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Google Guts Gchat, To Be Permanently Replaced By Hangouts On June 26

Google has announced that it is officially killing Gchat on June 26, at which point users will be automatically transitioned to Hangouts. Rending Gchat away from its roster of services signals Google’s push to focus on Hangouts moving forward.

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Lawmakers Make A Move To Overturn Obama-Era Internet Privacy Rules: What This Means For Internet Users

Republicans in the U.S. Senate just voted to repeal the Obama-era FCC internet privacy protection ruling concerning Internet Service Providers. What can this mean for their consumers’ privacy?

Internet March 24, 2017

AT&T And Verizon Pull Ads Off YouTube Over Videos Promoting Terrorism And Hate

AT&T and Verizon have decided to remove their ads from YouTube over videos promoting hateful speech and terrorism. Google pledged to give advertisers more control over ad placement, but apparently it didn't move fast enough.

Internet March 23, 2017

Hush, Mind-Blown, Broccoli: All These And More As New Emojis Gets Revealed

Unicode has unveiled Emoji 5.0, a list of potential emojis. The new emojis will launch sometime mid-2017.

Internet March 23, 2017

Google Introduces New Advertising Safeguards, Pledges To Pull Ads From Racist, Sexist, And Offensive Videos, Sites

With Google facing mounting uproar from brands over their ads’ presence on offensive videos, the web company has now introduced stricter policies that’ll more efficiently pull ads from offensive videos. No set date, however, has been offered for full implementation.

Internet March 22, 2017

Twitter Suspends Thousands Of Accounts For Promoting Terrorism

Twitter took bold steps to counter terrorism. In its Transparency report, Twitter revealed that it suspended over 300,000 accounts that promoted terrorism in the second half of 2016.

Internet March 22, 2017

Reddit To Get Profile Pages Soon: Doomed To Become A Facebook, Twitter Clone?

Reddit is changing in a big but familiar way with the new profile pages, making it reminiscent of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Internet March 22, 2017

New Li-Fi Type Reportedly 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi, Never Overloaded

In a major breakthrough to bring faster internet, researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology have come up with a wireless network based on infrared rays with speed 100 times faster than any Wi-Fi. It is maintenance-free and does not need power at all.

Internet March 24, 2017

Thinking Of Covering Ed Sheeran Songs On Facebook? Don't, Your Account Could Get Suspended

An Ed Sheeran fan recently got her Facebook account suspended after she posted a cover version of one of Sheeran’s song on Facebook. The singer apologized for the incident and blamed his music label for the problem.

Internet March 21, 2017

New DirecTV Now Customers Get Free HBO For A Year: Here's The Catch

AT&T launched a special promotional offer which would allow new DirecTV Now users access to a free one-year subscription for HBO. However, there is a catch and the offer may not be as enticing as it sounds.

Internet March 21, 2017

Kickass Torrents Still Kickin' Despite Torrent Sites' Woes: 'Happy Torrents Day' Coming This Month

Kickass Torrents survived its shutdown last year and is still among the most resilient torrent sites. The team is ready to celebrate again and is now gearing up for the sixth annual 'Happy Torrents Day,' set for later this month.

Internet March 20, 2017

Netflix Originals Could Be Optimized For Small Screens With Mobile-Specific Cuts

Netflix plans to explore the possibility of having mobile-specific cuts of its original movies and TV shows. This move could allow for a better experience in watching Netflix on mobile, even on smaller screens like smartphones.

Internet March 17, 2017

German Minister Seeks Fines On Social Media Sites That Fail To Wipe Out Hate Speech

A justice minister in Germany proposes a bill that could possibly fine social networks as high as $53 million if they will not take action on illegal hate messages made through their platforms.

Internet March 17, 2017

New Gmail Phishing Scam Making Rounds: Don't Fall For This Attachment

A Gmail phishing scam has been tricking users into giving up their credentials, using an attachment as bait. Here's what this scam entails and how to avoid it.

Internet March 16, 2017

Twitter Accounts Hacked Over Turkey Dealings, Pushing 'Nazi Germany' And 'Nazi Holland' (Netherlands) Messages

Hundreds of Twitter accounts were hacked on March 15, posting rogue tweets with the hashtags #NaziHollanda and #NaziAlmanya. The tweets come as Turkey's relations with the Netherlands and Germany keep deteriorating after Turkish President Erdogan accused both countries of Nazi practices.

Internet March 15, 2017

New York City Upset With Verizon, Sues The Carrier: Here's Why

New York City officials filed a lawsuit against Verizon claiming that the company failed to fulfill the terms of an agreement signed with the city nine years ago. Company officials, however, denied these charges made against them.

Internet March 14, 2017

Facebook Updates Policy To Ban Devs From Using Data For Surveillance

Facebook has updated its platform policy to ban developers from accessing its data for surveillance purposes, which is a result of working with the ACLU for the past several months.

Internet March 13, 2017

Forksy Is The Chatbot That Understands Natural Language To Easily Track Users Food In Conversations

Users can easily count calories using this bot called Forksy, which allows users to text exactly what they ate to make logging simpler than ever.

Internet March 13, 2017

T-Mobile Ups Unlimited Data Plan Cap: Throttling Only After 30 GB Per Month

T-Mobile has quietly increased the cap on its unlimited data plan, adding 2 GB of extra leeway. Customers can now use 30 GB of high-speed data per month before being throttled.

Internet March 13, 2017

World Wide Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee: To Save The Web, These Three Things Must Be Changed

The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, has outlined three primary trends that threaten his original vision of an open web. He has also suggested ways in which to combat them.

Internet March 12, 2017

A Whopping 48 Million Twitter Accounts Are Actually Just Bots, Study Says

A new research has found that about 48 million Twitter users are actually not humans but are indeed bots. However, not all bots are useless and spam-generating.

Internet March 12, 2017

Hulu Adds A&E, History, Lifetime To Live TV Streaming Service Lineup, No Sign Of Viacom

Hulu’s live TV streaming service, launching later this spring, has added six more channels to its lineup, expanding its selection with A&E Networks family of six channels. Viacom, however, is absent from any potential Hulu deal.

Internet March 11, 2017

The Pirate Bay, Rarbg, Kickass Torrents, 1337X, Torrentz2, ExtraTorrent Warning Notice Program Failing, New Report Indicates

A new warning program for users of file-sharing websites such as The Pirate Bay, Rarbg, Kickass Torrents, 1337X, Torrentz2, and ExtraTorrent appears to be failing so far. A new study indicates many warnings are erroneous and the program will be ineffective.

Internet March 11, 2017

Servicemen From Different US Military Departments Shared Nude Photos Of Female Colleagues

The U.S. Marine Department is being questioned for distributing obscene and explicit images of female colleagues. The images have reportedly been shared on another public website called Anon-IB.

Internet March 11, 2017

FCC Investigates AT&T 911 Service Outage, Carrier Remains Mum

FCC is investigating the cause of AT&T 911 calls outage along with how many people have been affected by the issue. The U.S. network operator continues to remain mum on the matter.

Internet March 10, 2017

Twitter Testing New Feature That Can Warn You Of 'Sensitive Content' In Your Profile

Twitter has attempted to curb any sort of abusive behavior on the platform, but the feature has not met with a positive response from users. Twitter has marked profiles which can contain 'sensitive content' and they are flagged.

Internet March 10, 2017

Facebook Messenger Day Launches Globally As Snapchat Stories Clone, But With Tricks Of Its Own

Facebook has officially launched Messenger Day worldwide. Rolling out now on Android and iOS, it's very similar to Snapchat Stories, but it also brings its own tricks to the game so here's what you need to know.

Internet March 9, 2017

AT&T Customers Unable To Call 911: Here's What Happened (Service Restored Now)

AT&T users in more than 14 states nationwide were unable to call 911 on Wednesday, March 8. The carrier says it has solved the issue and restored the service, but people are still wondering what happened.

Internet March 9, 2017

Boomerang Streaming Service Coming This Spring, Stream Hanna-Barbera And Looney Tunes Classics For $5 A Month

Time Warner and Warner Bros. have announced a new streaming app called Boomerang. This app will stream vintage cartoons from Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tunes for a monthly subscription fee of $5.

Internet March 9, 2017

FCC: US Senate Introduces New Resolution That Could Let ISPs Sell Your Web Browsing Data

Republican senators have just introduced legislation that would backpedal privacy rules for internet service providers. It will allow them to sell browsing history of their subscribers for advertising.

Internet March 9, 2017

Harvard Taps Mark Zuckerberg To Deliver 2017 Commencement Speech

Harvard has confirmed that Mark Zuckerberg is set to address the university's 2017 commencement. Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard some years ago to focus on Facebook.

Internet March 7, 2017

BBC Reports Child Abuse To Facebook But Hits A Twist: Facebook Cries Foul And Calls The Cops On BBC

BBC reported some sexualized child images to Facebook and set up an interview regarding the social network's content moderation practices. In an unexpected twist, Facebook reported BBC to authorities and canceled the interview.

Internet March 7, 2017

Verizon Announces First Fios Prepaid Plan With Internet And TV Bundle For $100

Verizon is now offering a month-to-month plan for its Fios services that features no annual contract an no deposit, with an Internet and TV bundle for about $100.

Internet March 7, 2017

Samsung Internet Browser Hits Google Play Store, Works On Android Devices

Samsung launched the beta update for its Internet Browser and the app is currently available in the Google Play Store. This browser will run on Samsung Galaxy and Google Nexus devices that support Android 5.0 and above.

Internet March 7, 2017

Is Obama Planning A Coup? No, Google Home Was Just Spreading Fake News

Google Home seems to have been up to no good, spreading fake news over the weekend. When asked whether or not former President Barack Obama is planning a coup, it said he might be planning one.

Internet March 6, 2017

With Facebook Messenger Reactions In Testing, Could A Dislike Button Finally Make It To Facebook As Well?

Facebook has reportedly started testing reactions for Messenger, including a Dislike button. Is this a stepping stone toward getting a Dislike button on Facebook, or will it further separate Messenger as a stand-alone service?

Internet March 6, 2017

Hundreds Of Marines Under The Scanner For Distributing Sexually Explicit Images Of Female Colleagues

The U.S Marine department is being questioned for sharing obscene and sexually implicit pictures of female colleagues and veterans. These images were shared through a secret Facebook page known as ‘Marine United.'

Internet March 6, 2017

Facebook Rolls Out 'Disputed' Tag For Fake News On Social Network: How Does It Work?

Facebook has rolled out a new flagging system that will mark fake news as 'disputed' articles. Is the new tool the solution to fake news, or does it fall short on eliminating the issue within the social network?

Internet March 6, 2017

AT&T Stream Saver Rolls Out, Throttling Video Quality By Default: Here's How To Disable It

AT&T has officially started rolling out the Stream Saver feature announced back in November, throttling video quality to 480p. The feature kicks in by default, but at least it's easy to disable it.

Internet March 4, 2017

Facebook Adds City Guides Feature To Its App To Help Travelers Plan Vacations

Facebook began rolling out a new feature called City Guides that gives users suggestions on places that are popular in that city.

Internet March 3, 2017

Mike Pence Hacked: VP's Old Private Email Used For Official Duty As Indiana Governor Breached

In 2016, Vice President Mike Pence criticized Hillary Clinton’s error in using a private server for confidential information. But then he is also guilty of the same oversight.

Internet March 3, 2017

Amazon Web Services Outage Explained: A Typo Took Down A Huge Part Of The Internet

Amazon Web Services recently suffered a four-hour outage that took down thousands of websites in the United States. According to Amazon, the incident was caused by human error, in the form of an incorrectly entered command.

Internet March 3, 2017

Gmail Now Allows You To Receive Attachments Of Up To 50MB, Sending Limits Remains The Same At 25MB

Receiving big file attachments in Gmail has now become easy. Gmail users can now receive attachments of up to 50 MB, however sending file size limit remains the same at 25 MB.

Internet March 2, 2017

The Pirate Bay Blocked By ISP: Rarbg, Kickass Torrents, 1337X, Torrentz2, ExtraTorrent, And Others To Follow?

The Pirate Bay has been officially blocked by an ISP after a court held for an entertainment industry consortium in Sweden. The ISP, however has vowed to fight rulings against similar sites such as Rarbg, Kickass Torrents, 1337X, Torrentz2, and ExtraTorrent.

Internet March 4, 2017

The Chainsmokers’ Coldplay Collab ‘Something Just Like This’ Breaks One Day YouTube Viewing Record [Video]

The Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s new collaboration ‘Something Just Like This’ has broken the record for most views of a lyric video on YouTube in one day. The song racked up over 9 million views, surpassing previous record holder Justin Bieber.

Internet March 4, 2017

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