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The Online Icons That Didn’t Survive the Web’s First 30 Years

As March draws to close, so does our celebration of the World Wide Web’s 30th birthday, making it as good a time as ever to take a look back at some the features and formats that bit the dust along the way. Read More >>

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A ‘Dark Day’: Copyright Law That Threatens the Internet as We Know It Passes Final EU Vote

Amid widespread protests, online and off, the European Union approved a controversial new copyright directive on Tuesday. Two years in the making, the legislation is intended to give copyright holders more control over their work, but critics say it could hand more power to tech giants, stifle the free flow of information, and kill our beloved memes. Read More >>

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Pentagon Brass Bafflingly Accuses Google of Providing ‘Direct Benefit’ to China’s Military

There are many reasons to be critical of Google. But on Thursday, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, stopped just short of accusing the tech giant of treason. Read More >>

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Apple’s Spat With Spotify Is a Fight for Its Future – and It’s Failing to Make Its Case

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been more than clear that services like the iOS App Store are an essential part of the company’s future as consumers hang onto devices for longer and longer periods between upgrades. When Spotify filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple this week, it fired a direct shot at the tech giant’s strategy. Now, Apple has issued its rebuttal to Spotify’s accusations. Read More >>

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As Massive Outage Plagues Facebook, Telegram Welcomes Millions of New Users

Slowly but surely, it appears that Facebook is getting its “family of apps” back online. The consequences of the longest outage in the company’s history, however, remain to be seen. On Thursday, one of Facebook’s underrecognised competitors, Telegram, said that it added three million new users in the last 24 hours. When it comes to Facebook’s long-term plans, that’s bad news. Read More >>

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New Report Gives Us Clearest Picture Yet of Whistleblower Allegations Against Tesla

This week, a third whistleblower came forward with damning allegations against Tesla. A former member of the Tesla security team, he is now corroborating claims by previous whistleblowers that Tesla hid information about the theft of raw materials from shareholders and conducted unauthorised surveillance on employees that included hacking at least one person’s phone. Read More >>

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Elon Musk: You Can’t Make Me Never Tweet

On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk filed his response to a request from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that an American federal court hold him in contempt for violating a settlement agreement. In the filing, Musk argues that restrictions on his tweeting amount to an “unconstitutional power grab” by the SEC and that he didn’t even violate the agreement anyway. Read More >>

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Targeted TV Ads Should Be Illegal

Has the past decade of advertising innovation taught us nothing? Do we really need more devices tracking us and parsing us into ever-smaller quadrants of magnetisable products? If you ask Vizio, the answer is abso-fucking-lutely. The American TV manufacturing giant announced on Tuesday that it’s joined forces with some of the biggest media companies in the world to bring targeted ads to US television sets at the beginning of next year. Read More >>

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Adobe Is Finally Killing Shockwave Player for Good

A specific era of the world wide web will come to an end next month when Adobe officially discontinues its Shockwave multimedia platform. You might want to get in a final round in your favourite browser-based game—but, more than anything, you should use this moment to delete Shockwave from your computer once and for all. Read More >>

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The Y2K Moment for GPS Systems Is Just a Month Away

Do you know where you’ll be on April 6, 2019? If you heavily rely on GPS, you may not be able to determine where you are when that date rolls around. That’s because GPS navigation technology was originally built with a short-sighted timekeeping system that will reset next month and has the potential to cause chaos. Read More >>

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Woman and Homeless Man Plead Guilty to Charges Related to Alleged £306,000 GoFundMe Scam

On Wednesday, the saga of the most infamous GoFundMe campaign in history came closer to a conclusion. A woman and a homeless man in the US whom prosecutors claim engaged in a fraudulent scheme that raised $400,000 (£306,000) on the crowdfunding site have pleaded guilty to federal charges. Read More >>

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Chelsea Manning Faces Contempt Hearing for Refusing to Answer Grand Jury Questions on WikiLeaks

Whistleblower and activist Chelsea Manning has been ordered to appear at a contempt hearing this Friday for refusing to answer questions about her 2010 disclosure of classified material to WikiLeaks before a federal grand jury in the US state of Virginia. Read More >>

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Japanese Police Investigate 13-Year-Old Prankster for Sharing Link to ‘Uncloseable’ Pop-Up Window

A 13-year-old girl living in Kariya, Japan has been investigated and chastised by police for sharing a prank link online. The link reportedly initiates a pop-up window designed to be impossible to close online. Read More >>

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There’s Only One Surviving Blockbuster Left on Planet Earth

This weekend audiences will lineup to check out the ‘90s nostalgia trip of Captain Marvel. Younger viewers will look at the Blockbuster Video Store featured in the film and have little understanding of what kind of business they’re looking at. That’s because, at the same time, the staff of the last Blockbuster in Australia will be winding down the business and shuttering the store—leaving just one final location of the venerable franchise left on Earth. Read More >>

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Google Pulls Photos Feature From Android TV After Bug Exposed Users

Following the discovery of a bug that showed hundreds of Google accounts as being linked to unrelated individual users, Google has temporarily shut down Photos on Android TV. The mysterious software flaw demonstrated potential privacy concerns, and the company said a fix is in the works. Read More >>