The Pirate Bay is a symbol for peer-to-peer file sharing around the world, as one of the longest-running - and still one of the most popular - destinations for those searching for shared content. But it is also one of the most heavily censored sites on the web, thanks largely to the efforts of the entertainment industries, who have made it their mission to do all that they can to prevent users from using it to share movies, videos, TV shows, music, games and other content.

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Microsoft is a company that is undergoing significant change. With a new CEO, a new marching beat and a new hardware unit that makes millions of smartphones per year, the company looks dramatically different compared with a year ago. Unfortunately, as Microsoft has shifted and changed over the last 12 months, the need for further reorganization has arisen and thus, the decision to cut 18,000 jobs from the workforce was made.

It's not all that surprising, given that when Microsoft bought the Nokia mobility arm, it gained 25,000 employees, making some redundancies inevitable, given the overlap of some roles. Indeed, those that joined the company from Nokia will bear the brunt of the layoffs - 12,500 of the jobs to be cut will be former Nokia employees.

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Internet service providers are generally companies that most of us try to think about as little as possible, since they're almost all terrible. But every now and then, ISPs surprise us with little niceties that - oh so briefly - make us forget that they're intent on bending us over and spanking us until we hand over all our cash.

Today, it's Verizon's turn to give its customers a little treat, with a free speed boost on the way for its FiOS users.

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With a view to prevent exploitation of zero-day vulnerabilities, Google has announced a new research program called Project Zero.

Google announced in a post on its Online Security Blog that the company is taking the security of users seriously, and aims to prevent threats to data over the internet. For this purpose, it has launched Project Zero, which would develop flawless security mechanisms to protect not just Google users, but any software and the internet from widespread exploits.

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It may look 'alluring' but Bitdefender says this video is a scam.
Facebook users are being warned not to click on a link that looks like a video of a woman taking her clothes off on a webcam, as it could lead to them downloading a virus that will steal their personal data.
 
Online security firm Bitdefender issued the warning about the malware, which it believes was developed in Albania.

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Of all the sites you'd expect to get hit by a security exploit, a website dedicated to computers and technology is not one of them. But CNET learned the hard way on Monday that editorial focus is no substitute for proper security.

According to CNET itself, a database of usernames, emails, and encrypted passwords belonging to over 1 million users was lifted in an apparent exploit by a Russian hacker group known as 'w0rm'. CNET has acknowledged culpability for the attack, saying that the database was lifted when the hacker penetrated a hole in the Symfony PHP Framework, which was wrongly implemented by CNET.

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Amazon has come a long way from its humble beginnings as an online retailer of literature. Seemingly overnight it dominated the field and slowly expanded into other areas and projects that most never could have imagined. Amazon will now expand on its flourishing media business by offering an unlimited digital book subscription service. Kindle Unlimited will differ from its competitors by offering unlimited rentals of books for a monthly flat rate of $9.99 USD. The new service will also include access to over 2,000 audiobooks from Amazon's subsidiary company, Audible.

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Ever since Apple announced their new CarPlay back in March, a feature which integrates services such as Siri and Maps into your dashboard, consumers have been wondering if more automakers would adopt the new technology. Seeing as how Volkswagen had been a partner from the start, it is strange that they have not yet mentioned when the feature will make it to their line of vehicles.

An exclusive report from 9to5Mac claims that Apple and Volkswagen are currently in talks to offer the CarPlay interface sooner than expected.

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The 'freemium' model has proven to be a huge success, both for app developers and consumers, although not everyone is happy with the way that it works. Freemium apps are available to download free of charge, but access to certain features is restricted. Depending on how the developer sets things up, users may be able to purchase the 'full' version of an app for a one-time fee, or may otherwise be encouraged to buy access to individual features through in-app purchases.

It's the latter option that has led to some complaints, particularly among parents concerned that their children are being targeted with the promise of free software that later encourages them to spend large amounts of money on new features and upgrades.

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A major ransomware operation called Cryptolocker was supposedly halted by the FBI in May. Not so fast, security experts say. It's only a setback.

Cryptolocker used a massive network of hijacked computers called a "botnet" to spread the virus. The FBI, foreign law enforcement and private security companies teamed up to cut off communication between that botnet and victims' devices. They seized Cryptolocker's servers and replaced them with their own.

But as antivirus maker Bitdefender points out, all that accomplished was to stop Cryptolocker's virus delivery system.

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