Xfinity is turning home routers into public Wi-Fi hotspots


On June 10th, around 50,000 Comcast Xfinity Internet customers in Houston, Texas will become part of a massive public Wi-Fi hotspot network, a number that will swell to over 150,000 by the end of June.
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Amazon Bringing HBO Content to Amazon Prime Members

A memo to everyone grubbing HBO GO passwords from friends, family and even co-workers: if you have an Amazon Prime membership, starting May 21 you’ll no longer have to piggyback on someone else’s HBO subscription. The two companies have inked a  deal that will bring original HBO titles like The Wire and The Sopranos and, eventually, back-seasons of current HBO favorites likeGirls and Veep exclusively to Amazon Prime customers without having an HBO subscription. Continue Reading »

Estacada woman among 371 Oregonians accused of illegally downloading Steven Seagal movie

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Emily Orlando taught English at Clackamas Community College for 26 years, and each term she’d cover the legal and ethical issues of plagiarizing or otherwise using others’ work without giving payment or attribution.

So the 64-year-old was surprised when she received a stern letter last month from a Salem lawyer accusing her of illegally downloading a bloody Steven Seagal movie through an online file sharing program. She was given two weeks to pay $7,500, the lawyer for Voltage Pictures threatened, or she could face a judgment of as much as $150,000.

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Gmail Approaching a Decade

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been over 9 years since Gmail was opened up in beta. When it was first launched, many thought it was an April Fool’s Day joke because it was launched April 1, 2004. Some joke, eh? Gmail now accounts for over 36.7% of the total emails served across the Internet.

The funny part is that it stayed in beta for over five years, so if that sorta qualifies as a joke. Here’s an infographic that shows the timeline.

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100 Million Systems Vulnerable to Java Flaw

As many as 100 million computers may be vulnerable to unauthorized access via a flaw in Oracle’s Java software. “The time of Java in the Browser has ended,” said AlienVault Labs Manager Jaime Blasco. “The best defense we have right now for these kinds of attacks is to disable Java in the browser forever.”

A zero-day flaw in Oracle’s Java programming language could make as many as 100 million computers connected to the Internet vulnerable to attack by cybercriminals.

The threat posed by the Java vulnerability was considered so serious that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to turn off Java on their machines.

The vulnerability discovered last week by security researchers exploits a flaw in version 7 rev. 10 and has already begun appearing in major kits used to create malware packages. It can be exploited to plant malware on PCs.

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