facebook
Facebook Claimed It Could Sell Ads to 10 Million More Millennials Than Actually Exist

Citing census data, an equity research analyst claims Facebook is once again inflating one of its key metrics, this time grossly over-reporting its ability to sell ads and effectively inventing millions more young Americans than actually exist. Read More >>

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The Next Version Of USB Will Charge Faster And Transfer More Data

If you've been wondering when USB Type-C will take over the world, look around you — its slow and inexorable march is continuing. The latest update to the standard, USB 3.2, doubles the existing 10Gbps speed of USB 3.1, on the same cables. Read More >>

science
Australia Releases Trove of Scientific Data from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 Search

It can be hard to look for the bright side in a tragedy. But resolving tragedies often requires an immense amount of human effort, and that effort results in new knowledge. New genetic forensics techniques emerged from the identification of 9/11 victims, for example. Another tragedy, the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 three years ago, is starting to yield its own benefits to the scientific community. Read More >>

networks
Twitter Doesn’t Count on Virgin Mobile Data Plans

Virgin's Mobile division has had an idea that might get you switching to one of its plans the next time it's time to sulk off from your current provider -- free data for some services. The latest thing to be added to its data-free whitelist is infinite-scrolling thing-to-do Twitter. Read More >>

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UK 5G Tech Trials are Starting in Early 2018

A group of three UK universities says it'll have enough hardware cobbled together in order to run a small test of a potential 5G network tech in early 2018, with King's College London and Surrey and Bristol Universities hoping to demonstrate the data transmission protocols of the future rather soon. Read More >>

networks
EU Roaming Fees Are Abolished From Today – But Will Brexit Bring Them Back?

Today's the day! After years of negotiations and planning, today is the day that going on holiday to Europe just got a little bit cheaper, as mobile roaming fees have officially been abolished inside the European Union. Read More >>

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You Almost Definitely Don’t Know All the Ways Facebook Tracks You

We’re all aware of the deal we make when we sign up with Facebook: we get somewhere to post holiday photos and stalk friends, and Mark Zuckerberg gets to sell your passion for fishing trips to fishing equipment retailers. What you might not realise is how deep or extensive the tracking goes—so let’s shed some light on it. Read More >>

politics
The EU Wants to Make it Easier for Police to Access Electronic Data Stored in Other EU Countries

In news that would likely make Theresa May second guess her commitment to Brexit, the EU has announced that it was to speed up the processes that let police retrieve electronic evidence stored in other EU countries by US-based tech companies. Read More >>

london
It’s Official: The Bakerloo Is The Hottest London Underground Line

Ahhh, look at the lovely weather. It must be summer in London at last. Time to stroll through Hyde Park, stop for a drink at one of the capital’s countless drinking establishments… and then risk death by melting, by stepping on to an unbearably warm Tube. Read More >>

privacy
Unroll.Me CEO So Sorry You Found Out His Company Sold Your Data

The classic non-apology goes something like this: “I’m sorry if you were upset.” It’s a sneaky way of expressing regret for how one’s shitty actions made another person feel, rather than the shitty actions themselves. But the CEO of Unroll.Me — whose parent company was revealed this weekend to have sold Unroll.Me’s anonymised customer data to Uber — has invented a whole new level of terrible, borderline sociopathic non-apology. He’s not sorry that you were upset about your data being sold. He’s sorry he got caught. Read More >>

reddit
Data Analyst Reveals the Secret to Highly Successful Reddit Comments

Crunching the numbers on the millions upon millions of Reddit comments just to crack the code on upvotes would be difficult work. Thankfully, two software engineers, a Google big data project, and some careful analysis have already done the heavy lifting, revealing the simple trick to getting the top comment in most threads: get there first. Read More >>

housing crisis
Fascinating New Map Shows UK House Prices By The Square Metre

A new map by dataviz whiz Anna Powell-Smith shows, for the first time, house prices in England and Wales by the square metre. Read More >>

crime
Wonga Calls in Police Over 245,000 User Details Hack

Payday loan specialist Wonga appears to be the latest high-profile victim of a hack, with the lender saying that details of 245,000 UK customers have been hacked out of its servers. Read More >>

london
Here’s How Much TfL Made From Your Lost Property Last Year

People lose a lot of stuff on London public transport. Between April '15 and March '16, for instance, they lost 32,929 mobile phones, 11,509 umbrellas, 43,277 items of clothing and 43,068 bags – not to mention all the weird and wonderfuls like musical instruments, play props and small children. Wait, not that last one. Hopefully. Read More >>