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15 October 2017

Why Tech is Starting to Make Me Uneasy (New York Times)

It’s gadget season in the tech world. Think of it like New York Fashion Week, untucked white-man edition.

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Facebook Is Watching You, Belgian Privacy Agency Warns in Court (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. was accused of Big Brother-style snooping on internet users in a fresh attack on the social network by Belgium’s data privacy watchdog.

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Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats (New York Times)

At the start of this decade, the Arab Spring blossomed with the help of social media. That is the sort of story the tech industry loves to tell about itself: It is bringing freedom, enlightenment and a better future for all mankind.

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12 October 2017

Facebook: We want a billion people in VR (BBC News)

In its continued effort to take virtual reality mainstream, Facebook has announced Oculus Go - a standalone headset that will be released in 2018.

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The Frightful Five Want to Rule Entertainment. They Are Hitting Limits. (New York Times)

The tech giants are too big. Other than Donald J. Trump, that’s the defining story of 2017, the meta-narrative lurking beneath every other headline.

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Google and Facebook to be asked to pay to help UK tackle cyberbullying (The Guardian)

Internet companies such as Google and Facebook are to be asked to pay for measures to combat and raise awareness about online bullying and other web dangers, under a UK government internet safety strategy outlined on Wednesday.

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10 October 2017

Twitter Investor Ballmer Says Social Media Companies Can't Police Fake News (Bloomberg)

With big technology companies facing criticism over potential manipulation by Russians trying to influence the U.S. presidential election, Twitter Inc. shareholder and former Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said the companies can’t do more at present to police the spread of fake news.

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Facebook Security Chief Warns of Dangers in Fake-News Solutions (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc.’s chief security officer warned that the fake news problem is more complicated and dangerous to solve than the public thinks.

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British spy boss says cyber security as important as fighting terrorism (Reuters)

Protecting Britain from cyber crime is as important as defending it against terrorism, the head of Britain’s GCHQ spy agency said on Monday.

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Australia warns businesses about sophisticated cyberattacks (The Guardian)

An Australian company with contracting links to national security projects was caught up in one of 47,000 cybercrime incidents across the nation in the past year.

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Google Finds Accounts Connected to Russia Bought Election Ads (New York Times)

Google has found evidence that Russian agents bought ads on its wide-ranging networks in an effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential campaign.

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08 October 2017

Why blogs endure: A study of recent college graduates and motivations for blog readership (First Monday)

Abstract: This paper reports the results from a mixed methods study of recent college graduates who were asked if and why they used blogs as sources for continued learning purposes. Findings are based on 1,651 online survey responses and 63 follow-up telephone interviews with young graduates from 10 U.S. colleges and universities.

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AOL Instant Messenger to Shut Down in December (New York Times)

AOL Instant Messenger, the chat program that connected a generation to their classmates and crushes while guiding them through the early days of digital socializing, will shut down on Dec. 15, its parent company announced on Friday.

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When YouTube Removes Violent Videos, It Impedes Justice (Wired)

Among the half-million hours of video uploaded to YouTube on March 20, 2017, was a disturbing 18-second clip showing a gunman executing three people — bound and facing a wall — on a dusty street, purportedly in Benghazi, Libya.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai: 'I don't know whether humans want change that fast' (The Guardian)

When Sundar Pichai was growing up in Chennai, south-east India, he had to make regular trips to the hospital to pick up his mother’s blood-test results. It took an hour and 20 minutes by bus, and when he got there he would have to stand and queue for an hour, often to be told the results weren’t ready.

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Asphalt helps batteries charge more quickly (BBC News)

Lithium batteries can be made to charge 10 to 20 times faster by using asphalt, suggests US research.

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Pope tells web companies: use profits to protect children (Reuters)

Pope Francis told executives of leading internet companies on Friday to use “their great profits” to defend children from sexual exploitation and other dangers lurking online.

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Australian police sting brings down paedophile forum on dark web (The Guardian)

Australian police secretly operated one of the dark web’s largest child abuse sites for almost a year, posing as its founder in an undercover operation that has triggered arrests and rescues across the globe.

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Scam baiter: Why I risk death threats to expose online cons (BBC News)

In the flesh, Wayne May (not his real name) is an affable gentleman in his late 40s, softly spoken with a lilting Welsh accent. When we meet he's casually dressed in jeans and a Batman T-shirt. He works full-time as a carer.

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US targets anti-Trump activists' Facebook accounts (Al Jazeera)

Two weeks ago, Lacy MacAuley was shocked when she opened her email inbox to find a message informing her that the US Department of Justice had served a warrant to Facebook to access her personal account.

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Chinese factory supplying major laptop brands accused of student labour abuses (The Observer)

The world’s biggest laptop brands rely on Chinese student labourers as young as 16 to work 12-hour days on factory production lines, with their funding and graduation at risk if they fail to comply, a labour watchdog has claimed.

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06 October 2017

Donuts New gTLDs Purring Nicely

Domains Under Management for the new gTLDs operated by Donuts have increased by a third (34%) in the year to the end of August 2017 according to an update posted by Donuts this week.

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We're all connected now, so why is the internet so white and western? (The Guardian)

We recently passed a milestone in the history of human connectivity – people online now ​make up the majority​ of the world’s population. This has largely gone unnoticed, but it is an important moment and not just for statistical reasons.

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The End of Privacy (New York Times)

We learned on Tuesday that three billion Yahoo email accounts were compromised in 2013. In early September, it was Equifax’s 143 million credit reports. Just a few months before that, we learned 198 million United States voter records were leaked online in June.

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05 October 2017

New digital era must ensure prosperity for all (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

Information and communications technologies (ICTs), electronic commerce (e-commerce) and other digital applications are helping a growing number of small businesses and entrepreneurs in developing countries to connect with global markets and open up new ways of generating income. They are being leveraged to promote business, including the empowerment of women as entrepreneurs and traders, and to support productive activities.

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