A court in The Netherlands has again ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block The Pirate Bay, one of the most popular torrent sites. Ziggo and Xs4all, two Dutch ISPs, were ordered by a court in the Hague to block the website within the next 10 days.
Bixby, Samsung's voice assistant, is now available in the Indian region and it includes support for Indian accents. Users of the Galaxy Note 8, S8, and S8+ will have access to Bixby Voice. Although it works with Indian accents and in the region, it only supports English.
A 4,000-mile transatlantic internet cable from Facebook and Microsoft, known as "Marea," is now complete. It connects North America with the mainland of Europe. With its 160 Tbps capacity, the cable will help cloud services provide optimal service in the European region.
Apple is upgrading 1080p titles to 4K for free, but it's only allowing users to view them via streaming, with downloading taken away as an option. The company announced it was introducing free 4K upgrades during its event last week, but it has now clarified there are conditions.
To assist with the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's impact on the 2016 presidential election, Facebook will turn over ads linked to the country. Facebook confirmed earlier this month that Russia-linked groups purchased many ads on the social network.
Facebook and Amazon could be among those bidding for the rights to stream English Premier League matches, though the rights would only cover UK and European broadcasting. NBC acquired the American streaming rights in 2015 and will have them through the 2021-22 season.
Filters that can alter the appearance of your face are now available for use during livestreams on Instagram. The photo and video-centric social network is letting users add filters to their streams before they begin or during. You can add accessories to your appearance.
The FCC has received a large number of fake anti-net neutrality comments, but little is known about the source of those comments. To learn more about the issue, an FOIA request was filed by freelance writer Jason Prechtel on June 4. That request has basically been ignored.
Google has admitted to running advertisements on its supposedly ad-free streaming option, YouTube Red, which costs $10 per month. Those ads appeared in the service because of an "underlying issue" that Google is working to fix. Some users complained about this issue.
Twitter will give public testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on the topic of Russian interference in the 2016 election. It's going to meet with Senators next Wednesday to discuss how common bot accounts are on the popular network.
The Senate Intelligence Committee expects representatives from Facebook to testify in hearings pertaining to Russia's impact on the 2016 presidential election, reports Bloomberg. That testimony could provide us with more information about the way Russian groups used Facebook.
Equifax established a site (equifaxsecurity2017.com) to inform people about its security breach and connect them with credit monitoring. The site's name, however, has been considered problematic since it could easily be tweaked such that visitors would go to a malicious site.
SpaceX has already publicly discussed its plan to offer a satellite-based broadband internet service, but details haven't really been released. It still isn't releasing more info, but documents filed by the company could reveal the upcoming service's name.
Music streaming services have grown significantly in the past few years and while there are free streaming options, such as Spotify's ad-supported tier, many people are fine paying for ad-free listening. A recent report from the RIAA found there are 30.4 million subscriptions.
Saudi Arabia has backed away from restrictions previously in place against internet calling services like Skype. The country has lifted its long-time ban on those services, enabling people in the country to legally use Skype, WhatsApp, and other popular apps.
Facebook's role in the Russian government's effort to boost Donald Trump's chance of winning the 2016 US presidential election continues to grow. According to reporting in The Daily Beast, Russia used the social network to organize rallies supporting Trump.
After facing criticism from those who felt it had enabled the spread of terror-related messaging, Twitter implemented new anti-terrorism policies. With those policies, the social network has suspended 935,897 accounts since 2015. It shared new figures in a Transparency Report.
Twitter now has its own built-in alternative to Nuzzel, an article aggregation tool that can surface articles based on your social networks. With Twitter's new "Popular Articles" feature, you may be able to forego using third-party tools. It has rolled out globally.
Wikileaks is known for releasing secret documents detailing unsavory activities from the US government, but it's not exclusively focused on the US. In its latest move, the organization has leaked a number of documents that purportedly detail Russia's mass surveillance apparatus.
Google's email apps, Gmail and Inbox, have received an update that adds a simple but useful feature. Those apps will now automatically turn addresses, phone numbers, and contacts into clickable links. This capability already existed for URLs and is an obvious addition.