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Right to erasure protects people's freedom to forget the past, says expert

Right to erasure protects people's freedom to forget the past, says expert | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger says the ability to forget our past, both on and offline, is an essential part of what makes us human.

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Thieves on World of Warcraft should be punished like 'real-life' criminals, says Conservative MP

Thieves on World of Warcraft should be punished like 'real-life' criminals, says Conservative MP | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Gamers who steal virtual items in online games, such as swords and wizard robes, should be punished in the same was as 'real-life' thieves, an MP has suggested.

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The liquid hard drive that could store a terabyte of data in a tablespoon of fluid

The liquid hard drive that could store a terabyte of data in a tablespoon of fluid | Technoculture | Scoop.it

A team of materials science researchers from the US may have just made the first breakthrough that could make so-called 'soft matter' a viable data storage medium — at some incredible storage densities, too.

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Censorship and social media sneakiness abound in Southeast Asia

Censorship and social media sneakiness abound in Southeast Asia | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. This week’s report begins in Southeast Asia, where writers and activists across the region are feeling the chill of government restrictions on digital expression.

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Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Alan Turing biopic

Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Alan Turing biopic | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The first trailers for the upcoming Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game have been released, starring Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch as the troubled mathematician.

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Buzz Aldrin: second man on the Moon, but first to take a space selfie

Buzz Aldrin: second man on the Moon, but first to take a space selfie | Technoculture | Scoop.it

This weekend is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, when man first set foot on the moon, but Buzz Aldrin just tipped us off to another of his many accomplishments: He took the world's first space selfie back in 1966. Eat your heart out, Instagram.

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Nils Mulvad: data journalism is the punk of our times

Nils Mulvad: data journalism is the punk of our times | Technoculture | Scoop.it

'You couldn’t work as a journalist, if you were not able to do an interview. The same applies to data journalism in the age of digitalization' – says Nils Mulvad, a world renowned data journalist, editor at Kaas & Mulvad and associate professor at The Danish School of Media and Journalism during the Data Harvest 2014 conference.

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FBI warns driverless cars could be used as 'lethal weapons'

FBI warns driverless cars could be used as 'lethal weapons' | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Internal report sees benefits for road safety, but warns that autonomy will create greater potential for criminal 'multitasking'.

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This social robot is adorable. But will families actually want one?

This social robot is adorable. But will families actually want one? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Jibo’s charm is also slightly unnerving. The device is supposed to use things like facial recognition and ambient sensors to analyze who is in a room and what's going on. When Jibo is in rest position, its cameras face down, and it can be turned on and off. If you want some private, robot-free time, it can also be put in a sleep mode where it is passively listening for a wake-up phrase and won’t respond to anything else.

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The best World Cup memes

The best World Cup memes | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The 2014 tournament has smashed social media records with some of the highest numbers recorded on Facebook and Twitter, and that means there have been more memes than ever too.

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'Sad Brazilians': website dedicated to Brazilians crying

'Sad Brazilians': website dedicated to Brazilians crying | Technoculture | Scoop.it

As the whole damned planet knows by now Germany slaughtered Brazil during their semi-final match yesterday. Lots of Brazilians were losing their shit and crying. There’s a website dedicated to Brazilians with serious cases of the sads over their epic loss to Germany.

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Please don't give this kid money for his potato salad Kickstarter

Please don't give this kid money for his potato salad Kickstarter | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Forget normcore: The real harbinger of the Fall Of The Ironic Empire is the fact that some kid in Ohio has raised over $9,000 (and counting) to make a fucking potato salad.

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Facebook's unethical experiment manipulated users' emotions

Facebook's unethical experiment manipulated users' emotions | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Facebook has been experimenting on us. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that Facebook intentionally manipulated the news feeds of almost 700,000 users in order to study 'emotional contagion through social networks'.

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Google wants to be your roommate

Google wants to be your roommate | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Will this be the end of privacy?

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Anti-surveillance camouflage for your face

Anti-surveillance camouflage for your face | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In a world of increasingly sophisticated facial-recognition technology, a drastic technique can throw the machines off your trail.

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Urban jungle a tough challenge for Google's autonomous cars

Urban jungle a tough challenge for Google's autonomous cars | Technoculture | Scoop.it

It may be decades before autonomous vehicles can reliably handle the real world, experts say.

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Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media

Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media | Technoculture | Scoop.it

All you now need is a mobile phone and a Twitter account to hold power to account, and help change history.

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Why Israel is losing the social media war over Gaza

Why Israel is losing the social media war over Gaza | Technoculture | Scoop.it

For the first time in a major Arab-Israeli conflict, the world has access to non-traditional sources of reality such as Twitter - and it means Israel is losing the battle for hearts and minds.

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I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile

I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile | Technoculture | Scoop.it

He doesn’t drink, he’s reading Dostoevsky and, no, he doesn’t wear a disguise. A year after blowing the whistle on the NSA, America’s most wanted talks to Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill about his life as a hero-pariah – and why the world remains ‘more dangerous than Orwell imagined’.

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3 years later, Google+ drops its dumb real name rule and apologizes

3 years later, Google+ drops its dumb real name rule and apologizes | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Google announced the change via (where else?) their Google+ page, and apologized that it took so long for them to make this decision.

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Trolling of teen rape victim Jada sparks Internet fightback with hashtag #IamJada

Trolling of teen rape victim Jada sparks Internet fightback with hashtag #IamJada | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Social media is standing together in support of a teenage girl who was targeted by online trolls when pictures of her alleged rape went viral.

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Chinese hackers extending reach to smaller US agencies, officials say

Chinese hackers extending reach to smaller US agencies, officials say | Technoculture | Scoop.it

American officials are mystified by the pedestrian nature of some of the new targets, among them the Government Printing Office.

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Who's afraid of robot journalists?

Who's afraid of robot journalists? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The Associated Press recently announced that most of its coverage of corporate earnings reports will soon be 'produced using automation technology'. It’s just the latest example of algorithm-driven tools that arrange straightforward English sentences into a news story, with little or no human intervention — the bot-ification of journalism.

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Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: memes and Twitter reaction after Brazil suffer historic 7-1 defeat

Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: memes and Twitter reaction after Brazil suffer historic 7-1 defeat | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Plenty of Premier League stars, famous names and jokers have had their say on the incredible semi-final.

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MySpace to Sega: unfortunate tech-themed tattoos

MySpace to Sega: unfortunate tech-themed tattoos | Technoculture | Scoop.it

From the Google logo emblazoned on knuckles to a MySpace love letter right across someone's stomach, technology evangelists are getting inky odes that will almost certainly outlast their favourite brands. Here are some of the weirdest, grossest and most creative tech tattoos

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Innovation: the government was crucial after all

Innovation: the government was crucial after all | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Jeff Madrick: We hear time and again from those who should know better that government is a hindrance to the innovation that produces economic growth. Above all, the government should not try to pick 'winners' by investing in what may be the next great companies. Many orthodox economists insist that the government should just get out of the way. A new book, The Entrepreneurial State by Mariana Mazzucato, forcefully documents just how wrong these assertions are.

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