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Popcorn Time Installer gets taken down by Host for ToS violations

Its been just a week since we first told you about a program that turns torrenting into something akin to Netflix, and just seven days later the Popcorn Time's installer has been taken down from Mega over violations of the company's Terms of Service. That's right, it appears that Kim Dotcom's Mega has decided to distance itself from one of the easiest to use torrenting programs ever to hit the internet.

 

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Popcorn Time is a program that lets users search for popular movies from within a very user friendly interface and then download them via Bit-torrenting software leading many to call the program the Netflix for pirated movies. The project is open source though which means that it will most likely never go away, and will almost certainly move to torrent-based distribution.

Privacy groups asks FTC to block WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook

According to two privacy groups who filed a complaint against Whatapp's acquisition to the Federal Trade Commission, it is alleged that the proposed sale will violate privacy of many users. According to Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Center for Digital Democracy, the 'unfair and deceptive practices of Facebook are not compatible with Whatsapp's privacy policy. Many WhatsApp users agree the same.

 

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The complaint states that Facebook has a history of violating its user's privacy by changing its privacy policy from time-to-time.

 

EPIC does have a history of complaints that was accepted by the FTC. FTC took action against Google Buzz, Facebook's privacy change settings and Microsoft Passport in the past as per the complaints filed by the group.

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Pinterest is currently experiencing a worldwide outage

Pinterest appears to be experiencing a world wide outage, and TweakTown has confirmed that the popular image collecting website has been down for at least 15 minutes in the USA, Taiwan, India and the UK. When visiting the site via its main URL users are presented with nothing but a blank screen, and no server error code to identify the problem by.

 

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I experienced an complete Google services outage earlier this afternoon, and it appeared to be DNS related. Whether or not this is related to the Pinterest outage is still a mystery. I have reached out to Pinterest for a statement and will update this post if and when I get a reply.

GoDaddy suspends Mexican protest site after US embassy's intervention

A Mexican website that was a source for information containing, news, discussion and point of view from many protestors about the new President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto at a wake of a controversy in December 1st 2012. The website 1dmx.org grew over the time.

 

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When the protests' first anniversary was near, the website included information about organized campaign against a bill that was going to criminalize protest in Mexico and even made preparations to document the entire protests. However, but December 2nd 2013, the website was taken offline by its host 'GoDaddy' without any notice.

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Comcast using its subscriber's home routers into Wi-Fi hotspots

Comcast is planning to use its customer's Wi-Fi routers to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot in Chicago. The Internet Service provider has started to convert a large number of Wi-Fi routers in homes into Xfinity hotspots using its existing equipments.

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Comcast will be using a separate Wi-Fi signal and sending it through Comcast-owned wireless routers. Such signals from Comcast's home equipments can b identified by Comcast Xfinity's Wi-Fi mobile app. According to Comcast, by doing so, it will not affect its subscriber's speed and privacy.

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Yahoo to block Google, Facebook accounts from signing in for services

Yahoo is changing things up considerably, with Reuters reporting that the company will soon be removing the option of signing into Yahoo services using your Facebook or Google account - options that have been there for years.

 

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Starting with "Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick 'Em", a fantasy college basketball service, which Yahoo will remove Facebook and Google sign-ins, and soon after, the rest of its services. Yahoo haven't exactly explained the reasoning behind this, but we can presume that its services aren't as lucrative as Google and Facebook's services.

 

Yahoo ID holders will have their accounts and history looked at more closely, so the company can better monetize them - just like its competition does. A Yahoo representative reached out to The Verge, who said: "This new process, which now asks users to sign in with a Yahoo username, will allow us to offer the best personalized experience to everyone".

Twitter mistakenly resets its users passwords due to an error

If you have received an email from Twitter saying that your account may have been compromised by a website or service, most likely that email was sent by mistake. Twitter has confirmed that emails were sent to millions of Twitter users by mistake due to an error.

 

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The spokesperson for the social networking website said,"We unintentionally sent some password reset notices tonight due to a system error. We apologize to the affected users for the inconvenience."

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Google includes restaurant menus in its search results

Ever wanted to know what's there in the menu of a restaurant you haven't been before? Google search engine will now show menus anytime you search for a restaurant in the United States. This announcement was made officially via Google+ post.

 

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Google said,"Next time you're planning a brunch or a date night, check to make sure the menu has something to satisfy everyone in your group, without having to browse through several restaurants' websites". As of now, this feature is available in United States and wasn't clear if they will make this feature available in other countries. Some say that the move is made you try to compete with services such as Yelp.

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RumorTT: Amazon looking to bundle music streaming service with Prime

Music streaming services have been the hot topic over the last year with Google and Beats Music both launching streaming services to compete with powerhouses like Spotify, and it appears that Amazon is looking to jump on the streaming music bandwagon as well. Rumors are suggesting that Amazon is looking into integrating a music streaming service similar to Spotify into it's popular Amazon Prime premium member service.

 

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Industry insiders are saying that Amazon is "deep" in talks with several major record labels and music catalog holders and that plans for the service have been unfolding for several months now. Unfortunately instead of adding value to Amazon Prime, sources tell TweakTown that it will increase the subscription fee slightly and is the gateway into Amazon's rumored increase to $119 per month. If anyone can pull it off, Amazon would be the company to do it. Back in 2012, Amazon hired former Sony Music exec, Michael Paull and Rhapsody / MOG manager Drew Denbo as well as Adam Parness who also worked at Rhapsody previously.

Oscars will stream for free on the Internet for the first time

aTelevision broadcaster ABC confirmed the Oscars award show will be aired online with pre-show, live Oscars coverage, and post-show content available on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

 

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The WATCH ABC service will be available to cable subscribers using Comcast, Cox Communications, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Google Fiber, Verizon FiOS, or AT&T U-Verse in the following select markets: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston, San Francisco, Raleigh-Durham, or Fresno.

 

"For instance, if one of your favorite actors wins an award, you can see the great acceptance speech and then on 'The Oscars Backstage' experience follow them to a Thank You Cam where they can give a longer speech," said Karin Gilford, ABC Television Network SVP of Digital Media, in a statement.

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