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Net neutrality puts everyone in the internet slow lane
Forbes
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission voted by a 3-2 partisan-line split in favor of rules commonly characterized as net neutrality. The common perception of net neutrality is positive, with people believing that net neutrality brings three things to the internet: No blocking of content, no slowing down specific sites (say, because they are using a lot of bandwidth), and no paid fast lanes where content providers pay internet service providers for priority delivery.
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Google to automatically convert Flash web ads to HTML5
IT Pro
Google is about to make mobile adverts less frustrating by automatically converting Flash ads into HTML5. The search giant made the decision due to the fact many mobile devices don't support Adobe's Flash, making adverts from Google Adwords and third parties annoying to watch. "Over half of time spent online is now spent on mobile devices," Google wrote in a blog post.
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Apple launches web-only iCloud apps for everyone
Cult of Mac
You no longer need a Mac or iOS device to access Apple's web-only version of iCloud apps. Apple announced that anyone — even PC-users — can access its suite of iCloud web-based productivity apps, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, for free. The move makes the iCloud suite even more competitive against Microsoft Office and Google's free productivity apps, which are both free and available on Android, PC, Mac and iOS.
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Telus bails on unlimited internet, bandwidth plays on for a price
CBC News
It seems the days of cheap, unlimited internet are over. With Telus's announcement that it is implementing usage-based charges in B.C. and Alberta, all major Canadian internet service providers are now using data caps when billing customers. Usage-based pricing is when consumers pay internet service providers for a specific amount of data they agree to consume instead of a flat fee for unlimited data.

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How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design
Mashable
The Internet of Things is coming to a city near you. That's not a tagline for the latest summer blockbuster or an ad for a swanky coffee shop chain: Regardless of your feelings for the term itself, the 'Internet of Things,' which refers to the plethora of "smart" technologies inundating the market today, is a concept with vast implications for the way we'll live our everyday lives in the coming years.

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Web standard promising faster page loads wins approval
CNET
A new version of the HTTP standard that promises to deliver Web pages to browsers faster has been formally approved, the Internet protocol's first revision in 16 years. The specifications for HTTP 2.0 have been formally approved, according to a blog post by Mark Nottingham, who as chairman of the IETF HTTPBIS Working Group serves as the standard effort's leader. The specifications will go through a last formality — the Request for Comment documenting and editorial processes — then be published, Nottingham wrote.

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Chinese Internet giants get into the mobile game
The Wall Street Journal
The battle over mobile operating systems and app distribution is intensifying in China as Internet giants Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. step up their efforts to influence how consumers use smartphones. Tencent — whose main businesses are social networks and online games — will start a trial service for Tencent OS, its customized version of Google Inc.'s Android operating system.
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All the responsive web design statistics you need
Business 2 Community
When updating your B2B web design, one of the best things you can do is incorporate a responsive design. A responsive website allows you to have one website with one URL that will display properly on any device a website visitor is using. Whether your prospective client is searching for your business on a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer, a responsive B2B website design will provide them with a terrific user experience.
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WhatsApp Web client now works on Firefox and Opera browsers
The Next Web
WhatsApp made waves when it launched a desktop version of its messaging service last month, but it was only compatible with Google Chrome. Recently, the company has announced it now works on Firefox and Opera too.
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Google just paid $25 million to buy the entire '.app' web domain
Business Insider
Google just paid $25 million for exclusive rights to the ".app" top-level web domain. Google decided to apply for new top-level domains (TLDs) way back in 2012, four years after ICANN, the organization that controls the world's domain names, decided to expand the overall number of generic TLDs.
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Want to go big with the Internet of Things? Think 'some' not all
Fortune
It's easy to be distracted by consumer gadgets, but many of the most valuable use cases are hiding in warehouses, plant floors, and delivery fleets. Nothing about the Internet of things is small except, perhaps, the sorts of things being connected. Close to 25 billion sensors could be sharing data wirelessly by 2020, attached to everything from LED lights to cars to industrial equipment to doorbells.
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