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The Morning After: About that fourth ‘Matrix’ movie

Sponsored Links Warner Bros. Hey, good morning! As my inner teen squeals at the idea of another Matrix movie (and my outer grown-up winces at what the series might turn into), we look into the true reality of flying cars, offers up impressions from the biggest games from Gamescom in Germany and negotiates the tricky …

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YouTube sues user who extorted others through fake takedown requests

Sponsored Links SOPA Images via Getty Images A lawsuit filed by YouTube yesterday claims that a user abused its copyright infringement reporting system to extort fellow YouTubers and carry out a swatting attack. YouTube alleges that Christopher Brady, of Omaha, Nebraska, filed dozens of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices, which falsely claimed that …

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TikTok offers in-app purchasing of sponsored products

Sponsored Links SOPA Images via Getty Images TikTok, the short-form video platform dominated by teens, is now moving steadily into sponsored content. TechCrunch reported today that the app will now let viewers buy products associated with sponsored hashtags without leaving the app. Called Hashtag Challenge Plus, the new feature allows companies who run influencer campaigns …

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Facebook expands its Data Abuse Bounty program to Instagram

Sponsored Links Chesnot via Getty Images Facebook will start rewarding security researchers who report data abuse happening on Instagram, the company has announced. This is an expansion of Facebook’s Data Abuse Bounty program, which it introduced in April 2018. As part of these efforts, Facebook will now start accepting reports about third-party apps that improperly …

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Google stops sending Android cell signal data over privacy concerns

Sponsored Links REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Google’s increased focus on privacy led it to quietly drop a service for carriers. Reuters sources have learned the tech giant shut down Mobile Network Insights, a feature that gave providers maps of cellular signal strength and speed data collected from Android phones, back in April. The data was anonymized and …

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Three UK rolls out 5G home internet access in London

Sponsored Links Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images Yet another carrier is offering 5G in the UK — although it’s not on your phone. Three has launched 5G home broadband in parts of London, giving people “fibre-like speeds” (the carrier hasn’t given specific numbers) without requiring a technician visit. Pricing is simple, too — there’s …

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After Math: Plead the fifth

Sponsored Links Comedy Central With Dave Chappelle coming back to Netflix for the one, two, three, four, fif time later this month, we’re taking a look at all of this week’s headlines that will make you want to plead against self-incrimination. Netflix’s fifth Dave Chappelle comedy special debuts August 26th Come August 26th, high school …

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YouTube is testing paid online hangs with influencers

Sponsored Links TARIK KIZILKAYA via Getty Images Google is expertimenting with an events-focused crowdfunding service for YouTube creators, according to a recent report from Variety. The new effort, called Fundo, allows YouTubers to set up online meet and greet sessions and other events that fans can pay to access. Several YouTube personalities have reportedly been …

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Twitter is testing a filter for potentially offensive messages

Sponsored Links Twitter Twitter is taking its screening of unknown direct messages a step further. The social media giant announced today that it is testing a filter for messages that contain offensive content. Messages containing potentially suspect words will be stored away in a folder marked “additional messages.” Users can then opt to see them …

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The Morning After: The mystery of Virginia’s TV Man

Sponsored Links Washington Post This Thursday, we’re trying to unravel the mystery of TV man, fight the robocall fight and see T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger creep closer to a conclusion. The FCC boss likes it — what could possibly go wrong? Questions for TV Man. Why is someone leaving old TVs on porches in Virginia? …

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