38 Fun and Little Known Facts About the Internet [Video]

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In this episode of the Mental Floss show, host Mike Rugnetta tells us all about 38 little known facts about the Internet, starting with the fact that Ray Bradbury was not a fan of Yahoo or the Internet in general. [Mental Floss]

How Big Companies Think Social Media Works [Comic]

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Periscope Users To Become Instant Moderators

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Periscope is to ask users to act as a “flash jury” to decide if comments are abusive. There’s no word on whether parent company Twitter will adopt the idea. The move is designed to deal with the problem of navigating the spectrum between clear-cut cases of abusive content, more debatable cases, and incidents where the […]

Tech Giants Crack Down On Illegal Hate Speech

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Four major tech firms have agreed to remove hate speech from social media and similar services within 24 hours of it being reported. The move, which comes in a European code of conduct, will only apply to content which breaks the law. That limitation means it could be a tricky subject deciding what material comes […]

Free eManual: Ransomware Hostage Rescue Manual for IT Pros

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For today’s free eBook, get the Ransomware Hostage Rescue Manual for IT Pros for free! Being in IT I’m sure you know someone who’s been hit with ransomware or you have been though it yourself. Wouldn’t it be great to have a manual of what to do when you get hit and how to prevent […]

Google Wants Emoji To Inspire Female Careers

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Google has proposed 13 new emoji characters to show both women and men in professional roles. It says the aim is “highlighting the diversity of women’s careers and empowering girls everywhere.” A recent update to Unicode, the standardized system for computerized characters including emoji, allowed for an easier way for customizing existing emojis of humans […]

10-Year-Old Claims $10,000 Instagram Bug Bounty

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A 10-year-old has tipped off Facebook about a flaw that made it possible to delete any comment on Instagram. The Finnish boy has earned a $10,000 bounty despite not officially being old enough to have an Instagram account. While Facebook hasn’t revealed the full details of the  flaw, it has said it was in a […]

Bitcoin Creator May Have Unmasked Himself

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The identity of Bitcoin creator “Satoshi Nakamoto” may have been revealed. Australian businessman Craig Wright claims to be the man behind the mask. While several key figures in the Bitcoin community say they believe Wright’s claim, others have demanded more evidence. The problem is that definitive proof may be difficult or even impossible given the […]

Comcast Trials 1TB Data Cap

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Comcast is testing a plan to increase its controversial monthly data cap to 1 terabyte a month. It also plans on increasing the costs for users who go over the limit. According to the Wall Street Journal, officially all Comcast customers have a 250GB cap, but this hasn’t been widely enforced for years. Instead it […]

Google.com Dangerous Says Google (But Not Anymore!)

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Google briefly labelled Google.com as “partly dangerous.” The automated warning appears to be a quirk caused by hosted content. The warning came on Google’s own Transparency Report page, which includes details of its Safe Browsing technology. That’s the database that gives warnings in Google’s search tools and the Chrome browser when pointing to a potentially risky […]

Microsoft Challenges Data Warrant Gagging Order

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Microsoft is suing the Department of Justice to demand the right to tell users when it gives officials access to personal data. The company says forcing it to keep such searches a secret is a double constitutional violation. The case centers on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which dates back to 1986 and extends the […]

Facebook To Audio-Describe Photos

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Facebook has launched a tool that describes photographs to visually impaired users. However, it seems to be keeping expectations low. The tool is the work of Facebook engineer Matt King, who lost his sight through a medical condition. He wanted to deal with the way screen readers currently “speak” the name of the person who […]