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Ex-Facebookers raise $6 million to bring Internet to more people

In June 2014, Facebook engineers Sam Gadodia, Terry Guo, and Shao Xia left the $250 billion company. The three launched a startup in stealth called LotusFlare to bring internet to more people around the world.

Greeks fight ballot box fatigue with Internet jokes

Atenas - Called to the ballot box for the third time in eight months, some Greeks are responding to election fatigue with a bailout-sized dose of Internet humour.

Ashley Madison says site growing, insists women are using

Ottawa - Embattled dating-for-cheaters website Ashley Madison insisted Monday that a massive hack and release of user data had not affected the site's prospects, with hundreds of thousands of new members -- including real women.

Ashley Madison boss steps down after data breach

Ottawa - The chief executive of dating-for-adulterers website Ashley Madison stepped down on Friday after hackers leaked its membership list online.

Zuckerberg: 1 billion people logged onto Facebook on Monday

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday that 1 billion users logged onto Facebook on Monday August 24, representing an all-new and very impressive milestone for the social network that has made it to the heart of the Internet.

U.S. shooting video shocks Internet in 'new frontier'

San Francisco - It almost looked like a first-person shooter video game: A handgun in a man's grasp comes into view. A woman appears in the gunman's sights. Shots are fired. But this was no game.

Malaysia to block websites 'promoting' rally against PM

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's government said Thursday it will block access this weekend to websites that disseminate information about a major demonstration that will demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over graft allegations.

Russia lifts Wikipedia ban after it edits drugs entry

Moscow - Russia's media watchdog said Tuesday it had lifted a short-lived ban on Russian-language Wikipedia over an entry on a form of cannabis.

Online Thai sleuths try to crowdsource bomber's identity

Bangkok - Thais have taken to the Internet to crowdsource the identity of the prime suspect in Bangkok's shrine bombing, but police have appealed for online calm after an Australian model was falsely accused.

Former pro-Putin Internet troll wins lawsuit against ex-employer

Sanktpeterburg - A Russian court on Monday ordered a secretive pro-Putin "propaganda factory" to pay symbolic damages to an employee who sued them in a bid to expose the workings of the Kremlin's online army.

Russia probes 'selfie with dead' online community

Moscow - Russia is investigating an online community that urges members to post selfies with dead people and even offers cash prizes for the best shot, police told AFP on Monday.

Russia bans then unbans Reddit over drug posts

The Kremlin’s Internet watchdog blocked access to Reddit this week before quickly reversing its decision over concerns regarding threads that discuss the growth of marijuana.

New Google chief joins illustrious Indian club

Mumbai - India's high flyers have proudly welcomed the appointment as Google's new chief executive of Sundar Pichai, the latest home-grown engineer to rise to the top of the US corporate world.

Heists go Hollywood with DefCon hacks

Las Vegas - Hollywood-style heists took on real-world potential as hackers at a Def Con gathering showed how to crack safes in full view of security cameras without ever being seen.

Uneasy detente between Def Con hackers, 'feds'

Las Vegas - There was some bridge-building, but a real rift remained on Saturday between US spy agencies and the world's most infamous hacker gathering.

Firefox users urged to update after discovery of major bug

Mozilla is warning users of its Firefox web browser that they should update it immediately after a nasty exploit was found being actively used by hackers. It allows outsiders to search all of the files on your computer and then upload them to a server.

Car hack reveals peril on the road to Internet of Things

Las Vegas - A software glitch that allows hackers commandeer a Jeep Cherokee while on the move is just a glimpse of dangers on the road ahead for the Internet of Things.

IS jihadists in Syria video threaten Germany

Berlin - Two German-speaking jihadists claiming to belong to the Islamic State militant group threatened Germany with attacks in an execution video broadcast online Wednesday.

Serious networking flaw threatens the existence of the Internet

A critical flaw in software relied on by the web servers that power the Internet is being actively exploited by hackers in the wild. The bug is so severe that attackers could bring down the entire Internet, if used to its full extent.

Japanese journalist pulls a 'Weiner' in Thailand

Toukyo - Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi apologised Saturday after its Bangkok bureau chief posted an image of his genitals on a mobile forum set up by Thailand's foreign ministry, which warned of "consequences".

Google rejects French demand over global right to be forgotten

Paris - Google rejected a French demand to globally apply the so-called right to be forgotten, which requires the company to remove links to certain information about users if asked.

Microsoft's Windows 10 download puts pressure on the Internet

The Internet is being put under immense pressure today from the millions of people who are upgrading to Windows 10. Microsoft is currently seeing 16 installs per second and has exclusively reserved 40Tbps bandwidth from all the major delivery networks.

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.

Top Turkish daily fires commentator over anti-Erdogan tweet

Istanbul - A leading Turkish daily has fired one of its most senior commentators after he sent a tweet bitterly critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's policy on Islamic State (IS) jihadists, reports said Thursday.

Has NASA found a new 'Earth-like' planet? We'll know tomorrow

NASA has some news to share with the public tomorrow in its hunt for Earth-like planets. The space agency will host a news teleconference at noon EDT Thursday, July 23, and many media sources are saying NASA has some "really big news" to tell us.

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.

Op-Ed: 2015 on track to become record-breaking for security breaches

While the U.S. waits for the final outcome of the Office of Personnel Management’s massive data breach, the astonishing number of 21.5 million of victims involved sets 2015 on track to break a cyber breach record.

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.

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.

Five detained over China Uniqlo sex tape: report

Bejing - Chinese police have detained five people including a young couple over a sex tape shot in a Beijing clothing store that went viral in China, media reports said Sunday.
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