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Top News: Internet

Op-Ed: Anonymity not as easy as Kickstarter flame-out Anonabox promised

The wireless router that promised complete online anonymity and airtight wireless security hit the Kickstarter world with a goal of $7,500 and ultimately brought in over half a million. All before spectacularly crashing and burning.

Op-Ed: NYer makes a video case against street harassment

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, a spotlight was turned on an organization called Hollaback! thanks to a two-and-a-half-minute video. The film was edited from 10 hours of footage of a woman walking around New York City.

YouTube mulling paid and ad-free subscription service

There can be nothing more annoying and frustrating than watching a YouTube video, while constantly being made to click off the advertisements.

Recap of latest viral videos, from dogs in costumes to Ed Sheeran

A dog and a cat making out, pugs in Halloween costumes, a little girl that wakes up and starts dancing to an Ed Sheeran song, and a man that trained his dog to bring him beer from the refrigerator--those are some of the latest viral videos online.

Graphic photo: Snake bite causes girl’s leg to shrivel, blacken

Caracas - The photo below shows a 13-year-old Venezuelan girl whose leg became severely withered and blackened after she was bitten by a venomous snake. The extreme shriveling and blackening of her leg was due to severe necrosis from the effect of the snake venom.

Barcelona increasing number of public WiFi hotspots

Barcelona - Anyone visiting, or indeed living in, Barcelona who needs their online fix will be pleased to hear that the city will be expanding its WiFi service by adding hundreds more access points in public spaces and transport.

Topfinds: Shooting in Ottawa; new tractor beam invented

A brazen attack near Ottawa parliament kills solder Nathan Cirillo. Physicists invent a powerful new reversible tractor beam. What your face shape says about how aggressive you are. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Internet star Twitter plans tech center for SF homeless

San Francisco - Internet darling Twitter, the unique micro-blogging service that went public a year ago, wants to provide tech training to homeless residents of San Francisco from a center near the company's new headquarters.

Facebook announces Rooms app

Facebook looks to distance itself from its "real name" policy controversy with the announcement of a new message-board app where names don't matter — "Room."

Milwaukee dancing priests become Internet sensation

Rome - We've seen and heard the Italian nun who sings with a voice like Alicia Keys, now a viral video on the internet is trending, showing two US priests dancing before an audience from the Associated Press.

Photo Essay: 'Future Starts Here' new season premiere screening Special

New York - On October 22, 2014 in New York, a reception and premiere screening was held for the new season of filmmaker Tiffany Shlain's original series "Future Starts Here." The new season is set to launch October 23, 2014 on AOL.

1 gigabit speeds on DSL possible by 2016

Amsterdam - DSL (Digital subscriber line), one of the initial technologies that heralded the era of high-speed Internet to homes, is set to leap into the future, with Broadcom announcing a new technology that will allow speeds of 1 gigabit per second through DSL.

New research: Internet harassment — online abuse investigated

Washington - New research published today finds that 73 percent of internet users have witnessed online harassment and 40 percent have experienced it personally.

What's new? Apple releases new iOS 8.1

Apple released the new iOS 8 this past September along with its widely publicized release of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Op-Ed: Opera browser struggles for market share

Oslo - From time to time I look at statistics related to my blogs. Today I looked at browser percentage of page views on one of my blogs. Opera was over 40 percent. Over a longer period it runs at about one or two percent.

Op-Ed: Me-too journalism challenges credibility

New York - In recent weeks the public has been bombarded with false reports carried as the lead stories on respected journalism venues. The claimed release of 200 kidnapped Nigerian girls was one.

TopFinds: Earth's magnetic field flip; Tower of London sees red

Earth's magnetic field could flip within our lifetime — what does that mean? The Tower of London's moat gets filled with "poppies." Rob Ford's privacy was breached in Toronto. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Op-Ed: BBC vs Google over 'the right to be forgotten'

The BBC is to publish a continually updated list of its articles removed from Google. This is a direct challenge to Google's controversial "right to be forgotten" rule.

Facebook can tell you if your password was stolen

Facebook believes you shouldn't have to worry about hacked web passwords. It's there to protect you, it says. If if finds a hacked password, Facebook disables the password and notifies the account holder that this password is owned by hackers.
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