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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 —

Wireless Companies Beware- Google Just Launched Its Very Own Mobile Service

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Early on Thursday (4/24), Google shook up the mobile industry by officially unveiling its new wireless service, Project Fi. The service is still in the “early access program” stage, so for now it will be limited to owners of the Google Nexus 6 cell phone (it also requires a special SIM card). Project Fi is unique from other wireless services in that customers will only have to pay for the data they actually use. Data is sold in 1GB blocks, and consumers will be refunded

Facebook Launches ThreatExchange: New Social Network Aimed at Improving Cybersecurity

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With hackers becoming more and more sophisticated every day, the threat of cyber attacks is becoming an increasing concern for governments and businesses alike. On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced the formation of a brand new agency that would focus entirely on cybersecurity. His announcement came less than a week after hackers stole tens of millions of Social Security numbers, birth dates, and other personal information from a database belonging to Anthem Inc., the second largest insurance company in the country. Facebook

Google, Amazon and Microsoft Are Paying to Get Around Adblock Plus Filters

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The internet is saturated with pesky, distracting and irritating ads, which is precisely why Adblock Plus – a service that blocks these ads – has been exploding in popularity recently, growing nearly 70% in just the past year. But while Adblock Plus certainly does an excellent job blocking ads from all sorts of sources, the service is also apparently catering to a small number of web giants who don’t want their advertisements to be hidden. Last week, the Financial Times reported that Google, Microsoft and Amazon have been paying their

Activist Groups Are Planning to Balloon Drop “The Interview” DVDs Into North Korea

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With extremely limited internet access and no phone lines connected to other countries, North Korea’s citizens are almost completely cut off from the outside world. Park Sang Hak was born and raised in North Korea but defected to the South when former leader Kim Jong-Il began purging many of his top intelligence officers in the late 90s. Park’s father, a North Korean intelligence agent who was posing as a businessman in Hong Kong at the time, feared that he and his family would

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