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I Don’t Care How Cool VR Is, Please Just Propose IRL

You know what’s cool about finding someone you’re actually into? Holding hands. Making out. Gazing into each other’s (actual) eyes. You know where you can’t do these things? In the void. So why the hell are people proposing in virtual reality? Read More >>

security
How to Stop Pirate Bay and Other Sites From Hijacking Your CPU to Mine Cryptocoins

This past weekend, the popular torrenting site The Pirate Bay caught some flak for testing out a new system that used visitors’ CPU power to generate cryptocurrency profits for itself. This tactic has been around for years, but the high profile implementation signals that it’s probably time to start blocking this crap. Here’s how it’s done. Read More >>

security
Do These 7 Dead Simple Safety Checks to Make Sure Your Accounts and Devices Are Safe

It’s a hostile world out there and your personal data is constantly being targeted from a whole host of angles. While you can’t control the shoddy security practises of major corporations, you can minimise the risk of your private information getting into the wrong hands. Just as you do regular maintenance on your car, or home, and you go to the doctor just for a check-up, there are little habits you should form to keep your online life as safe and healthy as possible. Here are the seven we do regularly. Read More >>

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Here Are the First Concrete Numbers Showing How Rarely Twitter Takes Action on Abusive Behaviour Reports

Twitter has struggled to rein in harassment on its platform for years, but in January, the company pledged to finally get serious about the problem. “We didn’t move fast enough last year; now we’re thinking about progress in days and hours, not weeks and months,” Ed Ho, Twitter’s general manager of consumer product and engineering, promised. Twitter has rolled out a slew of updates since then, designed to stifle abusive behaviour. But the company has been quiet about how often it takes action when accounts are reported for abuse, and reporting by BuzzFeed revealed that harassing tweets often enjoy a long and happy life on the platform. Read More >>

security
The Fight Over DRM Standards for Streaming Video Is Over and Big Business Won

A fight over the future of video streaming has been brewing for years—and it finally came to a head today, with a major electronic privacy organisation bowing out of the consortium that sets standards for the web. Read More >>

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Bing’s New Fact-Checking Feature Should Let Users Kick Fake News Squarely in The Keester

Are you the sort of free-thinking individual who shuns conformism at every turn? The kind of person who would rather pop onto Lycos than ever bow down at the feet of the all-conquering Google machine? Then good news: one of Google's main search engine competitors has just implemented new fact-checking features. Read More >>

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Twitter Rewards Bad Behaviour, Says Twitter Co-Founder

Why does the internet feel so fundamentally broken? Ev Williams, the co-founder of Twitter, Medium, and Blogger, gave his two cents while speaking with CNN Money today. Read More >>

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Study Finds Banning Reddit’s Bigoted Jerkwads Worked

In recent years, Reddit has banned a bevy of far-right troll havens, including its board for the white supremacist “alt-right” and others used for the harassment of women, minorities and other people. The bans were a reversal of Reddit’s prior policy to not ban “questionable” content—and drew predictable outrage, given that its policy of non-intervention had fostered an explosion of very active fringe communities, many of them far to the right or openly racist. Read More >>

internet
Declutter Your Chrome Browser Tabs or This Tamagotchi Clone Will Die

Google cleverly designed Chrome to prevent inevitable website crashes from bringing down the entire browser. But that stability comes at the cost of tremendous RAM usage when you’ve got countless tabs open. There are tools you can use to help curb Chrome’s memory appetite, but turning tab maintenance into a game might be the best solution. Read More >>

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‘Critical’ Security Flaw Found In Plugin Used by Everyone From the IRS to Vodafone

A newly-discovered vulnerability in a popular open-source framework could put major companies’ data at risk of theft or deletion, according to researchers who revealed the bug. Read More >>

security
Domain Registrar Enom Left .uk Domains Vulnerable to Theft for Over Four Months

There are plenty of ways for hackers and other nefarious individuals to mess with your shit online, so it certainly doesn't help when companies responsible for keeping things safe fail to fix any gaping holes in their security. It turns out thousands of .uk domains were left at risk for more than four months because domain registrar Enom only just patched up a serious security flaw. Read More >>

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Mandatory Piracy Filters Could be a Breach of Human Rights, Warn EU Members

Last year the EU published its proposal to modernise copyright laws, with one particular section calling for mandatory blocks designed to help combat piracy. Now, though, a number of the Union's member states have warned that the proposals might not be compatible with current EU law - particularly in that it might violate case law and human rights. Read More >>

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The Founder of Opera Accuses Google of Being Dicks

As calls for increased regulation on the all-consuming power of Google grow louder, the founder of the Opera browser is stepping into the fray. Jon von Tetzchner claims that Google has grown into a monopoly that’s making life hell for his development team by using “anti-competitive practices” and making “unreasonable demands” for inclusion in its advertising network. Read More >>

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Popular YouTube-to-MP3 Site Dies Under Crushing Weight of Record Company Litigation

The operators of YouTube-MP3.org, a popular website for turning the audio tracks of YouTube videos into MP3s, have agreed to shut down the site and hand over the domain to the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), a trade organisation representing US record labels and distributors. This predictable outcome comes after 15 of the world’s largest record companies filed a complaint in a California court. Poor little YouTube-MP3.org never had a chance. Read More >>

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EE’s Launching Mobile Broadband, But it Isn’t Going to be Cheap

The idea of proper land-line rivalling broadband is a dream many of us hold dear, and it seems like networks are finally starting to take notice of the potential demand. Companies like Relish offer mobile broadband in limited areas, and Three introduced its own plan earlier this year. Now EE is moving in with its own deals, but don't expect them to be generous and cost-effective. Read More >>