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Own a .Com Domain? Now, Pay More to Retain It
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If you have a .com domain, then get ready to pay more for it over the coming years. Though it is ICANN, the not-for-profit agency coordinating domain name systems (DNS) to ensure unique web addresses, that is piloting the move, the fact remains that this is yet another Donald Trump initiative to remove everything remotely […]

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It's Time for a Social Media and Disinformation Reckoning: ECT News Roundtable, Episode 6
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Can social media be saved? Can democracy be saved? The first question may seem less compelling than the second, but to some very worried observers, they are intimately entwined. Social networking — on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and a host of other online networks — is the root of all current cultural evils, in the eyes […]

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Ring footage might not be very useful for catching criminals
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Ring has said that camera footage sent to police can help reduce burglaries and catch criminals, but how effective is it, really? It might not be as helpful as you might think. NBC News has conducted an investigation suggesting that Ring's video do…

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Rocket Lab will launch a satellite to the Moon for NASA to prepare for the Lunar Gateway
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Launch startup Rocket Lab has been awarded a contract to launch a CubeSat on behalf of NASA for the agency’s CAPSTONE experiment, with the ultimate aim of putting the CAPSTONE CubeSat into cislunar (in the region in between Earth and the Moon) orbit — the same orbit that NASA will eventually use for its Gateway […]

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Officials In Australia's New South Wales Celebrate: 'All Fires Are Now Contained'
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Fire officials in Australia are celebrating a landmark moment, saying that for the first time in what has been a horrendous wildfire season, every fire in hard-hit New South Wales is now under control. Bushfires have destroyed more than 2,400 homes and burned 5.4 million hectares of […]

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Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks
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Enlarge / Huawei sign displayed at CES 2020 in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) Chinese vendor Huawei has provided a longer response to US allegations of spying, claiming that it doesn’t have the spying capability alleged by the US and pointing out that the US itself has a […]

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Gadgets You Can Gift To Your Valentine This Year!
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, isn’t this the perfect time to make the special one feel just a bit more special. It is also the time when you can probably gift them the gadgets that they had always been looking to get but had been indecisive. So, to make life a little bit […]

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US Gov't Buys Location Data For Millions of Cellphones
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America’s government “has reportedly acquired access to a commercial database that tracks the movements of millions of cellphones in the U.S.,” reports CNET. “The data is being used for immigration and border enforcement, according to sources and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.” Engadget’s report on the news notes it’s been going on “since […]

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This Week in Apps: Chinese giants take on Google Play, Iowa caucus disaster, TikTok’s power over App Store charts
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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App […]

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