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My 10 favorite Reddit pumpkins for Halloween

My favorite part of Halloween is seeing all the creative pumpkins people carve every year, and one of the best places to find these creative pumpkins is Reddit. So I did the search work for you, and assembled my 10 favorites.

Ebola.com owner wants to sell domain name for $150,000

It’s hard to believe that in the midst of this devastating Ebola outbreak, individuals could be looking to gain a monetary profit from the tragedy. But then again, that’s people for you. So while nurses and doctors are risking their lives to treat the onslaught of Ebola-infected individuals, entrepreneur Jon Schultz is hoping to sell his domain Ebola.com for $150,000.

DuckDuckGo search engine blocked in China

China has blocked DuckDuckGo, the privacy-centric search engine. The service has become popular over the past two years in response to the NSA revelations and claims that Google may not be very safe for people trying to protect their privacy. DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg confirmed that the block had been established, but it is not clear why the Chinese government is targeting DuckDuckGo.

Wikipedia wins fight against brands paying for positive entries

The Wikimedia Foundation, which is responsible for Wikipedia, has won a small but noteworthy victory against paid-editing services.

Flickr to launch new commercial licensing program amidst competition

Yahoo’s photo-sharing and storage service, Flickr, has just announced the rollout of a new licensing program whose purpose is to help its users have their work discovered by the right agencies and generate revenue through commercial licensing.

UK justifies large GCHQ data collection program

Charles Farr, the United Kingdom’s top security official, has published a justification for the GCHQ’s data collection program that was revealed by Edward Snowden’s leaks. The program collects emails and posts on sites like Facebook and Twitter, yet the GCHQ doesn’t use specific warrants to collect the data. Farr’s justification for the lack of specific warrants is that those communications are “external” and detailed warrants are only ever necessary when dealing with internal communications between British citizens.

Amazon expanding into local services

Amazon wants to take over everything. Whether you are trying to get your groceries, books, or electronics, Amazon now has a way for you to do that from a computer. The next step for the online retailer is reportedly local services like babysitters, according to sources close to the company. Reuters says that Amazon will move into the local services industry in a way that is similar to Amazon Fresh and will start in just one market for a test run.

Kickstarter adjusts rules to let more campaigns in

Those who have tried to launch Kickstarter campaigns in the past will agree that the approval process can be very difficult to get through, but at the same time, that approval process is one of the best things about the crowdfunding website. Kickstarter is now changing its rules to completely remove the traditional approval process which will allow people to post their projects on the site without sending them to a moderator first.

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Torrentz.eu domain closed with UK police order

One of the most popular search engines for pirated content, Torrentz.eu, has lost its primary domain name due to an order from the UK police. Major internet service providers (ISPs) inside of the UK have been blocking the Torrentz.eu domain for a while and taking it offline will make it more difficult for people to search the web for legal and illegal torrents.

Alibaba investing in Singapore’s postal service

Alibaba and Singapore’s national postal service provider SingPost have signed a deal that will see the e-commerce giant investing $249 million into the postal service. The goal of Alibaba’s investment seems to be securing new expansion areas and with the SingPost deal, it will have access to entirely new routes of shipping, faster last-mile delivery, and other logistics capabilities.

Amazon confirms Hachette book controversy

Amazon has confirmed that due to contract negotiations that are still underway, it is currently limiting the supply of Hachette books and their availability. For the time being, Amazon says that customers will no longer be able to pre-order any upcoming titles from the publisher and any orders will be placed with the retailer and then with Hachette, resulting in far slower shipping times and no discounts.

Rap Genius co-founder leaves company for comments about California shooter

One of Rap Genius’ three co-founders, Mahbod Moghadam, has stepped down from his position at the site after he made insensitive and disgusting comments on the California mass shooter’s manifesto.