Whole Foods for thought: Austin foodies ponder future under Amazon

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Shelf-stockers and purveyors of locally sourced organic produce give a wary welcome to Jeff Bezoss buyout of the market that changed their town The ne plus ultra of sprouted oat honey hemp granola and mango habanero kale chips is on the west side of downtown Austin the location of arguably the worlds finest Whole Foods […]

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Rise of the machines: who is the internet of things good for?

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The long read: Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality ordering our shopping, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all but how can it? In San Francisco, a young engineer hopes to optimise his life through sensors that track his […]

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Bangladeshi girls being trained how to avoid online predators

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With an alarming rise in cybercrimes, often including blackmail, police offer workshops for thousands of teenagers What their attackers bet on is shame: in a conservative society, the horror of an intimate photo leaking, or rumours being spread, is enough to buy a teenage girls silence. We didnt even know anyone could harm us through […]

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‘Pretty ridiculous’: thousands of names stolen to attack net neutrality rules

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Letter says nearly half a million comments on FCC website may have been spam, set up by net neutralitys enemies to push for deregulation Last Tuesday, Joel Mullaney, a software engineer from Watertwin, Massachusetts, was browsing Reddit when he spotted a thread about people whose names and postal addresses had been falsely used to post […]

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Facebook struggles with ‘mission impossible’ to stop online extremism

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Social media giant faces criticism for doing too little to prevent extremist content as terrorists find ways of bypassing its rules Facebook moderators identified more than 1,300 posts on the site as credible terrorist threats in a single month and face a mission impossible to control the amount of content proliferated by extremists, according to […]

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How Facebook flouts Holocaust denial laws except where it fears being sued

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Leaked guidelines for moderators also reveal refugees are not protected by hate speech rules because they are a hot topic Facebooks policies on Holocaust denial will come under fresh scrutiny following the leak of documents that show moderators are being told not to remove this content in most of the countries where it is illegal. […]

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Nato stages summit to counter alleged Russian interference in elections

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Security specialists from 27 nations including Britain and the US will meet for five-day conference in Prague Security specialists from 27 countries including Britain and the US will meet in Prague in what is being billed as the most concerted attempt yet to counter alleged Kremlin destabilisation measures aimed at undermining western elections. The Czech […]

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Even Trump’s Twitter binges aren’t enough to make it worth $11bn | Nils Pratley

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Twitter chief says he is proud daily usage is rising, but revenues just fell and profits are nowhere to be seen As Jack Dorsey, the Twitter chief executive, said he was proud to report a 14% increase in daily usage of the social media service, the shares moved higher. Its Quarterly revenues fell by 8% […]

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