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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How to deal with Trump, trolls and aggressively emotive untruths online | Culture | The Guardian

The less time we waste on headlines and hand waving, the more we can focus on what’s actually going on

Source: How to deal with Trump, trolls and aggressively emotive untruths online | Culture | The Guardian

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America’s broken digital copyright law is about to be challenged in court | Technology | The Guardian

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the US government over ‘unconstitutional’ use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit on Thursday that American copyright wonks, technologists and security researchers have been hotly awaiting for nearly 20 years.

If they succeed, one of America’s most controversial technology laws will be struck down, and countries all over the world who have been pressured by the US trade representative to adopt this American rule will have to figure out whether they’ll still enforce it, even after the US has given up on it.

The rule is section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, the “anti-circumvention” rule that makes it illegal to break an “access control” for copyrighted works. These “access controls” often manifest as “digital rights management” (DRM), and the DMCA gives them unique standing in law.

EFF is suing the US government, arguing that section 1201 of the DMCA is unconstitutional, and also that the Library of Congress and the copyright office have failed to perform their duties in the three-year DMCA 1201 exemption hearings.

Continue Reading at Source: America’s broken digital copyright law is about to be challenged in court | Technology | The Guardian

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How can I protect my data if my laptop is stolen? | Technology | The Guardian

Steve wants to know how to protect his personal information if his Windows 7 laptop falls prey to thieves

I’m trying not to get my personal details, er, hijacked if my laptop is stolen. Is there any way I can protect myself, assuming a decent password is no defence? I’m running Windows 7 Pro. Steve

How much security do you need, and how much are you willing to pay for it? The answers will depend on what kind of information you want to protect, where the information is stored and who you are protecting it from.

Read more in this Guardian article: How can I protect my data if my laptop is stolen? | Technology | The Guardian

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Facebook pushes mobile users to Messenger app – BBC News

Facebook users on Android platforms are being notified that they will no longer be able to access private messages without the Messenger app.

Source: Facebook pushes mobile users to Messenger app – BBC News

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10 quick questions about installing Windows 10 – and how to block it | Technology | The Guardian

The majority of the questions sent to Ask Jack are about Windows 10. Here are 10 recent ones, plus a bonus: how to stop or block the upgrade

Source: 10 quick questions about installing Windows 10 – and how to block it | Technology | The Guardian

My own advice is to make sure you have everything backed up before you start and get your machine connected to an ethernet network as wifi just wont cut it for such a hefty download.

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