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Fracking: where's the debate about its climate change risks? | Leo Hickman

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Fracking looks set to be given the green light in the UK, but there is a worrying lack of discussion about its climate implicationsRarely a day goes by, it seems, when "fracking" isn't in the news. It's either being hailed as a miracle energy source, or it is being condemned...
Fracking: where's the debate about its climate change risks? | Leo Hickman

Google Music users granted de-authentication reprieve as company retools activation system

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Google Music users learned of a frightful new policy this morning that dictates a user may de-authorize only four devices in a year, out of ten total activations. While the policy is likely to go unnoticed by the majority of consumers, it instantly created a great pain for those...
Google Music users granted de-authentication reprieve as company retools activation system

Craig Newmark: Social Networks Are Shifting the Balance of Power

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Craigslist founder Craig Newmark says that he believes social networking and the rise of distributed trust and reputation networks are helping to shift the balance of power in society, away from those with nominal power and money and towards people who emerge from the grassroots. Although personal social networks...
Craig Newmark: Social Networks Are Shifting the Balance of Power

The Obama Administration Briefly Considers Developing 'Explicit Rules' For Killer Drones, Abandons Process After Romney Loses Election

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The US government's "targeted strike" drone program has been around since George W. Bush's first presidential term. Despite being nearly a decade old, the program has largely operated in a gray area of legality, with no codified set of rules governing drone strikes. So, what does it take to get...
The Obama Administration Briefly Considers Developing 'Explicit Rules' For Killer Drones, Abandons Process After Romney Loses Election

Prepare To Pay For Your Privacy

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Yesterday I walked from Cambodia into Thailand. On the way out of Cambodia, I was fingerprinted; on the way into Thailand, I was photographed. While I waited for the train to Bangkok I read legendary hacker Jamie Zawinski’s tale of how the powers that be “wanted to mandate that I...
Prepare To Pay For Your Privacy

Tracking: Drones And The Law

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Armed drones abroad and autonomous commercial and law enforcement aircraft at home are entangled in ever-changing legal issues. Here is Fast Company's look at the evolving legal aspects, and what they mean for the future. 6:15 p.m., 05/23/2013 Obama's Drone Policy Speech In a historic sea change, President Barack...
Tracking: Drones And The Law

Report Suggests Obama May Take Drones Away From The CIA

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While much of the recent conversation here surrounding the United States' use of drones has centered on the fear of how they might be used domestically, there can be little doubt that their use is highly controversial around the world as well. In that arena, the questions that arise...
Report Suggests Obama May Take Drones Away From The CIA
Scoopshot is another UGC photo agency, but can it spot fakes?

Japanese Government Warns Against Google's App Store

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Malicious Android apps prompt the Japanese government to warn its citizens. The Information Technology Promotion Agency has alerted Japan's Android smartphone and tablet users to avoid a malicious app called "sexy porn model wallpaper," and to avoid using Google's official Android app store Play altogether. The app in question...
Japanese Government Warns Against Google's App Store

Who dares to dodge Google's information tax? | McKenzie Wark

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In exchange for giving up our personal data, we get to watch each other's cat videos, while Google becomes the new stateOf course Google doesn't want to pay its taxes to the British crown, like a loyal corporate subject. In Google's mind it secretly thinks that it is now something...
Who dares to dodge Google's information tax? | McKenzie Wark

In Silicon Valley, Chieftains Rule With Few Checks and Balances

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The idea of the visionary chief executive dominates in Silicon Valley, and there may be little room for input from directors or shareholders....
In Silicon Valley, Chieftains Rule With Few Checks and Balances

Deal Professor: In Silicon Valley, Chieftains Rule With Few Checks and Balances

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The idea of the visionary chief executive dominates in Silicon Valley, and there may be little room for input from directors or shareholders....
Deal Professor: In Silicon Valley, Chieftains Rule With Few Checks and Balances

More Than Any Other Industry, FinTech Needs Accelerators

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It’s not hard to glean why a barely-there, idea-stage startup might want to join an accelerator. The programs are designed to pump your company full of enough resources, networking, and advice to get a beta launch out the door. The small chunk of cash they offer in exchange for...
More Than Any Other Industry, FinTech Needs Accelerators

Trada Crowdsources Search Engine Marketing Campaigns

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This post is part of Mashable’s Spark of Genius series, which highlights a unique feature of startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. The series is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark.Name: TradaQuick Pitch: Trada’s online marketplace boosts Google and...
Trada Crowdsources Search Engine Marketing Campaigns

The ACLU says it supports the Online Communications and Geolocation Protection Act debated in Congress

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) organization has issued a statement coming out in support of the Online Communications and Geolocation Protection Act (OCGPA) currently being debated by both houses in the US Congress. If passed and signed into law, law enforcement officials would be required to obtain a warrant...
The ACLU says it supports the Online Communications and Geolocation Protection Act debated in Congress
EFF sues DOJ for information on legality of warrantless wiretaps

Unified Social raises $14M for ‘social operating platform’ for enterprise

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Unified Social, an enterprise-grade social operating platform, announced Thursday that it had raised $14 million in new financing. Advance Publications Inc., the company that owns Condé Nast Publications, contributed $10 million, with Silicon Valley bank providing $4 million. Andrew Siegel, Advance Publications’ SVP of strategy and corporate development, who previously...
Unified Social raises $14M for ‘social operating platform’ for enterprise

Evgeny Morozov: 'We are abandoning all the checks and balances'

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Technology writer Evgeny Morozov on the political dangers of the internet, why newspapers are great - and his personal means of escapeEvgeny Morozov is a Belarus-born technology writer who has held positions at Stanford and Georgetown universities in the US. His first book, The Net Delusion, argued that "Western do-gooders...
Evgeny Morozov: 'We are abandoning all the checks and balances'

How to make Twitter the ultimate news ticker

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It’s been a tumultuous several weeks for Twitter, Reddit and the social web, during which we’ve seen both its great potential and confounding dark side. There was the recent AP account hacking – which instantly (but temporarily) drained some $200 billion from the stock market – the mass confusion of...
How to make Twitter the ultimate news ticker

While Britain picks over the Leveson inquiry, the US produces Facebook

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There is no reason why we can't create a world-changing media business but our energy is being diverted elsewhereFacebook, on the other side of the pond, may or may not be worth $100bn, but either way it doesn't matter. Eye instead the company's S-1 filing with the US securities and...
While Britain picks over the Leveson inquiry, the US produces Facebook

Zappos Eats $1.6 Million In Pricing Snafu

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Zappos-owned e-commerce site 6pm.com had a little pricing problem this weekend: A glitch in its system marked down every product in the store to $49.95. By the time the problem was fixed, the store had lost $1.6 million. So, did Zappos cancel the orders or charge the customers the...
Zappos Eats $1.6 Million In Pricing Snafu

Nokia Releases 3D Print Files For Lumia 820 Smartphone. Got A 3D Printer? Custom Print Your Own Removable Shell

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Now this is cool: mobile maker Nokia has released 3D print files for one of its smartphones so owners of 3D printers can custom print their own removable shell. Nokia already sells different colour shells for the handset in question, the Lumia 820 — which has a removable backplate —...
Nokia Releases 3D Print Files For Lumia 820 Smartphone. Got A 3D Printer? Custom Print Your Own Removable Shell

Senate Rejects Final FISA Amendment, Lets Spying Program Stay Shrouded In Secrecy

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Yesterday, we covered the rushed last-minute debate over the FISA Amendments Act, after which three critical amendments that would have brought some accountability to the NSA's spying program were all struck down. This morning, the fourth and final such amendment from Senators Wyden and Udall was also rejected, in a...
Senate Rejects Final FISA Amendment, Lets Spying Program Stay Shrouded In Secrecy

The west is moving towards China in its quest for mass surveillance | Henry Porter

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The future of our free society demands that we seek the truth from the government about internet snoopingAnglo-American intelligence scandals, such as the one that preceded the Iraq war, are usually smothered or buried in an endless, unpublished inquiry. Normal service soon resumes and everyone gets to keep his job....
The west is moving towards China in its quest for mass surveillance | Henry Porter

Matrix: Building and Managing Your Online Career Reputation (Unvarnished, LinkedIn, Blogs, and More)

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In the digital world, expect your clients, new boss, and recruiters to review your online footprint.  In fact, a Microsoft study “showed that 70 percent of hiring managers have rejected candidates because of what they found on line. It’s not all bad news, though. 85 percent said they were influenced...
Matrix: Building and Managing Your Online Career Reputation (Unvarnished, LinkedIn, Blogs, and More)

AdBlock Plus Responds To Play Store Ban: "Unilateral Move By Google Threatens Consumer Choice"

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Yesterday Google began removing ad-blocking apps from its Play Store on the grounds that they violate part of its Developer Distribution Agreement. Now one of the removed apps, AdBlock Plus, has hit back publicly at what it dubs a “unilateral move by Google”, putting out a statement slamming Mountain View for threatening...
AdBlock Plus Responds To Play Store Ban: "Unilateral Move By Google Threatens Consumer Choice"

China v the US: how the superpowers compare

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As Barack Obama prepares for the 'no-necktie summit' with the Chinese leader Xi Jinping in California, we decided to look at the two superpowers and compare data such as health, wealth and environmental development - an inherently tricky task given the countries' markedly different systems. Can it be done? Join...
China v the US: how the superpowers compare
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