The personal details Facebook uses to target ads to you

Feel like Facebook’s been reading your brain? Here’s how the social network makes more than $8 billion from ads in a quarter.

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Apple has ditched earphone wires: what other cables should we get rid of? | Technology | The Guardian

Wired up … What will be next? Photograph: Alamy

The company has announced that the iPhone 7’s AirPods won’t have leads – but why stop there? The world needs a wireless declutter

Source: Apple has ditched earphone wires: what other cables should we get rid of? | Technology | The Guardian

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Facebook had no right to edit history | Erna Solberg | Opinion | The Guardian

The image of a Vietnamese girl attacked by napalm should not have been deleted from my page. We cannot let corporations control information in this way

Source: Facebook had no right to edit history | Erna Solberg | Opinion | The Guardian

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Publishers must let online readers pay for news anonymously | Technology | The Guardian

 

‘Tailored ads imply snooping because the most lucrative advertising on the internet is based on tracking people’s interests and behaviour.’ Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Some newspaper and magazine websites are cutting off access to readers unless they accept being surveilled by advertisers – no thank you!

Source: Publishers must let online readers pay for news anonymously | Technology | The Guardian

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Facebook fires trending team, and algorithm without humans goes crazy | Technology | The Guardian

The trending module was meant to have ‘learned’ from the human editors’ curation decisions. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Module pushes out false story about Fox’s Megyn Kelly, offensive Ann Coulter headline and a story link about a man masturbating with a McDonald’s sandwich

Source: Facebook fires trending team, and algorithm without humans goes crazy | Technology | The Guardian

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The Cyber Effect by Mary Aiken – review | Books | The Guardian

People gather to play Pokémon Go in Düsseldorf last month. Photograph: Action Press/Rex/Shutterstock

A cyberpsychologist is worryingly persuasive about the potential damage to children of a life online

The Cyber Effect is really rather good and doesn’t need its prevailing tone of relentless self-promotion to achieve its desired effect, which is to make one think about what digital technology is doing to us. Read more: The Cyber Effect by Mary Aiken – review | Books | The Guardian

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Google launches video chat app, Duo, to compete with FaceTime, Skype and Messenger

Google has launched its video chatting app, called Duo.

Google has launched its video chatting app, called Duo.

It represents Google’s response to other popular video calling options, including Apple’s FaceTime, Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s Messenger.

It’s not that different from the other video chatting services, except that it gives users a glimpse at who’s making the call, helping people decide whether to answer or not.

Google says it’s calling the feature, “knock, knock”.

Read more at Source: Google launches video chat app, Duo, to compete with FaceTime, Skype and Messenger

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Where in the world is my data and how secure is it? – BBC News

Who has your data? So much of our private details are stored in the cloud, but where is that exactly, and is it secure?

When Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist, requested to see his personal data that Facebook stored on its servers, he was mailed a CD-ROM containing a 1,222-page document.

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Pokémon Go: Who owns the virtual space around your home? | Technology | The Guardian

A Pokémon Go player in front of Flinders Street in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

I can’t put a billboard on your house without your permission, but I can put a Pokéstop there. As real and virtual worlds collide, that is causing problems

This is an interesting article which suggests that we should be able to protect a data area around our private property to prevent AR companies from exploiting it.

Source: Pokémon Go: Who owns the virtual space around your home? | Technology | The Guardian

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Facebook wants to stop clickbait. (And you won’t believe how they’re doing it) | Technology | The Guardian

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Facebook singled out examples of offending headlines, such as: ‘When She Looked Under Her Couch Cushions And Saw THIS… I Was SHOCKED!’ Photograph: Cultura RM / Alamy/Alamy

 

Facebook has stepped up its battle against much-reviled (but effective) ‘clickbait’ headlines in its newsfeed with an algorithm that weeds out the most misleading

Source: Facebook wants to stop clickbait. (And you won’t believe how they’re doing it) | Technology | The Guardian

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