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“The internet is a big newspaper that everyone reads.” When I worked at Advertising Age, an ad industry trade publication, we’d use that line whenever a source didn’t want to share news with us. We were a small, narrowly-focused magazine, yes. But once we broke a story, it would travel…

The Sims needed toilets because they did pee

“THIS IS GOING TO BE THE 3D INTERNET” a tech reporter boldly wrote. When was this claim made? Not in a 2021 tweet covering Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of the metaverse, but in an early 2000’s magazine article forecasting a rosy future for the virtual world Second Life (SL). I was…

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Twitter is not so great at tweeting. That’s one obvious conclusion to draw from the hullabaloo that erupted today when the company tweeted a link to its new media policy, and described it in this way: “Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images…

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Earlier this month, a Russian satellite called Kosmos 1408 exploded, resulting in a cloud of debris that endangered the International Space Station (ISS) and the safety of its seven astronauts.

The explosion was no accident.

The Russian military destroyed Kosmos 1408 using an anti-satellite missile fired from the ground. Upon…

Amazon isn’t just listening to you; it’s letting others spy on you too.

Next to the U.S. military, the most trusted institution in America is Amazon. According to a Harvard/Harris Poll done in June 2021, 71% of the public has a favorable or very favorable view of the giant company, ahead of the police, the Centers for Disease Control, the FBI and the…

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Headset, check. Robotic gloves, check. Full body Metaverse suit… not yet, but don’t rule it out.

When Facebook pulled its PR stunt (sorry, restructuring) and rebranded itself as Meta, it announced that it would spend over $10 billion to make the Metaverse a reality. Well, a virtual reality. Sigh. You…

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This summer, the Lithuanian government went public with an astounding finding. A Xiaomi phone sold in Europe — the Mi 10T 5G — could censor approximately 450 words and phrases, it said. The blocklist wasn’t active, but could be activated remotely. …

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