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In the world of large online communities, Reddit ranks among the largest, most active sites today. Right now, however, all of Reddit's users have been set adrift on the Internet, as Reddit is blacked out in support of the SOPA protests. Quite a few of those bored users, it seems, found their way over to Hacker News, a smaller...

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Color - just saying the name of it quickly became enough to get people to laugh about what was, without doubt, one of the most botched product launches in recent history (or riled up about the enormous funding round the startup got before it had even launched its product). The relaunch of the once photo-sharing focused app didn't result...

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Among the sites that have decided to take their services down completely in protest of the U.S. government's proposed "anti-piracy" bills SOPA and PIPA, Wikipedia is without doubt the one with the largest mainstream following. Quite a few of its users were obviously surprised by today's complete blackout and are now taking to Twitter to voice their confusion and...

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With the start of the SOPA blackout on many major sites just hours away, a number of additional companies have now joined major sites like Reddit, Google and Wikipedia that had announced their participation in the the blackouts earlier this week. Among the stragglers are Mozilla, which had played a major role in organizing the oposition to SOPA, but...

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Google just added auto-completion for hashtags on its growing social network Google+. Google developer advocate Chris Messina notes that this will "make it even easier to use and discover hashtags." To try it, just start a new Google+ post, use the # symbol and start typing a keyword. Why it Matters On Twitter, hashtags are an easy way to create and track...

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When it comes to social networks, one argument that is often raised against them is that they encapsulate their users in a safe network of friends that keeps out information that may go against the users' belief system. Social networking users, after all, tend to friend like-minded users. The reality, though, say Facebook own researchers, isn't quite as dramatic....

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Online metrics company comScore just released its monthly rankings of U.S. video properties. As usual, Google's YouTube remains far ahead of the competition with 157 million unique visitors who spent an average of 471.9 minutes on the site and watched 21 billion videos. The music-focused network VEVO came in second, but while Facebook was in third place in November...

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Good morning. Yesterday's tech news was, for the most part, overshadowed by the launch of PandoDaily, Sarah Lacy's new tech blog that will be partly staffed with ex-TechCrunch employees. Much of the discussion focused on the fact that she raised venture capital from virtually all of the major Silicon Valley funds and individual investors. This led quite a few...

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A nifty little undisclosed Google service made the rounds on the Internet today. By going to a specific website, Google would give you a QR code to scan on your phone and then let you log in to a desktop Gmail session without having to actually type your login credentials on the computer. Google had never announced this service...

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PandoDaily, Sarah Lacy's "TechCrunch 2.0" tech blog, launched today with a cast of familiar writers (Mike Arrington, MG Siegler, Paul Carr and Slate' Farhad Manjoo) and an impressive cast of VC backers. PandoDaily wants to focus on startup news, so the fact that it has received $2.5 million in funding from what looks like a who-is-who of Silicon Valley's...

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Quite a few websites, including big ones like Wikipedia, are joining together on Wednesday to protest the U.S.'s planned Stop Online Piracy Act. What looks like an easy proposition - just replace your site with a temporary page that explains the reasons for the blackout - is actually quite a bit more complicated. Google, after all, is going to look...

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Google has introduced an interesting new way for logging into your Google accounts by just scanning a QR code on the screen and without having to actually type your password into a computer. To use this new feature, just head over to https://accounts.google.com/sesame and a QR code will appear on your screen. Scan the barcode on your phone (you can...

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Here is a small but handy update to Apple's iTunes store: when you hover over an icon for an app, a new little 'i' icon will now appear in the bottom right corner of the screen. Click on it, and a small preview window will appear with all the regular info about the app. You can see screenshots and,...

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A “mortified” Google has issued an apology to Kenyan mobile listings site Mocality over customers and data that was allegedly pilfered from the startup’s database. Mocality CEO Stefan Magdalinski in a blog post on Friday accused Google of “telling untruths” and a “human-powered, systematic, months-long, fraudulent… attempt to undermine our business”. The story hit the internet like wildfire on Friday afternoon, with major international sites and techblogs...

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DuckDuckGo never struck me as the right name for a search engine that wants to be taken seriously, but once you get over the name, you will find that it's actually a very good search engine  - especially if you are looking for basic search engine that presents you with uncluttered, unfiltered search results. Just a few days after...