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Bill Gates: Google’s Internet Balloons Won’t Help Kids Dying of Malaria

Back in June Google announced Project Loon, an initiative to bring the internet to remote areas via giant balloons that float around stratospheric winds and beam access down to people on the ground. Google knows that it’s an ambitious program. They’ve called it a “moonshot” and even the name suggests that it’s a rather loony idea. Now, Bill Gates is …

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Comcast Has A Plan To Convert Pirates Into Paying Customers [Report]

Most people would say that the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System has been an utter failure. We’ve not yet heard a single success story. In fact, we’ve not heard anything about it since it launched earlier this year. A new report suggests that Comcast may already be tiring of this method and is now working on a new plan that …

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Companies Are Duking It Out Online For Consumers’ Hearts And Minds [Infographic]

Everybody is fighting to have you access the Internet on their hardware or software platforms. In fact, you may even call it a war. Some wars are more contested than others, but they’re all fighting to gain your favor at the end of the day. In a new infographic from KISSmetrics, the analytics blog breaks down every “war” and declares …

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Starbucks Partners With Google For Faster Wi-Fi

Starbucks recently made a deal with Google to offer their customers Wi-Fi connections that are considerably faster then they are today. Starbucks has been a long-time hang out spot and trendy temporary workspace for many around the world. However, those that choose this workspace option have been faced with limited connectivity speeds. From my personal experience in many of the …

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New Leak Suggests NSA Can See Everything You Do Online

In early June, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed PRISM to the world. The secret NSA program allows the agency to collect communications from major tech companies. Various programs revealed since then have all been about streamlining that data collection. The latest leak, however, shows that the NSA has far more power than previously thought. The Guardian reports today that …

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Look At All This Stuff That Happens On The Web In Just 60 Seconds

We just showed you how many people and things are coming online in real time (at least by Cisco’s measure). Now let’s take a look at what people are actually doing. Well, it’s not exactly a real-time look, but according to data compiled by Qmee, this is what goes on in sixty second on the web: Online in 60 Seconds …

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Cisco Is Counting Things That Are Connected To The Internet In Real Time (Here’s The Counter)

Cisco launched the Cisco Internet of Everything (IoE) Connections counter today, claiming to count, in real time, everything that comes online. So far it’s over ten billion people, processes, data and things. Here’s a look at their counter: “Right now, in 2013, 80 ‘things’ per second are connecting to the internet. Next year that number will reach almost 100 per …

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Average Global Internet Speeds Are Still Increasing

Most of us in the U.S. love to rag on our ISPs and blame them for what we perceive as painfully slow Internet speeds. Our ISPs certainly do deserve their fair share of criticism, but we should also celebrate when things are headed in a positive direction. The latest report from Akamai is cause for celebration as it shows things …

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House Wants To Take The NSA Down A Peg With Defense Spending Amendments

Ever since it was revealed that the NSA was spying on Americans in early June, some members of Congress have proposed laws to strip the agency of its power. Those proposed laws probably won’t go anywhere anytime soon though. That’s why some members of Congress are now trying to sneak amendments targeting the NSA into bills that are destined to …

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Justice Department Finally Admits That It Collects All Phone Records Within U.S.

When the NSA spy programs were first revealed, the government told us that it was only collecting records that were relevant to terrorism investigations. Further leaks contradicted that claim, but the government didn’t address it. Now one government official has, and it’s not pretty. The Hill reports that Deputy Attorney General James Cole said that the government collects pretty much …

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Microsoft Details How It Complies With Government Requests For User Data

In the wake of the NSA leaks, tech companies began to distance themselves from allegations that said they provided the NSA with direct access to their servers. Microsoft was one of the more vocal in its denials, and even mounted a challenge against the secret FISA court demanding that it be allowed to release data request numbers. That hasn’t exactly …

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Justice Department Ordered To Release Documents Detailing Yahoo’s Fight Against PRISM

You may remember last month when it was revealed that Yahoo fought against PRISM and lost in 2008. The leaked FISA document that revealed this information was heavily redacted, however, so it didn’t give us the whole picture. Now Yahoo has won the chance to show us almost everything. The Daily Dot reports that Yahoo has won a request it …

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