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Twitter’s video service Vine growth stops and top executives left

Nearly all of the top product and business leaders at Vine, Twitter’s three-year-old short-form video service, have left the company in the past four months — many of them in the past few weeks. And while Vine remains culturally interesting and an “important” part of Twitter’s strategy, it seems to be struggling. Vine’s recent executive departures include its head of engineering, head of business...

Pokémon Go developers promise to fix Google account access bug

Pokémon Go developers promise to fix Google account access bug

Pokémon Go isn’t reading your Gmail. The makers of the hot, new mobile game are fixing a bug that allowed the app to gain full access to users’ accounts, when they signed in using their Google account information. The company claims it didn’t mean to ask for such elevated permissions, and it will now correct this. The app had the power to access your Gmail,...

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Google Fiber Adds New Business Class Tiers, Raises Rates

Google Fiber launched business class service in November of 2014, after taking a little heat from startups running into the residential Google Fiber terms of service regarding server operation. Originally, the company offered symmetrical gigabit service with an SLA for $100 per month. But in a new announcement by the company, Google Fiber notes that it's introducing three new business class pricing tiers, and...

Warner Bros. settles with FTC for not disclosing it paid YouTubers

Warner Bros. settles with FTC for not disclosing it paid YouTubers

Is a PewDiePie video a commercial or an independent review? That's what the Federal Trade Commission wants to make sure Warner Bros. Home Entertainment makes clear after settling with the agency over charges of not disclosing who they paid to advertise a 2014 video game. Warner Bros. was slammed by the FTC for not clearly representing that Felix Kjellberg (popularly known on YouTube as...

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Pokémon Go may have full access to your Google account

If you signed up for Pokémon Go with your Google account, you might not know it but the game now has “full account access.” That can be a major security risk. Adam Reeve, who first documented the issue on his Tumblr blog, said it appears to be a problem isolated to iPhones and iPads. It’s not thought to affect Android devices. In our testing...

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Twitter increases gif size limit yet photo size is unchanged

One of the most fun ways to communicate is using animated GIFs or graphics interchange format. Twitter had added GIFs to its list of features back in 2014 with the integration for GIPHY and Riffsy added in this February, but the GIF size was limited to 5MB. But now you can add animated GIFs which are up to 15MB in size, provided you add these...

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Shipping Rust in Firefox

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost seven years since Mozilla Research first began sponsoring the development of Rust, at the time little more than an ambitious research experiment with a small but devoted community. Remarkably, despite a long history of inventions and discoveries, Rust’s key principles have remained constant. The Rust core team’s original vision—a safe alternative to C++ to make systems programmers...

Warner Bros paid YouTubers thousands to promote games

Warner Bros paid YouTubers thousands to promote games

YouTubers including PewDiePie were paid tens of thousands of dollars to give video games positive reviews, it's been claimed. Warner Bros, makers of Shadow of Mordor, has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after they were accused of hiding the payments from people. The FTC, a consumers rights organisation, stated Warner Bros had deceived customers by paying YouTubers to promote the...

MIT’s anonymous protocol Riffle could beat Tor at its own game

MIT’s anonymous protocol Riffle could beat Tor at its own game

Tor has been the go-to for anonymous communication online for years now — and that has made it one of the juiciest targets possible to the likes of the NSA and FBI. A new anonymizing protocol from MIT may prove more resilient against such determined and deep-pocketed attackers. The potential problem with Tor is that if an adversary gets enough nodes on the network,...

HTTPS crypto’s days are numbered. Here’s how Google wants to save it

HTTPS crypto’s days are numbered. Here’s how Google wants to save it

Like many forms of encryption in use today, HTTPS protections are on the brink of a collapse that could bring down the world as we know it. Hanging in the balance are most encrypted communications sent over the last several decades. On Thursday, Google unveiled an experiment designed to head off, or at least lessen, the catastrophe. In the coming months, Google servers will add...