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 […]

Farewell to the Internet, Welcome to the internet

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The Associated Press has decided to switch from “the Internet” and “the Web” to “the internet” and “the web” from June 1. It’s provoked a mix of politeness, pedantry and philosophy. The changes will come in the AP stylebook. Not only does that determine the “correct” usage in the AP’s reports, but it’s also used […]

Netflix Admits Slowing Mobile Connections For Some Users

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Netflix has revealed that it has intentionally varied mobile streaming bitrates based on the user’s cellphone service provider. It’s now dropping the policy amid claims of hypocrisy. The revelation came in a blog post that explained that its default bitrate for mobile viewing has been capped at a somewhat low-sounding 600 kilobits per second, something Netflix […]

Ad Blockers [Comic]

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This comic from our pals over at Commitstrip illustrates what happens to sites that block people who use ad blockers. As far as you guys go, I know that between 20% and 40% of you are blocking ads on Geeks are Sexy. I’ve recently moved to a single gaming/geek-focused ad network, which should help quite […]

Free eBook: “The Most Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Popular Services”

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For today’s free eBook, we’re offering you “The Most Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Popular Services.” This eBook is about the most important and relevant keyboard shortcuts for skyrocketing your productivity. This neatly designed list is about that the most useful keyboard shortcuts for popular tools and online services. When we say ‘most useful’, we really […]

Government Cracks Down On ISP Data Sharing

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing much tighter rules on what broadband providers can do with customer data without consent. Thanks partly to regulatory quirks, the rules would mean the likes of Verizon and Comcast are much more restricted than sites such as Google and Facebook. The planned rules are an attempt to apply the […]

Google Hires 4chan Creator Moot

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In one of the more headscratching hires of recent times, Google has hired 4chan’s founder Chris Poole. The man known online as “moot” will work on Google’s social media offerings, notably Google +. At its most basic, 4chan is simply an image posting board with particularly relaxed rules on content and user identity, but it’s […]

Free eBook: Implementing SSL/TLS Using Cryptography and PKI (Valued at $39.99)

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Here’s our free eBook for today: Implementing SSL/TLS Using Cryptography and PKI (Valued at $39.99.) A hands-on, practical guide to implementing SSL and TLS protocols for Internet security! Coverage includes: Understanding Internet Security Protecting against Eavesdroppers with Symmetric Cryptography Secure Key Exchange over an Insecure Medium with Public Key Cryptography Authenticating Communications Using Digital Signatures […]