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Periscope’s new Couchmode feature lets you explore random streams fast

Periscope's new Couchmode for desktop lets you easily hit random streams to see whatever folks around the world are doing on the app. You don't need to sign up or sign in, so it's a great way to see what Periscope's all about if you're not in the know.

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Amazon changes the rules for Prime benefits sharing

Before the start of this month, new sign-ups to Amazon Prime could share the service's benefits with four other adults. In a move it hopes will ultimately lead to more sign-ups, the e-commerce company has restricted it to one other adult for new members.

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Buy the Amazon Echo speaker at Staples … so you can buy more stuff from Amazon

Staples will now offer Amazon's Echo speaker for sale at its website, marking the first time Amazon has allowed the device to be sold outside of its own website. Don't expect to see the speaker in retail stores, however.

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Dropbox app for Roku lets you view your movies and photos on a big screen

Without much in the way of fanfare, Dropbox has released an app for the Roku that allows users to view photos and videos stored in the cloud on a big screen, complete with thumbnails and slideshow support.

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Someone’s always watching: Hacker sends woman photos of her evening from her own webcam

In yet another frighteningly common yet incredibly invasive, terrifying occurrence, a hacker sent a series of photos of a woman's evening with her boyfriend to her Facebook account, seemingly taken from the couple's built-in laptop webcam.

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According to Google, you do not have the right to be forgotten

Google is fighting back against France's CNIL, insisting that the European Court of Justice's 2014 decision supporting citizens' "right to be forgotten" does not apply to the rest of the world.

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Customers flood the FCC with thousands of Net neutrality complaints

Internet users are demanding that the Federal Communications Commission crack down on Internet service providers to enforce the new Net neutrality law. Many want to end data caps and overage charges.

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Facebook’s Aquila is a solar-powered drone that beams Internet down to earth

Facebook's testing autonomous, solar-powered aircraft capable of beaming Internet down to earth from the stratosphere. They haven't yet entered the testing phase, but Facebook expects them to deliver downlink speeds of up to 10Gbps.

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Mozilla CEO claims Windows 10 browser defaults override user choice

Mozilla CEO Chris Beard isn't happy about Windows 10 -- not the OS itself, but rather the way Microsoft is making its new Edge browser the default choice, even on upgraded systems where Firefox or Chrome was previously the default.

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Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak call for autonomous weapon ban

While the idea of robotic assassins might be fun for sci-fi action flicks, it isn't a joke to the brightest minds of our time. Together, they've signed a letter asking countries around the world to ban the development of autonomous weapons systems.

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Amazon’s $5 push-to-buy Dash buttons are here

Amazon has started shipping its push-to-buy Dash dongle, enabling you to grab common household items with a simple press of a button. Each one costs $5, with 18 brands to choose from.

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Want to argue about politics and religion? Take it to this new social network

If you shy away from discussing big topics like politics, religion, and social news on the big-name social networks, but are still keen to make your voice heard, you'll want Roust. The new, invite-only social network positively encourages it.

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German privacy group pushes Facebook to allow the use of pseudonyms

Facebook insists on its users presenting their real name. A German privacy group takes issue with the policy and believes it to be a violation of privacy. Hamburg Data Protection Authority intends get users the right to use pseudonyms.

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Looking to rent a nice summer home? There’s a site for that

Not all of us can afford a summer home, but if you want to rent one, you've likely been to sites like VRBO and Homeaway. Tripping.com aggregates all these listings in one place, and just secured $16 million in funding.

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