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How Does A Virtual Private Network (VPN) Work? A Complete Explication

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A VPN is an ever-evolving network technology that hides your identity, location, and data on the web — protecting your security as you surf. But just what is a VPN? How does it work? And why do so many people use them today? This comprehensive blog post will explain everything about them.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth , well not exactly

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Ridgewood NJ, Bay Area startup Earthgrid says it’s developing a plasma boring robot that can dig underground tunnels 100x faster and up to 98% cheaper than existing tech, and it plans to use it to start re-wiring America’s energy, internet and utilities grids.

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Which countries are attacking the freedom of the Internet?


Bad news, Freedom House, a Washington-based independent research group, shows that Internet freedom diminished in the world for eight years in a row. Interestingly, three post-Soviet countries (Estonia and Georgia) made it into the top ten. Unfortunately, governments around the world, no matter if it is a democracy or dictatorship, are increasingly using technology as a tool for manipulating elections or their citizen’s beliefs. 

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Simple Tricks to Find the Best ISPs in Your Area You Should Know


A smooth internet connection can allow you to carry out your online business, education, and work without a break. It can also help you enjoy a smooth video call with your loved ones. You can also partake in a webinar without facing any issues such as disconnection or poor voice quality. However, at times, you may have limited options. Only a few ISPs may be present in your area of residence. Don’t worry! you can easily select a provider that is reliable, cost-effective, and popular. 

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Verizon Internet Outages Impact North Jersey

Ridgewood NJ, Verizon reported intermittent internet effecting  internet access  on the east coast . Verizon customers across huge parts of the East Coast experienced internet outages early Tuesday afternoon, and continued intermittently through  Thursday  with problems concentrated in major metropolitan areas. Close to 22,400 people reported trouble accessing their usual Verizon services at around 12 p.m. ET, according to data collected by Downdetector, which tracks and maps national outages.

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3 Key Ways to Make Money Online

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People have been making big money online ever since the first few years after the internet was discovered. However, only a handful of people utilized this opportunity until the last two decades or so. The phenomenon became even more explosive after the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, and many people were left jobless or working from home. But to get away from the brief trip down memory lane, what are some of the most effective ways to make money via the internet?

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Attorney General William P. Barr : Civil Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Against Google


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Washington DC, Attorney General William P. Barr released the following statement:

“This morning the Department of Justice, along with eleven states, filed a civil lawsuit against Google for unlawfully maintaining a monopoly in general search services and search advertising in violation of the U.S. antitrust laws.  This is a monumental case for the Department of Justice and, more importantly, for the American consumer.

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Rutgers study found Smartphones Are Lowering Students’ Grades

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“Smartphones” make you stupid 

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New Brunswick NJ, The ease of finding information on the internet is hurting students’ long-term retention and resulting in lower grades on exams, according to a Rutgers University–New Brunswick study.

The study, published in the journal Educational Psychology, found that smartphones seem to be the culprit. Students who received higher homework but lower exam scores — a half to a full letter grade lower on exams — were more likely to get their homework answers from the internet or another source rather than coming up with the answer themselves.

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Reader says “The internet livin is toxic “


Not TRUE. I was told that if someone, say a child, puts in Google the word “breast,” say the child is wanting to find out about his mother’s breast cancer, he will get porno links. Those he may investigate, not knowing what they are. Many other words LEAD to porn. As I said, the best way to avoid the negative effects of internet, is to do what Bill Gates does with his school children: no internet. DUH. By the time a kid is a senior in high school he/she can pick up the internet then , very quickly. But gee whiz, guys, how did Einstein and company invent all our modern miracles without the Internet. How did Jonas Salk discover the vaccine that eliminated polio without the internet. . I bet the internet weakens or does eye damage too. Yes there are some advantages, but more negatives by far. Going to library to look something up in a book or Encyclopedia was far better way of learning. I would hazard a bet that you Remembered the material better too. Why. Because for one your body had to move. Muscle to brain connection. And you didn’t read a lot of other stuff afterward. Your brain wasn’t over whelmed. You opened the encyclopedia, wrote it down, and then went on to something else in life, and your brain remembered it. The internet leads to over consumption, buying crap you don’t need , depleting the environment. I mean , hey, your sittin on your fat ass, surfin, then you get bored and sluggish and then BUY stuff on Amazon etc. And then you open the crap packages. And then you get bored and then the cycle continues. Walkin to the library, openin the encyclopedia with your hands and arms. Readin letters that are comfortable for your eyes, writing down , walkin home, and then maybe playin a ball game or sompin. Now that is healthy livin. The internet livin is toxic.

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Downed Tree Limb takes out Power ,Internet and Phone Services in Hawthorne

Downed Tree Limb takes out Power ,Internet and Phone Services in Hawthorne

July 20,2017

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Hawthorne NJ, Hawthorne Police and Fire personnel responded to a downed tree limb in front of 124 Maitland Avenue, Hawthorne on Wednesday afternoon, 07/19. The fallen limb blocked the roadway and took out electric, internet/phone, and cable TV service to one (1) home on the street. Hawthorne DPW workers cleared the roadway after a PSE&G troubleshooter cut the dropped electric line. No injuries were reported.

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US cuts cord on internet oversight


AFP•October 1, 2016

Washington (AFP) – The US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity.

The US Commerce Department announced that its contract had expired with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet’s so-called “root zone.”

That leaves ICANN as a self-regulating organization that will be operated by the internet’s “stakeholders” — engineers, academics, businesses, non-government and government groups.

The move is part of a decades-old plan by the US to “privatize” the internet, and backers have said it would help maintain its integrity around the world.

US and ICANN officials have said the contract had given Washington a symbolic role as overseer or the internet’s “root zone” where new online domains and addresses are created.

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September 22,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Presidential candidate Donald Trump opposes President Obama’s plan to cede control of the internet .

“Donald J. Trump is committed to preserving Internet freedom for the American people and citizens all over the world. The U.S. should not turn control of the Internet over to the United Nations and the international community. President Obama intends to do so on his own authority – just 10 days from now, on October 1st, unless Congress acts quickly to stop him. The Republicans in Congress are admirably leading a fight to save the Internet this week, and need all the help the American people can give them to be successful. Hillary Clinton’s Democrats are refusing to protect the American people by not protecting the Internet.

The U.S. created, developed and expanded the Internet across the globe. U.S. oversight has kept the Internet free and open without government censorship – a fundamental American value rooted in our Constitution’s Free Speech clause. Internet freedom is now at risk with the President’s intent to cede control to international interests, including countries like China and Russia, which have a long track record of trying to impose online censorship. Congress needs to act, or Internet freedom will be lost for good, since there will be no way to make it great again once it is lost.” – Stephen Miller, National Policy Director

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An Internet Giveaway to the U.N.

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If the U.S. abdicates internet stewardship, the United Nations might take control.

Aug. 28, 2016 5:52 p.m. ET

When the Obama administration announced its plan to give up U.S. protection of the internet, it promised the United Nations would never take control. But because of the administration’s naiveté or arrogance, U.N. control is the likely result if the U.S. gives up internet stewardship as planned at midnight on Sept. 30.

On Friday Americans for Limited Government received a response to its Freedom of Information Act request for “all records relating to legal and policy analysis . . . concerning antitrust issues for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers” if the U.S. gives up oversight. The administration replied it had “conducted a thorough search for responsive records within its possession and control and found no records responsive to your request.”

It’s shocking the administration admits it has no plan for how Icann retains its antitrust exemption. The reason Icann can operate the entire World Wide Web root zone is that it has the status of a legal monopolist, stemming from its contract with the Commerce Department that makes Icann an “instrumentality” of government.