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Anonymous to the Internet: Stop Spreading Rumors, We’re Not Shutting You Down

Anonymous to the Internet: Stop Spreading Rumors, We’re Not Shutting You Down | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Back in mid-February users claiming to be involved with the hacking group Anonymous talked up an attack on the Internet called 'Operation Global Blackout.' They planned the attack for March 31st. Anonymous denies any involvement with the plan.

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Decision On The Nano-SIM Format Delayed

Decision On The Nano-SIM Format Delayed | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The battle between Apple and its competitors is getting so interesting it should be made into a film.

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It's easy to get credit card numbers off used Xbox 360s

It's easy to get credit card numbers off used Xbox 360s | Technoculture | Scoop.it

A group of researchers at Drexel University have demonstrated a method of recovering credit card details and other sensitive information from used Xbox 360s, even after they have been 'reset to factory defaults.'

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The ‘So What’ Of The Quantified Self

The ‘So What’ Of The Quantified Self | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Assuming that each of us has a picture of the 'real world superhero' we want to become someday, then the optimal way to level up and reach that goal begins with the ability to measure and score our lives.

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8-bit Version of Google Maps

8-bit Version of Google Maps | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Google has just released an 8-bit version of Google Maps for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). When it hits the Google Store it will be the first NES cartridge to be released in almost 18 years.

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Death of a data haven: cypherpunks, WikiLeaks, and the world's smallest nation

Death of a data haven: cypherpunks, WikiLeaks, and the world's smallest nation | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Rumors suggest that WikiLeaks might try to avoid government power by putting its servers out to sea, but the idea isn't a new one—it already failed miserably a decade ago.

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Suddenly Microsoft is the Hippest Tech Company Around

Suddenly Microsoft is the Hippest Tech Company Around | Technoculture | Scoop.it

While Apple and Google are busy getting bad press for their privacy issues, labor practices and general big-evil-company wrongdoings, Microsoft has done some brand regeneration, making it look like the hippest tech company on the block these days.

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Hangouts: How an internal video link between Seattle and Stockholm became an awesome Google+ feature

Hangouts: How an internal video link between Seattle and Stockholm became an awesome Google+ feature | Technoculture | Scoop.it

One of Google+’s standout features is Hangouts, a video chat room that allows any Google user to connect from YouTube, Gmail, iGoogle and Orkut (and other Google properties) and chat to their friends, hold meetings or meet people for the first time using their webcam and a microphone. The service supports up to 10 people chatting at any one time.

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iWin

iWin | Technoculture | Scoop.it

How Apple turned the Foxconn scandal into another way to beat its competitors.

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Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database

Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The project’s goal in developing a semantic, machine-readable database doesn’t just help push the web forward, it also helps Wikipedia itself. The data will bring all the localized versions of Wikipedia on par with each other in terms of the basic facts they house. Today, the English, German, French and Dutch versions offer the most coverage, with other languages falling much further behind.

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Ape-headed, ape-controlled, cannon-wielding robot is for real

Ape-headed, ape-controlled, cannon-wielding robot is for real | Technoculture | Scoop.it

No, it's not the star of a Tim Burton remake of 'Bedtime for Bonzo.' The RoboBonobo is apparently a legit part of studying language in great apes.

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Robot realities fail fictional fantasies

Robot realities fail fictional fantasies | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Our mental fantasy of what a robot should look like is so clouded by movies that many of us would struggle to identify a real one.

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LG begins mass production of first flexible, plastic e-ink displays

LG begins mass production of first flexible, plastic e-ink displays | Technoculture | Scoop.it

At half the thickness and two thirds the weight, LG's new plastic display sure sounds a lot better than the hard, heavy, prone-to-cracking glass-laminate e-ink displays found in devices such as the Kindle and Nook.

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April Fools: Richard Branson buys Pluto, reinstates it as a planet

April Fools: Richard Branson buys Pluto, reinstates it as a planet | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Sir Richard Branson is setting his sights on the final frontier in his latest business venture announced today. In a universal first Sir Richard has revealed that he has bought the former planet of Pluto for an undisclosed sum. Already at the forefront of space travel with Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard is having a special deep space vehicle built that will help bulk up Pluto to its required planetary mass.

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Now You Can Explore Nelson Mandela's Archives Online

Now You Can Explore Nelson Mandela's Archives Online | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Following a year-long effort, the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project is now available online. The new interactive multimedia archive documents the South African leader’s life, personal memories and commitment to social justice.

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Wikileaks: The Secret Life Of A Superpower

Richard Bilton uncovers a struggle at the heart of US diplomacy between the ideals of freedom and spreading democracy, and the ruthless demands of American security and narrow self-interest.

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Google's April Fools' Day Prank: 8-Bit Google Maps

Google's April Fools' Day Prank: 8-Bit Google Maps | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Google couldn't wait for April Fools' Day to prank the web with its Google Maps, all done up in 8-bit graphics.

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Anonymous China arrives: Chinese government sites hacked, defaced

Anonymous China arrives: Chinese government sites hacked, defaced | Technoculture | Scoop.it

On Friday morning the freshly minted Anonymous China announced via Twitter that they had hacked and defaced five different Chinese government websites. In addition, Anonymous China also leaked information from at least two different Chinese government websites. And it appears Anonymous China is only getting started.

 

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Forget Google Instant: In the Future, Search Engines Will Read Your Habits

Forget Google Instant: In the Future, Search Engines Will Read Your Habits | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Wolfram|Alpha CEO Stephen Wolfram envisions some type of search engine which could — through data maps of personal data history — provide reports automatically when they’re needed without an explicit query. He counts this sort of 'preemptive delivery of information' among 'a large number' of projects the data company has been working on.

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How to Become the Engineers of Our Own Evolution

How to Become the Engineers of Our Own Evolution | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The 'transhumanist' movement says better technology will enable you to replace more and more body parts—even your brain.

 

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World War 3.0

World War 3.0 | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Who should control the Internet—and how? As the international treaty governing the Web comes up for renegotiation, Michael Joseph Gross explores the many battlefields in a war that will change cyberspace.

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Megaupload User Demands Return of Seized Content

Megaupload User Demands Return of Seized Content | Technoculture | Scoop.it

An Ohio man is asking a federal judge to preserve data of the 66.6 million users of Megaupload, the file-sharing service that was shuttered in January following federal criminal copyright-infringement indictments that targeted its operators.

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Foxconn fiasco not Apple's finest hour

Foxconn fiasco not Apple's finest hour | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Apple will likely emerge from the Foxconn dust-up relatively unscathed but it hardly covered itself in glory.

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Blind Man Test-Drives Google’s Amazing Self-Driving Car

Blind Man Test-Drives Google’s Amazing Self-Driving Car | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Google has released a video inroducing us to Steve Mahan, a man with 95% vision loss, as he runs errands in one of their driverless cars.

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Tim Cook Flexes His Muscles, Foxconn Responds

Tim Cook Flexes His Muscles, Foxconn Responds | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Apple indeed had a choice to make. The company could flex its considerable muscle and demand better working conditions at the factories of its suppliers. Or the company could keep on keeping on. Apple decided to act.

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