North Atlantic Air Traffic Time-Lapse Video

The most amazing thing you’ll see today: Time-lapse video of North Atlantic air traffic

By on November 18, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

The most amazing thing you’ll see today: Time-lapse video of North Atlantic air traffic

Aviation industry experts at NATS have created an awesome time-lapse visualization of Transatlantic air traffic over a period of 24 hours, condensing all the flights during a single day in August 2013 into a 2-minute video. More →

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Google Search History

5 more links to help you see everything Google knows about you

By on November 18, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

5 more links to help you see everything Google knows about you

On Monday, we shared a link and some instructions with readers intended to help them identify what personal information Google has collected about them in its efforts to build comprehensive profiles and serve targeted ads. Of course, Google collects a huge amount of data from its users to support what is likely the world’s most complex online advertising solution, so one single link isn’t going to show you everything you need to know.

Now, we’re back with five more URLs Google users need to know in order to see even more personal data that Google has collected. More →

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Google Project Loon

One of Google’s most ambitious and important projects reaches a new milestone

By on November 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

One of Google’s most ambitious and important projects reaches a new milestone

Do you remember life before the Internet? Younger generations in developed countries will likely find it hard to imagine, but there was once a time when information wasn’t always a few taps or clicks away. Now, whether you’re in your home or on the go, the world’s information is always at your fingertips. Of course, there are still billions of people who do not have the same easy access to the web that many of us take for granted. In fact, more people than you might imagine have never accessed the Internet at all in their lifetimes.

But Google is trying to change that. More →

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Net Neutrality Porn Stars

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Porn stars explain net neutrality

By on November 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Porn stars explain net neutrality

One of the hottest debates of the year has been around net neutrality and many activists and Internet companies have been loudly fighting the FCC and its proposal to allow for Internet fast lanes. Taking a completely different approach from most net neutrality campaigns, Funny or Die’s porn stars have also tried to explain in their own way why net neutrality is a serious matter and should be properly understood. More →

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What Google Knows About Users

This is how to see everything Google knows about you and sells to advertisers

By on November 17, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

This is how to see everything Google knows about you and sells to advertisers

Even though Google is dabbling in plenty of interesting new areas such as robotics, health and many others, the company’s main revenue source is still advertising. The company shows you a variety of ads on its many online properties, including Search, YouTube, Gmail, Maps and more. But in order to make more money, it tries to show you ads that are relevant to you based on your browsing habits. Or in other words, it can charge companies more to display their ads online to an audience that’s more likely to become their customers. More →

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Al Franken Net Neutrality Video

Video: Al Franken destroys Ted Cruz for getting net neutrality ‘completely wrong’

By on November 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Video: Al Franken destroys Ted Cruz for getting net neutrality ‘completely wrong’

Senator Ted Cruz last week caused quite a stir — and a lot of forehead slapping — when he described net neutrality as “Obamacare for the Internet.” CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday sat down with Cruz’s fellow senator Al Franken, a longtime net neutrality advocate who completely demolished Cruz’s arguments against net neutrality for being “completely wrong.” More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Lobbying

Net neutrality has some unlikely new champions, including Ford, UPS and Visa

By on November 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Net neutrality has some unlikely new champions, including Ford, UPS and Visa

As we’ve mentioned before, the debate over net neutrality isn’t just one of government-versus-business but one of business-versus-business. While we already knew that big-name Internet companies such as Netflix are strongly in favor of strong net neutrality rules, Bloomberg Businessweek reports that several other giant corporations have been quietly working behind the scenes to push the FCC to enact stronger net neutrality rules as well. More →

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Why Is Facebook So Addictive

There’s a scientific explanation for why you can’t log off of Facebook

By on November 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

There’s a scientific explanation for why you can’t log off of Facebook

If you’re reading this article on a computer, there’s a pretty good chance that you have Facebook pulled up on another tab. If not, you probably just closed it. There’s something about Facebook that keeps us coming back for more, no matter how crowded and frustrating our news feeds have become. So why can’t we break away? More →

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Why Net Neutrality Is Good

The most important essay on net neutrality that everyone should read

By on November 13, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

The most important essay on net neutrality that everyone should read

One of the worst things that can happen to net neutrality is that it becomes yet another partisan football where the entire issue boils down to whether you support free markets or government regulations. The reality, of course, is much more nuanced: Net neutrality is a regulation that has to be in place for the free market to function in the Internet age. More →

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John Oliver Net Neutrality Video Appeal FCC

You can actually read the FCC’s internal emails about John Oliver’s hilarious Net Neutrality appeal

By on November 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

You can actually read the FCC’s internal emails about John Oliver’s hilarious Net Neutrality appeal

Remember John Oliver’s enthusiastic appeal made on HBO’s Last Week Tonight a few months ago to Internet trolls to go to the FCC’s website and comment on net neutrality? Well, that particular show segment was so popular that it may have convinced thousands of Internet users to try to post a comment in support of net neutrality with the FCC, leading to a temporary crash of the website. More →

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YouTube Music Key Service

YouTube unveils Music Key, a music subscription service that blends Spotify with MTV

By on November 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

YouTube unveils Music Key, a music subscription service that blends Spotify with MTV

YouTube’s long-rumored premium music service has finally materialized. Google announced on Wednesday that it would be debuting an ad free subscription service called Music Key, which will allow for offline play and background listening. The service will cost $9.99 when it launches, but for now it will be offered at a promotional price of $7.99. More →

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Verizon Net Neutrality Lawsuit

Verizon’s greed may have finally gone too far

By on November 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Verizon’s greed may have finally gone too far

Verizon was probably pretty happy with itself after it got the Federal Communications Commission’s previous net neutrality rules tossed out in a court ruling from earlier this year. However, it looks like this may have only been a short-term victory because now the FCC might implement even stricter rules on ISPs, including on wireless carriers that were previously exempt from most net neutrality regulations. More →

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