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Americans Value Privacy But Don't Trust Tech Companies To Provide It

Americans want privacy as much as ever — but in the digital age, most think it’s a lost cause. That, at least, is the depressing takeaway from a new Pew report, which shows that the faith of US citizens in digital service providers (and themselves) to protect their data is abysmally low.


Two Million Internet Users Designed This House... And It's Not Bad

Design by committee is usually a recipe for a hot pile of garbage. Design by a committee of two million? It’s not as bad as you’d think.


Here's Facebook's Little Red Book: A Guide To Zuckerbergian Truth

Facebook, like many Silicon Valley giants, has a mythology that’s used to indoctrinate workers. To help spread this ancestral origin story, Facebook enlisted its in-house print shop to publish a book of cultish aphorisms to guide inductees towards the light.


Here Are 40,000 Photos Of Old New York Plotted On A City Map

Over 40,000 vintage photos of New York City from the New York Public Library archives have been geotagged to a Google Map, letting you click right through history on every street corner.


Facebook Messenger Now Has 'Caller ID' So You Know Who's Messaging

Briefly: Facebook is today rolling out a new feature for its Messenger app that will tell you who’s trying to get in touch — with a big photo, description of your connection and other public information — the first time they contact you.


Crazy Rumour: Kanye Might Dump Jay Z's Tidal To Launch Swish On Beats

Here’s a ludicrous rumour we’re going to explore just for the heck of it because the thought of Kanye West and Apple and Dr. Dre doing something together makes me want to throw a cartoonishly large old-time cash register off a building just to watch millions float away in the wind.


The Internet's Physical Backbone Is Maxing Out

Last week, we heard reports that we’re on the verge of running out of internet, specifically, out of IPv4 addresses. Now, it seems, we may be hitting another, more serious internet wall: The cables.


Nick Szabo Is Probably Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto

Cryptocurrency expert and guy who continually denies he’s Satoshi Nakamoto, Nick Szabo, is probably Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto, according to the New York Times. “I’m not Satoshi,” Szabo told reporter Nathaniel Popper. He probably is, though.


Sketchy Spyware Company Hacked, Targets Doubly Screwed

Spyware company mSpy — which lets people pay for software to secretly track their loved ones, employees and really whoever they want — has been hacked, and a huge data dump posted on a Tor-accessible website.


Of Course Restaurants Are Designing Meals Just To Look Good On Instagram

It was only a matter of time. Though it’s not unusual for eateries to place plenty of importance on presentation (“we eat with our eyes first”, and all that), the rise of amateur food photographers means that one US restaurant chain has now admitted that it actively designs dishes based on how good they will look on Instagram.