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4. Netflix actually got faster after it opened its wallet
Popular television streaming service Netflix agreed earlier in late February week to pay Comcast to ensure its video content streams as fast as it should, even though Netflix will not receive any extra bandwidth for the privilege of coughing up the dough. After the video streaming firm opened its wallet (though it declined Verizon's kind offer for the same treatment) Netflix actually got faster, according to its latest speed rankings. For now, Comcast customers may see a little relief for the rights to access certain exclusive content on the Internet streaming service.
5. Senators don't mind government surveillance, so long as they're exempt
Oh, the hypocrisy — which many were to point out, including whistleblower Edward Snowden — that chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) supported the NSA spying on Americans, but loses her mind when the CIA searched congressional computers. The accusations were that the CIA secretly removed documents from committee members' computers in response to an investigation into activities by the intelligence agency. CIA director John Brennan denied the agency snooped on lawmaker's computers, however.
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6. NSA 'hijacked' malware, botnets to grab passwords, crack VPN encryption
Another day, yet another story about the National Security Agency's mass surveillance machine. The latest documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, published by The Intercept, cite 2009-dated slides that suggest the NSA was able to piggyback off malware and botnets and infiltrate a huge number of computers. So-called 'implants' were able to crack virtual-private networking (VPN) encryption, and others were able to siphon off Web browsing history and passwords. The NSA rebuffed the report as "inaccurate," denying it used its tools to "impersonate U.S. company websites."
Image: The Intercept/NSA