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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

Facebook And Instagram Went Offline Because Of A 'Networking Issue,' The Internet Reacts Hilariously

Facebook and Instagram recently went down because of a 'networking issue,' and as a natural response, the internet went on to Twitter to react in hilarious ways.

Internet October 12, 2017

Pornhub Now Uses Machine Learning To Make Searching For Porn Easier, But There’s A Big Problem

Pornhub is the latest company to join the latest machine learning revolution, announcing a custom software that’ll identify performers starring in a video and determine what category it belongs to. However, this might have disconcerting implications for privacy.

Internet October 12, 2017

Heads Up, US Subscribers: Your Netflix Plan Is About To Get A Little More Pricey

Two of Netflix’s most popular plans just got more expensive. Beginning this month, all standard and premium subscribers are going to have to pay $1 to $2 more to enjoy the streaming service.

Internet October 6, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg Is Sorry Facebook Caused Such A Political Divide During The Elections

During the end of Yom Kippur, Mark Zuckerberg took it upon himself to apologize about Facebook’s role in allowing advertisers to divide people politically. This comes amid an ongoing investigation into President Trump’s possible ties to Russia.

Internet October 2, 2017

Twitter Found Over 200 Russia-Linked Accounts, Suspends Some Of Them: That's Not Enough, Says Senator

Twitter discovered over 200 accounts on its platform that were used by Russia to help sway the results of the 2016 presidential election. The company suspended some of the accounts, but a senator said that Twitter's actions are not enough.

Internet September 29, 2017

The Age Of Longer Tweets Is Coming Soon: Twitter Character Limit To Double To 280

Twitter may soon double the limit for tweets from 140 characters to 280 characters. The social media platform is already testing the change, which it will do to help increase user growth and engagement.

Internet September 27, 2017

Twitter Says It Won’t Ban President Trump Or Delete His North Korea Tweets

Twitter has confirmed that President Donald Trump’s comments about North Korea, which has caused Trump to be accused of declaring a war against the country, will not be removed. Twitter said the post doesn’t violate its rules, highlighting its newsworthiness.

Internet September 26, 2017

‘Great Firewall’ Of China Blocks WhatsApp Amid Growing Online Censorship Problem

China has decided to block WhatsApp ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, leaving Facebook without significant presence in the country. It marks yet another exercise in censorship by the Great Firewall of China.

Internet September 26, 2017

Facebook Used A Rape Threat To Advertise Instagram: Here's How That Happened

Facebook accidentally used an image of a rape threat to advertise Instagram. The horrible mistake is the result of depending too much on algorithms, and digs an ever deeper hole for the social network amid its recent gaffes.

Internet September 22, 2017

Facebook To Turn Over Russia Ads To Congress As Part Of 9-Step Plan To Protect Election Integrity

As part of its nine-step plan to promote election integrity, Facebook will give government officials and investigators $100,000 worth of Russian ads it uncovered. It’s the latest development in an ongoing investigation of President Trump’s possible ties to Russia.

Internet September 22, 2017

T-Mobile Unlimited Data Throttling Cap To Increase From 32 GB to 50 GB: Is That Good Enough?

T-Mobile will soon increase the throttling cap of its unlimited data plan from 32 GB to 50 GB. Is that enough to last a month for most users, and will it attract more customers to switch carriers?

Internet September 19, 2017

Verizon Is Dropping 8,500 Rural Customers From Its Network: Here's Why

Verizon will drop 8,500 customers by Oct. 17, offering them no options to continue their plans. The company says these customers are using more data than they’re paying for.

Internet September 18, 2017

The Pirate Bay Gives Torrent Links, But Hijacks PC In Return With A Bitcoin Miner

The Pirate Bay gives torrent links, but it is now also taking back from its users by hijacking their computers to mine Bitcoins. Here's what you can do to stop the Javascript code from slowing down your PC.

Internet September 17, 2017

Facebook Has Reportedly Given Special Counsel Robert Mueller More Details About Russian Ad Spending

Facebook has reportedly given special counsel Robert Mueller more information about Russian ad spending on its network during the 2016 presidential election. This is the latest development in the investigation of President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

Internet September 16, 2017

Spotify No Longer Works Using Safari: Time To Switch To Another Browser Or Use Desktop Version, Apple Users

Spotify has officially dropped support for Safari, telling users they should use alternative browsers or the native Spotify desktop app instead. Spotify can’t confirm if support will eventually come back, but the issue apparently roots from Apple’s incompatibility with Widevine.

Internet September 11, 2017

After Copying Snapchat, Facebook Is Now Copying Tinder, Too

Facebook wants its app to have a new feature where people can set up meetings and hangouts easily. Currently in testing, the new feature is similar to Tinder, and users can even reject a person without them knowing.

Internet September 8, 2017

Russian ‘Troll Farm’ Reportedly Bought $100,000 Worth Of Facebook Ads To Sway The 2016 Election

Facebook has confirmed that a Russian group purchased $100,000 worth of advertisements during the 2016 U.S. election. Those ads reportedly aimed to divide and polarize people with differing political beliefs.

Internet September 7, 2017

Facebook Watch Finally Launches In The United States: Is Facebook’s Dedicated Video Platform Any Good?

Facebook has finally unveiled its new Watch platform dedicated to video content, from short documentaries to prank films and more. The company, however, has a lot of things to do before it can rival the likes of YouTube or Netflix.

Internet September 6, 2017

Facebook Offers To Pay Music Labels Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars So That You Can Upload Videos With Songs

Facebook has offered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to music labels to allow users to upload their own videos with any song they choose. This will help the social network better challenge YouTube in the online video space.

Internet September 6, 2017

Record Labels Win Legal Battle Against YouTube MP3 Ripping Site: Watch Out, Pirates

A popular site used for pirating YouTube content will soon shut down. YouTube-mp3.org has agreed to a settlement to avoid going to court, agreeing to hand over the site to the RIAA, among other things.

Internet September 5, 2017

YouTube Gets A Makeover, Vertical Video Support, And A Brand New Logo For The First Time Ever

Google has revamped YouTube desktop website and mobile app, giving it a cleaner overall look and adding in a couple of handy features. The update even includes a new and somewhat overdue logo.

Internet August 30, 2017

Facebook Wages War On Fake News: Pages That Share Them Will Be Banned From Buying Ads

Facebook has launched another attack on its fight against fake news. This time, it will ban pages that share fake news from buying ads but will give back ad privileges if they stop sharing such news.

Internet August 29, 2017

New Verizon Unlimited Data Plans Will Throttle All Videos: Net Neutrality On Its Way Out The Door

Verizon replaced its $80 unlimited data plan with new ones that throttle videos. Quality is capped at 480p for smartphones under the $75 Verizon Go Unlimited plan, while the cap is at 720p for the $85 Verizon Beyond Unlimited plan.

Internet August 23, 2017

Want To Stream Next Week’s Solar Eclipse? The Best Bet Is Twitter Or NASA

The solar eclipse will finally happen across the United States on Aug. 21. If you can’t watch in real-life, here’s how to make sure you still won’t miss it.

Internet August 18, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg Promises To Shut Down Hate Groups And Remove Harmful Content On Facebook After Charlottesville

Facebook has now voiced its stance against the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, saying its site has no place for hate. Several tech companies are now facing the same pressure to make statements condemning white supremacy.

Internet August 17, 2017

Discord Shuts Down Alt-Right Server, Accounts Amid Charlottesville White Supremacy Rally, Says Hate Groups Are ‘Not Welcome’

Discord has shut down a server connected to the alt-right and several accounts with ties to white supremacy, neo-Nazism, and other bigoted ideologies. The move comes in light of a media storm surrounding the recent Charlottesville protests.

Internet August 15, 2017

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Writes A Heartfelt Response To Former Google Engineer’s Viral Anti-Diversity Memo

YouTube’s CEO has now responded to the controversial anti-diversity memo from now-former Google engineer James Damore. Susan Wojcicki says that sexism in Silicon Valley persists, expressing frustration over the memo for exposing unfounded bias to the new generation.

Internet August 11, 2017

Facebook Unveils Watch, A New Tab Dedicated To Original Programming: Should YouTube Be Worried?

Facebook has given everyone a peek at Watch, its new video platform for original content. With 2 billion users on its network, pivoting to video might just lend Facebook a new source of revenue.

Internet August 10, 2017

Facebook Finally Launches ‘Related Articles’ Feature To Fight Fake News: How It Works

Facebook has confirmed it’s finally rolling out Related Articles, a feature which displays complementary links that question, dispute, or criticize the legitimacy of a news item. It’s one of the company’s many efforts to fight fake news on the site.

Internet August 4, 2017

T-Mobile Reigns Supreme In State Of Mobile Networks Report By OpenSignal: Verizon, AT&T Slowed Down After Unlimited Plans Launch

T-Mobile dominated OpenSignal's latest State of Mobile Networks, as the Un-Carrier won all six categories in the report. Rivals Verizon and AT&T played a part in handing over the crown to T-Mobile as they both slowed down.

Internet August 3, 2017

Despite Media Freakout, Facebook Didn’t Actually ‘Panic’ About Its AI Chatbot Experiment Or Shut It Down

Yes, Facebook experimented with AI chatbots that can negotiate with each other. No, these chatbots didn’t create their own language, and they most definitely will not take over the world.

Internet August 2, 2017

Google To Merge YouTube Red, Google Play Music Into One Service: What This Means For You

Pretty soon, YouTube Red and Google Play Music will merge into one service, Google has now confirmed. Google hopes this move could help its music streaming service attract more subscribers.

Internet July 28, 2017

Want To Get Paid Analyzing Photos Of Mark Zuckerberg? Here's How

The California Review of Images and Mark Zuckerberg is now calling for ideas on essays about Mark Zuckerberg’s photos. Whether it’s his many portrayals in the media or him as a husband or father – it deserves intellectual scrutiny.

Internet July 26, 2017

Flash Gets A Death Date As Adobe Announces Plans To Stop Update, Distribution In 2020

What had once been the most important plugin people downloaded to use the internet will meet its death soon. That’s right, Adobe just announced that it will stop supporting Flash updates by 2020.

Internet July 25, 2017

Verizon Throttled Netflix And YouTube Due To 'Video Optimization Test,' Company Admits

Verizon has officially admitted to capping speeds of video services on its network, shrinking it down to 10 Mbps for some customers. Though it calls them optimization tests, people have expressed how this is one effect of net neutrality’s dissolution.

Internet July 23, 2017

Users Claim Verizon Is Throttling Their Streaming Speeds On Netflix And YouTube

Is Verizon placing data caps on users who use Netflix and YouTube? Verizon says no, but some users have reported speed caps when accessing Netflix or YouTube.

Internet July 22, 2017

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