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The Birth Of The Internet Troll

Trolls are shitting all over our internet. You can hardly search for something as innocuous as “dog” on Google without coming across inflammatory attacks on every possible dog-related opinion under the sun. All horrible things have to crawl before they can walk/crush spirits though. Even trolls.


Why Cybersecurity Threats Are About To Get Much, Much Worse

Let me state the obvious just to get it out of the way: cybersecurity in the US sucks, and everybody knows it. The US president knows it. The Pentagon knows it. And, worst of all, the hackers know it too. That’s why I’m so alarmed by a new Pew Internet survey that says the US will probably get hit with a deadly cyberattack by 2025.


Spain's New 'Google Tax' Could Be Bad For Everyone

The Spanish government has just approved a law that will force news aggregation services, such as Google News, to pay news sites for each link they include with their content. You read that right: On top of sending sites heaps of traffic, Google (other aggregators like Yahoo News, and maybe even Facebook or Twitter) will be forced to pay for each link they publish.


Brazil Is Keeping Its Promise To Avoid The US Internet

Brazil was not bluffing last year, when it said that it wanted to disconnect from the United States-controlled internet due to the NSA’s obscenely invasive surveillance tactics. The country is about to stretch a cable from the northern city of Fortaleza all the way to Portugal, and they have vowed not to use a single US vendor to do it.


FBI Turned Off Hotel Internet, Impersonated Cable Guy To Catch Gamblers

It is not a good week for FBI undercover sting operations. After yesterday’s revelation that the FBI planted a phoney, malware-loaded Seattle Times article, we’re now getting wind of another FBI scheme in which agents impersonated internet repairmen. As if we needed another reason not to trust the cable guy.


Protests Against Internet Tax In Hungary Continue -- Larger Than Ever

Tens of thousands of peaceful Hungarians marched again in the streets and on the bridges of Budapest on Tuesday — continuing the demonstration against the proposed internet tax.


How Far Companies Will Go To Protect You From Copyright Bullies

When somebody wants to silence speech, they often use the quickest method available. When the speech is hosted on a major online platform, that method is usually a copyright or trademark complaint.


This Is How Hungarians Are Protesting Against Proposed Internet Tax

There was something strange in the air in Budapest on Sunday evening. Mostly, it was computer parts and outdated peripherals — flying through the closed windows of the headquarters of the ruling political party, called Fidesz.


World's Fastest Fibre Line Can Support An Internet's Worth Of Data

Currently, the fastest commercially available fibre optic line tops out at 100Gbps. That’s super fast, sure, but isn’t nearly a wide enough pipeline for our increasingly interconnected systems. That’s why this new, multi-modal, fibre line is so exciting — it can pack 2550 times as much data into the same glass strand.


How To Use The Internet To Get (And Stay) In Shape

Even if you can’t afford a swanky gym membership but can’t stand packing in among the masses at 24 Hour Fitness, you’ve got no excuse for letting your body go to pot over the winter. With these websites at your disposal and a bit of sweat equity, you’ll be ready for beach season.


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