A large online darknet market, AlphaBay, was crippled by multiple law enforcement raids around the world. Although it seemed to disappear as a result of an "exit scam" by the owners, the Wall Street Journal reports AlphaBay actually disappeared because of law enforcement actions.
HDR support is now available on Google Play Movies and will be offered for a portion of films. The movies offering HDR are available at the same price as regular 4K movies, which were added to the platform in December 2016. The inclusion of HDR helps to distinguish the platform.
Microsoft has detailed a plan to close the rural internet access gap in the United States by 2022. As it stands, 34 million Americans don't have access to broadband. That figure includes 39% of citizens living in rural areas. Microsoft wants to put an end to that lack of service.
Facebook is adding advertisements to Messenger and it'll test their presence in the service around the world. The company says it will be expanding its beta test of Messenger ads to users around the world in the coming weeks. Those ads appear on the home screen of the app.
If you're not quite sure which torrent site to use when downloading movies and shows, Google may be able to help. The search engine's "popular on the web" feature, which highlights specific websites at the top of the results, now applies to torrent sites as well.
Regulatory authorities in India have granted Amazon permission to expand its business in the country to include food and groceries. Without providing details on any upcoming features, Amazon confirmed it had received government approval to sell food products.
To increase its control over what people see online, China will move to ban all VPNs in 2018. Bloomberg reports the government has already instructed telecom companies that they'll have to implement a ban next year. That block is supposed to be in place by February 2018.
Last month, Google announced that its browser will come with a partial ad blocker beginning in early 2018. The idea behind the blocker is to block seeing particularly annoying and low-quality ads, but won't block all advertisements. The only problem with this move is it
With the help of Apple Music's growth and Spotify's continued success, on-demand music streaming is doing well in the United States. Nielsen says the weekly streams figure has grown to 7.5 billion as of March. During the first half of 2017, there were 184.3 billion streams.
Facebook, Twitter, and Snap are all fighting to obtain World Cup highlight broadcast rights, reports Bloomberg. They're willing to spend tens of millions of dollars in order to broadcast the content. Fox would receive the money since it's the World Cup content owner in the US.
Twitter can continue pushing forward its lawsuit over the legality of gag orders that prevent companies like itself from telling users when their data has been covered by surveillance orders. A judge ruled the government didn't show evidence of a "clear and present danger."
Nature livestreams are being added to Google Earth, with the first available stream set in Alaska's Katmai National Park. The platform's Voyager section will now feature streams in addition to its regular guided tours. Five cameras have been placed around Katmai.
On average, people view more Netflix than Hulu, Amazon Video, and YouTube combined, a report from Comscore found. Netflix is clearly dominant in the US and is responsible for 1 hour and 40 minutes of content viewing daily in WiFi-enabled American households.
Cox has expanded its 1 TB home internet data cap to more customers. Users in Arizona, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma will have to deal with more restricted internet access. The same cap had already been in place across a number of states, including California.
To help publishers increase their revenue, support for Google advertisements could be added to Apple News. AdAge reports Apple is considering the feature so that regular advertisements can be shown in the app. Apple News currently has its own system for generating revenue.
Bithumb, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, has been hacked. 30,000 customers had their data compromised due to the attack and Korea's Internet & Security Agency is looking into the situation following claims from customers that they lost money.
Thousands of product images on Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy have been broken by a policy change at Photobucket. Other blogs and smaller sites have also been affected. Photobucket's images have become inaccessible because the site is demanding a $399 annual fee.
Teenagers who spend "extreme" amounts of time online could be putting themselves at greater risk for mental health issues, suggests a study from the UK. According to a report from the Education Policy Institute, there's a dose-dependent connection between use and issues.
Facebook is fighting a gag order that's currently preventing it from notifying users about search warrants pertaining to their information. Court filings reveal the social network received warrants for three account records during a 3-month period. They were accompanied by gags.
Amazon has completed its acquisition of Souq, a Middle Eastern eCommerce company widely viewed as a counterpart to Amazon. The deal was announced in March and now that it's complete, US-based Amazon will have an easy time entering the Middle Eastern market.