Orange Is The New Black Piracy

Netflix now feels HBO’s pain as it battles rampant ‘Orange Is The New Black’ piracy

By on June 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Netflix now feels HBO’s pain as it battles rampant ‘Orange Is The New Black’ piracy

Over the past few months we’ve documented HBO’s ongoing struggle to battle Game of Thrones piracy, an arguably winless battle that has seen the cable television network go after not only bars, but individual pirates as well.

In a sign that Netflix is now officially in the big leagues itself, the online streaming site is facing a piracy battle all its own. CNN reports that Netflix is trying to clamp down on the ever-increasing number of sites which are streaming illegal copies of the recently released third season of Orange is the New Black.

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PayPal User Agreement FCC

PayPal could be in big trouble over its user agreement that forces you to accept robocalls

By on June 12, 2015 at 12:15 PM.

PayPal could be in big trouble over its user agreement that forces you to accept robocalls

Remember that PayPal saga from last week? You know, the one involving PayPal’s new user agreement which gave the company carte blanche to robocall and autotext users for pretty much any reason under the sun, including surveys and promotions? Well, now the FCC is getting involved and they don’t like what they see.

In a letter sent to PayPal’s general counsel, and originally spotted by The Consumerist, the FCC writes that the company’s new user agreement “may violate federal laws governing the use of autodialed, prerecorded, and artificial voice calls, including text messages.” Specifically, the FCC notes that the new user agreement may run afoul of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

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Instagram.com Website Design Update

The Instagram site is getting a big redesign this week – see it here before it goes live

By on June 10, 2015 at 12:13 PM.

The Instagram site is getting a big redesign this week – see it here before it goes live

If you love taking photos and you pride yourself on your Instagram library, likes and followers, then you’ll be happy to learn that your Instagram photo experience is about to get much better. And you might just end up getting even more likes and followers once the company rolls out a major redesign for its website. More →

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Apple Vs. Google Vs. Amazon Cloud

Bloomberg: Apple is building a massive high-speed network to ensure first-rate cloud services

By on June 8, 2015 at 10:16 AM.

Bloomberg: Apple is building a massive high-speed network to ensure first-rate cloud services

It seems Apple is tired of people saying it can’t do cloud services as well as Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is building a giant high-speed network to boost its cloud capabilities and put them on par with Amazon and others. This investment comes as Apple will launch its own Spotify-like music streaming service and as it prepares to announce a Netflix-like video streaming service in the fall. More →

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Google Chrome Laptop Battery Life

Google starts rolling out fixes to Chrome’s horrendous battery-draining problems

By on June 5, 2015 at 1:40 PM.

Google starts rolling out fixes to Chrome’s horrendous battery-draining problems

Chrome is somehow both the best and the most utterly broken browser available to Web users today. It’s fast, it’s effective and it makes your computer run like complete garbage, but Google is implementing fixes as quickly as it possibly can to stymie the frustration. More →

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Microsoft WiFi iPhone Android Windows 10

This is Microsoft’s bold plan to always keep your iPhone connected to the Internet

By on June 4, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

This is Microsoft’s bold plan to always keep your iPhone connected to the Internet

While Google and Facebook are looking at ways of bringing online more users, especially in developing markets, Microsoft has a bold Internet-related plan of its own, which involves keeping you connected at all times, even when you’re traveling. More →

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Apple Tim Cook Google Privacy

What Tim Cook and Apple don’t get about Google’s success: Consumers don’t value their privacy

By on June 3, 2015 at 1:13 PM.

What Tim Cook and Apple don’t get about Google’s success: Consumers don’t value their privacy

Tim Cook earlier this week said that consumers will eventually grow weary of providing their personal information to companies like Google in exchange for free services.

“You might like these so-called free services, but we don’t think they’re worth having your email, your search history and now even your family photos data-mined and sold off for god knows what advertising purpose,” Cook said. “And we think some day, customers will see this for what it is.”

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Google My Account Privacy Settings

Find out everything Google knows about you with this new security hub

By on June 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

Find out everything Google knows about you with this new security hub

Originally announced at Google I/O 2015 last week, a new set of security and privacy tools began rolling out for Google account owners on Monday. In order to give users more control over the information they share, Google launched a new hub called My Account which gives anyone who has ever used Google the ability to review and manage their security settings. More →

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Hola VPN Service Botnet Threat

Warning: You should be using a VPN service to protect your privacy, but not this one

By on June 1, 2015 at 11:20 AM.

Warning: You should be using a VPN service to protect your privacy, but not this one

Hola is a free VPN service that has millions of users around the world, but you should stop using it right away if you’re one of them. An increasing number of reports suggest the service has actually used its customers to create a massive botnet. More →

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Ross Ulbricht Sentencing

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison

By on May 29, 2015 at 4:02 PM.

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison

After being found guilty of seven criminal counts, including drug trafficking and money laundering, Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind the illegal online marketplace known as Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison by Judge Katherine Forrest.

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