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Netflix's streaming service is flat-out awesome. It lets you stream movies and TV shows to your TV, computer, phone or iPad, all for a pretty cheap monthly fee. The problem? It may be too awesome. We knew that they sucked up 20% of internet traffic, but did you kow that it's a mere 2% of Netflix customers accounting for all that bandwidth?
 
Ah, GeoCities. Before Yahoo shut it down last year, it was a way for millions of people to create free websites. Launched in 1994, it was one of the first places to offer such a service, and had a big hand in the development of the web. And soon you'll be able to download GeoCities. All 900GB of it.
 
When was the last time you signed in to MySpace? Not in a long, long time, I'm guessing. The once-dominant social networking site has been in a state of steady decline for the last few years as Facebook as cemented itself as the de facto place where people go to stalk their exes online.
 
When sharing something online, I often face the ambivalent choice of whether to post it on Twitter of Facebook. With Twitter you can reach more people but it only supports linking, whereas a Facebook update can have pretty embedded photos and videos. Yesterday Twitter rolled out some new features, however, that make the two services more alike.
 
Free WiFi is a good thing, and these days you can find it at all over the place from McDonald's to Starbucks, but what if you're out in the park to catch some fresh air? Now there's a plan to cover 32 of New York City's parks with free WiFi, provided by Cablevision and Time Warner in exchange a ten year extension of their city cable contracts.
 
If you charge someone for something they can get for free elsewhere, a lot of people won't pay. That's the simple reality of it. You pay for a newspaper, sure, but would you, say, subscribe to The Wall Street Journal online, when you could just read blogs? Rupert Murdoch tried to make that happen, but now everyone who isn't him hates it.
 
Social-news site Digg, apparently in the hope of not needing people to describe it as a "social-news site" when talking about it, completely revamped its website last week. Since then its users have been in open revolt, going so far as gaming the site to steer Digg visitors to competitor Reddit. What's all the fuss about? We've distilled the drama into a graphical timeline.

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