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Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers

Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers | Technoculture | Scoop.it

At its simplest, a cyborg is a being with both biological and artificial parts: metal, electrical, mechanical, or robotic. The construct is familiar to almost everyone through popular culture, perhaps most spectacularly in the recent Iron Man films.

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How we've paid for music from 1983 to today

How we've paid for music from 1983 to today | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In 30 years, the music industry has moved from vinyl singles, to cassettes, to CDs, to downloads, to music subscriptions.

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RIP, MSN Messenger: Microsoft kills old-school chat app

RIP, MSN Messenger: Microsoft kills old-school chat app | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In news that is sure to make you feel old, Microsoft is officially killing its 15-year-old instant messaging program. Windows Live Messenger— formerly MSN Messenger— will soon go the way of Friendster, Google Reader and Facebook Poke.

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The death of film: after Hollywood goes digital, what happens to movies?

The death of film: after Hollywood goes digital, what happens to movies? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

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City of London Police reject FOIA request for their dealings with copyright lobbyists

City of London Police reject FOIA request for their dealings with copyright lobbyists | Technoculture | Scoop.it

They say they have so much correspondence with the industry, and are apparently so incompetent at searching their own records, that they can't fulfil the request without being unduly burdened, and thus they are not required to comply with the Freedom of Information request.

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Twelve Tomorrows: science fiction inspired by today's new technologies

Twelve Tomorrows: science fiction inspired by today's new technologies | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Inspired by the real-life breakthroughs covered in the pages of MIT Technology Review, renowned writers William Gibson, Pat Cadigan, Cory Doctorow, and Christopher Brown join the hottest emerging authors from around the world to envision the future of the Internet, biotechnology, computing, and more.

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Why the economics of the Internet look totally different in North America

Why the economics of the Internet look totally different in North America | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Peering rates in North America are among the lowest in the world, according to the networking company Cloudflare.

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How social media silences debate

How social media silences debate | Technoculture | Scoop.it

People have always tended to surround themselves with like-minded people, but the Internet makes doing so easier than ever before, a study finds.

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Algorithm tweaks don't change the bottom line: Facebook is in charge of what you see

Algorithm tweaks don't change the bottom line: Facebook is in charge of what you see | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Facebook’s latest update to its ranking algorithm is supposedly designed to combat 'clickbait' headlines in the content shared on the network — but all it does is reinforce how little we know about how Facebook decides what we see and don’t see.

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What does Amazon hope to gain from Twitch?

What does Amazon hope to gain from Twitch? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Twitch undoubtedly boasts very firm underpinnings. Since it was spun off from its general-purpose video counterpart Justin.tv, this 'YouTube of streaming gameplay' has become little short of a phenomenon.

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Smartphone stress: are you a victim of 'always on' culture?

Smartphone stress: are you a victim of 'always on' culture? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

For some people, portable connected devices have liberated them from the constraints of the nine-to-five. For many others though, smartphones have become tyrants in our pockets, never allowing us to switch off, relax and recharge our batteries.

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Humans of New York goes global

Humans of New York goes global | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The creator of the popular photography blog Humans of New York, which focuses on street life in the city, is now documenting the everyday lives of people near trouble spots around the world.

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Should Twitter, Facebook and Google executives be the arbiters of what we see and read?

Should Twitter, Facebook and Google executives be the arbiters of what we see and read? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Glenn Greenwald: There’s plainly nothing illegal about Twitter, Facebook and the like suppressing whatever ideas they choose to censor. But as a prudential matter, the private/public dichotomy is not as clean when it comes to tech giants that now control previously unthinkable amounts of global communications.

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Aphex Twin announces SYRO, his first LP since 2001, on the deep Web

Aphex Twin announces SYRO, his first LP since 2001, on the deep Web | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Blimps, tags, and .onion links portend a new record for Warp.

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The Star Wars George Lucas doesn't want you to see

The Star Wars George Lucas doesn't want you to see | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The original 1977 version of the saga is nearly impossible to find, so these fans made their own. 

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Are we more narcissistic than ever before?

Are we more narcissistic than ever before? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Selfies, social media and video challenges - society is becoming inundated with the me, myself and I.

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How William Gibson coined 'cyberspace'

How William Gibson coined 'cyberspace' | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The moment when fragments of reality were 'mushed together' to describe a new realm.

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ICReach: how the NSA built its own secret Google

ICReach: how the NSA built its own secret Google | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a 'Google-like' search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and Internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.

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Here's what happens when you let the Internet curate an art museum

Here's what happens when you let the Internet curate an art museum | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Have you ever visited an art exhibit and thought, 'I could do better than that'? Soon enough, visitors to Seattle's Frye Art Museum will get to see whether or not the inkling is right thanks to #SocialMuseum — an exhibition built entirely through selections made via social media.

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Facebook brought clickbait into this world, and now it's trying to take it out

Facebook brought clickbait into this world, and now it's trying to take it out | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In a blog post Monday, the company announced a change to the algorithms that govern what you see in your Facebook news feed. The change is aimed at filtering out 'click-baiting headlines' — that is, headlines that entice people to click on them, but lead to stories that fail to satisfy.

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What makes the Hanx Writer click?

What makes the Hanx Writer click? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Tom Hanks taps into nostalgia for typewriters with his new, surprisingly popular app.

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The evolution of chat

The evolution of chat | Technoculture | Scoop.it

New features in software programs like Slack let people go on tangents and have side conversations more easily — more like talking out loud.

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A gorgeous videogame where the levels are made from infographics

A gorgeous videogame where the levels are made from infographics | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Metrico, a new game from Dutch game design studio Digital Dreams (for PS Vita), is replacing conventional videogame landscapes with infographics.

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Six alternative Web browsers you should know about

Six alternative Web browsers you should know about | Technoculture | Scoop.it

How many Web browsers are you familiar with? Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera have the vast majority of users, but hundreds of other browsers exist. Are they any good? Here’s a closer look.

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The navy is tracking ocean sounds collected by scientists

The navy is tracking ocean sounds collected by scientists | Technoculture | Scoop.it

A network of Internet-connected undersea microphones is picking up more than whale songs.

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Most US businesses don't know they were caught up in massive cyberattack

Most US businesses don't know they were caught up in massive cyberattack | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Is your payment information safe? It's hard to know, considering many companies hit by the same cyberattack that hit Target don't even know it.

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