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The 6 best VPNs to help keep you anonymous on the internet

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If you’re unfamiliar with a virtual private network, or VPN, there’s no better time to get to know them.

There are a number of reasons why you might want to use a VPN, including but not limited to masking all of your internet traffic or accessing websites and services that may be blocked in certain countries (like in China). 

Search for VPN and dozens and dozens of results come up. Which VPN should you get, and which ones can you trust? Here are our picks for the six best VPNs. Read more…

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Google will construct three new undersea cables in 2019

Can’t get enough Google? You’re in luck. 

The company, a division of Alphabet Inc., has announced that it will expand its Cloud services to five new regions, and build three new submarine cables to service its capacity needs. 

SEE ALSO: Google wants your phone screen to double as a speaker

Google’s Cloud platform is already up and running in thirteen regions including Tokyo, Taiwan, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, London, Belgium, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, Oregon, Iowa, Northern Virginia, and South Carolina. The company estimates that its network currently accounts for 25% of all internet traffic.   

The platform will expand to Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Montreal, the Netherlands, and Finland. This means companies in these regions who leverage Google’s Cloud Platform for their server capacity in these regions will experience higher performance and fewer service disruptions.  Read more…

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‘Milkshake Duck’ is a dictionary’s 2017 word of the year, and damn right

Last year had a reappearing internet phenomena: The “Milkshake Duck.”

The term has been named 2017’s word of the year by Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary, as of Monday. “Milkshake Duck” comes to define internet idols who become dizzyingly viral, only to fall just as fast due to their unpleasant backstories.

SEE ALSO: Nobody has ever heard of Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year

Coined by cartoonist Pixelated Boat in a June 2016 tweet, the term comes from a tale about a duck who drinks milkshakes. The duck turns out to be racist.

The whole internet loves Milkshake Duck, a lovely duck that drinks milkshakes! *5 seconds later* We regret to inform you the duck is racist

— Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) June 12, 2016 Read more…

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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains what ‘a perfect storm’ actually means

Most of us have heard of the term ‘a perfect storm,’ but what does it actually mean? We asked  StarTalk Radio Host Neil deGrasse Tyson about the term we’re all familiar with and got some interesting insight into what it actually means. 

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China reminds Google and Facebook to play by the rules if they want access

China has more than 700 hundred million internet users, but if tech companies want a slice of the action, they’ll have to abide by the country’s tight censorship laws.

The reminder comes from Qi Xiaoxia, director general of the Bureau of International Cooperation at the Cyberspace Administration of China, who spoke at the UN’s Internet Governance Forum in Geneva, according to Reuters.

SEE ALSO: Nio launches the Tesla Model X of China for half the price

“That’s a question maybe in many people’s minds, why Google, why Facebook are not yet working and operating in China … If they want to come back, we welcome,” Qi said. Read more…

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The internet companies working to save net neutrality

The government didn’t completely kill net neutrality, as long as companies that offer our internet access enforce its principles. 

Some probably won’t. Comcast, America’s most-hated company, has hinted at creating “fast lanes” where internet companies would have to pay for better access to the network. 

But other internet service providers (ISPs) were founded, at least in part, on the principle of offering a fairer system. And after Thursday’s ruling, that promise remains. 

SEE ALSO: RIP net neutrality: Here’s what comes next (and it ain’t pretty)

“Net Neutrality lives on,” reads an email from Sonic on Thursday. No, it’s not from the hedgehog or the drive-in. Sonic is an internet service and phone provider available in more than 125 cities in California, and it was sharing with its about 100,000 customers that it “will remain committed to the principles of net neutrality.” Read more…

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This state senator wants to revive net neutrality in California

The Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, which prohibited powerful telecoms from charging more for faster internet access. 

But 3,000 miles away, in California, State Senator Scott Wiener announced plans to buck the FCC’s decision by introducing California’s own net neutrality rulesIn a Medium post, Wiener said he will spend the next 60 days considering the best regulatory options and then introduce a law early next year. 

SEE ALSO: The net neutrality vote, explained

Like the FCC’s two dissenting commissioners, protesters in every corner of the nation, rock stars, Pornhub, and legendary internet pioneers, Wiener believes net neutrality is essential for maintaining an open internet where internet service providers “treat websites equally” and don’t “play favorites based on who pays more.” Read more…

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The dude about to kill Net Neutrality thinks a dumb video will get you on his side

On the day before he’s set to vote down Net Neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to calm your fears about the dark future he’s about to unleash.

He did that with a really stupid video. 

On Wednesday, with the help of conservative outlet The Daily Caller, Pai released a video entitled “7 Things You Can Still Do on the Internet After Net Neutrality.” While the title speaks for itself, it doesn’t quite capture the sheer stupidity Pai unleashes. He’s all too ready to let people know they can still buy fidget spinners and Instagram their food.

What he doesn’t seem ready to acknowledge is the consequences of allowing business interests to exploit what has classically been an open platform of free communication. But who cares! There’s a dog selfie! Read more…

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The net neutrality vote, explained

It’s finally here.

The Federal Communications Commission will vote Thursday on a measure that would completely gut regulations to internet providers and open the door for net neutrality to be destroyed. 

The vote will likely make it easier for companies such as Verizon and Comcast to start divvying up the internet and turn it into something more akin to cable TV: i.e. something more expensive, fragmented, and more focused on making as much money as possible. The vote will likely ensure no regulator can do anything to stop these companies.

Let’s walk through what’s happening here.  Read more…

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That home Wi-Fi connection you so desperately need to function on a daily basis? Networking technology. The wireless XBOX controller that steers you through an attack on Jakku in Star Wars: Battlefront II? Networking technology. That cable modem that aids and abets your Keeping Up With the Kardashians addiction? All together now: Networking. Technology. 

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You likely use networking technology every single day. Simply put, this branch of the IT world is the use of wireless connections such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and equipment like cables to connect various systems and transfer data between them. Read more…

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