Instagram Ends Three-Decade Search For Father

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A woman’s 27-year-hunt for her missing father has ended happily thanks to a combination of Instagram and Facebook. The remarkable story was revealed by the BBC World Service this week. It involves a woman named Farhiya who was born in St Petersburg (then Leningrad) to a local woman and a visiting army officer named Siid from […]

US To Give Up Final Say On Domain Name System

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The US government will give up control of the internet’s domain name system on October 1. It’s a largely symbolic move at this point though has provoked some political criticism. Since 1988, DNS – translating web addresses to IP addresses – has been overseen by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. That’s a department of the […]

Facebook Surveys Users On News Story Relevance

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Facebook is polling users on how informative they find stories linked to on the site. It’s another attempt to cut back on clickbait. The move follows several recent changes to the algorithm for the News Feed, the default view on Facebook by which status updates, links and other content appears in a perceived order of […]

Ice Bucket Challenge Pays Off Big Time

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The ALS Association says the money raised by the ‘ice bucket challenge’ craze has helped researchers identify a gene that contributes to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. That could provide a new route for providing therapy for the incurable disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. […]

Digital Copyright Law Could Be Challenged

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One of the key elements of US copyright law in the digital age may be challenged in the Supreme Court. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) claims the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) breaches the first amendment. The DMCA, introduced in 1998, includes a controversial measure that reads “No person shall circumvent a technological measure that […]

Social Media Users: Connect With Us! (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest)

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Did you know that just like everyone and their mother these days, we here at [GAS] have an account on almost all major social media sites on the Web? So if you’re not already following us via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram, here are the links to our profiles on each of these sites: Geeks […]

Mozilla: Flash’s Firefox Days Are Numbered

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Mozilla has become the latest browser maker to start phasing out support for Flash. It will start blocking some elements next month before a total block next year. The developer says it has already tweaked Firefox to reduce the reliance on plugins for features such as video streaming and microphone access. But it says its […]

8 Free eBooks if You Want to Learn Web Development (A Value of $240 Total!)

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Whether you’re already a web developer or you simply want to learn more on technologies that power the web, we have a total of seven free ebooks for you guys today, each with a value of $30! ($210 total!) Here they are: –The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 3rd Edition ($30 eBook, FREE for a […]

What Does the Inside of the Internet Look Like? [Video]

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What does the inside of Tinder, Snapchat, YouTube, and Instagram look like? We went inside and found out. Documentary footage. 100% real. [PistolShrimps]

Free eBooks: The Essentials of Information Security Kit: Includes a Free PC Security Handbook – 2nd Edition eBook

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For today’s free ebooks, we have a kit which includes 4 resources: The Essentials of Information Security brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Information Security related decisions. -How to Transform Employee Worst Practices Into IT Security Best Practices -PC Security Handbook – 2nd Edition […]

Deleted Tweets Archive Deleted

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A site that republished deleted tweets from public figures has stopped its service after a cease and desist demand from Twitter. PostGhost was told it fundamentally violated the terms and conditions of the Twitter API. The service was designed to highlight tweets that politicians and other celebrities had made and then removed. The theory was […]

The End of a Bitter Dispute: Netflix Comes To Comcast Cable Boxes

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Comcast says its next generation of cable boxes will include a Netflix streaming app. The deal appears to end a bitter dispute between the two companies over net neutrality issues. The streaming will be available through the X1 platform, which will include a unified search tool (covering Live TV, DVR recordings and On Demand content) […]