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Google cloud storage restrictions extended for Docs and friends

Google cloud storage restrictions extended for Docs and friends

Google's generous unlimited storage offers were admittedly too good to last. Whether or not some people took advantage of that, it was only a matter of time before it became unsustainable, at least as a business. Late last year, Google announced a couple of changes to its formerly unlimited options for Workspace and Google Photos users. It is now announcing an extension of that deadline as a way to give administrators, businesses, and users more time to prepare for the inevitable.

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Yahoo Answers will go dark after 16 years: How to save your data

Yahoo Answers will go dark after 16 years: How to save your data

Yahoo has quietly announced that it will shutter its Yahoo Answers platform this summer, redirecting users to the Yahoo homepage and scrubbing its vast user-submitted archives from the Internet. Users who participated on the platform have the option of saving their data before the service goes dark, but you only have a few weeks to get it.

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Instagram Remix on Reels duels TikTok Duets

Instagram Remix on Reels duels TikTok Duets

It's safe to say that social networks these days are copying each other more blatantly than before. That sometimes goes not only for features but even the names for those features. We've seen that happen in Stories, Clubhouses, and short-form videos just to name a few. Now it seems that TikTok is once again the progenitor of a new fad, one that remixes one short video with another. TikTok called it its Duets and, after some time baking in limited testing, Instagram is now launching its own Remix on Reels.

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Biden Infrastructure Plan promises 100% US internet coverage and lower prices

Biden Infrastructure Plan promises 100% US internet coverage and lower prices

The US aims to deliver 100-percent high-speed broadband coverage within the next decade, part of a far-reaching new Infrastructure Plan revealed by President Biden today. The strategy document includes tackling American road, rail, and other transit shortcomings, replacing and repairing crumbling infrastructure, building out more access to digital services like internet connections, and making sure essential services like electricity aren't knocked out by natural disasters like that which took huge swathes of Texas offline earlier in the year.

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Google FLoC third-party cookie replacement goes into testing

Google FLoC third-party cookie replacement goes into testing

Google recently made the almost-shocking announcement that not only would it be phasing out support for third-party cookies in Chrome, it would also not build something to replace those cookies. That's a rather big promise considering how these cookies are used for advertising purposes, Google's biggest business. Naturally, Google does have a solution to that predicament that it is calling Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, now available for a few Chrome users to test and verify if it really works as advertised.

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Verizon 3G CDMA network shutdown gets a final date again

Verizon 3G CDMA network shutdown gets a final date again

Network operators have a tendency to redefine common words and give them new meanings. "Unlimited" is not unlimited when it comes to data and "indefinitely" definitely has an end. To be fair, Verizon did leave the door wide open for when it will shut down its 3G network and now it is officially giving notice to the old technology's remaining users. Big Red is finally shutting down its 3G CDMA network at the end of 2022, three years after its initial plan.

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Ubiquiti whistleblower claims security breach far worse than reported

Ubiquiti whistleblower claims security breach far worse than reported

A new whistleblower report claims that the Ubiquiti data breach announced back in January was much bigger and potentially more damaging than the company reported. The insider claims that Ubiquiti deliberately downplayed the data breach out of concerns about its stock price and that the incident was ultimately 'catastrophically worse than reported.'

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Reddit partial outage makes it difficult to browse this weekend

Reddit partial outage makes it difficult to browse this weekend

Popular anonymous social media platform Reddit is experiencing a partial outage this weekend, meaning you may run into issues with loading posts or comments using a desktop browser or mobile app. The issues aren't substantial enough to prevent users from accessing the service but have resulted in 'an elevated error rate,' the Reddit Status website shows.

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Twitter emoji reactions are coming, might include dislikes

Twitter emoji reactions are coming, might include dislikes

Facebook's blue thumbs up "Like" might have now become iconic but it hardly represents any of the sentiments that users might like to convey over a certain post. Some have even gotten used to hitting that Like button when they want to convey sorrow or sympathy. While it still hasn't yielded to add a "Dislike" option, Facebook has long since expanded its reactions to a select set of emojis, something that Twitter seems to be on its way to adopting as well.

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ChilledCow lo-fi channel rebrands to reflect its iconic character

ChilledCow lo-fi channel rebrands to reflect its iconic character

Modern-day lo-fi music was popularized by a number of YouTube channels, the most notable of which is arguably ChilledCow -- which, going forward, will now be known as 'Lofi Girl.' The reason for the rebrand is obvious to anyone familiar with the channel: it presents a looping animation of a girl doing homework, and she is known as 'lofi girl.'

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Instagram for kids under 13 is reportedly in the works

Instagram for kids under 13 is reportedly in the works

In many parts of the world, the ongoing pandemic has forced people indoors or, at the very least, reduced the amount of face-to-face social interactions. While teens and adults have flocked to social networks for their fix, younger kids are, at least legally, banned from such online forums. This age group, however, is also seen by many social networks and online platforms as a big and potentially profitable market and it's not surprising to hear that Facebook's Instagram is eying a version of its network made especially for very young users.

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Tax day 2021 change could hide a big state headache

Tax day 2021 change could hide a big state headache

The Internal Revenue Service and US Treasury Department announced a change to this year's tax filing due date. Here in 2021, the tax filing due date (for the 2020 tax season) was extended from its previous date (April 15, 2021) to May 17, 2021. This does not necessarily affect the due date for taxes in your state. Each individual state still has their own due date for State Taxes, regardless of how the IRS changes their Federal Tax Due Date.

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