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Google Fiber May Be Expanding To The Carolinas And Other Cities


Google just announced that it is planning to expand Google Fiber to 34 new cities in nine metro areas, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, and San Jose. The company says it has invited these cities to work with Google to “explore what it would take to bring them Google Fiber.”

Don’t get too excited yet, though. Google will provide updates by the end of the year which cities will actually be getting Fiber. The company says it will work closely with city leaders on a joint planning process to map out the Fiber network in details and to “assess what unique local challenges” it might face. ”While we do want to bring Fiber to every one of these cities, it might not work out for everyone,” Google writes in the announcement.

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Co-Worker Gave Snowden Digital Key For Further Access (AP)


WASHINGTON (AP) — A National Security Agency employee resigned from the agency after admitting to federal investigators that he gave former NSA analyst Edward Snowden a digital key that allowed him to gain access to classified materials, the NSA has told Congress. Snowden has previously said he did not steal any passwords.

The unnamed civilian employee who worked with Snowden resigned last month after the government revoked his security clearance, according to a letter that NSA legislative director Ethan L. Bauman sent this week to the House Judiciary Committee. A military employee and a private contractor also lost their access to NSA data as part of the continuing investigation by the FBI, Bauman said.

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Twitter Releases A New Transparency Report


Twitter released a new transparency report this morning, and it’s just as much about what the company can’t disclose as what it can. Twitter received a total of 1,410 information requests between July 1 and December 31, 2013.

What you won’t see Twitter talking about are the national security-related requests it’s received from the U.S. government, unlike a handful of tech giants did after they reached an agreement with the Department of Justice. To hear Twitter global policy manager Jeremy Kessel tell it, the nebulous numbers those companies are able to share aren’t specific enough to be meaningful.

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World Map Of Tech Companies


So far, tech hasn’t gotten so powerful that companies have simply declared their own territories, but if they did, the map of the world might look something like this.

Created by Slovakian artist Martin Vargic, the map is still a work in progress, though from this description from Vargic himself, it’s pretty impressive as is:

This poster includes one full map of the internet, 4 minimaps showcasing NSA surveillance, most used social networks, most used internet browser, and worldwide internet penetration, list of Alexa Top 500 websites, quick timeline of the Internet History, top software companies and much more.

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Yahoo Apologizes For Official Twitter Comments Made During Gmail Outage


Yahoo has officially apologized to Google about comments made during Google’s Gmail outage yesterday. Yahoo called “a tweet that reflected bad judgment” about its rival’s email service outage.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, simply noted: “Gmail is temporarily unavailable” and included a screen shot to prove it.

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Comcast Increasing Download Speeds


A new report suggests that Comcast is about to double or even triple its Internet data speeds for some subscribers. DSLReports this past Tuesday afternoon cited an anonymous source in claiming that Comcast is preparing to increase data speeds for some subscribers. Speeds were already boosted for many users less than a year ago, but the ISP apparently isn’t done widening pipes for its customers.

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Some GM Vehicles Receiving Optional OnStar 4G Hotspots


At a press conference Sunday night, General Motors announced that some cars landing in North American Chevrolet showrooms this summer would include a major upgrade to GM’s OnStar technology and in-car infotainment systems: built-in 4G LTE that the owner can use to turn the car into a rolling Internet hotspot and power a collection of new applications for GM’s MyLink in-car interface.

GM practically invented the connected car with OnStar.

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Gogo Inflight Goes Live In Canada


Gogo Inflight is now officially live over Canada, promising seamless wireless connectivity to flyers traveling between the US and Canada. The announcement comes six months after Gogo won the license to provide service in the country. According to Gogo, only the first phase of the network has been pushed live. The rest will be rolled out through the first quarter of this year. The new network comes coupled with Gogo’s Ku band satellite technology, which provides connectivity expressly for international travelers.

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United States Lacking Behind In Overall Connection Speed


The average Internet connection speed in the United States may be well more than what’s needed for multiplayer gaming or watching streaming video. But the country’s infrastructure still lingers well behind what other nations enjoy, according to a slew of recent studies.

“While this country has made tremendous progress investing in and delivering high-speed broadband to an unprecedented number of Americans, significant areas for improvement remain,” said Tom Power, deputy chief technology officer for telecommunications.

“There aren’t any countries ahead of us that have a comparable population distribution,” said Richard Bennett, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, who said the United States is closing the gap.

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YouTube Expands Live Streaming To All Channels


YouTube today announced it is expanding its live streaming service to all YouTube channels. The Google-owned company now only has two requirements: your account must be verified and it has to be in good standing. If you have both, but don’t see the feature yet, don’t worry as it’s rolling out ‘over the next few weeks.’ YouTube Live was previously only available to a small number of individuals and YouTube partners whom Google deemed worthy to test it out. The video site then opened up the feature to channels with at least 1,000 subscribers, and then at least 100 subscribers. Now it’s available to all.

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