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European Parliament warns against UN internet control

European Parliament warns against UN internet control | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The UN's telecommunications union should not be allowed to take over control of the internet, the European Parliament warns ahead of a key meeting.

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Germany just asked Google to do the impossible: reveal its secret search algorithm

Germany just asked Google to do the impossible: reveal its secret search algorithm | Technoculture | Scoop.it

German justice minister Heiko Maas is calling on Google to become more transparent by disclosing exactly how it ranks search results. This, of course, will simply never happen.

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Apple launches site to help you remove the U2 album from your iTunes

Apple launches site to help you remove the U2 album from your iTunes | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Responding to criticism of the mass giveaway of Songs of Innocence.

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Chinese city launches special lane for cellphone addicts

Chinese city launches special lane for cellphone addicts | Technoculture | Scoop.it

If you’re tired of walking behind someone who’s trudging along as they text, has this Chinese city got the sidewalk for you.

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Facebook vs. drag queens: the social network says drag names can't be used in profiles

On Wednesday, drag queens and similar performers began complaining of problems with their Facebook profiles. Artists from across the country reported being forcibly logged out of their accounts and informed that they would need to update their profiles with their legal names in order to lift the suspension. 

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The history of the mobile phone

The history of the mobile phone | Technoculture | Scoop.it

A look back at the many iterations the mobile phone has gone through over the decades.

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Why terrorists love Twitter

Why terrorists love Twitter | Technoculture | Scoop.it

ISIS and the challenge for social media sites.

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Maybe you should get a NoPhone instead

Maybe you should get a NoPhone instead | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Introducing a phone-shaped block that does nothing — except free you from smartphone shackles.

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The Imitation Game: a stirring look at Turing's tragic life

The Imitation Game: a stirring look at Turing's tragic life | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Alan Turing's life story is unequivocally a tragedy. The Imitation Game, a new biopic that focuses on his accomplishments as a codebreaker during World War II, manages to recognize this while celebrating his formidable legacy.

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One man willingly gave Google his data. See what happened next

One man willingly gave Google his data. See what happened next | Technoculture | Scoop.it
Google requires quid for its quo, but it offers something many don’t: user data access.
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'I want a straight white male gaming convention': how a culture war exploded in the video gaming world

'I want a straight white male gaming convention': how a culture war exploded in the video gaming world | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Zaid Jilani: As a gamer myself, I've seen tensions simmering in the community for years. So #gamergate doesn't shock me at all.

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Why Twitter should not algorithmically curate the timeline

Why Twitter should not algorithmically curate the timeline | Technoculture | Scoop.it

It’s the human judgment of the flock, not the lone bird, that powers it

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Touché: Deadmau5 accuses Disney of pirating his music

Touché: Deadmau5 accuses Disney of pirating his music | Technoculture | Scoop.it

There's an interesting mouse ear battle unfolding between Disney and DJ Deadmau5. Earlier this week the media empire objected to a trademark application the musician filed because of the resemblance with its own logo. In a retaliatory move, Deadmau5 now accuses Disney of pirating his music on their website.

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yes disney never got the copyrights for deadmau5s song moar ghosts and stuff, and has been frowned opon for not doing it earlier in  his career. Fans are upset for disney targeting deadmau5. He hates being put on the spot in a way that puts him out his comfort zone.

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Is anyone actually reading your tweets? Here's how to find out

Is anyone actually reading your tweets? Here's how to find out | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Twitter announced that it’s opening a feature to all users that allows you to see exactly how many people viewed and engaged with each of your tweets, along with a demographic breakdown of your followers and several other analytic tools.

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Google's privacy ethics tour of Europe: a complex balancing act

Google's privacy ethics tour of Europe: a complex balancing act | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Luciano Floridi: Our technologies and their ability to undo may have formed our expectations about how much it is actually reversible in real life.

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Microsoft officially buys Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion

Microsoft officially buys Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Notch and the two other co-founders are set to leave as part of the deal that focuses on mega-hit Minecraft. An investor release claims Microsoft expects to break even on the acquisition by the end of June 2015.

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Dropbox reveals government requests for user information

Dropbox reveals government requests for user information | Technoculture | Scoop.it

More than 250 requests have been made for user information in the first half of 2014, the company’s transparency report revealed.

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Ethical trap: robot paralysed by choice of who to save

Ethical trap: robot paralysed by choice of who to save | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Can a robot learn right from wrong? Attempts to imbue robots, self-driving cars and military machines with a sense of ethics reveal just how hard this is.

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Bruce Sterling's The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things

Bruce Sterling's The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things | Technoculture | Scoop.it

It's a new long-form essay in the tradition of Sterling's must-read, groundbreaking 2005 book Shaping Things, a critical perspective on what it means to have a house full of 'smart' stuff that answers to giant corporations and the states that exert leverage over them.

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​The 12 worst cyborg movies of all time

​The 12 worst cyborg movies of all time | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Before the zombie craze, if you wanted to make a cheap genre movie with a decent shot of making your money back, you made a cyborg film. For some reason, audiences couldn't get enough of these combinations of man and machine, no matter how crappy they were. Here's the proof.

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The speed of Internet Slowdown Day

The speed of Internet Slowdown Day | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Internet companies of all sizes have given support to net neutrality, although with different levels of visibility, and for different reasons.

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The end of the iPod: goodbye to the little box that changed everything

The end of the iPod: goodbye to the little box that changed everything | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The death Tuesday of the iconic iPod just before its 13th birthday went unacknowledged by that company and by a Silicon Valley crowd that wildly applauded the unveiling of a new phone and a smartwatch — products that stood on the slim, metal shoulders of its predecessor.

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With new Apple products, a privacy challenge

With new Apple products, a privacy challenge | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Apple faces two threats: one from hackers looking for ways to steal financial information, and another from regulators interested in ensuring that information gleaned from health monitoring devices stays private.

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Home Depot confirms that it was hacked

Home Depot confirms that it was hacked | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Home Depot confirmed Monday that its systems were hacked. The breach could be the largest theft from a retailer’s computer network.

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The new Luddites: why former digital prophets are turning against tech

The new Luddites: why former digital prophets are turning against tech | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Neo-Luddism began to emerge in the postwar period. First after the emergence of nuclear weapons, and secondly when it became apparent new computer technologies had the power to change our lives completely.

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iCloud hackers planned Flappy Bird clone to steal photos from phones

iCloud hackers planned Flappy Bird clone to steal photos from phones | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Poster on AnonIB board detailed method for stealing photos by putting malicious app in Google Play store.

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