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Gmail is now home to over 1 billion active users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 2, 2016 8:22 am

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




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.




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.




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.




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 '' 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 "" was available on Google Domains, so he snapped it up for $12. Yeah, $12 for - a steal, right?




Ved owned the most iconic domain name of all time, for all of 60 seconds. After they noticed that the 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.



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.

Reddit tackles Australia's slow internet woes

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 25, 2016 11:32 am

The citizens of Down Under haven't had a great run with internet speeds throughout their time in this hot country, with local internet users often taking to social mediums in order to express their frustration at the lack of internet speeds available locally.




Taking matters into their own hands, Reddit user 'asscopter' made a few pro-NBN (National Broadband Network) 'advertisements', highlighting some of the advantages that a high speed, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) setup may provide.


These advertisements, as seen on Gizmodo, aim to show not only a difference between current infrastructure offerings and what FTTP could bring, but also showing advantages over the Government's current plans to offer a nation-wide fibre-to-the-node upgrade instead.

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uFlix responds to Netflix VPN crackdown, promptly releases fix

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 23, 2016 12:04 am

Last week Netflix announced it would be cracking down on users employing VPNs to get around the company's geographic restrictions, and has since made good on that promise. However, VPN provider uFlix has demonstrated how futile those efforts may be, releasing a fix just days after informing its users they were affected by the new measures.




Before its announcement, Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt stated at this year's CES that going after VPN providers was "likely to always be a cat-and-mouse game."

Verizon Wireless follows AT&T's lead, now selling data exemptions

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 10:02 pm

Verizon Wireless is following AT&T's lead in selling data exemptions to online content providers, so watching videos on a particular website or through an app for one example wouldn't count toward your data limit. You'll know the content is safe to consume courtesy of a bee icon next to it. The company is calling this its FreeBee Data service, which is in beta as of today. Should a provider sign up for it, they pay on a per gigabyte or per click usage basis and receive more traffic in return.




Given it puts anyone who doesn't pay up at a disadvantage, most if not all would agree this violates net neutrality. However, it's not currently illegal under the FCC, who review matters like this on a case-by-case basis. That said, they have been hosting "productive" talks about it this month, so it will be interesting to see where this leads.

Introducing Brave, the new browser that blocks ads by default

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 6:34 pm

Ex-CEO and co-founder of Mozilla Brenden Eich has revealed Brave, a new kind of internet browser that wants to disrupt ad-based web surfing.



Brave essentially acts as a filter for the traditional web surfing experience: the browser blocks all targeted ads and replaces them with non-invasive "anonymous" ads. The browser will be released across iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OSX, and is part of the company's "high-precision and privacy" platform, which is powered by a virtually-hosted cloud infrastructure. Brave not only blocks existing ad structures, but also denies cookies that can identify users. The best part is that Brave won't store your user data at any point, ensuring privacy.


"We are building a new browser and a connected private cloud service with anonymous ads," Eich said on the company page. "Brave browsers block everything: initial signaling/analytics scripts that start the programmatic advertising "dirty pipe", impression-tracking pixels, and ad-click confirmation signals. By default Brave will insert ads only in a few standard-sized spaces."

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YouTube available again in Pakistan, following local Google release

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 4:34 pm

After being blocked in 2012, Pakistan has now removed its total YouTube blackout - coming soon after Google began offering a country-local version of its service.




PC World says that the ban initially came about due to a video called "Innocence of Muslims" which mocked the Prophet Muhammad and other various aspects of Islam.


This ban has now been lifted soon after Google made announcements of localized YouTube versions for Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal, however, neither party has confirmed whether this means a specialty deal took place. What we do know is that Pakistan's ministry for communications and information stated that Google's addition now enables users to apply for the blockings of "offending material" that "can be made by the PTA to Google directly and Google/YouTube will accordingly restrict access to the said offending material for users within Pakistan."