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Online ad industry, battling ad blockers, admits it messed up

From one perspective, it could be argued that the online advertising industry is getting what it deserves. After years of stuffing Web pages with ads, Web surfers are increasingly blocking them with free tools.

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Phishing websites look more legit with SSL certs from major companies

The Web is full of deception, and it's sometimes still hard for people to figure out if the website they're viewing really is what it says it is.

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Amazon challenges Etsy with Handmade, a store for artisanal goods

Amazon.com has made a pitch for the handicrafts market occupied by players like Etsy by setting up its own "Handmade at Amazon" store

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Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages project aims to speed up the mobile web

Google unveils a plan to make the open web more tolerable in hopes of fending off Apple and Facebook.

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Cookie handling in browsers can break HTTPS security

Man-in-the-middle attackers can inject cookies over HTTP connections in order to extract information from encrypted HTTPS traffic.

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AWS glitch strikes Netflix and Tinder, offering a wake-up call for others

Glitches in Amazon Web Services' North Virginia facility caused problems Sunday for Netflix, Tinder and other major websites.

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Website hackers hijack Google webmaster tools to prolong infections

Some hackers verify themselves as owners for the websites they compromise in the Google Search Console.

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How to automatically embed your latest tweet in your Yahoo Mail signature

Want to make your email look a little more hip and social...or something like that? Embed your latest tweet into your email signature on Yahoo Mail.

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Cats get their own Street View tour of this Japanese city

Onomichi in Japan has rolled out a website that lets people virtually wander the city from the perspective of a cat.

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Wikipedia bans 381 user accounts for dishonest editing

Editors of the English version of Wikipedia have blocked 381 user accounts for editing articles on the online encyclopedia despite being secretly paid to do so by various interests.

AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot caught injecting ads into web pages

AT&T is the latest Wi-Fi hotspot provider to try injecting ads into sites where they shouldn't be.

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Google Flu Trends calls out sick, indefinitely

Google will shut down its website that used search queries to determine how influenza was spreading, and will pass along the data to health organizations to create their own flu prediction models.

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Flash's fall from grace continues as Amazon swings ad banhammer

Flash lost its prominence in web video, and now Amazon is refusing to use Adobe's technology in its ads.

8chan back in Google's index after temporary disappearance

It appeared that the imageboard 8chan was banned from Google's search index for a few days, but now it's back.

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Ad-blocking software is costing websites real money

A new report released Monday says ad blocking will cost online businesses nearly $22 billion worldwide, and it will only get worse in the coming years.