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Digital Cheese

Some bloggers claim to be outraged by Facebook social experiments, but anybody not expecting to be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed and numbered is probably a big fan of the tooth fairy and still drinking juice out of a sippy cup, wearing footy pajamas.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



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The ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Is Already Messing Up Journalism

A BBC editor says his 2007 blog on the financial meltdown has been effectively deleted from the Internet thanks to a European court ruling meant to protect privacy.

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German Official Eyes a Breakup of Google

Germany’s justice minister proposed that Google be dismantled in the event the Internet giant abuses its dominance of the Web.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE



‘Knocking Off YouTube’s Populist Halo’

With the launch of its streaming music service, Google-owned YouTube is revealing itself as the kind of “troublesome, exploitative” intermediary it promised it would never be, Jacob Silverman writes at The Baffler.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



Tech Companies Boost Their Efforts to Stave Off Spy Agencies

Tech companies are in a new race to make it harder for spy agencies around the world, such as the NSA in the U.S., to access their customers’ data.

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Germany Plans to Ban Computer Companies That Work With NSA From Sensitive Public Contracts

Beyond the political fallout of NSA spying, there is a considerable risk that there will be serious economic consequences too.

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Conchita Wurst, the Bearded Transvestite That’s Pissing Off Russia

The unlikely Eurovision Song Contest winner from Austria has caused anti-gay fury in Russia; Google is investing in key components for making solar energy; meanwhile, The Washington Post has inconspicuously hired 50 people these past few months. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Europe Says Google Has to Delete Embarrassing Data

The European Union’s highest court issued a tough verdict Tuesday that could be a boon to privacy, but a loss to free access to information—and the business model of companies such as Google and Facebook.

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Glassholes and Glasswipes

The nerds have come full circle, shedding their recently acquired soft fuzzy status as lovable underdogs to once again be reviled.

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Hacker ‘Weev’ Is Out of Jail, but His ‘Fight for Freedom’ Isn’t Over Yet

After spending over a year in a federal correctional institution, “Weev” Auernheimer’s conviction has been vacated by an appeals court. The U.S. government may try him again and critics of his prosecution hope Auernheimer’s plight will underscore the need to put an end to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

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George W. Bush Used Top Google Results for All Paintings; Who Will Sue for Copyright Infringement?

Yes, that’s right. George W. Bush is an appropriation artist.

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Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

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Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Facebook Solar Drones Aim to Transmit Internet to Just About Everywhere

Facebook’s planned drone program competes with Google’s Project Loon for global dominance in the race to make the Internet available to all earthlings. 

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Tech Giants Knew About NSA Surveillance

The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency said Wednesday that U.S. technology companies such as Yahoo and Google were fully in the know about the spy agency’s widespread collection of their customers’ data, contrary to claims they made at the time those programs became publicly known.

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Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE


Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



Google’s Larry Page Says NSA Spying Threatens Democracy

The Google co-founder condemned U.S. government snooping on the Internet as a threat to democracy Wednesday.

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Google’s New Android Wear Smartwatches Make Every Other Wearable Look Ugly and Dumb

If Google and its hardware partners can deliver on the promise of their new wearable devices, then the war for the hottest new market in technology is already won.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



What’s the Deal With All the Google Glass Hatred?

There may be a reason humans are so critical of new technology; some Bulgarian leaders may have airlifted bears into their country; meanwhile, a survey shows how generations budget their time in different ways. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Rips In to Tech Industry for ‘Pissing Off’ San Francisco

The comedian opened the 7th annual Crunchies Awards on Monday night with several eloquent jabs at the “nerds” who he claims have been changed by success and money.

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Selling Your Secrets

Over the last eight months, journalists have dug deep into documents made available by Edward Snowden to reveal that the world of NSA mass surveillance involves close partnerships with a series of companies most of us have never heard of that design or probe the software we all take for granted to help keep our digital lives humming along.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 READ MORE


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The Verdict Is In: Only Four Emotions Exist

A person can feel only sad, happy, afraid or angry, according to a recent study; a new video by Brigham Young University-Idaho warns about the “grave peril” that masturbation poses; meanwhile, Google is “setting itself up to own the 21st century.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE


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Jobs and Schmidt’s ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’ to Suppress Wages

Emails unveiled in federal court suggest Apple founder Steve Jobs and Google CEO Eric Schmidt made a secret and perhaps illegal pact not to hire each other’s workers and to keep salaries low.

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Google Gets Big Into the Robotics Business

Google announced Friday that for an undisclosed sum it had acquired Boston Dynamics, a Massachusetts engineering company that designs robots for the Pentagon. It’s the eighth robotics company Google has purchased in the last several months.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE



Now They Tell Us: The Universe Is a Hologram?

Physicists have found evidence in simulations that the universe is quite possibly a projection; the latest Edward Snowden leak reveals the NSA uses Google cookies when determining whom to hack; meanwhile, the National Library of Norway is digitizing all of its books and making them free to read online. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Top Authors Lend Their Names to Anti-Surveillance Campaign

At least they’ll put it really well: A coalition of more than 500 major writers from some 81 countries has composed and signed a petition condemning the increasing violation of civilians’ privacy by state-sponsored surveillance programs.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Welcome to the Memory Hole

What if Edward Snowden was made to disappear? I’m not suggesting some future CIA rendition effort or a who-killed-Snowden conspiracy theory of a disappearance, but a more ominous kind.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Google’s Strange Discomfort With Sexuality

The list of words banned from the latest Android operating system is as baffling as it is odd. Apparently, the Internet giant is not OK with words like “preggers” and “uterus” but it also has something against “LSAT.” What gives, Google?

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Twitter Toughens Encryption in Cat and Mouse Game With NSA

The microblogging site has added a tougher encryption protocol previously implemented by Google and Facebook to help combat NSA spying.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



The End of American Imperialism As We Know It

Countries such as Chile may finally come out from under the control of the corporate-owned U.S. government; Americans are aware of the contents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement only thanks to WikiLeaks; and are zodiac signs effective indicators of disease? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 16, 2013 READ MORE



Don’t Believe Everything You Read About the Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 is Google’s new flagship phone. Despite being superior in some ways to the iPhone, and costing only half the price, the Nexus has taken a bit of a beating in reviews.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



Google the Advertising Giant

Mostly due to revenue from ads, the Web firm will rake in $60 billion this year, making it bigger than both the newspaper and magazine industries; the hypocrisy of British Prime Minister David Cameron announcing extended austerity from a golden throne sickened more than one; meanwhile, The New York Times is losing talent left and right. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Thankfully, there are still a few political leaders who remember the wisdom of the founders in designing a system that properly limits governmental power.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



U.N. Ads Reveal What Google Thinks the World Thinks of Women

A series of agency advertisements using Google’s auto-complete function to search phrases such as “women should” highlights widespread misogyny; ads on Twitter may soon target specific personalities; meanwhile, police freed 17 victims from a “gay addiction” torture clinic in Ecuador. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Google Engineers Say ‘Fuck You’ to the NSA, Encrypt Future Stolen Data

While their bosses use less salty language to push for reform and transparency, a couple of Google’s security engineers have taken to the company’s own social network to vent their frustration at U.S. and British spying.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE


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First Ticket Issued for Driving With Google Glass

Cecilia Abadie describes herself as a Google Glass pioneer on her Google+ account. With her new device she’s documented such diverse activities as performing her workout regime and receiving her American citizenship papers. But using technologically advanced eyewear hasn’t been all fun and games.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Apple Makes Its Operating System Free

Microsoft, which generates billions in sales of new versions of Windows—even when they’re unpopular—had better look out.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Slogan Is a Load of Hooey—or Is It?

The Internet giant has had its hand in quite a few immoralities as of late, even though the company once claimed to be founded on the principle of “good” and the avoidance of “evil.” Was it all just a lie, or does “evil” simply mean something entirely different to Google? Author and game designer Ian Bogost has some alarming ideas on the subject. 

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Leaks Point to Google Superphone for Half the Price of an iPhone

Google’s next Nexus phone (referred to by bloggers as the “Nexus 5,” for lack of an official name) has been all but announced, with a torrent of leaks online providing a very good idea of what to expect.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Laurent Beccaria and Patrick Saint-Exupéry

The editor and publisher of the French journal XXI show that in France and America, journalism is not dead—though the common wisdom is trying to kill it.

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 READ MORE



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They’re Not Exactly Tech Companies

Why do we call businesses like Google, Facebook and Twitter “tech” companies when most of what they do—and the source of most of their revenue—is advertising, sociologist Darwin Bondgraham asks in The Washington Spectator.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE



There’s No Such Thing as Being Left or Right Brained

New research finds that people use their whole brains, not just one side; Southern European properties now come with a speedy EU residency permit; meanwhile, will the Internet kill advertising next? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE


Microsoft Gobbles Up Nokia

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Apple, Google Play Coy About Future Devices

The companies behind the biggest mobile operating systems on the planet are teasing their imminent releases without providing much hard information.

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Google Received NSA Money, but That’s Not All

The latest leaks on the NSA disclosed that it gave millions of dollars to several tech companies for their help with the data mining program PRISM. It may come as a shock to many that Google’s among them, but WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is not surprised.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE


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