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  • Living with Google Glass and Twitter’s TV dreams: top stories you should read

    What's it like to walk down the street wearing a pair of US$1500 futuristic glasses? What steps is Twitter taking to make sure that little hashtag stays on the corner of your TV screen? Why does YouTube always seem to be buffering? What happened to the Nook? And what exactly is Zuckism? Curious? These are some of the questions answered by our round up of some of the top tech stories of the week. Why YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make -- and break -- online video It's an annoying fact of life for YouTubers who want to watch but...

  • Facebook’s secret number and stalking shoppers: top stories you should read

    Would you still be as keen to post your life updates on Facebook if you realised that while most of your 'friends' had seen the post, only a tiny percentage actually cared enough to like or comment? Are you okay with retailers using your Wi-Fi hungry phone to figure out which aisles you frequented in their store? Is Instagram really the death of 'serious' photography? And what is all the fuss about PRISM? These are just some of the questions raised by this week's roundup of some of the most interesting tech stories we've found on the web. Attention, shoppers:...

  • Dropbox’s dreams and hiding from the NSA: top stories you should read

    Take some cloud storage, throw in a bit of paranoia and a self driving car and what do you get? Some of the top tech stories featured in this week's round up. Ok, so it's a little bit more than that -- we also take a look at Pandora's PR problem and how London's Tech City got off the ground: Dropbox blows up the box, connecting every app, file, and device It started out as a simple cloud storage offering that meant you no longer had to email yourself stuff -- but now Dropbox is becoming much more. Wired speaks to the...

  • Apple’s rules and your friends’ data: top tech stories you should read

    Waiting for a video to load. Finding friends on Facebook. Locating an internet connection. Playing a game. These may sound like simple activities, but there is often a lot more to them than you'd think. Those seconds you wait for a video to load are a challenge to YouTube's team, just as getting a game with potentially controversial content to users is for a number of developers. Even something like global internet access isn't a simple process. This week's round-up of some of the top tech stories on the web includes some of the back stories and behind-the-scenes insights...

  • Cyberwarfare and the secrets of PRISM: top tech stories you should read

    Sometimes, the big things actually appear to be quite subtle. Like the level of applause in a crowd during Sony's PS4 event at E3, which becomes an early indicator of the fan sentiments to follow. Some things aren't visible to the public -- like the data-capturing going on through the PRISM programme or the measures spy chiefs are taking to arm themselves for cyber attacks. Even the stories behind less mysterious projects are unknown -- like the real time scoring system that existed years before the rise of the second screen and live tweeting. This round up of some...

  • Secret wars and cyber snooping: top tech stories you should read

    Secrets. They're everywhere -- from the undercover digital battles sweeping the web to accusations around PRISM, the classified programme that surreptitiously collects user information from companies like Apple and Yahoo! in the name of security. Tumblr seems to have found the secret to a massive acquisition and quick payout, and there are lesser-known stories about how illegal pharmaceutical sites have benefited from Google's ridiculously profitable advertising products. These are just some of the things brought to light by our round up of some of the top tech stories on the web. Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading internet...

  • Google’s secret lab and retro Yahoo!: top tech stories you should read

    If you could work at Google, chances are you'd like to join Google X: the secret lab that's responsible for futuristic tech like Glass. But while some of its projects may seem far fetched, so did the idea of a web of connected computers, back before the father of the internet began his work. His invention allows people around the world to study online -- but are those digital educations really a substitute for a brick-and-mortar university with real-life professors? These are some of the topics covered by the articles which feature in our round up of some of...

  • Android isn’t winning and Facebook’s IPO flop: top stories you should read

    Android. Yahoo. Tumblr. Facebook. Google. Some of the biggest names in tech are well documented, but there are still stories to be told. Like, what really happened around the time of Facebook's less-than-stellar IPO? Is Android really 'winning'? What happened to get Yahoo! to this point? Where did the ideas that spawned Tumblr come from? How (and why) did Google kill off Google Talk and Google+ Messenger to create Hangouts? Intrigued? The answers lie in the articles included in this installment of our round up of some of the top tech stories on the web. Facebook, one year...

  • Instagram’s history and internet in space: top tech stories you should read

    When you snapped, cropped and filtered your last latté, did you stop to think about the company behind the retro photo app, and how it got to where it is today? Perhaps, instead, you took a moment to appreciate the simplicity of a touchscreen, and imaged what a life without physical keys would be like. But perhaps you should be thinking about what life would be like without the internet, on another planet. Confused? These are just a few of the ideas raised by the writers in our latest round up of some of the top tech stories on...

  • Facebook’s invisible design and big data recruitment: top stories you should read

    You've probably seen it a thousand times, but do you really notice the subtle lines on Facebook beckoning you to post that photo, give it your information and update your status? Believe it or not, those little boxes are a major consideration for the social network, and mistakes could affect your posts. If you're not posting, you could miss out on a job opportunity: yes, recruitment agencies are starting to harness online data -- including that from social media -- to identify the best possible candidates to approach. Those people might be the perfect ones for the job, or...

  • Mistakes on social media and iTunes’ old age: top stories you should read

    Chances are that you caught up on the events in Boston on social media. But what were you reading: fact or fiction? Perhaps you tuned the chaos out all together and listened to some music. But did you switch to steaming or hit iTunes for your fix? Perhaps you escaped the news with an ebook and hit Amazon for the latest download for your Kindle. But what is the company learning about you through your clicks, and how could it use that data in the future? Confused? It'll make more sense soon... these are just some of the issues raised...

  • Inside Facebook Home and Google’s Star Trek dream: top stories you should read

    So you thought Glass was a crazy ambition? Google has something else up its sleeve: it's trying to replicate a gadget previously only glimpsed by sci fi fans. But while the tech giant has its eye on the future, Facebook is focusing on your friends and your phone, if its recent Home launch is any indication. Your friends are also important to TV networks, who want as many viewers as possible so they can bundle in ads and programming and make a serious profit. But are friends and followers a reliable metric for measuring interest levels on social media? Confused?...

  • Twitter CVs and Google’s plan to make it rain: top tech stories you should read

    Imagine you're looking for a job. Which social network would you hit first? LinkedIn's the obvious choice... but perhaps you should give Twitter a chance. It's apparently becoming the next social platform for targeted job ads and recruiting. Yes, it seems strange -- this is after all, the service you probably use to talk about TV shows, the latest sci-fi movies and share Instagrammed photos of your coffee. But at least Twitter hasn't gathered the same level of concern as Google has, with a number of users questioning its every move and wondering what exactly a search company thinks...

  • Twitter’s silent partner and Facebook’s ad genesis: top stories you should read

    Imagine if you'd helped start one of the most successful social networks on the planet. You'd probably expect people to know who you are, right? Not if you're Jason Goldman. Twitter's 'secret' early employee was more focused on making sure Twitter survived than in building his own fame. Techie glory wasn't a problem for Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, but, like Goldman, they also had to worry about how their social network was going to make money. It's a path that would eventually lead them to Facebook Home. And the Facebook power duo could probably sympathise with some of...

  • TV’s smart new age and Facebook’s app problems: top stories you have to read

    Facebook's irreconcilable interests may be putting its developers at risk, but TV is getting smarter and sexier as Myspace eyes a return to stardom and Twitter celebrates its seventh birthday. What am I on about? You'll undestand once you've read these four interesting stories we've found on the web and featured in this week's instalment of our top tech stories series. The new rules of the hyper-social, data-driven, actor-friendly, super-seductive platinum age of television Let's face it: the old Nielsen family rating is dead. But the TV industry is getting smarter -- they realise it's not just about how many...