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Mapping the Internet is no easy feat. Ruslan Enikeev took up the challenge and whipped up this interactive map that charts 350,000 websites with 2 million links from 196 different countries. It probably won't surprise you which website giants dominate the Internet.
 
Google Fiber, the company's 1 gigabyte-per-second network that's "100 times faster than today's average broadband," just finished rolling out in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Or, rather, Fiber finished rolling out in just the pair of Kansas cities. This is what your net on Google looks — or could look — like.
 
Technology is a wonderful thing, but in the words of Spider-Man's Uncle Ben, "With great power, comes great responsibility." If we are not careful, the technology we know and love could be used against us, even subtly. In the year 1984, Apple thought IBM was the bringer of "Big Brother." In reality, the technology of today better resembles George Orwell's dystopian vision than a 1980s era PC. Every day we are in the process of becoming a more connected society. With social networks, cloud computing and even more specific, less-thought-about tech such as Internet-connected home surveillance systems, we may find ourselves in a delicate balance of trust and paranoia.
 
Want to know why your cell phone service sucks all the time? Phone companies will tell you: it's bandwidth, man. The wireless spectrum is getting crowded and there's just not enough room. What's needed is a new way to cram more data into the same amount of space, and the solution might be to twist multiple light beams together into a vortex.
 
Newly-IPO'd Facebook just made a bewildering mistake that's going to piss a lot of users off. Remember Facebook email? Of course you don't. In a stunning move, Facebook apparently just changed the contact info for every user from a user-assigned email address to @facebook. Here's how you switch it back.

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