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New York considers fining pedestrians for texting while crossing | US news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "New Yorkers can expect to be fined from $25 to $250 if police officers catch them "using a portable electronic device while crossing a roadway"."
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Teenage girl kills herself 'after Instagram poll' in Malaysia | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Police in the east Malaysia state Sarawak said the girl, who has not been named, posted the poll on the photo sharing app with the message: "Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L". After most responders voted for "death", she killed herself."
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Selfies Don't Kill People | Outside Online - 0 views

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    "Every time I see a news story blaming a selfie for a death, I also see a missed opportunity. If social media was powerful enough to draw a person to that place, and inspire them to take a photo, then surely it can also be powerful enough to reach that person with a powerful message about responsible recreation."
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Social media's enduring effect on adolescent life satisfaction | PNAS - 0 views

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    "Scientists must embrace circumspection, transparency, and robust ways of working that safeguard against bias and analytical flexibility. Doing so will provide parents and policymakers with the reliable insights they need on a topic most often characterized by unfounded media hype."
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Olivia Laing: 'I was hooked and my drug was Twitter' | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "I wasn't so much addicted to the spectacle as to the ongoing certainty that the next click, the next link, would bring clarity. I felt like if I watched everything, if I read every last conspiracy theory and threaded tweet, the reward would be illumination. I would finally be able to understand not just what was happening but what it meant and what consequences it would have. But there was never a definitive conclusion. I'd taken up residence in a hothouse for paranoia, a factory manufacturing speculation and mistrust."
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How social media destroyed the web's art communities / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Algorithms steer us back to similar content in echo chambers that inhibit both critical and creative thinking. Platforms incentivized to keep users scrolling discourage long-looking and render users as passive consumers, rather than active seekers of inspiration. They aren't a space for productive feedback, either: Art takes on a different tone when it's surrounded by dog GIFs, political memes, and your cousin's baby photos."
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Huawei P30 Pro 'Moon Mode' poses a new ethical dilemma for photos - 1 views

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    "According to tests performed by Wang Yue at Zhihu, the Huawei P30 Pro isn't just enhancing the image information the user captures but actually placing pre-existing imagery of the moon into the photo."
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Chinese companies using GPS tracking device smartwatches to monitor, alert street clean... - 0 views

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    "Following backlash, the company said it removed the alarm function from the smartwatch, but reports maintain the employees are still being required to wear the device so their location can be tracked."
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Teens 'not damaged by screen time', new Oxford study finds / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Based on data from over 17,000 teenagers, the study "casts doubt on the widely accepted notion that spending time online, gaming or watching TV, especially before bedtime, can damage young people's mental health.""
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Just smile: In KFC China store, diners have new way to pay | Reuters - 0 views

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    "Customers will be able to use a "Smile to Pay" facial recognition system at the tech-heavy, health-focused concept store, part of a drive by Yum China Holdings Inc to lure a younger generation of consumers. "
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Alexa and Google Home have capacity to predict if couple are struggling and can interru... - 0 views

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    ""AI can pick up missed cues and suggest nudges to bridge the gap in emotional intelligence and communication styles. It can identify optimal ways to discuss common problems and alleviate common misunderstandings based on these different priorities and ways of viewing the world. We could be looking at a different gender dynamics in a decade.""
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Myspace lost all the music its users uploaded between 2003 and 2015 / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "It's been a year since the music links on Myspace stopped working; at first the company insisted that they were working on it, but now they've admitted that all those files are lost: "As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies."
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DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System - Motherboard - 0 views

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    "Now they might finally get this thanks to a new $10 million contract the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched to design and build a secure voting system that it hopes will be impervious to hacking."
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These Violent Delights Don't Have Violent Ends: Study Finds No link Between Violent Vid... - 0 views

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    "Now a study published in Royal Society Open Science has failed to find any association between the time spent playing violent video games and aggressive behaviour, adding to a growing body of literature that suggests that such a link has been overstated - or may not exist at all."
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Physicists reverse time using quantum computer | EurekAlert! Science News - 0 views

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    "Interestingly, the time reversal algorithm itself could prove useful for making quantum computers more precise. "Our algorithm could be updated and used to test programs written for quantum computers and eliminate noise and errors," Lebedev explained."
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A critical flaw in Switzerland's e-voting system is a microcosm of everything wrong wit... - 0 views

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    ""We have only examined a tiny fraction of this code base and found a critical, election-stealing issue," said Lewis, who is currently executive director of the Open Privacy Research Society, a Canadian nonprofit that develops secure and privacy-enhancing software for marginalized communities. "Even if this [backdoor] is closed its mere existence raises serious questions about the integrity of the rest of the code.""
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the world wide web turns 30 today and its inventor is worried for the future - 0 views

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    "he outlines three sources of dysfunction - 'deliberate, malicious intent, such as state-sponsored hacking and attacks, criminal behaviour, and online harassment'; 'system design' which has created 'perverse incentives where user value is sacrificed, such as ad-based revenue models that commercially reward clickbait'; and the 'viral spread of misinformation'. he also calls attention to the 'unintended negative consequences' of the web, which he said had led to 'the outraged and polarised tone and quality of online discourse'."
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