Don't-Miss Web and Social Software Stories

Chrome's bleeding-edge Canary build adds support for next-gen HTTP/2 web tech

Google took another step towards transitioning away from SPDY and towards HTTP/2 by adding the standardized protocol to Canary.

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Rand Paul sweet talks crowd at SXSW, tries to woo techies and millennials

Paul talked Snapchat, privacy, and net neutrality during his tech-centric interview, that was definitely not part of a pre-election ramp up (wink wink).

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St. Bernards and free French fries prove that shameless brand stunts draw crowds at SXSW

McDonald's, Windex, and Dove have nothing to do with tech startups, but that didn't stop them from showing up at South by Southwest Interactive this year in hopes that the tech festival's patina of cool would rub off on them.

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Al Gore challenges SXSW to focus online activism on climate change

Gore urged the tech-minded folks who attend South by Southwest Interactive to wage an Internet campaign for climate change, just like they did for net neutrality and SOPA.

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Researcher releases tool that can hijack accounts on sites using Facebook Login

Attackers can force users to associate their accounts on other sites with malicious Facebook accounts.

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FriendFeed will finally shut down on April 9

Wait, FriendFeed was still running? Yeah, we were surprised too.

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Lawmakers ask Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar to check driver fingerprints

The eight members of Congress say measures taken so far to screen drivers do not take advantage of all the available tools

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One year later, we're no closer to finding MtGox's missing millions worth of bitcoins

As the bitcoin investigation drags on, key people in the probe are keeping mum

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YouTube for Android update adds video trimming, faster uploads

YouTube claims this update to its app will also upload videos more quickly than before.

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Prepare for faster, safer web browsing: The next-gen HTTP/2 protocol is done

This is the first major change to one of the backbones of the web in over 16 years.

Yelp sues positive review provider Revleap

Revleap says it can get businesses good reviews on Yelp

How DARPA's Dark Web search engine could help your business

Researchers' search engine for the 'Dark Web' might be useful in many areas

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Reddit puts its cryptocurrency plans on hold

Reddit notes aren't dead, but the cryptocurrency isn't under active development either.

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Internet problems take out Facebook, Instagram, others; Lizard Squad takes credit

Unexplained outages take out several popular Internet services, including Facebook, Instagram, and HipChat. Hacker group The Lizard Squad takes credit.

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California DMV changes course, reverses registration policy change for rideshare drivers

California ditches a newly instated policy that required rideshare drivers to register their cars as commercial vehicles.