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Homeland Security plans to monitor all immigrants’ social media accounts

Homeland Security plans to monitor all immigrants’ social media accounts

The Department of Homeland Security has been slowly encroaching upon social media, having first done things like asking visitors to voluntarily provide their social accounts to more direct things like authorizing the examination of social media accounts as part of background checks for visa applicants. Now that people have grown accustomed to that news, the DHS is again invading the social space, this time for all immigrants.

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Vimeo’s new livestreaming service is designed for everyone

Vimeo’s new livestreaming service is designed for everyone

Video service Vimeo has announced the launch of Vimeo Live, a livestreaming service designed for anyone and everyone. The platform allows users to stream video at up to Full HD 1080p resolutions, a process described as being 'stress-free.' This joins existing livestreaming options, including YouTube's live feature, Twitter, Twitch and more.

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Twitter begins doubling tweet length to higher 280-character limit

Twitter begins doubling tweet length to higher 280-character limit

Rumors about such a change have been around for years, and now it has finally happened: Twitter has just doubled the character limit on tweets from 140 to 280. This change is aimed at reducing the need to 'cram' a thought into a tiny snippet of text, something argued as necessary for languages like English that require more characters to convey the same thoughts as other languages like Japanese.

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Showtime websites used visitors’ CPUs to secretly harvest cryptocurrency

Showtime websites used visitors’ CPUs to secretly harvest cryptocurrency

Over the weekend, Showtime's website was caught using visitors' CPUs to mine cryptocurrency without their knowledge, an issue that also recently surfaced at The Pirate Bay. The issue came to light in a tweet made by Twitter user @SkensNet, who pointed toward the offending source code. He tagged Showtime in the tweet, but no reply was forthcoming, and the code remained live for at least several hours following the publicity.

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Instagram just gave you the tools to control comments

Instagram just gave you the tools to control comments

Instagram has tweaked its comment controls, adding more granularity over who can respond in an attempt to cut down on harassment and bullying. The photo and video social network has faced criticism for handling offensive and threatening comments against its users poorly, in addition to offering mediocre tools for them to manage their accounts. Indeed, until now it was effectively an all-or-nothing approach.

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Google plans drastic split to escape further antitrust fines

Google plans drastic split to escape further antitrust fines

Facing a potentially expensive deadline in Europe, Google will reportedly take drastic steps to avoid another antitrust fine over allegations its comparison shopping service squeezes out the competition. Regulators in the European Union had taken Google to task over how its Google Shopping system worked, picking up on complaints by rival shopping comparison services that the search giant was hogging the prime results positions for itself. The EU had given Google until Thursday, September 28 to come up with a solution.

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The ridiculously fast Marea transatlantic internet cable is complete

The ridiculously fast Marea transatlantic internet cable is complete

Microsoft and Facebook may not be as cool as SpongeBob, but they do now have a mighty cable under the sea which is almost as impressive as a pineapple. The two companies has completed its Marea subsea cable, a groundbreaking - or should that be seabreaking? - infrastructure project that will funnel vast quantities of high-speed data more than 17,000 feet under the Atlantic Ocean.

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Facebook will give Congress the ads bought by Russian agency

Facebook will give Congress the ads bought by Russian agency

Facebook has revealed that it will provide Congress with the advertisements that were purchase by the Russian entity Internet Research Agency throughout 2015 to 2017. The advertisements came to light a couple weeks ago when Facebook revealed that the Russian agency had bought in excess of 3,000 ads targeting both political and social issues in the United States.

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Experian criticized for sending credit freeze PINs through email

Experian criticized for sending credit freeze PINs through email

Experian is being criticized for allowing consumers to get their credit freeze PINs through email after answering questions that mostly involve information already leaked by Equifax and others. The PINs are used to unfreeze one's credit, making it possible to seek loans and other similar things. Many consumers have put a freeze on their credit in light of the massive Equifax data leak.

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Equifax team accidentally sent some people to a phishing website

Equifax team accidentally sent some people to a phishing website

Equifax has been heavily criticized over its decision to use a separate website for its data breach info, and it just demonstrated the reason why: it is easy for people to get the address mixed up with other similar websites set up by scammers or anyone else. Some Equifax team members were spotted erroneously pointing concerned people to a phishing website with a domain name similar to the official one Equifax is using.

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Twitter transparency report details crackdown on abusive accounts

Twitter transparency report details crackdown on abusive accounts

Twitter has released its most recent transparency report, and in it we see that most of the allegedly abusive accounts reported to it for terms of service violations were allowed to stay live on the service. The reasons vary, according to Twitter, and include things like the company failing to find evidence of content that violated the company terms, as well as a failure on the reporter's part to identify which content was in violation of Twitter's TOS.

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T-Mobile Unlimited plan limit could be raised to 50GB

T-Mobile Unlimited plan limit could be raised to 50GB

The Un-carrier might be at it again and its next move could definitely give its rivals and their subscribers pause for thought. Although “unlimited” these days no longer really means what the word literally means, T-Mobile seems to be doing everything it can to make it close enough. A recent tip says that as early as Wednesday, the network’s deprioritization limit, a.k.a. the Fair Usage Threshold, could be raised to as much as 50 GB, more than double its paltry initial limit of 23 GB, and definitely more than what its competitors are offering.

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