolls on notice

Google is putting trolls on notice, announcing a new project dubbed Perspective which aims to take the vitriol out of comment sections online. Co-developed with Jigsaw, Perspective relies on machine learning to act as a constantly improving filter, just as a human admin might, only without the risk of the AI getting offended or overwhelmed along the way. Each comment is assessed for what potential impact that could have on the ongoing conversation.

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T-Mobile’s LTE-U network is launching this Spring

T-Mobile’s LTE-U network is launching this Spring

Mobile carriers have recently taken the spotlight by resurrecting the once thought dead “unlimited” subscription plan. Now T-Mobile is making a big splash again, but in a different way. It has announced an upcoming addition to its service that promises to significantly improve the quality and reliability of its Internet service, bringing the carrier closer to providing gigabit LTE speeds. It will, however, accomplish this by utilizing the rather controversial LTE-U spectrum that has divided the tech community for quite some time.

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Kobo launches its own ebook subscription service

Kobo launches its own ebook subscription service

Kobo isn’t new to the ereader and ebook market, but it is new to the world of subscription ebook services. The company has launched its own ebook subscription option, giving voracious readers the option to pay a single monthly fee in exchange for access to tens of thousands of digital books. Such a service aims, no doubt, to compete with Amazon Unlimited, a similar subscription service, and other competitors.

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Here’s how much Verizon’s offer to buy Yahoo is decreasing

Here’s how much Verizon’s offer to buy Yahoo is decreasing

After Yahoo's well-documented trouble with security breaches, we expected to see Verizon decrease its offer to buy the company's operating business. What started as a $4.8 billion offer was rumored to drop by as much as $1 billion shortly after those breaches came to light, but last week, new reports indicated that the drop would only come in at $250 million. Today, Verizon is finally breaking its silence on the matter, revealing just how much its offer with drop.

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Google and Microsoft will demote piracy links in UK search results

Google and Microsoft will demote piracy links in UK search results

Both Microsoft and Google have agreed to demote piracy links in search results in the UK, it has been announced, in their latest efforts to help crack down on Internet piracy. This move, if it proceeds, will be a first of its kind, and will result in Google Search and Bing demoting websites in search results that give access to copyrighted content without the authority to do so. The first page will be entirely scrubbed of piracy links.

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Twitter is now ‘temporarily limiting’ accounts that misbehave

Twitter is now ‘temporarily limiting’ accounts that misbehave

Twitter has been targeting abusive activities and accounts with a growing array of features and methods, and the latest among them appears to be a sort of 'throttling' that temporarily limits the extent to which a particular Twitter account can be viewed. News about the limitations surfaced via the affected users themselves, who have shared the notice they received from Twitter.

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YouTube will stop showing 30-second unskippable ads next year

YouTube will stop showing 30-second unskippable ads next year

If those 30-second unskippable ads on YouTube have you down, then good news: they won't be around for much longer. In an announcement today, Google said that it will stop showing unskippable 30-second ads before YouTube videos beginning next year. That's a move which is likely to be welcomed by many YouTube users.

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Project Loon now needs less balloons to deliver the Internet

Project Loon now needs less balloons to deliver the Internet

Google, or rather its Alphabet parent, has given up on its plans to get drones to deliver Internet connections to remote places. That means that Project Loon, which now falls unde Alphabet's X subsidiary, will bear the brunt of the responsibilities and expectations. Good thing, then, that the folks behind Loon have stumbled upon a method that allows these Internet-bearing balloons to linger over an area for longer periods of time.

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Facebook’s next focus: ‘bringing us all together as a global community’

Facebook’s next focus: ‘bringing us all together as a global community’

Facebook has detailed its next focus, one building upon the foundation of the company’s original focus: ‘bringing us all together as a global community.’ This isn’t a one-company job, Facebook acknowledges, saying the task is bigger than any single organization. Still, the social network aims to do its part by providing a social infrastructure designed for community, for a global community, that’ll serve as a base station of sorts for civic engagement, information, and more.

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Google Fiber retools its approach to providing high-speed internet

Google Fiber retools its approach to providing high-speed internet

Back in October we heard that Google would be "refining" its approach to its Fiber business. Today, we're getting more details about just what that entails, and in general, it doesn't sound all that great for anyone who was hoping that Google Fiber would come to their city and save them from monolithic ISPs. At the very least, it sounds like Google is planning to scale back significantly when it comes to connecting houses directly with fiber cable.

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