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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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Comcast’s claims of “fastest internet” draws criticism from advertising watchdog

Comcast’s claims of “fastest internet” draws criticism from advertising watchdog

If you happen to live in a section of the US where Comcast has set up shop, you've likely heard commercials where the company says it offers the "fastest internet in America" or the "fastest in-home Wifi." As it turns out, those claims may not be entirely truthful, according the National Advertising Review Board, an advertising watchdog that's part of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

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Twitter’s next round of safety measures includes hiding abusive tweets

Twitter’s next round of safety measures includes hiding abusive tweets

Twitter's history with abusive users is pretty well known at this point, and it's been in the news a lot lately. Twitter has been promising to implement new tools that will combat abuse for a few months now, and today we're finding out what the next step in that fight is. Over on the Twitter blog, the company outlined three new features that will be added in the coming weeks and should hopefully contribute a lot in cutting back in the amount of abusive users and tweets.

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Even old email will need search warrants if US law is passed

Even old email will need search warrants if US law is passed

While recent events are still fresh in the memory and lives of those in the US, a new but related matter might rock the boat even more. Especially for those in the tech who are still in the middle of a tussle with the government. The House of Representatives has just voted to pass a bill that will require search warrants even for old emails. But while considered a win for privacy advocates, the bill could still be blocked in the Senate, just as it was last year.

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FCC halts 9 companies from providing subsidized broadband internet

FCC halts 9 companies from providing subsidized broadband internet

Under its new director, the FCC has wasted no time in reversing policies put in place under the previous administration. New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that nine companies won't be allowed to participate in a federal program called Lifeline. With this program, low income customers can receive a monthly $9.25 credit that helps them pay for high-speed broadband internet.

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Google and Facebook launch CrossCheck in France to combat hoaxes

Google and Facebook launch CrossCheck in France to combat hoaxes

Regardless of the political lens you're looking through, it's clear that we have a problem with fake news. Google News Lab and Facebook want to do something about it, launching a new service called CrossCheck, but for the moment, CrossCheck won't be implemented in the US. Instead, it'll get its debut in France, where it will help voters tell fantasy from reality in the lead up to the French elections.

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US judge orders Google to turn over foreign emails in FBI case

US judge orders Google to turn over foreign emails in FBI case

Google has been ordered by a US court to turn over emails stored on servers outside the country to the FBI, in turn complying with a search warrant related to fraud investigation. The order came from Philadelphia's US Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter, who ruled that transferring the emails to the US for FBI review did not technically count as seizure of foreign information.

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FCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, Verizon

FCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, Verizon

Right through December of last year, the FCC had ongoing investigations into telecom giants including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile over their use of zero-rated data services, viewing them anti-competitive and in violation of net neutrality rules. Unfortunately, these investigations were opened under outgoing FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, and part of President Trump's restaffing has been appointing Ajit Pai as the new head. In turn, the agency has also revealed that it's dropping the investigations.

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Facebook News Feed now sifts fake news in favor of ‘authentic content’

Facebook News Feed now sifts fake news in favor of ‘authentic content’

Facebook has been criticized by some for failing to address the issue of fake news in any significant way, and such criticism has spurred the social network into action. According to the company, it has pushed out a pair of News Feed updates that ‘incorporate new signals’ for spotting and ranking so-called authentic content, as well as adding a new way to determine in real time whether a post is relevant to an individual user.

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PETA wants Warhammer 40,000 to ban animal furs

PETA wants Warhammer 40,000 to ban animal furs

PETA is causing a rift in the world of gaming once again, but instead of calling foul on video games, our focus is on Warhammer 40,000. PETA has put in a request with Games Workshop CEO Kevin Rountree to ask that the company stop depicting fur garments in its miniatures. It'll likely strike many as a strange request, but as always, PETA has its reasons.

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Sprint snatches up 33% stake in music streaming service Tidal

Sprint snatches up 33% stake in music streaming service Tidal

In a rather interesting turn of events, Sprint has announced that it's purchased a 33% stake in Tidal. Rumors have been swirling for months about a potential Tidal acquisition, and while this isn't quite the same, it's still financial help at a time when Tidal is struggling.

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Time is running out to download your Vines: Here’s how

Time is running out to download your Vines: Here’s how

Today is the day that Vine becomes Vine Camera, which means it's also the last day to save your Vines if you haven't done so already. Twitter announced what is essentially the death of Vince back in October, but the day has arrived at last. If you don't want your Vines to be lost forever, here's what you need to do to download them.

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