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‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Dangerous, According To Web’s Inventor

A lot of people (especially those not trying to hide information about themselves) agree that the Right to Be Forgotten in Europe is problematic for a variety of reasons, including the censorship of information. The latest to speak out against the current situation is none other than Tim Berners-Lee, the guy responsible for the World Wide Web. Via CNET: “This …

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Comcast Hotspot Lawsuit Alleges Company Broke the Law with Xfinity Public WiFi Initiative

A couple of Comcast customers are none too happy with the company’s Xfinity WiFi hotspot initiative, and have filed a class-action lawsuit against the ISP in a California district court. Toyer Grear and Joycelyn Harris allege Comcast is violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and various other state statutes when it uses customers’ wireless routers to “generate additional, public …

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Google Now Accepting Fiber Signups In Austin

Google announced as far back as April that it would be launching Google Fiber in Austin, Texas. In October, the company revealed it would launch in December. Well, guess what. December is here, and Google just announced that it is now accepting signups in the city. That includes businesses. In a blog post, Google writes: Access to abundant, super fast …

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Google Internet Balloon Crashes, Surprises South African Farmer

A South African sheep farmer stumbled upon something odd recently – a crashed balloon filled with electronic components. Thinking it was a weather balloon, he did some investigating. What he found was that the balloon was actually made in the USA, and belonged to Google. Urbanus Botha found a whole mess of plastic collapsed on his land, and with the …

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Should The Internet Be Reclassified As Obama Requests?

In an effort to protect an open Internet, President Obama announced that he’s asking the FCC to reclassify Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. “In plain English, I’m asking them to recognize that for most Americans, the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life,” he said, noting that the FCC is an …

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Internet Archive Launches Internet Arcade

The Internet Archive at archive.org, which has given us great things like the Wayback Machine, has launched the Internet Arcade, a web-based library of arcade games from the 70s, 80s and 90s. You can play these for free right from your browser. There’s like 900 of them beginning with The Three Stooges in Brides is Brides. We’re talking Pac-Man, Tiger-Heli, …

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‘Severe’ Online Harassment Affects Nearly Half of Those Targeted

If you’re active on social media, discussion sites, or comment boards, there’s a very high probability that you’re familiar with online harassment – whether you’ve experienced it or simply witnessed it. People can be terrible, and when you give them a cloak of anonymity things become even worse. Pew Research Center has just put out their first-ever survey entirety focused …

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Google Fiber Heads To Austin, Wants To Help You Find An Apartment

At a press event, Google announced that Google Fiber will come to Austin in December, where it will reside alongside AT&T’s gigabit internet. Google announced plans to launch Fiber in Austin back in April of last year. “It’s a mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism, with thriving artistic and tech communities, as well as the University of Texas and its new …

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FCC Says Marriott Jammed Guests’ Wi-Fi, Will Pay $600K Fine

The FCC and Marriott have come to an agreement on allegations that the hotel chain puprosefully jammed its customers’ Wi-Fi. The civil penalty will amount to $600,000 for the largest hotel company in the world. The whole thing started with a complaint, which the FCC received in March of 2013. The complainant, who had recently stayed at Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland …

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Sharks Are Trying to Eat Your Internet

Here’s a scary shark week story for you. Under the sea, there is internet – or at least the internet’s transport system. Ok, so let’s go with ‘internet’. Anyway, there are around 200 fiber optic cables in this undersea network that transports data across the world. Last year alone, these submarine cables carried 51 billion gigabytes per month. Long story …

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Facebook’s Internet.org App Brings Free Internet to the Under-Connected

Nearly a year ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new initiative called Internet.org, with the stated mission of making the internet available to all (making affordable internet access available to the two thirds of the world not yet connected, in its words). Zuckerberg and his new group lamented that devices and data plans are too expensive, mobile networks are …

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Here Are The Top 50 Desktop Sites In The U.S.

comScore just released its Media Metrix monthly ranking of the top 50 web properties (desktop) in the United States. The top five consist of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, and AOL, followed by Amazon, MODE Media (formerly Glam Media), Turner Digital, Apple, and CBS. Here’s a look at the full list: Here’s a look at the Ad Focus rankings: The firm …

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