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14 March 2016

The future of computing: The era of predictable improvement in computer hardware is ending. What comes next? (The Economist)

In 1971 the fastest car in the world was the Ferrari Daytona, capable of 280kph. The world's tallest buildings were New York's twin towers, at 415 metres. In November that year Intel launched the first commercial microprocessor chip, the 4004, containing 2,300 tiny transistors, each the size of a red blood cell.

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Things are looking app: Mobile health apps are becoming more capable and potentially rather useful (The Economist)

SAVILE ROW in London is best known for producing some of the world's finest bespoke suits. But tucked away in a quiet corner of the same street is a firm that gives tailored health advice through a smartphone app. Your.MD uses artificial intelligence to understand natural-language statements such as "I have a headache" and ask pertinent follow-up questions. The app typifies a new approach to mobile health (also known as m-health): it is intelligent, personalised and gets cleverer as it gleans data from its users.

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13 March 2016

WhatsApp Encryption Said to Stymie Wiretap Order (New York Times)

While the Justice Department wages a public fight with Apple over access to a locked iPhone, government officials are privately debating how to resolve a prolonged standoff with another technology company, WhatsApp, over access to its popular instant messaging application, officials and others involved in the case said.

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Using Facebook and Snapchat makes you 'cognitively and morally shallow', according to psychologists (Independent on Sunday)

Texting and using social media can result in "cognitive and moral shallowness", studies have found.

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11 March 2016

Nominet Map Shows Countries By Their ccTLD Size

Nominet have developed the map below to visualise global internet use when it comes to domain names registered within each ccTLD.

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IANA Stewardship Transition Almost There

A plan developed by the international internet community that would see global stewardship of the key technical internet functions performed by the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) transitioned to the global multistakeholder community has been submitted to the US government for its approval, ICANN announced Thursday at the 55th ICANN public meeting being held in Marrakech, Morocco.

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Google ordered by Dutch court to divulge IP addresses of fake reviewers (The Guardian)

Google has been ordered to hand over the contact details of accounts linked to fake reviews that attacked a Dutch nursery.

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German court rules against use of Facebook 'like' button (Reuters)

A German court has ruled against an online shopping site's use of Facebook's "like" button on Wednesday, dealing a further legal blow to the world's biggest social network in Germany.

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F.C.C. Proposes Privacy Rules for U.S. Internet Providers (New York Times)

Federal regulators on Thursday proposed a set of privacy rules for Internet service providers that would significantly curb the ability of companies like Comcast and Verizon to share data about their customers' online activities with advertisers without permission from users.

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10 March 2016

How teenage pregnancy in the UK collapsed after birth of social media (Daily Telegraph)

Teenage pregnancy rates have almost halved since the birth of social media as a global phenomenon, official figures show.

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09 March 2016

Study Finds UK And US Internet Users Unsurprisingly Unsure About New gTLDs: NCC Study

Internet users are reticent to visit websites using new gTLD domains research conducted on behalf of the NCC Group has found.

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08 March 2016

Spamhaus Names TLDs Considered Worst For Spam

Spamhaus has released a list of what they consider to be the world worst top level domains for spam, and the top ten are all new gTLDs. The list shows the ratio of all domains registered that Spamhaus' systems see and is a one month "snapshot".

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South Korea tackles youth mobile-phone addiction (Al Jazeera)

The South Korean government is planning to create treatment centres where youngsters will be forced to live without their mobile phones and computers.

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Germany well-placed to handle Facebook privacy case: European official (The Guardian)

Facebook is unlikely to come under separate EU antitrust scrutiny since Germany, which launched an investigation into the social network last week, is well-placed to handle the case, Europe's antitrust chief said on Monday.

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07 March 2016

German court rules Facebook may block pseudonyms (Reuters)

Facebook may prevent its users from using fake names, a German court said on Thursday, overturning a previous order from the Hamburg data protection authority.

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Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74 (BBC News)

Internet pioneer Ray Tomlinson, who is credited with the invention of email, has died at the age of 74.

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Hackers targeting internet-connected systems to steal oil, expert warns (The Guardian)

Oil and gas companies should be extremely concerned about the threat of hackers targeting critical infrastructure as they attempt to steal commodities or cause explosions, a security expert has warned.

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Europe's Antitrust Enforcer on Google, Apple and the Year Ahead (New York Times)

Margrethe Vestager is already having a busy 2016. Ms. Vestager, the European Union's competition commissioner, is expected to move ahead in the coming months in the antitrust case she filed against Google, in which she has accused the company of favoring some of its own services in search results over those of rivals. The current charges, listed in what is known as a statement of objections, are just one in a number of competition-related headaches that the search engine may face this year in Europe.

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05 March 2016

German court rules Facebook may prevent its users from using fake names (The Guardian)

Facebook may prevent its users from using fake names, a German court said on Thursday, overturning a previous order from the Hamburg data protection authority.

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03 March 2016

Why changing your password regularly may do more harm than good (Washington Post)

Most office drones have had to deal with a job that requires them to keep changing their passwords like clockwork, maybe every six months or so. The longstanding IT security practice is based on the idea that flushing out old passwords will cut off access for bad guys who may have figured them out.

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Facebook Faces German Antitrust Investigation (New York Times)

Facebook became the latest American technology company on Wednesday to face antitrust hurdles in Europe after the German competition authority opened an investigation into whether the company has abused its dominant position in social networking.

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02 March 2016

Cambridge University Study Finds New gTLDs Could Add 73 Million Domain Registrations

The difficulty in obtaining an easy to remember domain name in many TLDs is the reason why "ICANN's release of new top level domains could prove a wise policy", a study from the University of Cambridge has found.

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UK snooper's charter: wider police powers to hack phones and access web history (The Guardian)

Powers for the police to access everyone's web browsing histories and to hack into phones are to be expanded under the latest version of the snooper's charter legislation.

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28 February 2016

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team (New York Times)

Like most 25-year-olds, Julia Rozovsky wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life. She had worked at a consulting firm, but it wasn't a good match. Then she became a researcher for two professors at Harvard, which was interesting but lonely. Maybe a big corporation would be a better fit. Or perhaps a fast-growing start-up. All she knew for certain was that she wanted to find a job that was more social. ''I wanted to be part of a community, part of something people were building together,'' she told me. She thought about various opportunities -- Internet companies, a Ph.D. program -- but nothing seemed exactly right. So in 2009, she chose the path that allowed her to put off making a decision: She applied to business schools and was accepted by the Yale School of Management.

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26 February 2016

Crackdowns on Free Speech Rise Across a Europe Wary of Terror (New York Times)

A puppet show at an open square in Madrid during Carnival festivities this month featured a policeman who tried to entrap a witch. The puppet officer held up a little sign to falsely accuse her, using a play on words that combined Al Qaeda and ETA, the Basque separatist group.

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