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Hulu on the Web gets a simple Live TV channel guide

Hulu on the Web gets a simple Live TV channel guide

Hulu has announced an update that, among other things, brings a channel guide to Live TV subscribers who access the service through the Web. The channel can be found via a small menu button added near the playback bar on the Web interface; it opens in a simple left-hand menu that presents the channels with info about whatever is currently playing.

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Facebook is down for users around the world

Facebook is down for users around the world

If you're currently having troubles using Facebook, you can take solace in the fact that it isn't just you. Facebook seems to be dealing with an outage on a worldwide scale at the moment, leaving many people without access to the social media service. For now, there's no word on when service might return to the website.

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YouTube bans videos showing how to add a bump stock to rifles

YouTube bans videos showing how to add a bump stock to rifles

Following the deadly Las Vegas shooting that involved a firearm containing a bump stock, YouTube has banned videos that show how to modify rifles so that they contain this particular feature. The videos recently disappeared from the service, and the guidelines were updated alongside this to reflect the new restriction. Until now, such modification videos were allowed on the site.

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Project Loon cleared to deliver LTE to Puerto Rico

Project Loon cleared to deliver LTE to Puerto Rico

This is what Project Loon was made for. Well, perhaps not exactly the dire situation facing Puerto Rico at the moment. But the balloon-powered Internet delivery dream was meant to bring connectivity to places where traditional lines can't reach. And that is more or less what the hurricane-battered Caribbean US territory is going through after Maria caused massive destruction, affecting both power and Internet services. Thankfully, the FCC just gave Alphabet's X an experimental license to help Puerto Rico repair its network grid.

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Zillow’s new 3D home tours are captured with iPhone

Zillow’s new 3D home tours are captured with iPhone

Real estate website Zillow plans to let users explore potential homes in a more immersive way -- in 3D. These 3D tours will be made available on for-rent and for-sale listings, giving interested buyers a way to explore the home in a more life-like way. The tours will be made possible via an upcoming iOS app that enables real estate agents and home owners to create the tours using an ordinary iPhone.

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Google pulls Russian news organization RT from preferred program

Google pulls Russian news organization RT from preferred program

Amidst the news about Russian advertisements on Facebook and accounts on Twitter, as well as increased scrutiny over the nation's meddling in the US election via online platforms, Google has decided to remove the news organization Russia Today (RT) from Google Preferred. Twitter recently disclosed that Russia Today spent more than a quarter of a million dollars on advertisements primarily targeting the US market last year.

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As Vegas shooting news shows, Google and Facebook are failing you

As Vegas shooting news shows, Google and Facebook are failing you

Google and Facebook have faced renewed criticism today, over their promotion of "fake news" in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting. In Google's case, the search giant was found to be including misleading pages from the controversial 4chan message board among its "Top stories" for results for incorrect speculation around the shooter's name on Monday morning. The company has blamed its algorithm for the mistake.

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Twitter says it has found 201 Russia-linked accounts

Twitter says it has found 201 Russia-linked accounts

Following Facebook's own disclosure, Twitter says that it has identified more than 200 accounts on its service that are linked to Russia. Using the approximately 450 accounts that Facebook shared as part of its own review, Twitter says it found 201 corresponding accounts on its own service. It has also been transparent about advertisements purchased by the Russian publication Russia Today (RT).

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Facebook is using its communications tech to get Puerto Rico back online

Facebook is using its communications tech to get Puerto Rico back online

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company is sending teams to get Puerto Rico back online, a necessary step for helping emergency crews communicate and helping affected residents get in touch with loved ones. The move follows Hurricane Maria's devastating blow to the island; during its passage, the storm took out more than 90-percent of the cellular towers on the island.

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Zuckerberg replies to Trump’s tweet with a list of Facebook benefits

Zuckerberg replies to Trump’s tweet with a list of Facebook benefits

In case you missed it (and no one would blame you), Trump fired off a tweet this morning accusing Facebook of being "anti-Trump," also blaming "The Networks" of the same, presumably referring to major news networks. He specifically pointed fingers at the New York Times, at the Washington Post, making accusations of fake news.

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These Twitter hacks get you 280-character tweets

These Twitter hacks get you 280-character tweets

Twitter set the cat among the pigeons (or whatever bird its logo actually is) yesterday, with news that it was testing out 280 character tweets. The double-length messages have met with mixed responses online, with some users embracing the fact that they have more characters, while others worry it's an end to the forced-brevity that helps make the service so appealing. However, not everybody got to play.

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AT&T’s rural fixed wireless Internet service arrives in 9 more states

AT&T’s rural fixed wireless Internet service arrives in 9 more states

AT&T has a fixed wireless Internet service designed specifically for rural regions, and it has announced that it is now available in another 9 states. This brings the total number of served states up to 18, all of them with rural regions where people struggle to get decent Internet service. AT&T kicked off this service earlier in 2017 as part of the company's own FCC Connect America Fund effort.

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