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North Korean Internet connection hit by outages

Connectivity became unstable on Monday leading to websites being unavailable

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Google Chrome considers marking all unencrypted websites as insecure

Chrome security engineers have proposed that all websites that don't encrypt traffic be marked as insecure by browsers.

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Snapchat cracks down on Windows Phone imitator apps

Snapchat doesn't offer an official Windows Phone app yet, but it's asked Microsoft to remove the unofficial ones, some of which have proved risky to users.

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How Fancred is challenging Facebook for your sports fandom

With a revamped profile and gamification, the sports-focused social network aims to undercut its major-league rivals.

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Sharing the misery: 2014 was a rough year for Uber, Airbnb, and on-demand apps

Legal battles, labor scuffles, and dirty business tactics were on the rise this year as start-ups moved from sharing resources to on-demand everything.

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Facebook stops using Bing search technology

At present, Facebook is pushing search queries to people and places that it has stored on its network.

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YouTube quietly rolls out a native GIF creation tool

Want to make GIFs, but you can't be bothered to use a photo editor or some of the other online tools? Try YouTube's ridiculously easy method.

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Forgotten subdomains on websites boost risk of account hijacking, other attacks

Some sites have subdomains pointed at old domains that have long expired and can be registered by attackers

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Portland comes down hard on Uber drivers, threatens large fines

Uber drivers operating in Portland, Oregon risk fines up to $5000 as the ridesharing service comes to the city.

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New communications app Wire tones down encryption claims

During its launch this week, Wire promised a Skype built with today's technologies. But when it comes to use privacy the new service doesn't appear to be that different than other platforms that came before it.

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Scoot Networks wants to be the Zipcar for scooters

Scoot Networks lets riders reserve scooters by the hour

How to find free Internet for your laptop while traveling

A solid Internet connection isn't always available on the road. Here's three ways to stay connected almost anywhere.

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Google Fiber's gigabit-Internet service in Austin priced at $70 per month

The broadband service is already in Kansas City and Provo, Utah.

Twitter’s tweet-sharing is first small step in larger messaging revamp

The network promised a lot of great changes are coming to direct messages in the next year. The first is here.

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Google program mimics human brains and vision to automatically caption photos

A neural network-based system scores above average in writing natural captions.