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5 trends that will change how you use social media in 2015
Time Magazine
This year started with a death sentence for Facebook. In January, a research company called Global Web Index published a study showing that Facebook had lost nearly one-third of its U.S. teen users in the last year. Headlines pronounced the network "dead and buried." Fast forward to the present and Facebook is reporting record growth.
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RCMP drops some internet-related probes following Supreme Court ruling
CBC News
The RCMP has abandoned some investigations because of a key Supreme Court ruling that said police require a warrant or other legal tool to obtain basic internet subscriber information, an internal government memo says. The Mounties and Canada's spy and border agencies are "very concerned" about increased paperwork and delays now involved in obtaining such information, the newly disclosed memo says.
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FCC chief: Any new U.S. Internet rules must withstand lawsuits
Reuters
U.S. regulators expect Internet service providers to sue the government over any changes in the way they are regulated and must reevaluate any proposals to make sure they stand up in court, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said at a meeting. Recently, U.S. President Barack Obama said Internet service providers should be regulated more like public utilities to make sure they grant equal access to all content providers.
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Google's internet balloons can stay aloft for 100 days
Engadget
While some high profile Google projects have been withering on the vine, Project Loon is a bright spot and even has a carrier partner. Mountain View says it can now autofill the internet-enabling, weather-tracking balloons in five minutes and launch up to 20 a day. They also last up to ten times longer than early versions, letting them stay in the stratosphere for over 100 days.
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5 Ecommerce trends retailers can profit from this holiday season if they prepare
Entrepreneur
The holiday season is just around the corner, and retailers face the busiest time of year with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the frenzied shopping days in between until December 25. It's no secret that a tremendous amount of pre-planning is required, but are your efforts focused on the right areas of your business?
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Microsoft starts rolling out Skype for web browsers
Digital Trends
Microsoft has started to roll out a beta version of Skype for Web that works on up-to-date versions of most browsers, including Internet Explorer, Chrome (Windows only), Firefox, and Safari. As Skype's Jonathan Watson points out in a blog post announcing the development, the new feature should prove useful for anyone who finds themselves in front of a computer that doesn't already have the Skype software installed, or if you’re at "an Internet café or hotel computer whilst on vacation where you can't download Skype at all."

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Google Trends now shows you the most viral YouTube videos
The Next Web
Google Trends is a great way to keep up with the popular news of a day, but what if you want to know about the newest cat video or online singing sensation? Well, Google's now added a Trending on YouTube section for that.

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Samsung hunts for next hit with Internet push as phones fade
Bloomberg
Yoon C. Lee, a Samsung Electronics Co. executive, is giving a tour of his U.S. home in Oakland. He shows off his living room and foyer, then takes a look outside to check the garden. He considers turning on the sprinkler system before deciding the plants have enough water. The thing is, he's not actually in California.

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The Internet of Things is far bigger than anyone realizes
Wired
When people talk about "the next big thing," they're never thinking big enough. It's not a lack of imagination; it's a lack of observation. I've maintained that the future is always within sight, and you don't need to imagine what's already there. Case in point: The buzz surrounding the Internet of Things.
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Study: Netflix streaming eats up 35 per cent of downstream Internet traffic
Toronto Sun
Netflix's video-streaming service continues to be the most bandwidth-hungry application on the Internet, now accounting for a whopping 34.9 per cent of all downstream traffic during peak periods on North American broadband networks, according to a new study. The No. 1 subscription-video service outstripped all other services in terms of bandwidth consumption, as measured over a one-month period this fall by bandwidth-management vendor Sandvine.
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How BuzzFeed infected the Internet with a killer virus
Digital Trends
A Facebook friend or someone you follow on Twitter probably infected you, and you'll probably spread it to the next person the same way. While the tantalizing headlines that made BuzzFeed the most-visited site on the Web have become a well-documented formula for viral success, what you probably don't realize is that the formula itself is also a virus. And it's infecting other news outlets. As BuzzFeed and its like-minded competitors rapidly increase their reach and performance, traditional sources of quality content are losing ground.
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Half of the world will be using the Internet by 2018
Trusted Reviews
Around half of the world's entire population will be accessing the internet at least once a month by 2018, according to new estimates. eMarketer has revealed that in three years time, somewhere around 3.6 billion people will be denizens of the web. The earth's entire population was just over 7.1 billion in 2013, so a healthy chunk of our planet will have access to all the latest cat memes. What's more, the research team also revealed the number of internet users worldwide would top 3 billion in 2015 for the first time ever.
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