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AdBlock Plus declared legal (again) by a German court

A Munich court ruled that making and distributing ad-blocking software is not anticompetitive

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Microsoft's nifty age-guessing robot comes to Bing Images

Wondering how old Keith Richards looks to a machine? Now you can find out.

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Report: 'Buy' buttons coming soon to Google search results

The company will let consumers click to buy right from search results, the Wall Street Journal says.

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Give Wikipedia a sleek, user-friendly visual overhaul with the Wikiwand extension

Tired of dealing with Wikipedia's aging interface? Give the Wikiwand Chrome extension a try.

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Wolfram's nifty new Image Identify site tells you what's in a picture (sometimes)

The new website lets you drop in any image and attempts to identify it, though it's more amusing than practical at the moment.

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Walmart's testing a $50 Amazon Prime competitor

Walmart reportedly plans to take on Amazon this summer with an invite only trial program that offers unlimited free delivery for a low annual fee.

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Critics cry foul to Congress about ICANN’s handling of domain names

The California nonprofit, poised to take over domain names in the near future, was not invited to the Congressional hearing where its methods were questioned by businesses and advocacy groups.

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Visitors to top porn sites slammed by malicious advertising attack

A malicious advertisement posted through an ad network tried contained a Flash Player exploit

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WordPress fixes actively exploited security flaw

WordPress 4.2.2 addresses two critical XSS flaws and hardens defenses for a third

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Superfish injects ads into 5 percent of all Google page views

Google found 50,870 Chrome extensions and 34,407 programs that injected ads into its websites

Facebook's Internet.org opens its free Internet platform to other online services

Internet.org was criticized by net neutrality advocates for backing just a few services

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New Firefox features will eventually be limited to secure websites only

Non-secure HTTP sites will not get access to new browser features, Mozilla said

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Microsoft cracks down on misleading (and frequently malicious) advertisements

Internet Explorer will start showing warnings for ads that lead users to harmful websites and software

Making software to block annoying ads is legal, German court rules

There are other similar cases pending though so AdBlock Plus maker Eyeo is not home free yet

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Google's push to encrypt ads will improve security, but won't kill malicious advertising

Google's push to encrypt ads might encourage more websites to deploy HTTPS, however.