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Pirate Bay uses visitors’ CPUs for mining digital currency

Pirate Bay uses visitors’ CPUs for mining digital currency

Torrent and piracy websites are in a difficult situation when it comes to raising money. The more they grow in popularity, the bigger the costs of operation get, but they can't exactly depend on advertising revenue to survive. While donations via Bitcoin have been the preferred option for some time now, it appears The Pirate Bay may be moving to a more direct method for generating funds: using visitor's CPU cycles to mine digital currency.

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Chrome wages war on autoplay videos

Chrome wages war on autoplay videos

Autoplay videos can be one of the most annoying things on the internet. While the content they offer can sometimes be useful, they can also be quite jarring when users aren't expecting them. With this in mind, Google Chrome is going to lay down some new ground rules for autoplay videos in an upcoming build.

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Facebook Snooze temporarily mutes your incredibly annoying friends

Facebook Snooze temporarily mutes your incredibly annoying friends

Depending on how many friends you have on Facebook, your News Feed might be a fairly crowded place, filled with stuff you may not necessarily want to see. In an effort to let us manage what we see and what we don't, Facebook is testing a new feature called "Snooze." This allows you to temporarily mute your friends for a pre-determined amount of time, giving you a little more flexibility when it comes to hiding posts you don't want to see.

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Translation website exposes trove of sensitive documents to public

Translation website exposes trove of sensitive documents to public

A major privacy issue surrounding the website Translate.com has highlighted the need to be careful about which online services you use for sensitive information. Translate.com, as its name suggests, is an online destination where anyone can translate text from one language to another. It recently came to light that Translate has left countless private documents exposed on the Internet.

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Spotify web streaming no longer supports Apple’s Safari

Spotify web streaming no longer supports Apple’s Safari

While Spotify is most commonly associated with its mobile apps, it allows desktop users to stream music through their web browser. Unfortunately that's no longer an option for those who prefer Apple's Safari, as it is no longer supported by Spotify. The abrupt change came about this weekend, surprising and frustrating many users, with the streaming service stating that Safari is now incompatible with its Web Player.

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Equifax data breach exposes Social Security numbers, credit cards and more

Equifax data breach exposes Social Security numbers, credit cards and more

Credit company Equifax has been hit with a data breach that could possibly affect 143 million people throughout the US. The company recently disclosed the data breach, which itself is said to have been discovered on July 29. The hackers were able to gain access to 'certain files' by exploiting a web application on the company's website, according to a statement the company has made.

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Facebook metrics questioned after census data reveals discrepancy

Facebook metrics questioned after census data reveals discrepancy

Facebook's user data is being called into question (again) after an analyst noticed that the social network's metrics don't add up with U.S. census data. Of note, Facebook claims to have more reach in particular age brackets than U.S. census data indicates is possible. In one case, the discrepancy between Facebook's metrics and U.S. census data is ten million people.

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Twitter Night Mode arrives for everyone on desktop

Twitter Night Mode arrives for everyone on desktop

Following a test of the feature that had it appearing for only some users, Twitter has officially launched its Night Mode for everyone on its desktop website. The feature, which turns the screen dark for more comfortable night-time viewing, has already been available to mobile users for a while. When enabled, many bright elements are turned dark grey or black.

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Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Earlier this week, hackers took advantage of an Instagram bug to target the accounts of celebrities and verified users, even gaining access to Selena Gomez's, but it turns out they also managed to make off with personal information for roughly six million other users. When Instagram came forward admitting their glitch was responsible (and had subsequently been fixed), they said that the breach was limited to verified accounts; but it's become clear the attack is much more widespread than expected.

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Instagram Stories arrive on desktop, mobile web uploading inbound

Instagram Stories arrive on desktop, mobile web uploading inbound

Following news that Facebook is testing Stories on its desktop product, Instagram has taken the plunge and launched its own Stories feature for desktop users, removing its mobile limitation. In addition, Instagram will soon allow its users to upload content to their accounts using mobile web instead of the app, though desktop users won't get that ability.

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Dropbox Paper adds Sketch previews, mobile folders, archiving and more

Dropbox Paper adds Sketch previews, mobile folders, archiving and more

Dropbox's online collaborative environment, Paper, has received some updates that improve the usage experience. Chief among the changes is new integrations with Figma and InVision, and that itself is joined by the new ability to preview Sketch files within Paper, no longer requiring users to toggle out of the service. The new features are rolling out to Dropbox Paper users today.

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YouTube’s major redesign brings the service’s first logo change

YouTube’s major redesign brings the service’s first logo change

YouTube has rolled out a major redesign to both its desktop and mobile apps, and alongside them you may notice that something seems a bit off. That's because the logo, still so similar to the one we've always known, has just received its first ever change: the red rectangle is now located to the left of the word YouTube rather than behind the word 'Tube.' It's not a huge change, but it does punctuate the design overhaul.

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