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Video flashback: 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg talks about ‘The Facebook’ on CNBC

By on April 29, 2015 at 4:32 PM.

Video flashback: 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg talks about ‘The Facebook’ on CNBC

I’m not sure if it should be a source of embarrassment or pride (or perhaps neither), but I was up and running on Facebook back in late 2004, back when Friendster was still the top dog of social networking. As a student at the time, I was able to witness first-hand how quickly Facebook was able to secure a foothold in the daily lives of college students. Writing on “the wall” on your friends’ pages, poking people, joining an endless string of groups — these were just a few of the many fun and quirky features why helped Facebook became an instant hit with students.

Still, at the time no one could have really predicted that Facebook would go on to become a household name, not just in tech, but across the globe. That said, it’s always interesting to take a stroll back in time and look at how Facebook was viewed well before it became the de facto social network it is today.

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Microsoft’s completely redesigned web browser gets a name: Meet Microsoft Edge

By on April 29, 2015 at 1:56 PM.

Microsoft’s completely redesigned web browser gets a name: Meet Microsoft Edge

Microsoft isn’t done making news at Build 2015. The company just revealed the real name of its next-generation web browser that represents a clean break from the tired Internet Explorer: Microsoft Edge. Ironically, while Edge is supposed to represent a completely new browser, it will still have the same iconic “e” logo that Explorer users have been familiar with for years.

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Why Is AT&T So Bad

AT&T promised a customer it could get broadband to his new house – he wound up with 768Kbps service

By on April 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

AT&T promised a customer it could get broadband to his new house – he wound up with 768Kbps service

Ah, the story of ISPs making promises they can’t deliver — does it ever get old? Ars Technica brings us the sad tale of Dave Mortimer, an AT&T customer in the town of Lowell, Michigan. Before Mortimer moved into his new house in Lowell, he asked whether AT&T would be able to provide it with a broadband connection of at least 20Mbps. AT&T said that it could and, what’s more, AT&T’s own U-Verse availability check said that it could. After buying and moving into his new house, however, he learned the awful truth. More →

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Comcast-TWC Merger

Comcast’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable has officially been defeated

By on April 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

Comcast’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable has officially been defeated

After months of back-and-forth regarding the fate of the Comcast-TWC merger, regulators finally quashed the deal once and for all this week. Per Bloomberg, the announcement was expected to come as early as Friday morning, which it has in the form of two statements from Comcast and Time Warner Cable. More →

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Comcast TWC Merger Is Dead

Bloomberg: The Comcast-TWC merger is dead

By on April 23, 2015 at 3:05 PM.

Bloomberg: The Comcast-TWC merger is dead

In a development that should surprise no one who’s been following the news this week, Bloomberg is now reporting that Comcast is planning to drop its bid to purchase Time Warner Cable. Bloomberg’s sources say Comcast could drop its bid in an announcement that could come as soon as Friday. More →

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How To Download Google Search History

How to download your entire Google search history in 2 easy steps

By on April 21, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

How to download your entire Google search history in 2 easy steps

Have you ever wondered what you were searching for on this day 10 years ago? Probably not… but we bet you are right now. People don’t often stop to consider just how much personal data Google really stores. Think about how many things you search for each day alone. Now, consider this: unless you’ve disabled your search history, every single thing you’ve ever searched for while logged into your Google account on any device is stored on Google’s servers.

Curious to see just how much data that really is? Now, Google will let you download your entire search history in two easy steps. More →

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Netflix Subscription

The clever way Netflix determines subscription rates in each country

By on April 20, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

The clever way Netflix determines subscription rates in each country

History has shown that any effort aimed at eradicating piracy via brute force is destined to fail. Arguably, the only way to truly stem piracy is to, quite simply, embrace the notion that piracy exists and subsequently do everything in your power to deliver a product or service that’s fundamentally more appealing than scouring the depths of BitTorrent.

Apple successfully implemented this strategy when it introduced the iTunes Music Store, instantly making the digital download experience a much safer and simpler endeavor than acquiring music through illicit means.

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How To Blur Google Maps Images

Did Google Maps publish your image or personal info? Here’s what you can do about it

By on April 20, 2015 at 1:12 PM.

Did Google Maps publish your image or personal info? Here’s what you can do about it

It finally happened. You were decided to check out the Google Maps Street View of your home address or an area you frequent, and you were shocked to find a picture of your own face staring back at you. Oh, the horror! As disconcerting as it might be to learn that Google has published images of your face, the license plate number on your car, or some other personal information on Google Maps, rest assured that correcting the issue really couldn’t be easier.

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Apple Original Homepage

What the first Apple.com homepage looked like

By on April 17, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

What the first Apple.com homepage looked like

Many of the earliest website designs to populate the web are nothing more than distant and irretrievable memories. While sites like the The Internet Archive Wayback Machine provide a great way to take a stroll back through Internet time, their index only goes back so far.

So it goes with the Apple.com homepage. Archived versions of Apple’s homepage on the Wayback Machine only go back to October 1996, a shame given that Apple had a website up and running for many years prior.

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Hollywood Studios Vs. Netflix VPNs

How Hollywood is waging war against VPNs

By on April 17, 2015 at 3:35 PM.

How Hollywood is waging war against VPNs

Virtual private networks (VPNs) aren’t some wild-and-crazy piece of hacker technology — in fact, anyone who’s ever worked remotely has likely connected to corporate email through a VPN many times before. However, VPNs can also be used to fool video streaming services such as Netflix into thinking you’re actually living in a different country, which can give you unauthorized access to streaming content that’s not available in your market. Because of this, entertainment studios have been making a big push on both ISPs and streaming services to crack down on VPN use, as two stories that broke this week demonstrate. More →

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Bing Vs. Google Vs. Yahoo Market Share

The impossible has happened: Bing has become relevant

By on April 16, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

The impossible has happened: Bing has become relevant

For a long time, it looked like Bing would just go down in history as a failed attempt by Microsoft to compete with Google. But recently something strange has happened: Instead of continuing down the road to Zunedom, Bing has actually started to become relevant and it now has a respectable U.S. search market share of over 20%. No, seriously! More →

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Netflix Vs. Popcorn Time Piracy

Want cheaper Netflix? Then pirate more movies

By on April 16, 2015 at 4:24 PM.

Want cheaper Netflix? Then pirate more movies

Here’s something we get the feeling that Netflix CFO David Wells will regret admitting publicly. TorrentFreak notices that during Netflix’s earnings call this week, Wells admitted that Netflix will offer cheaper service in countries that have high rates of piracy since it wouldn’t make sense to offer an expensive service in markets where people are already used to stealing content over the web. More →

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