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JD Sartain is a freelance journalist from Boston

Google quietly, selectively builds speedy Internet access

Google got 1000 applications for its first installation of gigabit-speed Google Fiber. SInce then, things have moved a bit slower.


Does your IP address betray you to data-harvesters?

In today's world of hackers, stalkers, and cybercriminals, not to mention government spy programs and commercial sites that collect data about you in order to target ads, does your IP address rat you out to these information-gatherers?

Virtual reality: More virtual than real

Remember virtual reality? The idea that science could create a virtual world of sight, sound, smell and touch was hot two decades ago, then completely fizzled out.

Feds Crack Down on Data Brokers

Last month, for the first time ever, the Federal Trade Commission stepped in and spanked a data broker, in this case it was Spokeo, to the tune of an $800,000 fine for selling personal information to employers and job recruiters without taking steps to protect consumers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

5 Hot Social Networking Sites

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are at the top of the social networking heap right now, but challengers are springing up all the time, hoping to catch the next big way. Here's a look at some of them.