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Why a proxy server can't protect you like a VPN can

Getty Images/iStockphoto A reader recently sent me this question: Why do I need a VPN? Isn’t a proxy server good enough? I’ve written a number of articles on VPNs, as well as CNET’s directory of the best VPN services, and so I get lots of interesting questions. Over time, I’ll ...

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A batch of SNES Classic Editions goes on sale tomorrow

If you’ve had bad luck so far in trying to nab an SNES Classic Edition, you’ll have a fresh chance tomorrow. Two major retailers have announced they have stock in hand and will be selling it starting October 11. GameStop and ThinkGeek will both have undisclosed numbers available for sale ...

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Net neutrality: Key zero rating decision made by Germany

The German telecommunications regulator has issued a long-awaited decision on Deutsche Telekom’s “zero-rated” StreamOn offers, ruling that the scheme is legal, but the company must make some modifications. Zero-rating is the practice of offering free data for certain services but not others — those offers where you might get to ...

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IGN acquires pay-what-you-want game shop Humble Bundle

Online media giant IGN has acquired Humble Bundle, the indie games storefront best known for its pay-what-you-want bundles that raise money for charity. The company says nothing will change for users and that “we will keep our own office, culture, and amazing team with IGN helping us further our plans.” ...

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Fandango is acquiring rival online ticketer MovieTickets.com

A consolidation in the advance movie ticketing space is happening today, with Fandango’s announcement that it’s acquiring rival MovieTickets.com for an undisclosed sum. The deal, which is expected to close before year-end, will help Fandango expand its international footprint, particularly in Latin America, as well as bring new cinemas to ...

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