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Twitter's upcoming video publishing feature comes into focus

Verified Twitter accounts can request access to new video publishing tools; the rest of us will have to wait.

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The top 10 memes, viral videos, and online goings-on that defined 2014

What was it for you—Kitten Jam? The Ice Bucket Challenge? Relive some of the hottest happenings on the Internet from the past year.

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'The Interview' makes it big on YouTube, becomes one of the Web's top videos

Seth Rogen and James Franco's latest film becomes a hit on legal streaming sites—and torrent sites as well.

Hackers target Tor after disrupting Xbox Live, PlayStation Network on Christmas

Following Tor's warning of a possible attack, Lizard Squad says it has taken aim at the anonymous network

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Experts: FCC will adopt net neutrality rules in early 2015

Yet, it's unclear whether the agency will reclassify broadband as a regulated utility

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Silly startups: Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels ... the dumb ones

Genetic-based dating, illegal parking, awkward wake-up calls and more!

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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.