Facebook Recovery Message Scam

Scam alert: New Facebook scam wants to steal your login and your money

By on May 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

Scam alert: New Facebook scam wants to steal your login and your money

Another day, another scam — but this one might have the potential to rope in unsuspecting people at an above average rate. A new wave of messages is sweeping Facebook, and it may be an easy one for some people to fall for considering how enthusiastic they are about Facebook. The scam involves replies made to users’ posts informing them that their accounts may have to be suspended due to reports of abuse. The only way to prevent the suspension, according to the scam messages, is to enter your login credentials and update your payment information in Facebook’s system.

Of course, these messages have nothing to do with Facebook and victims risk having their logins stolen along with their credit card information. More →

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Google Fiber Piracy

Google Fiber sends ‘automated fine letters’ to suspected pirates

By on May 25, 2015 at 5:05 PM.

Google Fiber sends ‘automated fine letters’ to suspected pirates

Et tu, Google?

With piracy running rampant these days, we’re starting to see content producers and owners going after pirates via each suspected individual’s specific ISP. HBO, for instance, began employing this strategy not too long ago in a rather unsuccessful effort to quell Game of Thrones piracy.

The messages that content producers relay to end users through individual ISPs can vary. In some instances it’s just a warning. In others, automatic fines with settlement demands are levied. While most ISPs have no problem passing along warnings to suspected pirates, most opt not to pass along threatening settlement demands. Even Comcast, which is no stranger to questionable customer service practices, sides with the consumer on this particular issue.

But Google, oddly enough, has chosen to take a different approach.

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast’s broadband caps are even more annoying than we imagined

By on May 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Comcast’s broadband caps are even more annoying than we imagined

Ah, Comcast — will you ever stop coming up with creative ways to irritate your customers? Redditor FriendlyDespot has noticed that Comcast has started injecting code into user traffic that warns them when they’ve reached 90% of their monthly data cap limits. Below is a picture of what this looks like when it pops up on your browser. More →

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Google Maps Racist Search Results

Google Maps is no longer directing racists to the White House

By on May 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

Google Maps is no longer directing racists to the White House

Earlier this week, it was discovered that certain offensive search queries on Google Maps were pointing users in the direction of U.S. landmarks, including the White House. It was the latest of several incidents surrounding the service and highlighted an unfortunate side effect of the ranking system that Google had put in place. More →

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PayPal Credit Scam

PayPal to pay $25 million in fines for ‘deceptive’ and shady business practices

By on May 20, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

PayPal to pay $25 million in fines for ‘deceptive’ and shady business practices

We’ve all heard of the term PayPal Mafia, but that’s ordinarily used to reference some of PayPal’s earliest employees, not the company’s actual business practices.

Earlier today, PayPal agreed to fork over $25 million in damages stemming from shady business practices the company used to a) trick consumers into signing up for services that they didn’t really want and b) net more money in the way of fines and late fees than they were entitled to.

The list of PayPal’s offenses is long and should be worrisome for anyone who uses the service regularly, especially if large sums of cash are involved.

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Net Neutrality Ruling

Internet Health Test aims to tell you if your ISP is violating net neutrality

Internet Health Test aims to tell you if your ISP is violating net neutrality

By on May 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

The Federal Communications Commission surprised us all earlier this year when it put forth new net neutrality guidelines that were hugely pro-consumer. Yes, there may be a loophole or two. And yes, some internet service providers are already looking for different ways to hurt subscribers that don’t violate net neutrality. In the current climate, however, we’re not sure a more favorable set of rules could have been crafted by the FCC and its former cable lobbyist boss, Tom Wheeler.

Of course, creating better net neutrality guidelines is one thing — but policing ISPs and ensuring they adhere to the new rules is an entirely different can of worms. More →

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Google Maps Racist White House Searches

The latest Google Maps catastrophe is directing racists to the White House

By on May 20, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

The latest Google Maps catastrophe is directing racists to the White House

Google can’t win for losing. Just days after the search giant was forced to temporarily shut down its Map Maker tool in light of a rash of vandalism, The Washington Post discovered a far more disturbing trend. Specific search phrases on Google Maps containing the word “n****r” (yes, the heinous racial epithet) will redirect users to the White House, where president Barack Obama currently resides. More →

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Google Online Photo Service

It looks like Google+ wasn’t a total waste after all

By on May 19, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

It looks like Google+ wasn’t a total waste after all

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Google+ user with any affinity for the service, but that’s not to say there aren’t elements of the social network experiment worth saving.

Bloomberg News first reported last year that Google might be planning to spin off its photo sharing and storage features from Google+, and now people familiar with the plans tell Bloomberg that the new service will be revealed soon. More →

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Google Chrome Memory Leak Fix

It’s about time: Google vows to fix the worst thing about its Chrome browser

By on May 19, 2015 at 8:20 PM.

It’s about time: Google vows to fix the worst thing about its Chrome browser

Chrome is an awesome browser but it also has severe memory leak issues that can chew up resources on both your PC and your smartphone. KitGuru highlights some recent comments made by the Chrome for Android team during a Reddit AMA that show Google’s engineers are very much aware of Chrome’s memory leak problems and are vowing to fix it. More →

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YouTube Vs Netflix

YouTube’s plan to compete with Netflix

By on May 19, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

YouTube’s plan to compete with Netflix

Even though much of the discussion surrounding online video seems to center on Netflix, it’s easy to forget just how incredibly influential YouTube remains as a video powerhouse. In 2014, for instance, the Google-owned property was the third most visited website in the entire world.

Still, it’s not as if YouTube has been raking in the dough. Though revenue from YouTube now check in at around $4 billion annually, that’s just barely enough for the site to break even. One of the monetization problems that has long plagued YouTube is that many consumers happen to view YouTube videos from within Facebook or embedded within other websites. In short, not as many people were heading on over YouTube.com as a starting point for viewing video. Additionally, YouTube was experiencing problems keeping viewers on the site for long stints of time.

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The Pirate Bay Domains

The Pirate Bay is being stripped of its most popular domains

By on May 19, 2015 at 3:36 PM.

The Pirate Bay is being stripped of its most popular domains

Somehow, through all the rekindled controversy over the past several months, The Pirate Bay has managed to stay online, but it turns out there will be a few casualties. On Tuesday, TorrentFreak reported that the Stockholm District Court has ruled that The Pirate Bay’s popular Swedish domains will be seized. More →

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Home Internet Service

Nothing is more annoying than home internet outages, and now there’s a study that proves it

Nothing is more annoying than home internet outages, and now there’s a study that proves it

By on May 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

You toss a packet of popcorn into your microwave and drop a bag of chamomile slowly into a mug of hot water. The couch is calling your name as the microwave begins beeping to let you know that the piping hot buttery popcorn inside is ready to be devoured. With your popcorn bowl overflowing in one hand and your favorite mug in the other, you make your way to the living room and plop down on the couch with your family.

You turn on the TV as they attack the popcorn, and you navigate to the Netflix icon on your screen. But wait. Something is wrong. Netflix is stuck on the loading screen and it just won’t seem to open. Then, it hits you: Your home internet service is down. More →

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