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Amazon pushes customers towards pricier products, report claims | Technology | The Guar... - 0 views

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    "Amazon's algorithms encourage customers pay more than they need to for popular products and appear to give more prominence to items that benefit the retail giant, according to an investigation by ProPublica.

    The investigation looked at 250 frequently purchased products over several weeks to see which ones were chosen to appear in the highly-prized "buy box" that pops up first as a suggested purchase. "
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For 90 years, lightbulbs were designed to burn out. Now that's coming to LED bulbs. / B... - 0 views

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    "It's been less than a year since Philips pushed out a firmware update that gave its light fixtures the ability to detect and reject non-Philips lightbulbs -- and thanks to laws like the DMCA, which have metastasized in the IoT era, it's a potential felony to alter your light fixture to override this behavior and force it to work with non-Philips bulbs."
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How the internet was invented | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "In response, the architects of the internet developed a kind of digital Esperanto: a common language that enabled data to travel across any network. In 1974, two Arpa researchers named Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf published an early blueprint. Drawing on conversations happening throughout the international networking community, they sketched a design for "a simple but very flexible protocol": a universal set of rules for how computers should communicate."
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Malware hits millions of Android phones - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Up to 10 million Android smartphones have been infected by malware that generates fake clicks for adverts, say security researchers.

    The software is also surreptitiously installing apps and spying on the browsing habits of victims.

    The malware is currently making about $300,000 (£232,000) a month for its creators, suggests research."
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NHS to scrap single database of patients' medical details | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The government's scheme to store patients' medical information in a single database, which ran into massive problems over confidentiality, is to be scrapped, NHS England has said.

    The decision to axe the scheme, care.data, follows the publication of two reports that support far greater transparency over what happens to the information, and opt-outs for patients who want their data seen only by those directly caring for them."
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This Android malware has infected 85 million devices and makes its creators $300,000 a ... - 0 views

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    "A strain of of Android malware has infected 85 million victims across the globe, generating at least $300,000 every month for the gang behind it, thanks to millions of pop-up adverts and app downloads."
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Tesla driver dies in first fatal crash while using autopilot mode | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "The first known death caused by a self-driving car was disclosed by Tesla Motors on Thursday evening, a development that is sure to cause consumers to second-guess the trust they put in the booming autonomous vehicle industry. "
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World-Check terrorism database exposed online - BBC News - 0 views

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    "A financial crime database used by banks has been "leaked" on to the net.

    World-Check Risk Screening contains details about people and organisations suspected of being involved in terrorism, organised crime and money laundering, among other offences.

    Access is supposed to be restricted under European privacy law"
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AI fighter pilot wins in combat simulation - BBC News - 0 views

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    "An artificially intelligent fighter pilot system has defeated two attacking jets in a combat simulation.

    The AI, known as Alpha, used four virtual jets to successfully defend a coastline against two attacking aircraft - and did not suffer any losses.

    Alpha, which was developed by a US team, also triumphed in simulation against a retired human fighter pilot."
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Will your driverless car be willing to kill you to save the lives of others? | Science ... - 0 views

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    "In one survey, 76% of people agreed that a driverless car should sacrifice its passenger rather than plough into and kill 10 pedestrians. They agreed, too, that it was moral for AVs to be programmed in this way: it minimised deaths the cars caused. And the view held even when people were asked to imagine themselves or a family member travelling in the car."
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Why the FBI's NGI Biometrics Database Should Worry You - 0 views

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    "Citizens would no longer have the right to get information about their records. The Privacy Act states that anyone can request their record from a government database so it can be reviewed and any errors corrected. That right would be eliminated if the database were exempted, meaning no one would ever know what information the FBI had on them."
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Cryptocurrency raider takes $60 million in digital cash - 0 views

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    "A cryptocurrency is only as reliable as the technology that keeps it running, and Ethereum is learning this the hard way. An attacker has taken an estimated $60 million in Ethereum's digital money (Ether) by exploiting vulnerabilities in the Decentralized Autonomous Organization, an investment collective. The raider took advantage of a "recursive call" flaw in the DAO's code-based smart contracts, which administer the funds, to scoop up Ether many times in a single pass."
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Family of student killed in Paris attacks sues Facebook, Twitter and Google | Media | T... - 0 views

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    "The family of a California design student killed in November's terror attacks in Paris have sued Twitter Inc, Google and Facebook Inc, claiming the social media companies provide "material support" to the militant group Islamic State."
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6 Reasons Why Biometrics Are NOT the Way of the Future - 0 views

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    "While biometrics may not be the long term alternative to passwords, they are safer to use. Rather than seeing them as separate methods to identify that you are who you say you are, they should instead be viewed as complementary methods that can be used together to verify an individual."
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'Three black teenagers': anger as Google image search shows police mugshots | Technolog... - 0 views

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    "A simple Google image search highlighted on Twitter has been said to highlight the pervasiveness of racial bias and media profiling.

    "Three black teenagers" was a trending search on Google on Thursday after a US high school student pointed out the stark difference in results for "three black teenagers" and "three white teenagers"."
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US nuclear arsenal controlled by 1970s computers with 8in floppy disks | Technology | T... - 0 views

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    "The US military's nuclear arsenal is controlled by computers built in the 1970s that still use 8in floppy disks.

    A report into the state of the US government, released by congressional investigators, has revealed that the country is spending around $60bn (£40.8bn) to maintain museum-ready computers, which many do not even know how to operate any more, as their creators retire."
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How Technology Hijacks People's Minds - from a Magician and Google's Design Ethicist - ... - 0 views

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    "By shaping the menus we pick from, technology hijacks the way we perceive our choices and replaces them with new ones. But the closer we pay attention to the options we're given, the more we'll notice when they don't actually align with our true needs."
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Reclaim the Internet research reveals huge scale of social media misogyny | Technology ... - 0 views

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    "To coincide with the launch, the campaign has released research by Demos revealing the huge scale of social media misogyny. The study monitored the use of the words "slut" and "whore" by UK Twitter users over three weeks from the end of April. It found that 6,500 individuals were targeted by 10,000 aggressive and misogynistic tweets in that period."
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Uber knows you're more likely to pay surge prices when your phone is dying - 0 views

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    "Uber knows when your phone battery is running low because its app collects that information in order to switch into power-saving mode. But Chen swears Uber would never use that knowledge to gouge you out of more money.

    "We absolutely don't use that to kind of like push you a higher surge price, but it's an interesting kind of psychological fact of human behavior," Chen said.

    Uber's surge pricing uses a proprietary algorithm that accounts for how many users are hailing rides in an area at a given time. Customers are apparently less willing to believe that when the multiplier is a round number like 2.0 or 3.0, which seems more like it could have been arbitrarily made up by a human."
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Chinese officials 'create 488m bogus social media posts a year' | World news | The Guar... - 0 views

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    "The Chinese government is fabricating almost 490m social media posts a year in order to distract the public from criticising or questioning its rule, according to a study.

    China's "Fifty Cent Party" - a legion of freelance online trolls so-named because they are believed to be paid 50 cents a post - has long been blamed for flooding the Chinese internet with pro-regime messages designed to defend and promote the ruling Communist party."
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