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Facebook Is Planning To Put More Ads In Videos

Facebook has announced that it’s going to test pre-roll ads in videos inside its Watch hub next year. Newsfeed algorithm changes are also underway, which will apparently lead to users seeing more videos they actually want to watch.

Internet December 15, 2017

FCC Votes To Kill Net Neutrality: Here's What That Means For You And What Will Happen Next

The Federal Communication Commission, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, voted to kill net neutrality. The move will have a very significant effect on our access to the internet, and the next few weeks will be crucial in shaping its future.

Internet December 15, 2017

What Exactly Is Layer3 TV, And Why Is T-Mobile So Confident It’ll Change The Cable Landscape Forever?

T-Mobile wants to change the state American cable for the better. So it’s acquiring Layer3 TV, which offers encoded signal via internet protocol, resulting in faster and more efficient streaming.

Internet December 14, 2017

Bing Gets AI-Powered Features To Improve Search Results, Reddit Integration To Help You Scour Subreddits

Microsoft is beefing up Bing with AI-powered features and an integration with Reddit. Now users can get more comprehensive answers and thoroughly search thousands of subreddits.

Internet December 14, 2017

Facebook Fires Back With Unexpected Response To Former Executive Who Said Social Media Is 'Ripping Apart' Society

Facebook fired back at a former executive who said that he was feeling 'tremendous guilt' for helping create tools that are 'ripping apart' society. The company unusually answered the allegations, but the contents of the response were even more unexpected.

Internet December 13, 2017

Internet Pioneers To FCC Regarding Net Neutrality: You Don’t Know How The Internet Works

The Federal Communications Commission, ahead of its plan to kill net neutrality, is facing mountainous pressure to cancel its vote. Adding to that list is an open letter penned by some of the biggest internet pioneers.

Internet December 12, 2017

Social Media Is Destroying Society, Says Former Facebook Exec

Social media plays a big part in our daily lives, but is it beneficial? A former Facebook executive warned about the negative impact it may have and recommended limited use.

Internet December 12, 2017

Reversible Emoji Could Hit iOS Next Year Along With Redheads, Superheroes, And More

The latest guidelines from the Unicode Consortium feature reversible emoji, which could make their way to devices next year. Other notable candidates include superheroes, redheads, supervillains, puppy-eyed faces, and more.

Internet December 6, 2017

Comcast xFi Advanced Gateway Modem Hits The Market, Shooting For Gigabit Speeds Over Wi-Fi

Comcast's xFi Advanced Gateway is now available nationwide in all markets where Xfinity broadband is available. The xFi Advanced Gateway promises power and simplicity, aiming to deliver Gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi.

Internet December 6, 2017

Instagram Will Alert Users Of Possible Harmful Behavior To Animals Or The Environment

Instagram recently revised its set of community guidelines, adding a restriction for images that portray animal abuse, or the merchandise of endangered animals.

Internet December 6, 2017

Here's How Facebook Plans To Develop Products For Your Kids

Facebook launched Messenger Kids in an attempt to provide kids with a fun and secure way to use Facebook. It teamed up with industry leaders to bring this child-friendly messenger app and help parents set their minds at ease.

Internet December 6, 2017

YouTube Is Fighting Its Extremist, Child Exploitation Problem With Over 10,000 Content Police Officers

YouTube plans to increase its content moderator workforce to over 10,000 next year as a way to combat extremist, child exploitation, and other inappropriate and offensive content on the site. It also plans to reevaluate its approach to advertising.

Internet December 5, 2017

No, Portugal Isn't An Example Of A Future Without Net Neutrality

Portugal was said to be an example of what would happen if there weren't net neutrality rules. However, the claim may have gotten a few points wrong.

Internet December 5, 2017

Australia Looks Into Possible Media Disruption Of Facebook And Google

The Australian Federal Government ordered the ACCC to conduct a review about the role of social media giants to both media publishers and consumers.

Internet December 5, 2017

Cryptocurrency Owners Have Already Spent Almost $2 Million On CryptoKitties In Just A Few Days

Cryptocurrency owners have spent nearly $2 million on CryptoKitties, a collectible cat game that just launched a few days ago. People can purchase virtual cats in auctions and breed them to try to create kittens with rare attributes.

Internet December 3, 2017

Verizon Looking To Replace Wi-Fi With 5G Residential Broadband Services In 5 Cities Next Year

Verizon officially announced plans to deploy 5G residential broadband services in the United States by the end of 2018. The rollout will begin in the second half of the year, starting with Sacramento.

Internet November 30, 2017

Internet Hero Who Deactivated Donald Trump Twitter Account Reveals Himself

On Nov. 2, Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated to the riotous celebration of many Twitter users weary of his controversial Twitter feed. Here’s the man who did it.

Internet November 30, 2017

Tumblr CEO David Karp Is Stepping Down After 11 Years

As Tumblr struggles to catch up to competing social media platforms, CEO David Karp has announced that he’s leaving the company. Karp’s departure marks the end of an 11-year stint that helped shaped the blogging culture.

Internet November 28, 2017

Did You ‘Like’ Or Follow A Russian Propaganda Account? Facebook Will Tell You

Facebook said that it’ll roll out a new tool later this year that will help users determine if they’ve liked or followed a Russian propaganda account. This is the latest in a series of updates that address its fake news problem.

Internet November 24, 2017

Net Neutrality's Fate Is In The Hands Of These FCC Officials

Net neutrality is in danger, as the Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai has moved to eliminate the regulations. Pai, along with commissioners Michael O'Rielly, Brendan Carr, Mignon Clyburn, and Jessica Rosenworcel, will make the vote on Dec. 14.

Internet November 23, 2017

YouTube Just Flagged Google’s Official Chromebook Ad, Yet Another Sign That Its Algorithm Is Dumb

Everyone knows YouTube’s algorithm for automatically flagging videos isn’t perfect, but a new flub suggests it’s actually far worse. YouTube just removed a video from Google promoting the Chromebook Pixel after marking it as spam.

Internet November 19, 2017

Google, Facebook, Other Tech Titans Join ‘Trust Project’ To Fight Fake News

Dozens of publications and major social networks have joined the Trust Project, an initiative to improve the state of online journalism. Part of that effort are so-called Trust Indicators or metrics that gauge whether a story is legitimate.

Internet November 17, 2017

FCC Will Likely Kill Net Neutrality In December: A Frightening New Era For The Internet

Net neutrality will die this December. Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai is reportedly planning to announce plans for a December meeting to vote on net neutrality one last time.

Internet November 17, 2017

AT&T Nationwide Outage Confirmed: Here's What You Can Try To Get Service Back

AT&T acknowledged a nationwide outage that has prevented its subscribers from making and receiving wireless calls. The carrier has suggested a possible solution to the problem, but so has rival T-Mobile.

Internet November 15, 2017

Twitter Users Who Don’t Behave Will Lose Their ‘Verified’ Status

Misbehave on Twitter and you might just get your blue verification badge removed. Twitter has started to clamp down on verified users who promote violence or do other things that violate its new policies, starting with known alt-right accounts.

Internet November 16, 2017

Sprint Unlimited Freedom Plan Subscribers Will Soon Enjoy A Free Hulu Subscription

Sprint will soon offer free Hulu subscriptions to new and existing Unlimited Freedom plan subscribers. Sprint will not increase the price of its unlimited data plan, remaining at $25 per line with the fifth line free until Jan. 31, 2019.

Internet November 15, 2017

Mozilla Officially Launches Firefox Quantum: Here Are The Most Important Changes

Watch out, Chrome: Mozilla has officially released Firefox Quantum, the next major update to its flagship browser. It’s faster, cleaner, simple to use, and might even give Chrome a run for its money.

Internet November 14, 2017

Facebook Exploits Vulnerability In Human Psychology, Says Founding President Sean Parker

Facebook is purposefully making its social network addictive, treating each like and comment as dopamine hits to keep users wanting more. At least that’s according to Sean Parker, who helped create those principles.

Internet November 10, 2017

Wrapping Your Router With Aluminum Foil Improves Wi-Fi Signal, Study Says

The claim that wrapping aluminum foil around a router’s antenna improves its Wi-Fi signal has been debated for ages, but it turns out it might actually be legitimate. Researchers from Dartmouth have developed a customized reflector that can actually improve Wi-Fi speeds.

Internet November 9, 2017

To Fight Revenge Porn, Facebook Wants You To Send Nudes: Wait, What?

Facebook has announced that it’s testing a new program that can combat revenge porn using facial recognition and artificial intelligence, but first, it wants you to send your nudes.

Internet November 8, 2017

Massive Internet Outage Hits Major US Cities Affecting Comcast Xfinity Users

Most Comcast Xfinity internet subscribers in major U.S. cities suffered from outages on Nov. 6, reporting either slow or no connections at all. Comcast confirmed the issue rooted from a configuration error and says it’s now fixed.

Internet November 7, 2017

This Brilliant Ad For A Used 1996 Honda Accord Is Better Than Most Car Ads On TV

At $499, one woman’s used 1996 Honda Accord was an absolute steal. But all of a sudden, it’s now worth well above $50,000, and all because of one ad.

Internet November 4, 2017

Twitter Employee Deactivated Donald Trump's Account On His Last Day: We Have A New Internet Hero

A Twitter employee, on his last day at work, took down the account of Donald Trump. The suspension lasted only several minutes, but it was enough to make the internet go crazy.

Internet November 3, 2017

Twitter Plans To Prevent Revenge Porn With Stricter Policies, But Will It Work?

It's no secret that Twitter has become toxic. So many inappropriate activities take place on the site, especially revenge porn, but Twitter has now promised it will improve that with more aggressive policies.

Internet October 28, 2017

Facebook Workplace Now Used By 30,000 Organizations, Gets Its Own Desktop Chat App

Facebook is now boasting about having 30,000 organizations on Facebook Workplace, its own take on Slack launched a year ago. The business is growing, but can it outpace competitors?

Internet October 27, 2017

Verizon Won't Throttle Video On Your Unlimited Plan If You Pay An Extra $10 A Month

Sick of Verizon throttling the video quality in your unlimited data plan? Well, you now have the option to lift those restrictions. You just have to pay $10 extra each month per line.

Internet October 26, 2017

Twitter Pledges To Be More Transparent About Ads: Here’s What That Means For You

Twitter is making some progress in terms of policing content. The social network has introduced significant changes to its ads policy, which aims to improve how it discloses political ads, who’s paying for them, and who they’re targeting.

Internet October 25, 2017

Facebook Might Split The News Feed Into Two: One For Regular Posts, And Another For Promoted Posts

The traditional Facebook news feed is a trail mix of ads, posts by friends, and promoted content, and that can sometimes get chaotic. That might change soon, though, as the site experiments splitting the news feed into two.

Internet October 24, 2017

Gaming Forum Site NeoGAF Goes Down After Owner Faces Sexual Assault Allegations

NeoGAF's Tyler Malka has been accused of sexual harassment again, and this time, it has lead to the shutdown of the site, its future uncertain. Moderators became angry and quit after Malka began censoring threads bringing up the allegations.

Internet October 23, 2017

Facebook Begins Testing Paywall, Subscription Models For Instant Articles: No iOS For Now, Though

Facebook has begun testing paywalled options for Instant Articles, offering users the option to subscribe to different news publishers. The feature is only available on Android for now, however.

Internet October 20, 2017

Hate Your Typical Facebook News Feed? Try The Explore Feed, Now Rolling Out On Desktop

Facebook has rolled out a new Explore Feed section on the desktop site, some sort of alternative news feed with posts you might be interested in. The feed is based on what you liked previously and what’s popular among friends.

Internet October 19, 2017

Google Finally Revamps Google Calendar For The Web: Here’s How To Upgrade

After so many requests to do so, Google has finally revamped the web version of Google Calendar, making it as slick and feature-rich as other material design-converted G Suite apps. The fresh new look is now rolling out for everyone.

Internet October 18, 2017

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Pledges To Be More ‘Aggressive’ On Harassment, Abuse, And Hate Speech

Twitter is working to enforce its current rules on abuse more aggressively, and roll out new policies on unwanted sexual advances and propaganda, according to CEO Jack Dorsey. This follows a widespread boycott of the platform.

Internet October 15, 2017

Apple Cofounder Steve Wozniak Creates Online University For People Who Want To Work In Tech

Steve Wozniak is launching a university called 'Woz U,' which provides people with the necessary skills to land jobs in tech. It doesn’t seem like much now, but Wozniak has grand ambitions for the educational platform.

Internet October 14, 2017

Even 'Pokémon GO' Was Used By Russian Troll Farm To Divide America

Russia's efforts to divide America used Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, and even 'Pokémon GO.' The mobile game was exploited by a fake Black Lives Matter campaign that was linked to the Kremlin's Internet Research Agency.

Internet October 13, 2017

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