The internet has turned into a giant shopping mall

In a year of Fake news, DDoS attacks, and Cambridge Analytica, how did 2017 rate for the internet?

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The internet has turned into a giant mall. Lying to Facebook could protect your data. Will Chinese "super apps" succeed in the West? How one woman is helping others overcome "hacking abuse".

How one woman is helping others overcome "hacking abuse"

Abusers threaten to compromise online accounts as a way of ensuring silence.

Will Chinese super apps succeed in the West?

In many ways, the Chinese tech scene was sort of a parallel world that flourished in isolation from the West. But as of late, some Chinese tech companies have been looking to expand their services into North America and Europe.

Lying to Facebook could help protect your data

Information security expert Chad Loder, suggests employing what he called "active deception" — flooding these services with fake data to make it impossible for them to tell what data is relevant.

Facial recognition technology is tracking billions in China. Could it happen here?

Jaywalkers receive a fine by text--moments after they commit the offence

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Twitter isn't the voice of the people. HAL might be the best A.I. has to offer. Twitter asks for help to fix the 'health' of its conversations. The surveillance potential of facial recognition.

Twitter asks for help to fix the 'health' of its conversations

The social media giant turns to social science to solve its toxic culture

Twitter isn't the voice of the people, and media shouldn't pretend it is

Mass media love to include ordinary peoples' tweets in stories, but they may not be ordinary, or even people.

Fifty years after Kubrick's 2001, HAL might be the best A.I. has to offer

Today's intelligent machines make HAL look good.

Why do we take so many pictures of our kids?

Photographer and videographer Andrew Budziak tries to explain.

The hidden history of the women who built the computer age

Women dominated early computer programming, but they've been overlooked by history.

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Programs with empathy. A new old computer. When women dominated coding.

Reviving a 70's computer for modern life

The Altairduino lets people relive the era of early computing.

Ready Player One revisited

A look back at our conversation with author Ernie Cline.

Why guess someone's mood when an AI can tell you?

AIs now feel empathy. What could go wrong?

The latest Facebook scandal is no surprise

The social platform is made to collect your data.

Energy poverty: the hidden technology gap

Two activists are working to make sure that everybody has access to affordable energy.

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And then there were 5 Gs. How musicians can thrive in the streaming era. Zeynep Tufekci on why the latest Facebook scandal is no suprise. 'Energy poverty' is expanding the digital divide.

How musicians can thrive in the streaming era

In the age of Spotify, musicians have to be tech-savvy and cultivate a strong fan base.

What will your phone get from one more G?

Beyond faster wireless speeds, 5G could further the growth of data-dependant technologies like autonomous vehicles and robotic surgery.

The unsung heroes protecting Wikipedia from disgruntled Bachelor fans

On March 6, fans of The Bachelor exploded onto this season's star, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Wikipedia page in search of revenge.

389: Wikipedia's protectors, contextual zoning, digital phenotyping and more

The Unsung Heroes Protecting Wikipedia. Environmental design for productivity. How Apple's new "spaceship" campus may cause concussions. How you use your smartphone might also reveal whether you're depressed. New technology aims to copy human skin.

Spark is looking at fitness tech for kids - and we want your help

Today's youngsters are the first generation to be born into a "Quantified Self" world, where achievements are gamified, stats are constantly updated, and those stats can be monitored.

How your phone habits could reveal signs of depression

A new field of research that looks at how we use our smartphones holds tremendous potential to transform the current mental healthcare system.