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Ian is an independent writer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. His current focus is on all things tech including mobile devices, desktop and laptop computers, software, social networks, Web apps, tech-related legislation and corporate tech news.

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The 10 biggest security stories of 2015

We saw major cyberespionage groups uncovered, the most embarrassing data breach in history, an unbelievable Android flaw, and incredibly stupid decisions from two major PC makers.

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Error 451 is the new Ray Bradbury-inspired HTTP code for online censorship

The web has a Ray Bradbury-inspired status code that tells you when content you want to see is blocked due to "legal obstacles."

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Force Block protects you against Star Wars spoilers

The Force Awakens is here and the Internet is now a minefield of spoilers. This Chrome extension helps keep you spoiler-free until you're ready to see the movie yourself.

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T-Mobile tempts Verizon users to switch with a free one-year Hulu subscription

T-Mobile is going after Verizon customers in its latest deal with a free, one year subscription to Hulu for customers who switch to the "Un-carrier."

Chrome's notification center is the latest casualty in the war against browser bloat

Chrome's notification center is no more, which is a good thing since few people actually used the feature, according to Google.

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The Tor Project seeks broader public support through a crowdfunding drive

Details were sparse, but the Tor Project's funding drive will likely help improve its technology and make important anonymity tools easier to use and more widely available.

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Mozilla cuts Firefox's tab groups and complete themes

Firefox is doing away with features that aren't used by many and take a lot of effort to maintain.

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Google embraces the dark side with Star Wars themes for YouTube, Chrome, Maps, Android Wear, and more

Gmail, Maps, YouTube, and more all have Star Wars themes letting you show if you've conquered your fear or let hate consume you.

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New EFF website highlights content that social networks don't want you to see

We all know there are restrictions on what kind of content you can put on social networks, but how far do the restrictions go?

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How to protect your Amazon account with two-factor authentication

Amazon quietly added two-factor authentication as a security option for account holders in recent weeks. Here's how to activate it.

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😱 Oxford Dictionaries selects 'face with tears of joy' emoji as word of the year

Oxford Dictionaries has selected its word of the year and it's one that will make you go 😱.

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Firefox finally comes to iOS

If you use Firefox on a Mac or Windows you can finally get your browser of choice on iOS.

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Yahoo rolls out slick new search results exclusively for U.S. Firefox users

Yahoo really wants U.S. Firefox users to stick with Yahoo as their default search engine. So much so, the company is willing to provide everyone else a sub-par experience on the desktop.

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Tasty! Activision snaps up Candy Crush maker King for $5.9 billion

Activision Blizzard is paying through the nose for King Digital Entertainment to get access to the company's nearly half a billion mobile gamers.

Snapchat clarifies privacy policies after terms of service change freaks out users

Snapchat is the latest social network to end up on the wrong end of Internet outrage after changing the language of its terms of service and privacy policy.