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Government IT contractors hiring staff in India to work on benefits system

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Disclosure appears to contradict minister's assurances that his department's major IT projects would not go abroadHundreds of computer technicians in India are being hired to help develop an IT system for the government's universal credit welfare programme, work potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds, despite promises that large data...
Government IT contractors hiring staff in India to work on benefits system

US military pushed for closure of CIA-Saudi website: report

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The US military in 2008 shut down a website set up by the CIA and Saudi Arabia to expose terror plots, angering both parties, who saw the site as a vital intelligence tool, the Washington Post reported Friday.Despite objections from the Central Intelligence Agency, US military computer experts dismantled the...
US military pushed for closure of CIA-Saudi website: report

Ai Weiwei: 'Every day in China, we put the state on trial' | Ai Weiwei

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We can't rely on state-owned media to fight for free speech. It is up to us citizens to use the internet to bring change to ChinaFor ages, artists have asked difficult questions about the human condition. It is their privilege to pursue such questions without needing to yield practical results....
Ai Weiwei: 'Every day in China, we put the state on trial' | Ai Weiwei
Navigating the rough waters of adolescent depression in the age of Facebook
YouWeb incubator founder launches Q&A forum for tech entrepreneurs

Engadget gets animated in 'An Engadget Christmas'

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We understand that the holidays can be a tough time of year. And certainly gadget editors aren't immune from the sort of soul-searching melancholia that can come with season's greetings. But as we do with all of life's most difficult questions, we've opted to work things out in the...
Engadget gets animated in 'An Engadget Christmas'

Google's Singhal: Speech, natural language recognition among search's biggest challenges

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As Google aims to expand search's ability to answer increasingly difficult questions based on contextual information, several key obstacles still stand in its way. Knowledge Graph, a feature designed to put users' searches in context and deliver tailored results, as well as understanding speech, natural language and conversation are...
Google's Singhal: Speech, natural language recognition among search's biggest challenges

Trivia Party, The Draw Something Of Little Known Facts, Hits 10,000 Questions Answered

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We first met the folks from Lamp Lighter at an NYC office hours session, and just as we expected, their app Trivia Party is doing swimmingly in the App Store. After a week of availability, the app has already made its way into the Top 100 zone within the trivia...
Trivia Party, The Draw Something Of Little Known Facts, Hits 10,000 Questions Answered

Why Ouya's $99 gaming console faces challenges in its attempt to challenge the status quo

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With the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for its $99 console today, Ouya enters the market at a strange time for video games. The current console cycle is one of the longest ever seen – and yet consumers don’t seem to be crying out for new hardware. The growth in...
Why Ouya's $99 gaming console faces challenges in its attempt to challenge the status quo

Which Q&A App Sucks The Least? [Chart]

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Savvy - and even not-so-savvy - mobile and online users know that most Question & Answer platforms aren't worth the time and effort it takes to scan them. But the good folks at the Butler University Business Accelerator set out to learn exactly how bad they are, and which ones suck the...
Which Q&A App Sucks The Least? [Chart]
Killer Story: School Shooting Drama Unfolds on Facebook

Test your South Park knowledge with Who Wants to be a Millionaire Special Editions

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Who Wants to be a Millionaire Special Editions: South Park is a new iOS release from 2waytraffic, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The game is a paid Universal app, but is not presently available in the U.S. App Store. It is, however, available in Europe. This is apparently due...
Test your South Park knowledge with Who Wants to be a Millionaire Special Editions
Dispelling myths: Personalized learning tools will not replace teachers
Ask Ziggy, Siri For Windows Phone, Closes $5 Million Funding Round To Expand To iOS, Android

Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Is Already Crushing the Dreams of Other Windows Hardware Makers

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The first Microsoft Surface tablets won’t hit the streets for months, but the devices are already causing problems for other companies who make tablets and raising difficult questions about how how Microsoft is treating the companies that build computers and mobile devices based on its software. Just a day after...
Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Is Already Crushing the Dreams of Other Windows Hardware Makers
IBM's Watson Is Learning Its Way To Saving Lives

Does Tomb Raider's Lara Croft really have to be a survivor of a rape attempt? | Mary Hamilton

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Sexual assault is too often used by writers as lazy shorthand for showing women as vulnerable and their male attackers as evilThe Tomb Raider video game franchise, and its heroine Lara Croft, is 16 years, nine games, two films and at least one amusement park ride, old this year. Although...
Does Tomb Raider's Lara Croft really have to be a survivor of a rape attempt? | Mary Hamilton

Fox Sends Cease & Desist Letters To Firefly Fans Selling Jayne Hats, Because Money

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As a whole bunch of you sent in, via a variety of different sources, apparently a maker of "Jayne hats" from the cult TV show Firefly has received a cease & desist letter from the legal attack dogs at Fox, just as an "authorized" version has shown up for sale...
Fox Sends Cease & Desist Letters To Firefly Fans Selling Jayne Hats, Because Money

The Next Web is looking for investigative reporters and feature writers

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We’re looking for writers to join The Next Web’s features team. Feature writers will join us on a freelance basis and be paid per-article. We’re seeking contributors in several categories, but across all of them you must have a few essential traits. Passionate about technology Fast, confident writer Natural attention...
The Next Web is looking for investigative reporters and feature writers

Highlights From Facebook's Maiden Call: Zuck Gulps on Mobile, Instagram Not Officially Acquired, and a Big No on That Phone

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People we wish we were on the call with Zuck. Facebook cut the line on its first-ever earnings call not too long ago and, as predicted, Mark Zuckerberg was on the line, as were CEO Sheryl Sandberg and CFO David Ebersman. Also as predicted, Zuck sounded like Kermit the Frog, albeit...
Highlights From Facebook's Maiden Call: Zuck Gulps on Mobile, Instagram Not Officially Acquired, and a Big No on That Phone
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