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Actor James Woods sues Twitter user for 'cocaine addict' comments

Los Angeles - James Woods, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles' superior court alleging that an unknown user named "Abe List" made negative statements on Twitter about the Hollywood actor — namely calling him a "cocaine addict."

Germany orders Facebook to allow fake user names

Hamburg - A privacy watchdog in Germany ordered Facebook to allow users to join the site using pseudonyms. The order challenges Facebook's authentic name policy.

Inside the future of the Internet of Things

Is the Internet of Things here to stay or a futuristic scenario that won’t truly come to fruition? Earlier this year, The Motley Fool stated, “buzzwords may come and go, but this one refers to a real megatrend in technology.”

Why a hacker took down New York Magazine

New York City - Last night New York Magazine came out with a bombshell feature that interviewed 35 women, all of whom allege to have been sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby over the last four decades. But soon after it went live, New York Magazine’s website went down.

Gossip site Gawker looks to turn over a new leaf

Washington - Gawker says it will rethink its ethics policies following turmoil over an article about an executive's private life, in what could be a turning point for the popular news and gossip website.

Car company sues man for making critical comments online

Saleen Automotive, which makes and resells customized versions of sports cars, is suing a man for posting thousands of critical online comments which accuse the company of being a scam.

YouTube app 'streamlining' makes vertical playback easier

Earlier this week, Google announced an update to its YouTube app for mobile devices. It introduces a proper vertical video playback mode, making it easier for people to view clips taken on smartphones in portrait orientation, alongside a refreshed design.

Microsoft joins effort to curb 'revenge porn'

Washington - Microsoft announced Wednesday it was joining an effort to curb so-called "revenge porn," by helping victims remove links to sexually explicit images of them posted without their consent.

Affair site AshleyMadison hacked; worse online threats loom

AshleyMadison confirmed hackers accessed the company's adulterer database, but has managed to remove leaked information. Government and business leaders are unprepared for even greater cybersecurity threats in the future, security experts say.

Twitter's new 'Safety Centre' will attempt to quell trolling

Twitter has faced criticism from all sides for failing to effectively tackle trolling and harassment on the social media platform.

Twitter forces all of its users to have a plain background image

Twitter has unexpectedly removed custom background images on all user profiles without any explanation of why it has made the change. Stumped users from across the world have been left staring at a blank white space where their image once was.

2 top Gawker editors resign after controversial post is removed

This has been a tumultuous few days for the gossip website Gawker. And now two of its top editors have decided to part ways with the company.

Adultery website Ashley Madison hacked in shutdown bid

Washington - Hackers breached the online adultery website Ashley Madison and threatened to expose data on users in an effort to shut down the service which claims millions of members worldwide.

TV streaming should be treated like cable operators: U.S. judge

In a landmark ruling for the world of TV broadcasting and streaming, a U.S. judge has ruled that one streaming company could be entitled to a license that would let it transmit the copyrighted content of other broadcasters over the Internet.

Google shares are up an insane 14%

Google shares are exploding. Shortly after the market open on Friday morning, shares of Google were up an incredible 14 percent.

Op-Ed: Does Gmail’s unsend feature really work?

Gmail has been playing around with an email recall feature in its Lab program for several years. Now, as of last month, Google users more broadly have access to this new tool. But is the unsend feature all it’s cracked up to be?

Mozilla blocks Flash in Firefox, calls for Adobe to kill it

Mozilla, creators of the Firefox web browser, have announced that they are now disabling all versions of Adobe's Flash plugin by default. Flash is known to be insecure and a haven for vulnerabilities that let attackers hack computers.

London woman changes her name to log into access Facebook

An English woman legally changed her name to the pseudonym she used on Facebook to try to access her blocked account. So far, she still cannot access Facebook and she is stuck with the "stupid" pseudonym in real life.

Facebook working on a shopping assistant dubbed 'Moneypenny'

Facebook is apparently working on creating its own digital assistant. Unlike Siri, Cortana or anything else, "Moneypenny" will not be focused on productivity but rather something else entirely: shopping.
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