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In early August 2014, engineers at Lyft were putting the finishing touches on their new product. The engineers were excited, everything seemed ready to go, and they launched the new product.

Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate

An angry debate over a ban on burkinis in France was further stoked Wednesday as images of a veiled woman surrounded by police on a beach in Nice went viral.

Japan woman dies in Pokemon Go car accident

A driver who was allegedly playing Pokemon Go when he hit and killed a woman in Japan has been arrested, police said Wednesday.Media said that Tuesday's incident marked Japan's first fatal vehicle accident involving the popular gaming app.

Taiwan police grapple for control of Pokemon swarms

Police are struggling to control crowds at a hot springs park in Taiwan that has become a hub for Pokemon Go players after gaining a reputation as a spot to catch rare creatures.

Canada, Australia privacy watchdogs find Ashley Madison lacked security

The website for cheaters, Ashley Madison, that was hit by a massive hack that exposed millions last year has agreed to bolster its data security after Australian and Canadian investigations found it to be "insufficient or absent," officials said Tuesda...

Instagram 19th service to pass one billion Android app installs

This week Instagram became the fourth online service app owned by Facebook to pass the one billion mark in Android app installs. Relatively speaking, it did not take Instagram all that long to get their, either.

Toronto Zoo launches panda-cam: Live video feed of panda cubs

There are really very few things cuter than baby giant panda cubs. Maybe there's even nothing cuter than baby giant panda cubs. With that in mind the Toronto Zoo has a treat for you — a panda-cam.

Univision is shutting down Gawker.com

Univision, which bought Gawker Media for $135 million in a government-ordered auction, is shutting down Gawker.com, the company's flagship site, founder Nick Denton told staffers on Thursday. Gawker.com will shutter next week.

Virgin Mobile Canada provides home internet via 'Steve' the modem

Virgin Mobile Canada is now providing high speed internet to Canadian homes. For Canadians looking for more choice when looking for an internet service provider, this could be a good sign.

What will happen to the $135 million from the sale of Gawker?

Gawker Media has been sold — and with the sale comes questions of what happens next. Late Tuesday, Univision purchased the media company for $135 million following a bidding war with Ziff Davis.

Philippine judge threatens to send Pokemon Go players to jail

A judge in the central Philippine city of Cebu has warned Pokemon Go enthusiasts not to play in her courtroom otherwise they will end up in prison.

Calling China: Phones everywhere in world's biggest market

Sometimes it seems that no one in China, from toddlers to octogenarians, ladies in swimming pools to delivery men mid-manoeuvre, is without a cellphone to hand -- and statistically it is more or less true.

Faster Internet available to more than half of Auckland, N. Z.

A latest report by the New Zealand government revealed that more than half of Auckland, the country’s largest and most populous city, can now have access to ultra-fast broadband (UFB).

Snapchat 'Yellow Face' lens slapped as offensive

Vanishing message app Snapchat made a photo lens quickly disappear after an online uproar branding it an offensive stereotype of Asians worthy of the label "Yellow Face.

Seniors, don't text? — You will be locked out of Social Security

For some senior citizens, their lack of texting skills are locking them out their Social Security accounts online because of a new security measure added this week.

Is it time for a 'digital detox'?

Are some of us spending too much time online? Is taking a little bit of time for a 'digital detox' good for our health? A new survey suggests a sizable number of people opt to do this, whereas others suffer the ill-effects of too much 'net time.

Chile nixes Facebook, Twitter campaign bans after outcry

Chile backpedaled on a decision to ban election campaigning on social media after the ruling united politicians from both left and right in outcry.

China's online population exceeds 700 million

The number of web users in China -- already the world's largest online population -- has risen over 700 million, authorities said Wednesday as they seek to turn the internet into a new growth driver.

Hulk Hogan verdict forces Gawker founder Denton into bankruptcy

Gawker founder Nick Denton declared bankruptcy on Monday after a federal judge allowed collection efforts to begin on $140 million in damages the news website was found liable for in a lawsuit filed by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Sought after Internet domain sold for $135 million

A sought after Internet domain — the ".web" extension — has been sold for a whopping $135 million via auction. The winning company now plans to licence the domain name out.

Manhattan dentist sues patient for posting negative online review

A Manhattan dentist has sued five people in four years for negative reviews posted online, prompting Yelp to issue its third-ever consumer alert.

China cracks down on websites reporting independent news

The Chinese government has ordered Internet sites to stop reporting original news stories and only publish news provided by government-controlled news agencies.

Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8 billion

In one of the biggest Internet company acquisitions in history, Verizon has bought Yahoo for $4.8 billion. The wireless provider will obtain all of Yahoo’s online search tools, content, and other digital properties.

Op-Ed: How will Web 3.0 turn out?

We're currently using Web 2.0 as we browse the World Wide Web. What will the next stage — Web 3.0 — have in store for us, and will it represent a shift away from content provided by big corporations?

Facebook Internet drone Aquila completes first test flight

Facebook’s goal to deliver Internet service to far-flung places took another step closer to reality following the successful test flight of its solar-powered Aquila drone.

Should Internet access become a human right?

Is the Internet so embedded in the lives of so many people, acting as the main way for information exchange, that to deny access to everyone in the world is a breach of human rights? The United Nations thinks so.

Starbucks to stop unexpected consequences of offering free Wi-Fi

Customers will soon no longer be able to watch porn at Starbucks. The coffee giant will soon block explicit websites, reports CNN.

Twitter, Facebook took stronger action to block pro-attack posts

Social media giants Twitter and Facebook took unprecedented steps last week to stop some users from celebrating carnage from the suspected terror attack in Nice, France.

Smile! Today is World Emoji Day

There's a day for everything, it seems. Today is the turn of social media with World Emoji Day. Events are taking place on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #WorldEmojiDay.

New Zealand kebab shop owner blanks armed robber

A New Zealand kebab shop owner who ignored a pistol-wielding, would-be robber and continued to serve his customers has insisted "I'm not a hero" after footage of his actions went viral.

Boeing's test pilots release 787 Dreamliner stunt video

In what is becoming an annual tradition, Boeing's intrepid team of test pilots are back with another stunning aerobatic stunt video staring the company's 787 Dreamliner.

Bangladesh clamps down on social media after cafe attack

Bangladesh has launched a clampdown on social media sites spreading jihadist propaganda after an attack on a Dhaka cafe in which 20 hostages were murdered, saying the country's young were being radicalised online.

Japan’s Mount Fuji to become free Wi-Fi zone this summer

Mount Fuji, one of Japan’s most famous tourist destinations, will become a free Wi-Fi zone during the summer climbing season.

Al-Qaida leader threatens U.S. over fate of marathon bomber

The leader of the al-Qaida terrorist group blamed for destroying New York's World Trade Center in 2001 is again threatening the United States, this time over the fate of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

DHS wants visitors to U.S. to provide social media accounts

The Department of Homeland Security is proposing visitors to the United States from countries whose citizens do not need visas be asked, on a voluntary basis, to provide social media handles and usernames.

What does Google really know about us?

Google has launched a new site called "My Activity." The website reveals absolutely everything Google knows about its users.

Facebook to bring in new 'Like' button

After carrying out research with representative users of its service, Facebook will change the design of its "like" button.

Dutch court grants Canada extradition in cyberbully case

An Amsterdam court on Tuesday ruled in favour of extraditing a Dutchman to Canada where he is wanted on charges linked to the cyberbullying of a teenager who committed suicide in 2012.

Florida mom uses social media to get son to take out the trash

A mom had trouble getting her son to do his chores such as taking out the garbage. The 20-year-old was so engrossed on the Internet he never got around to it so his mother used social media to get his attention.
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