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Germany to Yahoo users: switch to a different email provider

Germany to Yahoo users: switch to a different email provider

Many people have a Yahoo email account from years ago, but no longer use it. Those who do still use their Yahoo email account, though, are being encouraged to switch to a different provider in light of Yahoo's second massive data breach disclosure. Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, more commonly called BSI, has advised existing Yahoo email users to switch to a different provider. The agency heavily criticized Yahoo, accusing it of failing to protect its users.

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Twitch IRL opens the vlogging floodgates

Twitch IRL opens the vlogging floodgates

Twitch is introducing a new IRL category today, and as the name suggests, it has little to do with gaming. Inspired by vlog-style videos that seem to be so popular on YouTube, Twitch IRL allows streamers to interact with their audience directly without playing a game. Topics can vary greatly depending on what broadcasters want to discuss (within Twitch's Community Guidelines, of course), but one rule persists regardless of the topic: audience interaction is key.

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Here’s Facebook’s plan for fighting fake news

Here’s Facebook’s plan for fighting fake news

It isn't exactly a secret that Facebook has a fake news problem. Facebook came under fire during and after this year's US election for the amount of fake news that spread throughout the site, and it wasn't long after that it announced plans to try to combat such stories. Today we're getting our first look at what Facebook will do to combat the spread of fake news on its site.

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Amid war with Snapchat, Instagram hits 600 million users

Amid war with Snapchat, Instagram hits 600 million users

There's been a lot of talk about Snapchat and the threat it poses to Instagram, but Instagram's latest user numbers show that it's still going strong. Instagram, which is a Facebook subsidiary, announced today that it has 600 million users. That's an impressive number, and quite a few more than Snapchat can boast.

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Privacy should never be sacrificed for the sake of free

Privacy should never be sacrificed for the sake of free

Yesterday was not a very good day for privacy. First was the revelation that Evernote’s new privacy policy will basically allow its engineers to take a peek at any of your notes. Then there’s Google’s lawsuit settlement, which involves still scanning your (and non-Gmail users’) e-mails. And to top it all off, Yahoo has admitted that an even more massive breach happened in 2013, affecting no less than 1 billion accounts. All this should send chills down your spine, and yet most people will probably react to the news with a shrug. Have we become accustomed, even numb, to intrusions of privacy in exchange for service? Common sense tells us we shouldn’t, and yet that might not be the case.

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Now you can fix your Netgear router vulnerability with firmware update

Now you can fix your Netgear router vulnerability with firmware update

A few days back we talked about a serious security vulnerability in some of the popular Netgear routers. This security flaw allowed nefarious users to use unauthenticated web pages to pass form input directly to the command-line interface. That gave the potential for a remote attacker to inject arbitrary commands that could be executed by the system.

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FBI targets teens with cringy anti-hacking campaign

FBI targets teens with cringy anti-hacking campaign

It's difficult not to feel a little embarrassed for the FBI in light of its recently published anti-hacking advertisement. Made in collaboration with Europol, the ad shows two teenagers, one dolled up like an Ivy Leaguer and the other replete with emo affectations in a dark hoodie, both of them labelled with things like health status, 'cash total,' and, of course, their hacker/non-hacker designations.

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Facebook plans to launch original scripted, unscripted, and sports shows

Facebook plans to launch original scripted, unscripted, and sports shows

Facebook plans to offer original content on its platform soon, the social network has revealed, the variety of which may include many genres and types, including sports-related video, game shows, and scripted shows. Details are still slight at this time, so we don’t have any ideas about what kind of shows may be in the pipeline, nor when we’ll see them arrive on the platform. However, it is suggested that Facebook is talking with others about licensing various videos.

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Amazon Prime Video rolls into over 200 countries

Amazon Prime Video rolls into over 200 countries

Amazon has made a big announcement today that everyone was expecting thanks to Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson Is a former Top Gear host and avid twitter user who isn't afraid to give up details about things a bit early at times. Such is the case when he tweeted that his new show, The Grand Tour, would be available on over 200 countries. The catch when he made that tweet was that Amazon had yet to roll out in that many locations.

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Facebook Parents Portal taps parents to help stop online bullying

Facebook Parents Portal taps parents to help stop online bullying

Facebook has announced the launch of a new Parents Portal aimed at informing parents and enabling them to keep their kids safe online. The portal includes primers on the social network itself, such as how sharing and posting works, as well as tips on discussing Internet safety with kids, advice from experts and resources for parents, and easy access to the help center’s privacy and security checkups, as well as a link to suicide hotlines.

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Net Neutrality – Why it should matter to you

Net Neutrality – Why it should matter to you

Before this year’s presidential elections became the major factor dividing the US tech industry, it was “net neutrality” that split camps along lines of for or against. And if you thought the (legal) battle is over, you are definitely wrong. Although the FCC already ruled in favor of net neutrality last year, the changing of the guards opens up the real possibility, nay an explicit objective even, of undoing all that. The net neutrality debates are about to be reignited and, whichever side of the camp you stand on, the results will inevitably affect everyone.

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Fake News is old news but here’s what we can do to stop it

Fake News is old news but here’s what we can do to stop it

The Internet is without a doubt one of the most powerful things man has ever invented. It has made the world a smaller place, at least digitally, and has made it easy for any voice to be heard. Almost too easy. It has made spreading false or inaccurate information as easy as clicking “Retweet” or “Re-post”. Coupled with a culture of instant gratification, that has become a recipe for disaster. That disaster has a new name this year, and it’s called “Fake News”. Sadly, Fake news is actually nothing new, aside from the now more severe geopolitical implications. The good news, it can be beaten. The bad news is, it requires undoing the fortunately still young culture of mindless reading and sharing on the Web.

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