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The tragedy of Grand Theft Auto V

The tragedy of  Grand Theft Auto V | Technoculture | Scoop.it

With all the talk about 'open world', 'mayhem', and 'power fantasy', it's easy to forget how confining the Grand Theft Auto series now feels, writes Gamasutra's Leigh Alexander.

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Copywrong

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Why have copyright protections grown and grown? Louis Menand on what the intellectual-property battles really mean.

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Women harassed out of their homes. Mass shooting threats. How Gamergate morphed into a monster

Women harassed out of their homes. Mass shooting threats. How Gamergate morphed into a monster | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Will the authorities — and the tech companies — take action?

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This is the beginning of the end of cable

This is the beginning of the end of cable | Technoculture | Scoop.it

HBOGO is about to be available without a cable subscription. The Lannisters and John Oliver aren't really enough to take down a hundred billion dollar cable industry, are they? Right? Wait, are they?

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MIT lab develops programmable shape-shifting carbon fibre

MIT's Self-Assembly Lab has developed materials that can be programmed to transform their shape autonomously -- from flexible carbon fibre and hybrid plastics to wood grains and textiles.

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Humanoid robot Robi to launch in Hong Kong

Humanoid robot Robi to launch in Hong Kong | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Robi, a humanoid robot that can chat and control your TV, will be available in Hong Kong later this month, its fifth market after Japan, Italy, Taiwan and the U.K.

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While you procrastinate on Facebook, more than half the world still doesn't have internet access

While you procrastinate on Facebook, more than half the world still doesn't have internet access | Technoculture | Scoop.it

And the digital divide isn't going away anytime soon.

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How vinyl made a comeback in our record collections

How vinyl made a comeback in our record collections | Technoculture | Scoop.it

While overall album sales decline, vinyl is making a comeback in Britain. ICM research shows that cassettes are also enjoying something of a revival.

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The socialist origins of Big Data

The socialist origins of Big Data | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Evgeny Morozov on how the ideas behind Project Cybersyn, a futuristic experiment in cybernetics from nineteen-seventies Chile, still shapes technology.

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Another woman in gaming flees home following death threats

Another woman in gaming flees home following death threats | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Game developer Brianna Wu fled her home, following what is becoming a distressingly frequent case of women in the gaming scene expressing fears for their safety due to online harassment.

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Crypto wars redux: why the FBI's desire to unlock your private life must be resisted

Crypto wars redux: why the FBI's desire to unlock your private life must be resisted | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In 1995, the US government tried – and failed – to categorise encryption as a weapon. Today, the same lines are being drawn and the same tactics repeated as the FBI wants to do the same. Here’s why they are wrong, and why they must fail again. By Cory Doctorow.

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3-D printed shoes generated using Conway's Game of Life

3-D printed shoes generated using Conway's Game of Life | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Francis Bitonti is equal parts technologist and fashion designer, a rare blend that’s allowed him to make 3-D printed goods that look more Fashion Week than Maker Faire.

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Microsoft CEO suggests women not ask for raises, trust in 'karma'

Microsoft CEO suggests women not ask for raises, trust in 'karma' | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Satya Nadella came under fire Thursday for suggesting that women who don't ask for raises have 'good karma' and a 'superpower'.

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Oxford business students helped Thom Yorke's BitTorrent release

Oxford business students helped Thom Yorke's BitTorrent release | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Add a group of Oxford business students to the list of people who kept Thom Yorke's new solo album a secret from the world. MBA candidates at the prestigious university worked with the Radiohead singer's management team on the experimental set, titled Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, which was released Sept. 26 via peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent.

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Major video game associations condemn Gamergate's harassment of women

Major video game associations condemn Gamergate's harassment of women | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Entertainment Software Association (ESA) & International Game Developers Association (IDGA) speak out against harassment by Gamergaters against women.

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View from nowhere: on the cultural ideology of Big Data

View from nowhere: on the cultural ideology of Big Data | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Nathan Jurgenson: Big Data research cannot be understood outside the powerful nexus of data science and social-media companies. It’s where the commanding view-from-nowhere ideology of Big Data is most transparent; it’s where the algorithms, databases, and venture capital all meet.

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Watch the moment a man with a bionic eye sees for the first time in 33 years

Watch the moment a man with a bionic eye sees for the first time in 33 years | Technoculture | Scoop.it

American Larry Hester has been blind for 33 years due to a condition called retinitis pigmentosa.

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Eight days in a Hong Kong hotel room with Edward Snowden

Eight days in a Hong Kong hotel room with Edward Snowden | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Snowden watches the global fallout from Greenwald’s stories on the TV in his hotel room.

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Rise of 'voiceprint' ID technology has privacy campaigners concerned

Rise of 'voiceprint' ID technology has privacy campaigners concerned | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Identification of people through speech could dent trust in anonymous services, such as crime hotlines and counselling services.

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Snowden attacks 'anything goes' privacy intrusions of British spy agencies

Snowden attacks 'anything goes' privacy intrusions of British spy agencies | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In what amounts to a wake up call directed at a British public generally considered apathetic on privacy issues, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that U.K. spy agencies are using digital technology to conduct mass population surveillance without any checks and balances at all — overreaching and encroaching on privacy rights in a way that he characterized as even worse than the U.S. National Security Agency’s inroads into citizens’ rights.

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Edward Snowden's privacy tips: 'Get rid of Dropbox', avoid Facebook and Google

Edward Snowden's privacy tips: 'Get rid of Dropbox', avoid Facebook and Google | Technoculture | Scoop.it

According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google.

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The Internet of Someone Else's Things

The Internet of Someone Else's Things | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The Internet Of Things is coming. Rejoice! ...Mostly. It will open our collective eyes to petabytes of real-time data, which we will turn into new insights and efficiencies. It will doubtless save lives. Oh, yes: and it will subtly redefine ownership as we know it. You will no longer own many of the most expensive and sophisticated items you possess. You may think you own them. But you’ll be wrong.

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Second leaker in US intelligence, says Glenn Greenwald

Second leaker in US intelligence, says Glenn Greenwald | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Citizenfour, new film on spying whistleblower Edward Snowden, shows journalist Greenwald discussing other source.

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Love and artificial intelligence

Love and artificial intelligence | Technoculture | Scoop.it

From Pygmalion to Bladerunner, we fall for our robot creations. But then, what else is artificial intelligence good for?

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