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Google Starts Deleting Social Network Accounts After 52 Million Users Thought Exposed To Privacy Bug | Forbes

Google+ never really emerged as the social network contender to beat the likes of Facebook and Twitter that Google had hoped it would be. Now, less than eight years after launching, Google+ has officially ceased to be. Google has stated that, starting today, content in Google+ consumer accounts will start being deleted. There are many reasons that could be plucked from the reasons for closure hat, not least that it was a wasteland rather than a thriving network, but the straw that broke this social camel’s back was actually a coding bug with user privacy implications.

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Facebook Portal review: Good video chat, but better for business | Mashable

Are you ready for Facebook to have a physical, semi-permanent presence in your home? That’s the central question you’ll need to consider before you invest in the company’s new Portal or Portal+ speaker.

The pair of speakers, Facebook’s first non-VR hardware product, come at a time when trust in the social network is at an all-time low. The company is reeling from scandal after scandal, and is still facing tough questions about users’ privacy.

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How to Keep the NSA Out of Your Computer | Mother Jones

JOSEPH BONICIOLI mostly uses the same internet you and I do. He pays a service provider a monthly fee to get him online. But to talk to his friends and neighbors in Athens, Greece, he’s also got something much weirder and more interesting: a private, parallel internet.

He and his fellow Athenians built it. They did so by linking up a set of rooftop wifi antennas to create a “mesh,” a sort of bucket brigade that can pass along data and signals. It’s actually faster than the Net we pay for: Data travels through the mesh at no less than 14 megabits a second, and up to 150 Mbs a second, about 30 times faster than the commercial pipeline I get at home. Bonicioli and the others can send messages, video chat, and trade huge files without ever appearing on the regular internet. And it’s a pretty big group of people: Their Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network has more than 1,000 members, from Athens proper to nearby islands. Anyone can join for free by installing some equipment. “It’s like a whole other web,” Bonicioli told me recently. “It’s our network, but it’s also a playground.”

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