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Advocates call for a Netflix boycott amidst controversy about HTML5 video standards

Will the web titan's lobbying efforts to implement DRM in HTML5 video standards cause #CancelNetflix to be the next #DefeatSOPA?

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After slamming Spotify, Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich back Soundhalo streaming service

The supergroup Atoms for Peace featuring members of Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers is backing live streaming service Soundhalo after pulling from Spotify.

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Televisor is your personalized TV critic for streaming shows

What to stream? Let Televisor be your guide.

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Data.gov gets an open-source revamp

The U.S. government's portal for the data it creates, Next.Data.gov, is getting a revamp that should make it easier to view and reuse government data.

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Tech companies try to put a chokehold on ad-supported piracy

Online ad companies agreed to a new set of "best practices" that would remove ads from sites engaging in copyright piracy or selling phony goods. But the effectiveness of these practices is still very much up in the air.

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Bill Gates: the college lecture is dead—but Microsoft Bob isn't

With the Internet allowing students to "shop" for the best lectures, the role of the college professor should shift to facilitating the progress of individual students, Bill Gates tells a Microsoft education summit.

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich launch a "small meaningless rebellion" against Spotify

Artists should work to reinvent a broken system, not translate it.

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Google's chances to obtain dotless 'http://search' domain are shrinking

Google's chances of obtaining the "http://search" domain name are shrinking after several committees affiliated with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently warned that dotless domain names could be harmful to the Internet.

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Sharknado is best film ever made according to Twitter, fails to translate into ratings gold

How could a film about sharks in tornados with a huge social media buzz not be a ratings boon? Because snark ≠ ratings.

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ICANN board approves registry agreement for new gTLDs

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved a broad registry agreement that moves the organization forward in its efforts to offer more than 1,000 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) for sale.

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Windows 8.1 'smart search' will show you Bing ads

Microsoft said Tuesday that results generated by its "smart search" technology will have ads from Bing. Hurray.

Modified online children's privacy rules take effect in US

Some websites and mobile app developers are confused about how to comply with revised rules governing the online collection of personal information from children that took effect in the U.S. Monday, critics said.

Yahoo kills a dozen more products to sharpen its focus

Yahoo slims itself down again by axing a dozen products, part of an ongoing effort to sharpen its focus on services the search engine thinks people need in their daily lives.

Yahoo News gets a redesign aimed at personalization

In its continuing efforts to woo users with new products and services, Yahoo is at it again, this time with a redesign of its News Page.