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Your cable Internet is about to get way faster

If you've heard of services like Verizon FiOS or Google Fiber, you know that many technologists regard fiber optic Internet as the future. Fiber can deliver Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, marking a 100-fold improvement over today's household average. But now cable is poised to catch up with gigabit speeds of its own, and Comcast will be among the first to adopt the technology...

Dish Network Announces Web-Based Pay TV Offering

Dish Network, the satellite provider, is trying to lure younger viewers back to paying for television with the start of a web-based offering that includes ESPN and a number of other popular networks for $20 a month, about a fifth the cost of the average household bill for cable and satellite service.   Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday, the new service is called...

Facebook Copyright Hoax Goes Viral Again

A fake Facebook copyright message claiming to protect users' media has once again been making the rounds on the social network.   The message claims to put copyright protections on a user's posts after they share the status update.   From 2012: Stop! Don't Copy and Paste that 'Copyright' Facebook Message   It typically reads:   "In response to the new Facebook guidelines, I hereby...

Xbox Live, PlayStation Network alleged hacker arrested in the UK

Krebs on Security reports that police in the UK have arrested a hacker who they believe was responsible for recent Christmas outages on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.   The site has posted an image of the police bail document for 22 year-old Vinnie Omari. Krebs on Security believes Omari is a member of Lizard Squad, the hacker organisation that is claiming responsibility for direct...

Netflix Cracks Down on VPN and Proxy “Pirates”

Netflix is starting to block subscribers who access its service using VPN services and other tools that bypass geolocation restrictions. The changes, which may also affect legitimate users, have been requested by the movie studios who want full control over what people can see in their respective countries.   netflix-logoDue to complicated licensing agreements Netflix is only available in a...

Canadian Isps And Vpns Now Have To Alert Pirating Customers

Starting today Canadian Internet providers are required to forward copyright infringement notices to their subscribers. This notification scheme provides a safe harbor for ISPs but is also expected to result in a surge in piracy settlement schemes. The new law further causes trouble for VPN providers, who are now required to log customers for at least six months.pirate-runningAfter years of...