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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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Amazon Chime brings retail giant to the teleconferencing arena

Amazon Chime brings retail giant to the teleconferencing arena

Amazon is, of course, most famous for its retail store first and foremost, and perhaps its digital content second. But for the geekier crowd, Amazon’s name is also synonymous to cloud infrastructure through its Amazon Web Services. Powering not a few critical cloud services, AWS is venturing into the business of directly offering services, particularly for enterprises. Its latest stab at that market is Chime, which, unlike its name, is going to be a more or less noisy service, as it enables companies to chat in groups, whether by voice or by video.

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Verizon resurrects “unlimited” data plan

Verizon resurrects “unlimited” data plan

The word "unlimited" no longer meant what it used to mean. At least not if you use it in the context of Internet data plans. Due to both technical and business considerations, carriers have often put caps on previously labeled "unlimited" plans, technically making them limited. Verizon, however, is unexpectedly changing courses a bit. After actually putting limits on its older unlimited plans, it is introducing a new Unlimited 4G LTE data plan in addition to its bucket-based plans. But, naturally, there are always some caveats.

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Facebook details tougher advert policies to pacify businesses

Facebook details tougher advert policies to pacify businesses

Haunted by Snapchat's Millennial-targeted adverts, and hounded by advertisers reluctant to pay for skipped or silent commercials, Facebook is hoping new transparency will keep the promo cash flowing. The social network's billion-plus audience is still overshadowed by its confession last year that it had been over-counting advertising views. Now, it's getting more granular and promising more to businesses who want to know exactly what they're getting for their money.

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The ‘Met’ Museum of Art adds 375k images to the public domain

The ‘Met’ Museum of Art adds 375k images to the public domain

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has once again made a massive batch of images public domain, marking its latest release since the 400,000 images it made available back in 2014. This time around, the Met has made more than 375,000 images available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, doing so under the new Open Access policy. The images are all public domain artwork in the Met’s collection.

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