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Karma Black hotspot has a built-in VPN for privacy

Karma Black hotspot has a built-in VPN for privacy

Karma, the company that offers mobile data plans and the hardware to go with them, has announced a new hotspot product designed specifically for those who care a lot about their privacy. Called Karma Black, this upcoming mobile hotspot will feature a built-in VPN to help protect its user's browsing habits, as well as some other features like blacklisting.

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YouTube’s war on extremism brings out the big guns

YouTube’s war on extremism brings out the big guns

Earlier in the summer, YouTube announced a four-pronged plan to combat online terrorism and the promotion of violent extremism on its platform. The four different strategies YouTube announced include both machine learning algorithms and review by real people, suggesting that YouTube is trying to tackle this issue from multiple angles. YouTube has given us an update on this initiative, telling users how things are going one month later.

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Internet proxies are now illegal in Russia

Internet proxies are now illegal in Russia

It will soon be a lot harder for Internet users in Russia to access anything outside of government-sanctioned or region-locked sites and services. Vladimir Putin has just signed into law a bill that makes it illegal to use Internet proxy services, including VPNs or virtual private networks. While the law is primarily aimed at curbing anti-government activities, it also puts other legitimate or excusable uses of proxies at terrible risk.

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Google Search autoplay videos are being tested on some users

Google Search autoplay videos are being tested on some users

If you hate Facebook's autoplaying videos, just wait. Google has introduced the same feature into search results for some users, though it depends on the results you get. The feature has been confirmed by Google as a test, though the company didn't go into any details. It is limited to desktop at the moment, at least based on user feedback, and it is live in the UK and Canada as well as the US.

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Google Instant Search is dead and we have mobile to thank

Google Instant Search is dead and we have mobile to thank

It has been nearly seven long years since Google rolled out Instant Search, a feature that irritated a bunch of users early on by presenting search result pages as a user typed their query. You've no doubt gotten used to Instant Search by this point (if you haven't disabled it entirely), but things are changing regardless: Google has killed the feature. You've likely already noticed the change, and you have the rise of mobile devices to thank for it.

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Amazon Prime Day accused of surge pricing for sales

Amazon Prime Day accused of surge pricing for sales

For the third year in a row, Amazon's Prime Day sale managed to smash sales records for the company. Though Prime Day sales can certainly feel a little underwhelming to some folks, the idea of a mid-summer sale to rival Black Friday seems to be working out well for Amazon. According to one vendor, however, Amazon may not be entirely genuine with its customers when it comes to some of the discounts it's presenting to them.

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Flash death: Adobe killing reviled plugin by 2020

Flash death: Adobe killing reviled plugin by 2020

Adobe is dropping the axe on Flash, announcing that the little-loved - and in many cases, like that of Apple's Steve Jobs, actively loathed - plugin is on its last legs. Flash will officially be put out of its misery in 2020, Adobe confirmed today, having already been forced out of contention from mobile. However, the company is also calling on support from some of the big names in internet browsing and technology to see Flash out smoothly.

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Game of Thrones pirates beware: HBO is watching you

Game of Thrones pirates beware: HBO is watching you

One of the most popular television shows is also one of the most pirated television shows: Game of Thrones. The series has been marred by piracy in various ways throughout its life, not the least of which was the major leak that resulted in a handful of episodes hitting torrents networks before airing on HBO. Now that the seventh and final season is underway, HBO is in overdrive trying to protect its property, and it has its sights set on pirates.

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Verizon throttling confession raises net-neutrality questions

Verizon throttling confession raises net-neutrality questions

It's been an interesting 48 hours for Verizon customers. Two days ago, some users discovered that Verizon may have been throttling their connections to video services like Netflix and YouTube. What's particularly strange is that under normal circumstances, average users wouldn't even realize they were being throttled.

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Dark Web marketplaces worth billions crushed in secret takeover

Dark Web marketplaces worth billions crushed in secret takeover

Two huge Dark Web marketplaces, peddling illegal drugs, fake documents, firearms, and more, have been shut down in a clandestine sting. US and European investigators collaborated for months on the takedown, which saw AlphaBay and Hansa - together responsible for more than 350,000 "illicit commodities" - first infiltrated and then taken offline. Indeed, police in the Netherlands were able to secretly take control of Hansa and then track what its users were doing.

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Facebook paywall could trade fake news for subscription fees

Facebook paywall could trade fake news for subscription fees

For years now, it's been the same old story: Facebook has a massive user base but hasn't quite figured out how to make money from it yet. Facebook has tried a variety of different money making methods, but later on this year, we'll see it try something new. According to new reports, Facebook is planning to implement a subscription service that essentially allows publishers to put a paywall in front of their articles on the platform.

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Photoshopped fakes trick you all the time, researchers report

Photoshopped fakes trick you all the time, researchers report

Photo manipulation tricks human eyes very easily according to a new report. Three researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick have done a number of tests to conclude that "people have poor ability to identify whether a real-world image is original or has been manipulated." In other words - humans do not have any sort of innate sense for discerning reality from computer-edited photography, AKA Photoshopping.

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