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26 October 2017

Will Facebook Kill All Future Facebooks? (Wired)

In 2010, Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai believed that his company, and several other social-media upstarts—Twitter, Tumblr, Path—could carve out successful niches against Facebook.

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EU privacy regulators increase pressure on WhatsApp over data sharing (Reuters)

European Union privacy regulators rapped WhatsApp on the knuckles for not resolving their concerns over the messaging service’s sharing of user data with parent company Facebook, (FB.O) a year after they first issued a warning.

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Can Washington Stop Big Tech Companies? Don't Bet on It (New York Times)

The tech giants are too big. They’re getting bigger. We can stop them. But in all likelihood, we won’t.

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Can Washington Stop Big Tech Companies? Don't Bet on It (New York Times)

The tech giants are too big. They’re getting bigger. We can stop them. But in all likelihood, we won’t.

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25 October 2017

Twitter promises more ad transparency (BBC News)

Twitter has pledged to make advertising more transparent as it attempts to fend off proposed new regulations.

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5G will be a convenient but expensive alternative to Australia's NBN (The Conversation)

Will Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) face damaging competition from the upcoming 5G network? NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow thinks so.

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Microsoft to drop lawsuit after U.S. government revises data request rules (Reuters)

Microsoft Corp said it will drop a lawsuit against the U.S. government after the Department of Justice (DOJ) changed data request rules on alerting internet users about agencies accessing their information.

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Microsoft to drop lawsuit after U.S. government revises data request rules (Reuters)

Microsoft Corp said it will drop a lawsuit against the U.S. government after the Department of Justice (DOJ) changed data request rules on alerting internet users about agencies accessing their information.

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Facebook Risks EU-Wide Privacy Fights After Setback at Top Court (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. could be in the firing line of data privacy regulators across the European Union if the bloc’s top court follows the opinion of an adviser who said the social media giant may be policed by authorities in the country where users are based.

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24 October 2017

How the Appetite for Emojis Complicates the Effort to Standardize the World's Alphabets (New York Times)

Anshuman Pandey was intrigued. A graduate student in history at the University of Michigan, he was searching online for forgotten alphabets of South Asia when an image of a mysterious writing system popped up. In eight years of digging through British colonial archives both real and digital, he has found almost 200 alphabets across Asia that were previously undescribed in the West, but this one, which he came across in early 2011, stumped him. Its sinuous letters, connected to one another in cursive fashion and sometimes bearing dots and slashes above or below, resembled those of Arabic.

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Battery drain: You're charging your smartphone wrong (New Zealand Herald)

Many of us are left frustrated at the sight of our smartphones about to die.

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Meet the People Who Will Defend Google, Facebook and Twitter Before Lawmakers (New York Times)

Facebook, Google and Twitter have a lot at stake when they show up in Washington on Nov. 1 to testify at congressional hearings about the role their technologies played in Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

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Amazon, Facebook and Google beef up lobbying spending (Washington Post)

Facebook, Google and Amazon bolstered their lobbying spending in the past three months as Washington has taken a closer look at the market power of some of America's biggest tech companies.

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23 October 2017

Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce A.I. Talent (New York Times)

Silicon Valley’s start-ups have always had a recruiting advantage over the industry’s giants: Take a chance on us and we’ll give you an ownership stake that could make you rich if the company is successful.

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How Social Media Endangers Knowledge (The Guardian)

Wikipedia, one of the last remaining pillars of the open and decentralized web, is in existential crisis.

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How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media (New York Times)

Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney’s Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories. The police were lying. There were multiple shooters in the hotel, not just one. The sheriff was covering for casino owners to preserve their business.

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Tech giants face Congress as showdown over Russia election meddling looms (New York Times)

A showdown is looming in Washington between Congress and the powerful social media companies that have helped define the current unsettled age in western democracies.

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19 October 2017

Automation will affect one in five jobs across the UK, says study (The Guardian)

Workers in the constituency of shadow chancellor John McDonnell are at the highest risk of seeing their jobs automated in the looming workplace revolution that will affect at least one in five employees in all parliamentary seats, according to new research.

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Child sex abuse rising with Internet use in Southeast Asia (Reuters)

Rising internet use in Southeast Asia is fuelling the spread of material that is abusive and sexually exploitative of children, particularly as growing numbers of young people put footage of themselves online, an Australian police expert said on Tuesday.

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'First 5G mobile net connection' claimed by Qualcomm (BBC News)

Qualcomm has demonstrated mobile internet speeds of 1Gbps using a 5G smartphone chip.

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Has the Australian Government Got Fed up With auDA?

The Australian Government has ordered a review into the operations of the .au policy and regulatory body, auDA. Could it be that after 2 years or turmoil and mismanagement that the government has had enough?

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17 October 2017

'All wifi networks' are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers (The Guardian)

The security protocol used to protect the vast majority of wifi connections has been broken, potentially exposing wireless internet traffic to malicious eavesdroppers and attacks, according to the researcher who discovered the weakness.

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The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More. (New York Times)

When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them. They were digitally looting an account of the Bangladesh Central Bank, when bankers grew suspicious about a withdrawal request that had misspelled “foundation” as “fandation.”

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As U.S. Confronts Internet's Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated (New York Times)

In the United States, some of the world’s most powerful technology companies face rising pressure to do more to fight false information and stop foreign infiltration.

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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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