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In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad

In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad | Technoculture | Scoop.it

A staggering manufacturing system in China has made it possible for Apple and other companies to make devices almost as quickly as they can be dreamed up, but for workers, it can be dangerous.

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African Twitter map reveals how continent stays connected

African Twitter map reveals how continent stays connected | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Analysis of 11.5m tweets in last three months of 2011 shows South Africa generated the most, with more than 5m recorded.

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What the decline of print means for digital

What the decline of print means for digital | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Plenty of sobering news about the print industry has been released over the last week. Yes, print is in steep decline. So is print advertising. It's important not only to ponder and understand why print is declining so precipitously now, but also to draw some lines into the future and understand how this trend might impact digital media going forward. The implications are big for advertisers and publishers alike.

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European Lawmakers Want 'Right to Be Forgotten' on Facebook, Google

European Lawmakers Want 'Right to Be Forgotten' on Facebook, Google | Technoculture | Scoop.it

European Internet users may be getting better control over information posted online, thanks to some proposed sweeping reforms lawmakers proposed Wednesday designed to protect digital privacy.

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Disappointing Ruling in Compelled Laptop Decryption Case

Disappointing Ruling in Compelled Laptop Decryption Case | Technoculture | Scoop.it

A federal district court in Colorado has handed down an unfortunate early ruling in a case in which the government is attempting to force a criminal defendant to decrypt the contents of a laptop.

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The Pentagon Newest Spy Stealth Aircraft Is a Flying Sperm

The Pentagon Newest Spy Stealth Aircraft Is a Flying Sperm | Technoculture | Scoop.it

This is Argus One, the Pentagon's newest unmanned aerial spy. It can carry 30 pounds of high-tech sensors and it just happens to be shaped like a sperm because this shape is better at handling turbulences at high altitudes.

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You Call That Evil?

You Call That Evil? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

There’s a nice little insider quarrel going on over Google’s just-announced privacy policy changes. A number of sites and commentators have let their fingers jump up mechanically in accusatory fashion. Google, caught red-handed being evil!

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Google’s Autonomous Vehicles Draw Skepticism at Legal Symposium

Google’s Autonomous Vehicles Draw Skepticism at Legal Symposium | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The autonomous vehicles developed by Google pose enormous challenges for the world of law and insurance, speakers at a symposium said.

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The history of smartphones: timeline

The history of smartphones: timeline | Technoculture | Scoop.it

From the launch of the iPhone in 2007 to the resignation of BlackBerry's bosses, a history of the most competitive technology market in the world.

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A tale of new censors - Vodafone UK, T-Mobile UK, O2 UK, and T-Mobile USA

A tale of new censors - Vodafone UK, T-Mobile UK, O2 UK, and T-Mobile USA | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Recently it has come to our attention that our primary website is filtered by Vodafone in the UK, by 3 (three.co.uk) in the UK, by O2 in the UK, and by T-Mobile in the UK and the USA. It used to be the case that we only saw filtering and censorship events in places like Egypt, Syria, or Iran and now we're going to explore what those attacks look like in the context of the UK and the USA.

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Was Megaupload Targeted Because Of Its Upcoming Megabox Digital Jukebox Service?

Was Megaupload Targeted Because Of Its Upcoming Megabox Digital Jukebox Service? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Yesterday a new theory surfaced that indicates Megaupload’s demise had less to do with piracy than previously thought. This theory stems from a 2011 article detailing Megaupload’s upcoming Megabox music store and DIY artist distribution service that would have completely disrupted the music industry.

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Pirate Bay to allow real-object downloads

Pirate Bay to allow real-object downloads | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The Pirate Bay, one of the world's most infamous online piracy and file-sharing sites, is now hosting a type of mock-up file that allows your 3D printer to create physical objects.

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Obama to Do YouTube, Google+ Hangout Interview

Obama to Do YouTube, Google+ Hangout Interview | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Continuing his longstanding use of social networks, President Barack Obama is set to do an interview in a Google+ Hangout on Jan. 30.

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Real Bonding With Family Around the TV Via Skype

Real Bonding With Family Around the TV Via Skype | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Tely Labs' telyHD turns Skype video chats into room-size experiences, involving whole families or groups of friends on each end—seeing each other, chatting and sharing photos in high definition using TVs instead of computers.

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Warbots: Ethical Issues

Warbots: Ethical Issues | Technoculture | Scoop.it

While the idea of wars being settled by robots has some appeal, there is the concern that robots would actually make wars more likely to occur and easier to sustain.

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Research: Professionals With iPads Are Deserting Printed Media

Research: Professionals With iPads Are Deserting Printed Media | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Stark new research statistics suggest digital replacement of analogue content is now very high amongst tablet owners.

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How Egypt's bloggers see the revolution one year on

How Egypt's bloggers see the revolution one year on | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Three bloggers who have documented Egypt's revolution online share how they covered events in 2011 and tell us what the anniversary of 25 January means to them.

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The Xbox Kinect-Controlled Solar House of the Future

The Xbox Kinect-Controlled Solar House of the Future | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The CHIP Solar House is a highly efficient working prototype of a futuristic living space.

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Why Social Media Needs to Get More Personal

Why Social Media Needs to Get More Personal | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The Facebook, Google+ and Path networks liken online interaction to shouting in different-sized movie theaters, each of which contains a different combination of close friends, family members and acquaintances. Most people in the movie theater aren’t even listening; others listen but ignore; and an even smaller group reacts to what’s being said.

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Drones in the hands of the paparazzi? It's an ethics and privacy minefield

Drones in the hands of the paparazzi? It's an ethics and privacy minefield | Technoculture | Scoop.it

America's use of drones for targeted killings is serious enough. But commercial and law enforcement uses are on the horizon.

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Google announces privacy changes across products; users can’t opt out

Google announces privacy changes across products; users can’t opt out | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Google said Tuesday it will require users to allow the company to follow their activities across e-mail, search, YouTube and other services, a radical shift in strategy.

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I Didn’t Think Samsung Could Top Its Anti-Apple Ads… Until I Saw These

I Didn’t Think Samsung Could Top Its Anti-Apple Ads… Until I Saw These | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Next weekend is big for most companies and Samsung is getting started early with its latest 'Apple fanbois are silly for waiting outside' campaign.

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UK Mobile operators censor privacy tool 'Tor'

UK Mobile operators censor privacy tool 'Tor' | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Open Rights Group and Tor have established that UK mobile networks such as Vodafone, O2 and 3 are filtering UK users' access to Tor's primary website (meaning the HTTP version of the Tor Project website, rather than connections to the Tor network) on pre-paid contractless accounts.

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Silicon Valley Takes on Hollywood — at Sundance

Silicon Valley Takes on Hollywood — at Sundance | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The Sundance film festival launched this past weekend, with the usual mix of offbeat drama, thoughtful documentaries, and so on. But one thing feels a little different this year: the steadily increasing presence of Silicon Valley.

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The High Cost of Low Bandwidth

The High Cost of Low Bandwidth | Technoculture | Scoop.it

As more and more information is finding its way onto the Web, great swaths of our physical infrastructure are becoming obsolete.

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