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Anger the Internet by killing Cecil the Lion? Suffer the backlash!

Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer isn't having a good day, as the Internet is flooding his business with angry phone calls, emails, and Yelp reviews.

 

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Palmer, an avid hunter, was hunting in Zimbabwe when he shot 13-year-old Cecil the Lion. The lion, which lived on protected national parkland, was lured out of its sanctuary - and was shot by the bow hunter. After being wounded, Palmer and his paid guides tracked the animal for about 40 hours before finally killing him.

 

The lion was extremely popular among tourists at the park, and had six lioness mates and more than a dozen cubs. Palmer paid more than $50,000 to go lion hunting while in Zimbabwe, and killed an animal that wore a GPS collar while being tracked by Oxford University researchers, according to The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

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Islamic State restricting Internet access in its self-declared capital

The Islamic State is heavily restricting Internet access in its so-called capital of Raqqa, Syria, according to recent reports.

 

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The group recently began circulating leaflets that demand Internet cafes to remove all Wi-Fi boosters, private wireless adapters, and other hardware that helps provide Internet connectivity.

 

"You won't find computers in 95 percent of them," said Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi, c-founder of the Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently organization, in a statement to The Daily Beast. "It's more like a small shop where not even two or three people can sit down. You go there, bring your own cell or laptop. You tell them, 'I want an account with you.' The Internet café owner will give you a password and account username."

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iiNet and TPG ISP merger approved by shareholders

Australian ISP giant TPG are today one step closer to succeeding in their controversial bid to takeover Australian ISP iiNet, after iiNet shareholders voted overwhelmingly to accept a revised $1.56B AUD offer.

 

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According to the Australian Financial Review, 93% of shareholders voted in favour of the offer which would create the second biggest ISP in Austarlian, just behind Telstra Bigpond.

 

The next step in the bid is approval from Australian industry regulator ACCC, which the Financial Review specualate will be granted on August 20th.

Comcast will soon offer 2Gbps Internet service for $300 per month

Whatever connection you have at home, it probably pales in comparison to what Comcast will soon be offering through its Gigabit Pro service. The provider is set to offer a huge 2Gbps connection, a pipe that will see you downloading at over 200MB/sec, for $300 per month.

 

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Considering Google Fiber costs $170 per month and provides you with a 1Gbps pipe, this price is not too bad at all. But, you'll be required to sign a 2-year agreement, with an early termination cost and up-front costs for installation ($500) and activation ($500). There are also other charges, such as "equipment, taxes, fees and other applicable charges" according to Comcast. Google only charges $300 for its "construction fees" on its Fiber service, while you're shelling out $1300 to Comcast to get up and running on its Gigabit Pro service.

 

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The availability of the Gigabit Pro service is also locked down to just a handful of cities, as you can see above.

YouTuber 'PewDiePie' made $7 million last year alone

Just how much can you make for playing games? Well, if you're Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg, $7 million in 2014 from YouTube alone. Considering he was making $4 million a year in 2013, this is a nice increase.

 

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The news is coming from Swedish newspaper Expressen, which said that their numbers are from the documents Kjellberg filed with the government in his country. Considering that he's only 25 years old, he is living quite the life that most gamers could only dream of.

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer still trying to find ways to modernize company

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said the company's core focus is to help be the guide to the world wide web for Internet users, as Yahoo tries to find ways to change its format. Looking ahead, Yahoo wants to make sure users are well taken care of as more users transition from PCs to mobile devices, wearables, TVs, connected cars, and other future formats.

 

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It remains a rough road for Yahoo, and the company's shares lost 20 percent since the start of 2015, while Google and Facebook note Wall Street gains.

 

"We're working very hard to take Yahoo, a very iconic company, and return it to greatness," Mayer said during Yahoo's annual investors meeting. "We've worked hard to build ourselves a future."

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Argument rages about purchasing drugs online instead of on the street

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht is now serving life in prison without the possibility of parole, but the floodgates have opened: consumers want to purchase narcotics, and the Internet has provided great new opportunities. Ulbricht's legal team tried to argue that purchasing online helped reduces street-level crime - and while the argument didn't work to reduce his prison sentence - it looks like there is some truth to that.

 

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In a paper published last year, researchers from the University of Montreal and University of Manchester said the wholesale/broker market is safer and should help reduce violence, intimidation and other issues related with street-level narcotics sales.

 

In a similar fashion to eBay, Amazon and others, these online drug websites allow sellers to rate the goods they purchased - and that could help prevent contamination of weird substances being used to cut drugs.

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The world's first 360-degree 8K video has hit YouTube

If you thought your PC or Internet connection couldn't handle that 8K video we reported on last week, what do you think will happen with this new 360-degree, 8K video that Dubai360 has just posted to YouTube? Your PC will melt in its own flames, that's what.

 

 

The world's first 360-degree 8K video is a beautiful one, with a 24-hour timelapse of the Dubai airport. The 8K video was achieved using 88,000 individual shots that created many four-hour videos, that were then stitched together. It's an incredible video, and is sure to test out both your PC, and your Internet connection. Just don't try it with dial up.

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Twitch quietly rolls out a private messaging system dubbed Whisper

Twitch has just very quietly rolled out a private messaging system dubbed Whisper, which allows you to talk between friends, you know - like you do everywhere else.

 

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Whisper works by typing "/w" into the Twitch chat box, where you just add the username of the person you want to talk to. Once you've done this, it will create a message to your friend, that only the two of you can see. Whisper messages populate in the standard Twitch chat window, but we're sure that this will change soon.

 

The company has said that it is working on pop-out private messages, as well as offline delivery. You can also block Whisper messages from abusive users, as well as change privacy preferences in Settings.

Your PC won't handle this 8K video that has just hit YouTube

Sure, YouTube has technically supported 8K videos since 2010, but the video sharing site only started labeling them this year. 8K has a resolution of 7680x4320, which is just insanely massive.

 

 

The first 8K video to hit YouTube is called "Ghost Towns" which was filmed using a RED Epic Dragon 6K camera in portrait orientation, reports TechSpot. In order to achieve full 8K, some of the scenes were upscaled or stitched together using Adobe After Effects. Since there aren't many native 8K cameras on the market, this is something that consumers won't get until sometime next year.

 

So now that there's an 8K video on YouTube, you can see if your Internet connection and PC are capable of handling 7680x4320, which they probably aren't. I'm running an 8-core AMD processor, 16GB RAM and a 34-inch ultrawide 3440x1440 monitor from LG - so the hardware is fine, along with a 100Mbps fiber connection and I get a jittery video, but it's a deliciously gorgeous jittery video.

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