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This Guy Owned “Google.com” for 1 Minute. Here’s How Much They Paid Him For It

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Last September, Sanmay Ved was scrolling through a list of available website domains when he saw one that made him stop and do a double-take: google.com. Ved — an MBA student who actually used to work for Google — was sure that it was some kind of mistake. Still, at a price of just $12, he figured it was worth a shot. To his great surprise, the transaction went through. Ved immediately started receiving messages meant for Google admins and even got a few emails containing internal data.

Facebook Is Testing Out Emojis to Give Users An Alternative to the “Like” Button

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The “like” button is one of the cornerstones of Facebook, but there’s no avoiding the fact that it simply isn’t appropriate for certain situations. Facebook has been becoming increasingly aware of this recently. Just last month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company was preparing to roll out some sort of “dislike” button sometime in the near future. On Thursday, Facebook took it a step further, announcing that it would be testing out a set of six new emoji icons that give users the ability to interact with posts using

Google Has the Power to Decide the Next Presidential Election. Here’s How

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When you want to look something up on the internet, where do you go? For more than 75 percent of Americans, the answer to that question is Google (globally the number is closer to 90 precent). And after you’ve hit the search button, how many links do you actually check out? Research shows that half of us will only click the first two links, and less than 10 percent of us will make it past the first page of search results. When you consider these numbers, it’s hard to deny that Google’s

New York City Is Converting Trash Bins Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

At the end of last year, BigBelly, the world leader in smart waste and recycling solutions, teamed up with New York’s Downtown Alliance to begin converting their “smart” waste bins into free Wi-Fi hotspots. According to CityLab… “The project began in downtown Manhattan, where more than 170 of Bigbelly’s solar powered “smart” bins have already been installed. Each container is equipped with a chip that detects when the bin is full or too smelly, allowing trash collectors to make a

Google Is Bringing Free WiFi to NYC By Converting Old Phone Booths Into Hotspots

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Google has a lot of ambitious plans to make the internet accessible across the globe, including a bold project to float internet-equipped balloons into the stratosphere. But before they start launching balloons into the sky, Google is focused on making free high-speed WiFi available in major cities around the world, starting with New York City. Bloomberg reports, “Come September, tall, thin pillars with digital tablet interfaces and large ads slapped on the sides will begin to replace New York’s derelict pay phone booths.” The plan is

A Republican Sneak Attack On Net Neutrality Is Gaining Momentum In Congress

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The FCC’s new net neutrality rules officially went into effect earlier this month, after a federal judge rejected a flurry of legal challenges from cable and phone companies. But before the rules even took effect, Republicans in the House of Representatives had already come up with an underhanded way of effectively crippling net neutrality. On June 10, the day before the new rules became official, House Republicans introduced a seemingly routine appropriations bill (ie. a bill that must be passed in

Remember That Fried “Rat” from KFC? Ya, It Was Actually Chicken

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Two weeks ago, a California man named Devorise Dixon shared the following photo to his Instagram account: I WENT TO KFC YESTERDAY AND BOUGHT A 3PIECE CHICKEN TENDER. AS I BIT INTO IT I NOTICED THAT I WAS VERY HARD AND RUBBERY WHICH MADE ME LOOK AT IT. I NOTICED IT HAD A VERY LONG TAIL AND WAS SHAPED LIKE AN RAT! IT SENT DEEP CHILLS THROUGHOUT MY WHOLE BODY IM STILL FEELING SICK CANT EVEN EAT!!! PLEASE WATCH WHAT YOU EAT

Gmail’s Newest Feature: There’s Finally A Way to Unsend An E-Mail!

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There are few things more terrifying than sending off a sensitive e-mail and then realizing a moment later that you made a major error in your message, sent it to the wrong person, or, in the worst-case scenario, hit the dreaded “reply all” button. Google employees are dealing with the same issues, apparently. On Tuesday (6/23), Gmail officially added an “Undo Send” button to its list of features. The new tool allows Gmail users to set a delay time — anywhere from 5 to 30 seconds

Is This Password Pill the Next Thing Big Thing In Digital Security?

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With more than 3 billion people around the world connected to the internet today, there’s no doubt that we are in the midst of a new digital era. But with all of those people surfing the internet, the issue of digital security is becoming more and more important. As home computers have become increasingly popular, hackers have figured out all sorts of clever ways to steal people’s passwords. As an alternative, a number of companies are developing biometric security measures like fingerprint or

EU Considers Regulating Internet Firms Before We Hit “A Point Of No Return”

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According to The Wall Street Journal… “The European Union could create a powerful new regulator to oversee a swath of mainly U.S.-based Internet companies, according to an internal document.” The plan, first reported by The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Fairless, was given to European Union digital commissioner Günther Oettinger as a warning to start the oversee of online power-houses like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The concern is that the rapid pace of change in modern global economy is leading to many businesses —

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