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If The Characters Of “Friends” Had The Internet

Rachel

Rachel would be your worst nightmare as a friend on Facebook, regularly changing her relationship status to “it’s complicated” — it’s not; her and Ross have just had a small argument — and humblebragging constantly.

Joey

Tinder / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed

Tinder / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
Joey would be a full-time Tinder player, although his charm wouldn’t come across through online messaging. He’d eventually delete the app after regularly stumbling across people he’s dated in the real world.

Monica

Monica
Pinterest / BuzzFeed
The quintessential Pinterest user, Monica would spend her evenings obsessively organising her many created pinboards and occasionally criticising the boards of others.

Ross

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LinkedIn / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
Ross would hate all social media but still have a LinkedIn profile because apparently “that doesn’t count”.

Phoebe

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Youtube / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
An uploaded video of “Smelly Cat” on YouTube would go viral, although not as much as the Auto-Tuned version, which would make Phoebe internet famous. She’d continue posting videos and gain a small but devoted fandom on the site.

Chandler

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Twitter / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
Chandler would almost definitely have a Twitter account, where he’d be tweeting terrible, but very occasionally OK-ish puns to a decent follower count.

Gunther

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Google+ / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
Gunther made one post on Google+ in 2011. He still regularly checks to see if anyone’s responded to it yet.
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Make International Phone Calls from your Mobile even without the Internet

How do you make international calls from your mobile phone? Mobile carriers often charge exorbitant rates for international phone calls but you can Internet based services like Skype or Google Hangouts and call any landline or cell phone number in the world for a low per minute fee.

All you need is a mobile phone connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot and some credit balance in your account for making the phone call.

You can use these VoIP apps when travelling overseas as well and make significant savings for both domestic and international calls.

Now consider a scenario where you have a mobile phone but there’s no Wi-Fi around and the 3G/4G services are either slow or unavailable.

Would you still be able to place calls through any of these apps? The answer is obviously in the negative but there’s at least one app that has figured out a unique solution to this common problem.

The app, known as Ringo, lets you make international calls from your mobile phone but “without” requiring the Internet. It does so by cleverly converting your request to dial an international number into a local number.

Let’s say you are trying to call someone in Singapore from India. When you make a call through Ringo, the app will internally dial a local number in India.

At the other end in Singapore, it will again make a local call to the desired number and will connect these two calls using their own infrastructure. This process is transparent to the end users though it make few seconds extra to initiate the call.

International Call Rates – Comparison

Here’s a chart comparing the voice calling rates (in cents per minute) for all the popular voice calling apps. Ringo not only allows you make international phone calls without 3G or WiFi but it is cost-effective too.

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USA 2.3 1.9 1.2 0.2 Free
India 1.5 2.2 1.9 0.9 1.0
UK 2.3 5.9 1.4 0.4 3.0
Russia 2.3 7.9 12.5 11.6 12
Brazil 3 19 3.6 2.6 6.0
China 2 1.3 1.6 0.6 1.0
Singapore 2.3 1.9 1.4 0.4 2.0

In my testing, I found the voice quality good and the app automatically figures out all the international numbers in your phonebook.

 Also when open a contact inside Ringo, it will show their current local time and this little detail does help save a trip to Google.

Is Ringo a replacement for Skype or Google Hangouts? Well, yes and no. With Ringo, you do not need the Internet to make phone calls but you still need a local number.

In the case of Skype, you do not need a local number but you have to be connected to the Internet.

Also, Ringo is mobile only while Skype lets you call telephone numbers from Mac and Windows PCs as well.

Ringo is available for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone.

The Wall Street Journal suggests Snowden gave China an incredibly powerful cyberweapon

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The Wall Street Journal thinks Edward Snowden may have provided China with a new, powerful cyberweapon.

China is known for its so-called Great Firewall, a nationwide system of web blocks and filters that the government uses to maintain strict online censorship in mainland China.

Now it reportedly has a complementary offensive tool — dubbed the Great Cannon — to go after sites it doesn’t like. And Snowden, the NSA-contractor-turned-whistleblower, may be to blame.

“The Great Cannon is not simply an extension of the Great Firewall,” experts at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said, “but a distinct attack tool that hijacks traffic to (or presumably from) individual IP addresses and can arbitrarily replace unencrypted content as a man-in-the-middle.”

China can now reroute innocent traffic coming to Chinese websites and use it for a malicious distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack to overload the servers of another website. It may also be able to inject malicious code into target computers.

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CitizensLabThis diagram shows how China’s “Great Cannon” works with its “Great Firewall” to hijack traffic and attack websites.

Citizen’s Lab notes that the only other “known instances of governments tampering with unencrypted internet traffic to control information or launch attacks” involve the use of a program called Quantum that was developed by the US’ National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Snowden revealed the existence of Quantum through slides given to American journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras in Hong Kong after he arrived on May 20, 2013. The Journal is now wondering whether the former NSA contractor provided the source code to Beijing before flying to Moscow on June 23.

“Did Snowden give the Chinese the code for the Great Cannon?” the editorial asks. “He denies sharing anything with foreign governments. But then he’s an admitted liar, and we don’t know what the Chinese and Russian spy services have been able to copy from what he stole.”

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REUTERS/Bobby YipA monitor at a shopping mall in Hong Kong in 2013 broadcasting news on the charges against Snowden.

The Journal’s evidence regarding Snowden and the Great Cannon is scant and circumstantial and is based mainly on suspicion of Snowden, the similarities between the Great Cannon and Quantum, and timing.

“A South China Morning Post report that the Great Cannon has been under development for about a year is suggestive,” The Journal asserts. “This means China’s hacking bureaucracy geared up to produce this new product soon after the Snowden leaks.”

In any case, China now has a powerful new cyberweapon to enforce its status as the world’s vastest internet censorship regime.

“The operational deployment of the Great Cannon represents a significant escalation in state-level information control: the normalization of widespread use of an attack tool to enforce censorship by weaponizing users,” CitizenLab notes.

Facebook has officially declared it wants to own every single thing you do on the internet

At Facebook’s F8 conference today, it unveiled a number of big new changes to its service that transforms Messenger into a platform, expands Facebook Video even further and offers deeper integrations than ever for developers.

The changes are actually really cool and great news for developers — Facebook is finally turning Messenger into the hub for everything, like LINE and WeChat already did in Asia — but they also signal something much larger.

Facebook is declaring that it effectively wants to own every single thing you do on the internet.

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Let’s quickly go through the things that Facebook is making inroads into controlling:

  • Social networking
  • Messaging your friends (Messenger, WhatsApp)
  • Messaging businesses (Messenger)
  • Advertising (Paid Ads, LiveRail, Pages)
  • Paying your friends
  • Buying and selling things online
  • Virtual reality (Oculus)
  • Gaming
  • News
  • Video/TV (Facebook Video)
  • Development platform (Parse)
  • How you actually receive the internet
  • Photos (Instagram)

Here’s the thing: with Facebook’s announcements today, it’s suddenly significantly harder to avoid the service at all.

If you didn’t have a Facebook already, like 1 billion other people, you’re going to find it even harder to avoid in the future with these changes. It’s now becoming the easiest way to do anything on the internet.

For example: you might wonder like I did this morning, why on earth you’d want to share your videos with Facebook over YouTube?

Think of it this way: with YouTube, you’re sharing videos into a vacuum and hoping they get picked up or discovered.

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On Facebook, you’re dropping them into the company’s entire friend graph immediately.

Your video shows up in News Feed for people straight away, without them needing to go to another service, and can naturally gain velocity from there as friends share, like or comment on it.

YouTube doesn’t have that friend graph so it could never pull that off; nobody other than Facebook can deliver content so directly to relevant audiences. Right now, Facebook prioritizes showing video uploaded to the service in your News Feed, but for how long?

Facebook can deliver your content to more people than any other service. It owns the eyeballs that everyone wants to reach and the News Feed can deliver more engagement/views/clicks than any other service could hope to.

These are the same reasons that news organizations are seemingly falling over themselves to publish their news directly to the service.

The problem is that Facebook controls what you see and when. If it becomes the primary way to consume news and watch videos, what happens when a news story is controversial about the company itself?

Or isn’t within its content guidelines (like pornography)? You’ll be receiving a filtered version of the internet that’s controlled by one company.

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With Messenger now serving as a platform, you’ll be able to do everything from ordering a cab to creating stupid GIFs, without needing to leave the service.

You can message businesses directly to ask questions, reserve a table or organize an event. This is all possible from the same app.

Now that you can pay friends directly in the Messenger app too, there’s one less reason to leave.

Every day that another integration is built for Messenger, there’s another reason to stay on the service; Facebook now owns your private conversations and your payments.

All of these things are awesome, because we live in a time where it’s easier than ever to do everything you want to do, with no friction, in a single place.

Unfortunately, it also puts a lot of power in a single place. Google should be scared; the reasons to use its service are quickly decreasing as people stay inside Facebook’s walls longer.

For those in emerging countries, Facebook works with Internet.org to provide free access to a bunch of services in education, government and other areas. It also provides free access to Facebook.

Those who are connecting for the first time in these countries often don’t understand the difference between Facebook and “the internet.”

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Their first and last experience with the internet is on Facebook and they know nothing else.

While we’ve been busy fighting for net neutrality, Facebook has essentially pre-empted the idea of it in emerging countries. Who needs net neutrality when you’re providing the best of the internet, for free, inside your own platform?

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That’s Facebook’s logic at least; it completely owns those people’s eyeballs. Nobody is challenging it in those countries.

If the company continues to succeed at this strategy in those parts of the world, the internet as a whole will change completely.

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Facebook needs to fight for your eyeballs in the West — it’s winning, by the way — but everywhere else, it has no competition.

This weird, new reality should bring back repressed memories of when AOL fought tooth and nail to contain your internet experience inside its walled garden.

AOL wanted to own every single thing you saw in the 1990’s, but ultimately failed.

I believe Facebook could succeed at that failed vision of 20 years ago, and it’s terrifying.

The problem with this degree of control is that Facebook can change its mind about how many people should see your content at any moment, and could totally kill a business’ prospects in the process.

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Don’t believe me? Ask Zynga. Or The Washington Post. Facebook can and has pulled the rug from under companies before when it changes its mind and heads in a different direction in the past, and it’ll do it again.

At least on the open Web, you can control your own fate, but those days may be coming to an end.

Facebook is becoming overwhelmingly unavoidable; as much as 40 percent of news site traffic is delivered from Facebook. Those that don’t conform may have too much to lose.

Companies that avoid getting onboard with Facebook Messenger’s direct messaging service may miss out on customers altogether in the future. The list goes on.

It’s a huge and exciting time, in which Facebook has made simple tasks in life much easier, but it’s also scary that a single company is moving to control the entire internet.

This Beautiful Map of the Internet Is Insanely Detailed

This Beautiful Map of the Internet Is Insanely Detailed

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Visualizing the internet is almost as difficult as ignoring trolls, but that didn’t stop Jay Jason Simons from having a damn good try. The result is this beautiful and insanely detailed map.

Apparently a work-in-progress, the map currently represents a small slice of the internet because, as Simons explains, “otherwise, this map would be unreadable and probably undrawable in an entire lifespan of average human being.” You can see a full-size version of the uncropped map by clicking “enlarge” on the image below. Simons explains what you’ll then be able to see:

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

The result is a little hectic, admittedly, but it looks damn pretty. There are, apparently, plenty of in-jokes included on the map, too. Get spotting!

Charlotte McKinney

Képtalálat a következőre: „Charlotte McKinney nude”

Charlotte McKinney had nude photos hit the internet this week, and the model and actress claims she was the victim of a hacker who gained access to her Instagram page and leaked the photos.

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The photos hit her social media page on Wednesday night and remained up for a few hours before being taken down, but not before they were shared on sites like Reddit.

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While the cause of the nude photo leak has not been announced, there was speculation in the past that the same hacker

Képtalálat a következőre: „Charlotte McKinney nude”

Képtalálat a következőre: „Charlotte McKinney nude”

famous for the 2014 mass celebrity nude photo leak may have access to racy pictures of McKinney.

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McKinney has spoken out about her latest leak, telling fans on Instagram that she did not post the nude photos herself.

Képtalálat a következőre: „Charlotte McKinney nude”

“To all my followers, I’ve once again become a victim of hacking,” she wrote on her Instagram.

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“It’s disgusting people enjoying doing this to others. Please disregard any message you’ve gotten from me. Thanks for the support xo.”

Képtalálat a következőre: „Charlotte McKinney nude”

This is not the first time that Charlotte McKinney has been the victim of a nude photo leak. Back in April the Dancing With The Stars performer and model had another photo released,

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which MSN reported may have been connected to a larger leak in 2014 that saw a number of celebrities hit, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton.

“The alleged shots would make McKinney the latest celebrity to have her private images stolen and posted on the Internet. Last year, a massive hack dubbed ‘

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The Fappening’ struck Hollywood, with hackers distributing nude pictures stolen from dozens of actresses.

Képtalálat a következőre: „Charlotte McKinney nude”

Jennifer Lawrence became the face of the scandal, but she was just one of many high-profile targets. Hayden Panettiere, Gabrielle Union, Kate Upton, and Kirsten Dunst were also among the victims.

The saga led to debates over Internet security, criticism of Apple’s iCloud, and a dialogue about what constitutes sexual crimes and violations in the digital age.”

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McKinney, who shot to fame after appearing in a racy Carl’s Jr. ad during Super Bowl XLIX, actually spoke out about the original leak, telling FOX411 that she sympathized with Kate Upton.

“My heart went out to her. It’s happened to so many girls. In high school it was always around. I mean your phone is your privacy, you don’t really think the world’s going to see this.

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You have a boyfriend. We’re models, we travel. We need to communicate with our boyfriends – sometimes it’s a little, you know.

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I think we all in the world have, you know, have done that for a relationship or anything like that. But if anything, to me, it’s more sad. It’s tough, and going out in public after something like that would be awful.

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It definitely makes you go through your phone, and delete some things. Hopefully, it’s all taken care of now but it’s heartbreaking. It’s tough, especially for a woman, you feel violated.”

It is not clear if authorities are looking into the Charlotte McKinney nude photo leak, but investigators are still on the case of last year’s victims.

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Putin considers plan to unplug Russia from the internet ‘in an emergency’

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Russian president Vladimir Putin chairs a state council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow.

Kremlin to discuss taking control of the .ru domain and measures to disconnect Russians from the web in the event of unrest. 

The Kremlin is considering radical plans to unplug Russia from the global internet in the event of a serious military confrontation or big anti-government protests at home, Russian officials hinted on Friday.

President Vladimir Putin will convene a meeting of his security council on Monday. It will discuss what steps Moscow might take to disconnect Russian citizens from the web “in an emergency”, the Vedomosti newspaper reported.

The goal would be to strengthen Russia’s sovereignty in cyberspace. The proposals could also bring the domain .ru under state control, it suggested.

Russian TV and most of the country’s newspapers are under the Kremlin’s thumb. But unlike in China, the Russian internet has so far remained a comparatively open place for discussion, albeit one contested by state-sponsored bloggers and Putin fans.

The move comes at a time when Russia has been bitterly critical of the western media, which Moscow says has adopted a biased attitude towards events in Ukraine. Russian channels have portrayed the conflict in Ukraine as a heroic fight against “fascists” in Kiev.

 

They have disputed western reports that Russian soldiers and heavy weapons are involved. A BBC team that went to investigate reports of Russian servicemen killed in Ukraine was beaten up this week.

According to Vedomosti, Russia plans to introduce the new measures early next year. The Kremlin has been wrestling for some time with how to reduce Russia’s dependency on American technology and digital infrastructure, amid fears that its communications are vulnerable to US spying.

It has mooted building a “national internet”, which would in effect be a domestic intranet. These proposals go further, expanding the government’s control over ordinary Russian internet users and their digital habits.

Andrei Soldatov, an expert on Russia’s spy agencies, described the plans as big news. In an email from Moscow he said he “didn’t actually believe” Russian officials would disconnect the internet. But he said the moves were a “real step forward in the development of a besieged fortress mentality”.

He wrote: “Before, such ideas were mostly to do with so-called government communications (how to make them independent from western technologies). Now they want to expand this crazy idea to the entire internet of the country.”

Soldatov said it would be technically possible for Moscow to shut off the internet because Russia has “surprisingly few” international exchange points. All of them are under the control of national long-distance operations, like Rostelecom, which are close to the authorities, he said.

The most ominous element, he added, was the security council’s apparent proposal to take control over .ru, as well as the domains .su (for Soviet Union) and .рф (Russian Federation in Cyrillic).

These domains currently belong to a non-government organisation, the coordination centre of the national domain, rather than to government. Many are currently hosted abroad.

“The thing might be approved very quickly, and this means it shows a way to the next step – to force all domains in the .ru zone to be hosted in Russia,” Soldatov said. Kazakhstan, an authoritarian state intolerant of online criticism, did something similar two years ago, he said, adding that such a move would affect his own website Agentura.ru, which is hosted in Germany.

Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, confirmed the meeting would take place on Monday, adding that much of it was likely to be in closed session. The communications ministry declined to comment on Friday.

While Putin enjoys popular support, with his approval ratings boosted by Russia’s takeover of Crimea from Ukraine in March, the danger of mass unrest is not lost on the Kremlin.

In 2011-2012 tens of thousands of Russians protested in Moscow after Putin announced he was returning as president and shoving aside his temporary successor Dmitry Medvedev.

The protests fizzled out following a series of arrests, harassment of opposition figures, and high-profile trials.

The Russian economy, which is already teetering on the verge of recession, is reeling from ever more stringent Western sanctions over Moscow’s alleged support for separatists in eastern-Ukraine.

Washington and Brussels have introduced several rounds of sanctions that are the toughest punitive measures since the cold war.

An employee of a large communications provider told Vedomosti Moscow did not want to unplug the world wide web but to protect Russian cyberspace in case of further western sanctions that may affect the internet.

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