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The Wayback Machine passes 400 billion indexed webpages

The Wayback Machine passes 400 billion indexed webpages | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The Internet Archive announced a massive milestone for its Wayback Machine: 400 billion indexed webpages. The data encompasses the Web as it looked anytime from late 1996 up until a few hours ago.

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Google will offer encryption by default on next release of Android to match Apple's

Google will offer encryption by default on next release of Android to match Apple's | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Google has announced that the next generation of its Android operating system will encrypt data by default, making it impossible for law enforcement to scrape personal information directly from users’ smartphones and tablets.

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Tackling the gender imbalance in African tech

Tackling the gender imbalance in African tech | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In a continent where women make up a majority of the population and half of the workforce, it is an anomaly that the percentage working in technology is less than 15%. This represents a vast pool of talent, and there are people trying to put it right.

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Are smartphones making our working lives more stressful?

Are smartphones making our working lives more stressful? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Some evidence suggests the encroachment of work on home life is creating more exhausted, cynical and burned out workers.

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Bono and U2 on why they released a free album on iTunes

Bono and U2 on why they released a free album on iTunes | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The band members tell TIME how they came up with the release of Songs of Innocence.

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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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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks about Bitcoin, Google, ISIS and censorship

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks about Bitcoin, Google, ISIS and censorship | Technoculture | Scoop.it

As part of a publicity campaign for his book, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did one of Reddit’s 'Ask Me Anything' group interviews, and talked about Bitcoin, Google and its chairman Eric Schmidt, and what the U.S. should do about the terrorist group ISIS.

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Apple's smart watch could have us all self-monitoring

Apple's smart watch could have us all self-monitoring | Technoculture | Scoop.it

With its finger on your pulse, the Apple Watch will spawn a new generation of apps to monitor health, fitness and perhaps even emotions.

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Why a company you've never heard of is about to take over the world

Why a company you've never heard of is about to take over the world | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Chinese tech company Alibaba goes public in what could be the largest IPO ever. But who are they?

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The sneaky libertarianism behind a new take on privacy regulation

A revolution is afoot in privacy regulation. In an assortment of white papers and articles, business leaders —i ncluding Microsoft — and scholars argue that instead of regulating privacy through limiting the collection of data, we should focus on how the information is used.

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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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