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Microsoft wants broadband Internet through rural America by 2022

Microsoft wants broadband Internet through rural America by 2022

Microsoft wants to see broadband Internet made available throughout rural America, something that will involve using different technologies to make it financially possible, according to the company. As part of this, the company has announced its new Rural Airband Initiative, saying it is finding telecommunications partners and will be, alongside them, starting at least a dozen projects across a dozen states within the next year.

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How to mute Twitter notifications from accounts you don’t know

How to mute Twitter notifications from accounts you don’t know

Twitter, as part of its seemingly endless effort to combat the trolls on its platform, has introduced some new capabilities, namely the ability to mute users you don't know. This means, as one example, you won't get notifications if you're mentioned by accounts that you don't follow or by accounts that you don't follow. This convenient muting feature only works if you turn it on, though; that process is pretty simple.

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Google Search shows users the best torrenting websites

Google Search shows users the best torrenting websites

In a bizarre turn of events, at least in light of the company's anti-piracy actions, Google Search shows users the best torrenting websites in a single, convenient scrolling set of cards. These cards appear at the top of Google Search when users query 'best torrenting/torrent sites,' and they include things like isoHunt, Demonoid, The Pirate Bay, and more.

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Jayden K Smith, Facebook Hacker: Friendship Request or hoax?

Jayden K Smith, Facebook Hacker: Friendship Request or hoax?

If you've got a Facebook profile, you may have come across a new, scary-sounding warning being shared by some of your friends. Like so many of the viral posts that came before it, this one warns you against adding a certain Facebook user - this time named Jayden K. Smith - for fear of having your profile hacked. The question is if this viral warning is legitimate or if it's all just a ruse to get gullible Facebook users to share the post in question.

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These web apps will revolutionize your Chromebook experience

These web apps will revolutionize your Chromebook experience

Chromebooks are great (I'm writing this article on one!), but they're different than the laptops you're probably used to. There's less storage space in most cases, and you can't download all your favorite software regardless. The Chrome Web Store makes up for that in certain cases with its own downloadable apps, such as Caret for those who need a text editor and Signal if you're keen on private chats. The best thing you can do, though, is discover the Internet's best web apps and put them to good use.

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Photobucket’s broken image embeds are a frustrating “free” service reminder

Photobucket’s broken image embeds are a frustrating “free” service reminder

Photobucket has provided internet users with yet another lesson about trusting free services, suddenly holding hotlinked images to ransom. The photo hosting company was one of the mainstays of the 00's, and though it had been overshadowed in more recent years, was still a go-to option for many for their image storage needs. That was primarily because though Photobucket might not be the first place you'd go to browse through a gallery of pictures, it did allow you to embed them onto other sites.

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These are the 3 new Google ads you’ll soon be seeing everywhere

These are the 3 new Google ads you’ll soon be seeing everywhere

Google has introduced AdSense Native ads, a new type of advertisement that, says the company, it has designed to match how your website looks and feels. The Native ads will be comprised, at least for now, of three new ad types: In-feed, In-article, and Matched content, the latter of which has already been available to certain publishers. The advertisements are designed for different aspects of your website, and you can expect to start seeing them all over the place.

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Why the Internet is mad at CNN right now

Why the Internet is mad at CNN right now

This week there was a bit of a firestorm surrounding the posting of meme-like content on Donald Trump's Twitter feed. A Reddit user apparently created a GIF which showed Donald beating up a wrestler which had a CNN logo for a head, then took credit for it once it was Tweeted. The folks at CNN's KFile went to find the Reddit user and write a story about him - that's where things get messy.

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Facebook rolls out ‘Find WiFi’ feature to iOS, Android

Facebook rolls out ‘Find WiFi’ feature to iOS, Android

Many would agree that Facebook's mobile apps, in addition to the social network as a whole, is a bit bloated with useless, unnecessary features. Fortunately the newest one will definitely be handy when in a pinch. Called "Find Wifi," the feature lets users search for nearby businesses and locations that offer free WiFi for public use.

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Twitter is testing a tool for reporting fake & offensive content

Twitter is testing a tool for reporting fake & offensive content

In this post-2016 presidential election world, the way social networks combat the spread of fake news has become a major issue. Facebook is the big culprit here, and it's admitted it needs to take steps to improve, but Twitter isn't far behind. While the company has yet to pledge to take action, it appears at least internally they're testing one solution: a tool that allows users to flag tweets that contain things like fake news and harmful content.

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Tweaked Facebook Aquila drone aces latest test flight after crash lessons

Tweaked Facebook Aquila drone aces latest test flight after crash lessons

It's fair to say that Facebook's Aquila drone hasn't had an easy time in early trials to get the internet-broadcasting unmanned craft safely into the air and back down to the ground again. After a successful first flight in July 2016, which saw a full-sized version of the drone design take to the skies for the first time, the social network's ambitions were brought swiftly down to earth later in the year. A crash-landing in December suggested not all the issues had been successfully ironed out.

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This bill proposal seeks to send doxxers and swatters to prison

This bill proposal seeks to send doxxers and swatters to prison

A new bill proposal seeks to make the act of doxxing someone -- that is, finding and then publishing their personal information on the Internet -- a federal offense. Called the Online Safety Modernization Act, the bipartisan proposal seeks to stop individuals from using the Internet as a personal weapon, whether that involves releasing their enemy's address to online mobs, 'swatting' by calling it fake threats to law enforcement, or something else.

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