Ookla 2017 report: global internet speeds are up 30% YoY, as average download speeds for broadband and mobile reach 40 Mbps and 20 Mbps respectively (Rani Molla/Recode)

Rani Molla / Recode: Ookla 2017 report: global internet speeds are up 30% YoY, as average download speeds for broadband and mobile reach 40 Mbps

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Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone private messaging app that replaces the current inbox, in six countries; there is no timeline yet for a global launch (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge: Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone private messaging app that replaces the current inbox, in six countries; there is no

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Global Internet Forum tells EU it will work on removing terrorist content within 1-2 hours of upload; EU says more is needed or will move to legislation in 2018 (Reuters)

Reuters: Global Internet Forum tells EU it will work on removing terrorist content within 1-2 hours of upload; EU says more is needed or will

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As receding Arctic ice opens new paths for fiber internet cables between global finance hubs, remote cities like Point Hope, AK get broadband for the first time (Cecilia Kang/New York Times)

Cecilia Kang / New York Times: As receding Arctic ice opens new paths for fiber internet cables between global finance hubs, remote cities like Point

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