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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?
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Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?

In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to...

Strava Suggests Military ­sers 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens
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Strava Suggests Military ­sers 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens

Fitness-tracking company Strava has defended its publication of heatmaps that accidentally reveal sensitive military positions, arguing that the information was...

Apple Removes New York Times App in China 
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Apple Removes New York Times App in China 

Apple has removed the New York Times app from its store in China after a government request, in an example of how far the company will go to please the authorities...

European Court of Justice Rules Against Mass Data Retention in Eu
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European Court of Justice Rules Against Mass Data Retention in Eu

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday that laws allowing for the blanket collection and retention of location and traffic data are...

Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search
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Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search

Here's what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That's all I did.

Genevieve Bell: 'humanity's Greatest Fear Is About Being Irrelevant'
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Genevieve Bell: 'humanity's Greatest Fear Is About Being Irrelevant'

Genevieve Bell is an Australian anthropologist who has been working at tech company Intel for 18 years, where she is currently head of sensing and insights.

Apple Issues Global Ios ­pdate After Attempt to ­se Spyware on Activist's Iphone
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Apple Issues Global Ios ­pdate After Attempt to ­se Spyware on Activist's Iphone

A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating...

Your Battery Status Is Being Used to Track You Online
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Your Battery Status Is Being Used to Track You Online

A little-known web standard that lets site owners tell how much battery life a mobile device has left has been found to enable tracking online, a year after ...

Your Phone Number Is All a Hacker Needs to Read Texts, Listen to Calls and Track You
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Your Phone Number Is All a Hacker Needs to Read Texts, Listen to Calls and Track You

Hackers have again demonstrated that no matter how many security precautions someone takes, all a hacker needs to track their location and snoop on their phone...

Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'could Leave Half of World ­nemployed'
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Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'could Leave Half of World ­nemployed'

Machines could put more than half the world's population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial...

British Army Creates Team of Facebook Warriors
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British Army Creates Team of Facebook Warriors

The British army is creating a special force of Facebook warriors, skilled in psychological operations and use of social media to engage in unconventional warfare...

From Google to Amazon: Eu Goes to War Against Power of ­S Digital Giants
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From Google to Amazon: Eu Goes to War Against Power of ­S Digital Giants

Within the salons of the Elysée Palace, along the corridors of the European parliament and under the glass dome of the Reichstag, Old Europe is preparing for a...

Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit
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Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit

My legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation...

Five Wonder Materials That Could Change the World
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Five Wonder Materials That Could Change the World

"The history of materials is a history of mistakes," says Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist at University College London, who traces his own fascination with...

Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'
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Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'

The developer who introduced the "Heartbleed" vulnerability to the open-source code used by thousands of websites has told the Guardian it was an "oversight"—but...

Will Your Next Phone Have No Screen?
From ACM Opinion

Will Your Next Phone Have No Screen?

Google is predicting a generation of screenless computing devices that rely on voice recognition, a senior engineer has said, emphasising that the company encrypts...

Google: 'where Will Future Quantum Computer Scientists Come From? Our Best Guess: Minecraft'
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Google: 'where Will Future Quantum Computer Scientists Come From? Our Best Guess: Minecraft'

Google is hoping to inspire children's interest in quantum computing by using one of their favourite digital pastimes: Minecraft.

Grand Theft Auto 5: Inside the Creative Process with Dan Houser
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Grand Theft Auto 5: Inside the Creative Process with Dan Houser

We're four days away now. After a year of pre-publicity and a five-year wait since GTA IV, the latest instalment in Rockstar's gangland opus is almost upon us.

Nsa Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily
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Nsa Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers,...
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