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 […]

Email Pioneer Ray Tomlinson, RIP

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Ray Tomlinson, who developed what we now know as email, has died at the age of 74. As well as the technology itself, he created the use of the @ sign in addresses. Tomlinson worked at tech firm Bolt, Beranek and Newman and developed some key technologies for ARPANET, the military network that lay the […]

Free 30-Day Trial to Kindle Unlimited: Read Over one Million eBooks for Free!

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Just a quick post to let you geeks know about Kindle Unlimited, a new service by Amazon which offers you access to over one million ebooks! The first 30 days are free, and after this, the service costs $9.99 per month, but if you’re not interested, you can cancel right when the free trial ends! […]

Free eBook: Getting Started with the Web by O’Reilly Media

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Today’s free eBook is for all you geeks who want to learn more about the web, start a website, and more! Getting Started with the Web Want to build your own website—one that represents you, your cause, or your organization—without outside help? With this free guide, Shelley Powers quickly teaches you the basics: you’ll learn […]

Wikipedia Search Engine Costs Wikimedia Chief’s Job

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The head of Wikimedia’s parent organization has resigned over plans to create a search engine. Contributors were upset about both the move itself and a lack of transparancy over the plans. Lila Tretikov announced her departure as executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that oversees a range of websites, most notably Wikipedia. […]

Google’s Expands Anti-DDos Tool For News Sites

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Google is offering to protect news sites large and small from DDos attacks. It’s extending Project Shield, which was originally only for selected websites. The free service launched a few years ago for around 100 sites which had limited tech resources but were at particular risk of such attacks, including those highlighting human rights and […]