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08 December 2017

Why Has Bitcoin's Price Gone Up So Fast? New York Times

Bitcoin has been in a bull market like few the world has ever seen.

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06 December 2017

Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India? New York Times

Every month, about four million more Indians get online. They include people like Manju, a 35-year-old seamstress in this city of ancient palaces, who got her first internet phone last week.

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05 December 2017

Page Not Found: A Brief History of the 404 Error Wired

The notorious 404 error, “Not Found,” is often, not totally erroneously, referred to as “the last page of the internet.” It’s an obligatory heads-up with an outsize reputation; it is a meme and a punch line. Bad puns abound. The error has been printed in comics and on T-shirts, an accessible and relatable facet of what was once relegated to nerd humor and is now a fact of digital life.

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01 November 2017

Google Has a New Plan for China (and It's Not About Search) Bloomberg

More than seven years after exiting China, Google is taking the boldest steps yet to come back. And it’s not with a search engine.

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08 October 2017

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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13 September 2017

The Terrifying Power of Internet Censors New York Times

After the white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last month where a man drove a car into a crowd, killing a counter-demonstrator, the American neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer published a long, hate-riddled post mocking the victim.

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10 September 2017

Libraries Stand for the Internet's Future and Join the Call to End Shutdowns Internet Society

Human development cannot happen without inclusive access to information. This, along with reading and applying knowledge helps us to make better decisions and to create and innovate. The Internet has brought this much closer. It is easier to create, communicate, and collaborate than ever before. E-commerce has given us new markets, e-journals are allowing us to learn, and e-health is keeping us fit.

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Why workers' rights don't matter in Silicon Valley The Observer

One of the stranger sights of June was watching the titans of Silicon Valley meekly obeying Trump’s summons to a tech summit (dubbed his American Technology Council) at the White House. Those attending included Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Safra Catz of Oracle, Tim Cook of Apple, John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins (the venture-capital firm), Brian Krzanich of Intel, Tom Leighton of Akamai, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Ginni Rometty of IBM, Eric Schmidt of Alphabet (Google’s parent company) and Steve Mollenkopf of Qualcomm. The only tech leader who was invited but explicitly declined was Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and other ventures. (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg cited diary clashes as an explanation for his non-attendance.)

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07 September 2017

Cryptocurrency boom stalls as regulators focus on ICOs The Guardian

The latest cryptocurrency boom is beginning to stall as regulators worldwide turn their attention to the “initial coin offerings”, which have driven a precipitous rise in the sector’s market value reaching a high of $177bn (£136bn).

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25 August 2017

Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn't prepared for its effect on my kids. Washington Post

When my youngest child was born in 2002, the flip phone was still the coolest piece of tech you could get. Now I’m told that all three of my children are part of what demographers are calling iGen.

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21 August 2017

The Unaffordable Urban Paradise MIT Technology Review

Tech startups helped turn a handful of metro areas into megastars. Now they’re tearing those cities apart.

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19 August 2017

The World's Biggest Tech Companies Are No Longer Just American New York Times

The technology world’s $400 billion-and-up club — long a group of exclusively American names like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon — needs to make room for two Chinese members.

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16 August 2017

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle BBC News

The facility is set to be created at the Norwegian town of Ballangen, which is located inside the Arctic Circle.

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25 July 2017

For Alphabet, a Record Fine is Both a Footnote and a Warning New York Times

Not many companies can turn a $2.7 billion fine into a financial footnote. But that is what Google’s parent company, Alphabet, did with its quarterly earnings. The results, announced on Monday, were a microcosm of the opportunities and the risks in front of the company. On one hand, it was hitting on all cylinders with its core search engine. Its various internet services were as essential as ever with the shift to smartphones. And its YouTube video platform was shaking off a short-lived boycott by big brands.

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04 July 2017

Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment New York Times

More than two dozen women in the tech start-up industry spoke to The New York Times about being sexually harassed by investors and mentors.

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27 June 2017

With Alphabet, Google faces a daunting challenge: organizing itself Reuters

Google’s self-professed mission is to organize the world’s information. But a company known for engineering excellence is still trying to solve the very human problem of how to organize itself.

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22 June 2017

How Battling Brands Online Has Gained Urgency, and Impact New York Times

Until last week, Travis Kalanick, a founder of Uber and its chief executive, ruled his company absolutely. That was the Silicon Valley way; ever since Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple in the 1980s, tech founders have demanded, and been awarded, enormous deference by investors and corporate boards. So even as successive waves of scandal have hit Uber, Mr. Kalanick’s position looked safe.

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24 May 2017

How Microsoft Is Defending Refugee Minors Facing Deportation Forbes

Microsoft President Brad Smith recalls that the decision to support immigration and refugees seemed natural when he created a pro-bono program for Microsoft lawyers in 2002. "We have employees in Washington State that have come here from 157 countries," says Smith. "So we thought it was very consistent with the company’s own employee base and the way we look at the world."

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07 April 2017

Tech companies must do more to avoid using minerals tainted by rights abuses The Guardian

Tech firms trying to avoid using “conflict minerals” will need to work harder to keep them out of smartphones and tablets.

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04 April 2017

Teenagers think Google is cool, study by Google finds The Guardian

Today’s teenagers think Google and Google brands are cool, research funded by Google has found.

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06 March 2017

Typo blamed for Amazon's internet-crippling outage The Guardian

Amazon has blamed the outage of its S3 web service, which took down many different sites, services and devices across the internet, on a typo.

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17 February 2017

Zuckerberg: my Facebook manifesto to re-boot globalisation BBC News

Mark Zuckerberg has revealed deep-seated concerns that the tide is turning against globalisation.

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06 November 2016

How LinkedIn Drove a Wedge Between Microsoft and Salesforce New York Times

This is a story of love lost after a fight over social media. Today, Microsoft and Salesforce are archrivals that recently battled each other to buy the social network LinkedIn -- hungry for its troves of highly personalized data about businesspeople. When Microsoft won, Salesforce threw cold water on the acquisition by saying it would violate European antimonopoly laws.

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24 October 2016

Google and Facebook contribute zero economic value. That’s a big problem for trade. Washington Post

How much value do free online services contribute to the U.S. economy? Ask any user of Google, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, and the answer would most likely be, "A lot." But according to every statistic created by the U.S. government, the answer is actually zero.

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28 September 2016

When is Google's birthday? Surely Google knows. You do know, right, Google? The Guardian

What's that Google? It's your 18th birthday today? Happy birthday Google! You're now old enough to drink in Britain. Though the existence of Google Plus suggests you've been quietly breaking that law for a while now.

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