Gregg Gethard Yelp Review Novel

A comedian is writing a novel that’s comprised solely of Yelp reviews

By on August 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

A comedian is writing a novel that’s comprised solely of Yelp reviews

A comedian is posting reviews on Yelp that are part of a bigger scheme, Grub Street has discovered. Instead of writing simple reviews for the places he visits, Gregg Gethard a.k.a., “Karl G.” writes stories that are part of a novel. More →

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Yahoo Email and Google Gmail Encryption

Yahoo wants to encrypt all of your email, with Google’s help

By on August 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Yahoo wants to encrypt all of your email, with Google’s help

Yahoo will offer its users full end-to-end email encryption and compatibility with Google’s own end-to-end email encryption at some point in 2015, CNET reports, as Yahoo chief information security officer Alex Stamos on Thursday confirmed the company’s email encryption plans at the Black Hat conference. More →

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Coolest YouTube Videos 7 Years Of Selfies

Teen takes selfies every day for 7 years, creates incredible compilation video that shows him growing up in 90 seconds

By on August 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM.

Teen takes selfies every day for 7 years, creates incredible compilation video that shows him growing up in 90 seconds

Kids grow up much too quickly, as the old saying grows. However, we don’t think we’ve ever seen a kid grow up quite so quickly as YouTube user Hugo Cornellier, a 19-year-old who has been taking one selfie every day of his life since the age of 12 and who has just fashioned them into an incredible new video that shows him maturing at an astonishing pace. More →

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Comcast Worst Customer Service

Here’s the secret trick to make Comcast give you good customer service

By on August 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

Here’s the secret trick to make Comcast give you good customer service

By now, we all know about Comcast’s customer service — it really is terrible and it’s a direct reflection of the fact that Comcast is much more interested in upselling you on pricier products than on actually fixing your problems. However, The Verge’s Adrianne Jeffries has just written a killer new report that reveals that there’s a secret way to get Comcast to give you the customer service you deserve. More →

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Best Gmail Features Unsubscribe Button

Google finally adds the killer Gmail feature you’ve been waiting for

By on August 6, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

Google finally adds the killer Gmail feature you’ve been waiting for

Earlier this year we heard rumblings that Google was planning to add a killer new feature to Gmail: An “unsubscribe” button at the top of every promotional email that would make it vastly easier for you to get rid of annoying promotions once and for all. Months later, it looks like Google is finally ready to take the wraps off the feature, which it touted on Wednesday in a new post on Gmail’s Google+ page. More →

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Google Gmail Email Child Pornography

Google explains why it helped cops bust an alleged sex offender by scanning his Gmail for child porn

By on August 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM.

Google explains why it helped cops bust an alleged sex offender by scanning his Gmail for child porn

Planning a crime with the help of Gmail might be okay when it comes to Google spying on your Gmail accounts, a company spokesperson told Business Insider, revealing that Google only tracks and reports child pornography traces in its email service. The search giant explained how and why it searches Gmail for explicit images of children in Gmail, having just helped authorities arrest a man a few days ago after finding such incriminating evidence in his email account. More →

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Steve Jobs Public Wi-Fi Plans

New report reveals Steve Jobs’ grand vision for making free Wi-Fi available wherever you go

By on August 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

New report reveals Steve Jobs’ grand vision for making free Wi-Fi available wherever you go

If you’ve read much about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, you’d know he was a major advocate for broader public Wi-Fi, especially as it pertained to the iPhone. Walt Mossberg wrote a piece for Re/code on Tuesday in which he shares the details of a conversation he once had with Jobs regarding public Wi-Fi. Mossberg writes that Jobs understood why Wi-Fi networks needed to remain secure, but believed it would be possible to make shareable, free Wi-Fi from home networks the norm. More →

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Comcast TWC Vs. Google Fiber

You won’t believe what happens when Comcast and TWC face actual competition

By on August 5, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

You won’t believe what happens when Comcast and TWC face actual competition

For the past couple of years, we’ve been alternately amused and horrified whenever cable company bigwigs have told us that we don’t really “need” fast speeds like those offered by Google Fiber, so why bother significantly investing in infrastructure upgrade? It turns out, however, that both Comcast and Time Warner Cable have quickly changed their tunes now that they’re feeling the actual heat of free market competition for the first time in years. More →

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“The ability to search for and find ongoing conversations about nearly any problem in the known universe is one of the Internet’s greatest gifts to humanity.”
— Darren Murph
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Why The Internet Is Awesome

Let’s never speak again: The incredible benefits of searchable text

By on August 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Let’s never speak again: The incredible benefits of searchable text

I could, in theory, phone everyone up that’s reading this story and convey this message to them via voice. I’m in no position to argue the merits of vocal interactions, and indeed, we all owe a great deal to Alexander Graham Bell and the invention of the first practical telephone. But we’re beyond that now. The power of the Internet is too great to encapsulate in a single article, but I’ve been relying on it more heavily than usual of late. As I slide into a new home, I’m faced with all sorts of quandaries. DIY projects abound, curiosities need sating, and in general, I’m finding myself thirsty for knowledge in an area that I’m somewhat unfamiliar with. More →

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Facebook International Class Action Suit

This is your chance to ask Facebook to pay you $500 in exchange for your personal data

By on August 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

This is your chance to ask Facebook to pay you $500 in exchange for your personal data

Even though Facebook is very useful when it comes to staying connected with friends, spying on your ex, and pretending you’re awfully happy with your life, the social network isn’t letting you do this for charity — rather, it’s vacuuming up as much information about you as it can to sell better ads. Facebook is willing to go pretty far to get all the information it can about you and it doesn’t have a spotless track record when it comes to observing the privacy of its customers. However, a new class action suit that started in Austria is inviting international Facebook users to join in and demand that Facebook fork over cash in exchange for using our personal data. More →

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MLB Net Neutrality Comments

MLB trashes ISPs, doesn’t like the FCC’s ‘fast-lane’ plan one bit

By on July 31, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

MLB trashes ISPs, doesn’t like the FCC’s ‘fast-lane’ plan one bit

The net neutrality debate is far from over, especially since the FCC is still sorting through more than one million comments on the matter. Quartz reports that one of those comments comes directly from Major League Baseball, which argues against allowing for Internet “fast lanes” despite the fact that its own MLB Advanced Media (BAM) platform could benefit from such a scheme as long as MLB agreed to pay the proper fees to ISPs.

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Praying Hands Emoji Not High Five

PSA: This emoji stands for praying hands, not a high five

By on July 31, 2014 at 3:07 PM.

PSA: This emoji stands for praying hands, not a high five

There seems to be some confusion about what certain emoji actually mean. Gawker brings us word that a TV station in Philadelphia described the emoji pictured above as being for a “high-five” of two hands slapping together, although it’s clearly supposed to be two hands held together in prayer. More →

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