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CBS not talking with Apple about streaming TV services anymore

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 day ago

CBS was in some heated negotiations with Apple to bring forth their lofty network services through the network, and potentially allowing you to stream that content to Apple devices. But that's no longer, or so says the CEO of CBS.

 

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According to the CEO, Les Moonves, they really haven't heard from Apple regarding that aforementioned TV streaming service. The initial meetings occurred, and they appeared to be positive from what we can gather. It's just that Apple never called them back afterwards.

 

"We had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," Moonves told CNNMoney in an interview. Internet streaming services have accounted for nearly 40% of their revenue this past year, meaning that they understand the importance of digital media. They've made a number of partnerships with outside companies for streaming content, so a partnership with Apple isn't out of the question. Apple just needs to answer the phone.

Google's 'right to be forgotten' initiative extended to every domain

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

The right to be forgotten, or the set of regulations that were passed in the EU that allow people the right, and ability, to ask that search results pertaining to them be hidden or outright deleted, is being extended thoroughly.

 

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It used to be that only the particular countries Google domain would remove those search results, but now all domains within Google will subsequently erase that information. That means that someone in Belgium requesting info be forgotten won't have those same search results available on Google.de either. It seems that this is a result of a Canadian court case forcing Google to apply the rules worldwide combined with France's threat of a fine if such widespread forgetfulness wasn't implemented.

 

The original idea was quaint because it didn't quite cover the entire worldwide web as it should have from the very beginning. You could just as easily find the same info by doing searches from other country domains, so it really amounted to doing next to nothing.

Search engines are about to be creepy good at predicting what you want

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 4 days, 21 hours ago

Google and Bing are already quite good at predicting what you're thinking and giving you relevant suggestions. But it's slow and the predictive algorithms just aren't quite good for actual real-time suggestions. So a graduate student from Cornell wants to speed things up considerably, making things potentially awesome, yet incredibly creepy.

 

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We all like our personalized suggestions when shopping or even when searching for things. It legitimately helps us, despite the privacy concerns related to it. But those results don't show up instantaneously. There's a significant amount of background work going on that links your actions to those personalized results. Wenlei Xie has come up with an algorithm that could potentially speed things up to near real-time.

 

Search engines and their underlying suggestions generally use a weighted node graph which is examined analyzed to see just how appropriate the suggestion is based on years of collecting and correlating information. The problem that Xie has found is that there's just so much information to walk through, that it's incredibly slow. So to make it faster and more relevant even sooner, he's proposed simplifying those graphs. In essence they're assembling only the most pertinent information, and discarding a lot of the fluff, to make it quicker.

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Frinkiac is an incredible Simpsons-centric search engine

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week ago

A search engine just for The Simpsons? If you were ever curious about when someone said something, then you can now search through all pieces of dialogue from all 15 seasons.

 

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The search engine parses through nearly 3 million screenshots from every season and shows the appropriate dialogue beside it. You can easily make a meme out of it just by clicking the appropriate button. So if you've ever been curious when any word has been said, just type it in and you'll get every result you'll ever need.

 

And now you'll never have an excuse not to quote The Simpsons. The search engine itself is fast and efficient with a good layout that's easy to use. It's all very Simpson's-esque as well. This is perfect for those fans that need a quick reference. It's also an example of what could be useful for any number of other shows or games. The program itself was written in Go and works in a fairly simplistic way, according to the blog post by the creator, Paul Kehrer.

YouTube Red's first original series 'Scare Pewdiepie' debuts Feb 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

We're finally seeing the fruits of Alphabet's labor with YouTube Red, with the company promising original content for subscribers who cough up $10 per month.

 

 

Well, the first YouTube Red original series features none other than infamous YouTuber 'Pewdiepie', with 'Scare Pewdiepie' being the first show off the rank. Pewdiepie's "reality-adventure" will continue his work from YouTube, but there will also be three movies released onto YouTube Red from Astronauts Wanted and Lilly Singh, AwesomenessTV and Rooster Teeth.

 

There'll also be a release from Lazer Tech, a documentary called A Trip To Unicorn Island, which covers Singh's 30-city world tour. When YouTube Red's original shows were announced in November 2015, we were promised 10 projects - so we should expect 7 more programs and movies to be released, including a project from CollegeHumor.

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Gmail is now home to over 1 billion active users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Alphabet confirmed it has over 1 billion monthly active Gmail users, something the company announced during its latest fiscal results.

 

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It might sound like a lot, but considering Facebook reached the 1 billion milestone last summer, it's surprising that something as universal and useful didn't hit 1 billion users quicker. Alphabet also said that around 10% of the replies from Google Inbox are automatic, so you might think you're getting a thoughtful response from someone, but it's an AI-generated message. So, ha.

Facebook bans the private sale of guns through their website

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 30, 2016 4:03 pm

It used to be that private gun sales were acceptable through any such medium on the Internet, Facebook included. But with the new laws in place in the US, Facebook is cracking down on overt advertisements for the private sale of firearms. Licensed gun-dealers are still fine, however.

 

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Facebook is a burgeoning marketplace, it would seem."Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another," head of product policy Monika Bickert told Reuters. "We are continuing to develop, test and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution."

 

And so as a result to help curb illegal activity, they've put programs (literal software) in place to check listings and flag them for review. I'd imagine they might be leveraging the deep learning projects they have going on, utilizing NVIDIA hardware to do so. It could allow for quick and timely identification with few errors (over time).

Pornhub sees a surge in US visitors during 'Snowzilla'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 30, 2016 8:49 am

Most of you have either heard about or have been in the middle of Snowzilla - which reached the East Cost of the United States in a big way between January 22 and 24.

 

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Well, mega porn giant Pornhub had a noticeable increased in their traffic, with the company focusing a new report on the four East Coast cities, which were plowed by Snowzilla the hardest. Pornhub's report sees the traffic in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington were swollen, compared to usual.

 

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Washington had the largest increase in traffic, with 22% more on Friday, 21% more on Saturday and the tip of it happened on Sunday, with a 25% increase in traffic compared to an average day for Pornhub. If you want to get into the nitty gritty, Pornhub has traffic by the hour over Snowzilla, too.

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Google paid $6006.13 to the guy who purchased 'Google.com' last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 7:44 am

Back in October last year, Sanmay Ved noticed that "Google.com" was available on Google Domains, so he snapped it up for $12. Yeah, $12 for Google.com - a steal, right?

 

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Ved owned the most iconic domain name of all time, for all of 60 seconds. After they noticed that the Google.com domain had been purchased, Google cancelled the purchase - and then provided Ved with an undisclosed reward. Well, we have found out through a blog post that Google paid him $6006.13, which is "Google" spelled with numbers - nice one, Google.

 

Ved donated the reward to The Art of Living India, and once Google found out about this, they doubled the reward amount. Good work there, Google!

Watch the full Star Was theme played live by a single person

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 1:31 pm

Besides arguments about politics and fresh memes, sometimes Facebook can be used for other things. In this case, witness someone showcase their amazing musical skills by playing the whole Star Wars theme, solo.

 

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Posted by Peanut Butter Wolf on Saturday, December 19, 2015

 

Here's hoping that he doesn't ensure the sacking of a full orchestra with these amazing one-man skills. You can view the video by clicking this link.

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