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EU countries may fine Google over changes to privacy policy

EU countries may fine Google over changes to privacy policy | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Google faces a string of fines after the U.K., France, Italy, and Germany complete investigations into the search giant's revisions to its privacy policy.

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Hackers hit the IRS and make off with 100K taxpayers' files

Hackers hit the IRS and make off with 100K taxpayers' files | Technoculture | Scoop.it

On Tuesday the IRS admitted that it had been the target of a breach that compromised 100,000 taxpayers' files.

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Introducing a new set of emoji, including ROFL, facepalm and croissant

Introducing a new set of emoji, including ROFL, facepalm and croissant | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The 'Unicode Consortium' has revealed a shortlist of 38 new characters as candidates that could be added to the emoji lexicon in 2016.

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Technology revolution: The Big Meh

Technology revolution: The Big Meh | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Paul Krugman: A growing number of economists, looking at the data on productivity and incomes, are wondering if the technological revolution has been greatly overhyped.

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The body cam hacker who schooled the police

The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police - Backchannel - Medium

This activist demanded millions of surveillance videos from the Seattle police. They handed him the data — and a job.

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Uh-oh. Silvio Berlusconi is on Instagram

Uh-oh. Silvio Berlusconi is on Instagram | Technoculture | Scoop.it

He’s holding his cute dog, he’s watching Eurovision – bunga bunga-loving Berlusconi is in the midst of a posting frenzy. And it all has a political purpose

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Are China's robot restaurants a threat to American national security?

Are China's robot restaurants a threat to American national security? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

It seems like every other week a new robot restaurant opens in China. Meanwhile, you know who hasn’t opened a robot restaurant in basically forever? America. That’s right. Forget our students’ math test scores and our number of fighter jets, China is eating our lunch in the only area that really matters. And that lunch is being served by a robot waiter.

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Overvalued in Silicon Valley, but don't say 'tech bubble'

Overvalued in Silicon Valley, but don't say 'tech bubble' | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The tech industry’s venture capitalists admit to a certain amount of 'frothiness' in start-up investments, but they studiously avoid another word. Bubble.

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What experts think about the existential risks of artificial intelligence

What experts think about the existential risks of artificial intelligence | Technoculture | Scoop.it

A sizable minority are worried that machine intelligence could cause human extinction by the end of the century.

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Tech in Cuba, before the thaw

Tech in Cuba, before the thaw | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Matt Stempeck: Cubans have had a reputation for ingenuity bred from necessity long before we started tossing around the word 'hacker'.

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Firefox maker battles to save the internet—and itself

Firefox maker battles to save the internet—and itself | Technoculture | Scoop.it

George Anders: Mozilla helped an open web flourish in the 2000s. Now it’s struggling to play a meaningful role on mobile devices.

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Watch 14,000 walruses straight chillin' on Alaska's best new live cam

Watch 14,000 walruses straight chillin' on Alaska's best new live cam | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Animal lovers can watch these flabby fellows 24 hours a day with Alaska's new walrus cam.

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Vox Media acquiring ReCode

Vox Media acquiring ReCode | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The deal would give ReCode, a technology news site, access to a wider audience, something it has struggled to build in a crowded field.

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Mont Blanc panorama becomes the world's largest ever photograph

Mont Blanc panorama becomes the world's largest ever photograph | Technoculture | Scoop.it

An international team led by photographer Filippo Blengin publishes an enormous 365 gigapixel panoramic photograph of Europe’s highest mountain setting a new record for the world's largest photo.

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'Brett the Robot' can play with Lego, by itself

'Brett the Robot' can play with Lego, by itself | Technoculture | Scoop.it

A robot capable of teaching itself basic tasks -- including screwing a cap on a bottle of water and building a toy plane -- has been described as a 'major milestone' in artificial intelligence.

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New research: some tough questions for 'security questions'

New research: some tough questions for 'security questions' | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Despite the prevalence of security questions, their safety and effectiveness have rarely been studied in depth. As part of our constant efforts to improve account security, Google analyzed hundreds of millions of secret questions and answers that had been used for millions of account recovery claims at Google. The researchers then worked to measure the likelihood that hackers could guess the answers.

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Crapware is a horrible problem and it's our fault

Crapware is a horrible problem and it's our fault | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Eric Ravenscraft: In case it wasn’t obvious, bundled crapware makes money for developers. If you’re a developer and you can’t get users to pay for your software, this can be an attractive option. Third-party companies will approach apps like uTorrent asking that they include an offer for their junk software during install.

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In busy Silicon Valley, protein powder is in demand

In busy Silicon Valley, protein powder is in demand | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Protein-packed drinkable meals come in powder form, are inexpensive, and are quick and easy to make so tech workers don’t actually have to eat.

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Amazon begins paying sales tax in Europe amid ongoing investigation

Amazon begins paying sales tax in Europe amid ongoing investigation | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Amazon this week confirmed that it will start paying taxes in individual European countries, rather than running nearly all of its sales revenue through Luxembourg.

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iOS 9 will be optimized for older devices, including iPhone 4S

iOS 9 will be optimized for older devices, including iPhone 4S | Technoculture | Scoop.it

A different approach to testing will hopefully result in less slowdown.

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Will China use big data as a tool of the state?

Will China use big data as a tool of the state? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

James Palmer: Since imperial times Chinese governments have yearned for a perfect surveillance state. Will big data now deliver it?

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Notorious troll suspended from Twitter after threatening a prominent activist

Notorious troll suspended from Twitter after threatening a prominent activist | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Controversy machine Chuck C. Johnson has apparently been banned from Twitter after tweeting about soliciting money for 'taking out' political activist Deray McKesson.

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Behind a pizza-slice smile: the dark side of Pac-Man

Behind a pizza-slice smile: the dark side of Pac-Man | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Keith Stuart: The pill-munching arcade classic is 35 years old today, but while Pac-Man looks cute, many writers have discovered a sinister secret within.

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Welcome to Fujisawa, the self-sufficient Japanese smart town

Welcome to Fujisawa, the self-sufficient Japanese smart town | Technoculture | Scoop.it

While Samsung and LG trade blows on the smart-device battlefield, Panasonic has taken connected living to a whole new level and built an entire smart town.

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