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Google backtracks on porn ban in Blogger

Heeding ‘ton of feedback’ from users, company announces it won’t implement changes, but steps up enforcement of existing policy on sexually explicit contentGoogle has backtracked on plans to ban sexually explicit images from its blogging platform Blogger, in the face of widespread opposition from users.The company had initially announced a ban on “sexually explicit or graphic nude images o

Republicans strike back: FCC member invokes Star Wars in net neutrality fight

Republican Ajit Pai quotes Emperor Palpatine, of Star Wars’s evil galactic empire, in attack on new broadband rules regulating the internetRepublicans invoked Star Wars’s evil galactic emperor in their attacks on new broadband regulations on Friday, warning that the public and Silicon Valley were in for an unpleasant surprise.Quoting Emperor Palpatine, Republican Ajit Pai, a member of the

Mobile communications industry gathers in Barcelona for MWC 2015

Mobile World Congress will as usual not feature Apple – and nor will users be represented – but it remains the industry’s biggest show in town The world’s largest mobile technology event kicks off on Sunday with more than 86,000 salespeople, software engineers, chip designers, device makers and television crews arriving in Barcelona for the five-day event.With Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg he

What color is the dress? Question of perception captivates the internet

Black and blue or white and gold? Divisive photograph has unified the internet in debate, and the controversy shows no signs of slowing downIs it black and blue, or white and gold? Related: The Guardian view on 'the dress' Someone registered all of these domain names tonight: pic.twitter.com/O0NJzToJu9#whiteandgold or #blackandblue? We found a way around science- you can have both! #

Samsung's voice-recording smart TVs breach privacy law, campaigners claim

US consumer rights group Epic claims Samsung has breached the privacy of its users, and is demanding an FCC investigationSamsung could be investigated by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US following a complaint which claims its smart TVs record private conversations without informing users.US consumer rights organisation the Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic) accuses

Her Story: the computer game where True Detective meets Google

Game designer Sam Barlow has created a new kind of crime adventure, which relies on subtext and perception rather than quick joypad skills In a cramped police interrogation room a woman is being questioned about her missing husband. Is he dead? Has she killed him? There are seven separate interviews, chopped up into short, teasing fragments, but the answers aren’t immediately obvious. It’s up

Twitter has tripled the size of its team handling abuse reports

Social network is also introducing more features to deal with harassment, including impersonation and doxingWhen Twitter boss Dick Costolo vowed that his company was ready to “get a lot more aggressive” about tackling harassment on its network, details were thin on the ground. Now Twitter has revealed some of its specific plans.The company is introducing new tools for its users to report e

Robear: the bear-shaped nursing robot who'll look after you when you get old

Japanese robot can lift patients from beds into wheelchairs or help them to stand up, promising ‘powerful yet gentle care’ for the elderlyA number of companies have explored the idea of humanoid robots as future home-helpers for elderly people. The latest experiment from Japan is distinctly more bear-shaped, though.Meet Robear, an experimental nursing-care robot developed by the RIKEN-SRK

Björk joins Spotify holdouts with new album: 'This streaming thing just does not feel right'

But Vulnicura could appear on streaming services later, as artist hints at plans for a windowing strategy for her new musicWhen Björk’s latest album Vulnicura leaked months before its planned release, its launch was brought forward – but only for Apple’s iTunes and other download stores. It is still not available on streaming music services like Spotify. Related: The future of music sales

Apple Watch launch event announced for Monday 9 March

Apple’s foray into wearable tech comes one step closer with San Francisco keynote date confirmedApple has invited worldwide media to an event on March 9, where the firm will announce launch plans for its Apple Watch.“Please join us for an invitation-only event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on Monday, March 9, at 10am,” the invite reads. An event will also

Should Britain introduce electronic voting?

Using technology instead of paper ballots reduces costs and could boost voter turnout – but questions remain over security and possible electoral fraudSuppose, for a second, that the concept of elections was new, and it was your job to pitch them to the nation. You start off singing the praises of democracy, and how it transfers power to the people like never before.People are looking exci

Australian bitcoin entrepreneur Adam Tepper dies in Thailand

The 34-year-old CEO of digital currency business Independent Reserve was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a pole in Phuket, according to reports Continue reading...

The Order: 1886 review

PS4; Sony Computer Entertainment; £32.56-£49.99 Continue reading...

On the road: Skoda Yeti Black Edition – car review

‘I came round to this beast – it’s like having a bison or something’ Continue reading...

The dress quandary: 'It's an illusion. But everything is an illusion'

White and gold, or black and blue? People on the internet can’t seem to make up their minds – and perception researchers can’t agree either Continue reading...

Uber data breach may have affected up to 50,000 people

Third parties may have reportedly gained unauthorised access to driver names and license numbers after security breach last year Continue reading...

Net neutrality activists celebrate internet victory with grumpy cat parade

Open internet supporters fly plane with banner reading ‘Comcast: don’t mess with the internet’ after FCC voted to approve strict rules to keep the internet free Continue reading...

The science behind the dress colour illusion

Why do some people see #TheDress as blue and black, and some as gold and white? Continue reading...

Ericsson sues Apple to block iPhone and iPad sales in the US over patents

Swedish mobile pioneer lodges complaint with US international trade commission, saying Apple uses its technology ‘without a licence’ Continue reading...

Sid Meier interview: 'Learning is part of any good video game'

The Civilization creator talks about galactic exploration, childhood inspirations, why he’s happy to avoid freemium – and dinosaurs Continue reading...

Internet-era politics means safe seats are a thing of the past

Tools such as I’ll Vote Green If You Do mean isolated pockets of resistance can unite to become effective agents of political change Continue reading...

Net neutrality is only the beginning of an open internet

US regulators are voting on whether to enshrine the openness of the internet, and the outcome is likely to influence policy worldwideNet neutrality is the principle of making sure that your internet service provider doesn’t make it easier for you to access one service over another – the Guardian over the Telegraph, say – or otherwise distorting your use of internet services just because someo

Pinterest 2015: men, mobile, and Apple Watch – but definitely not a social network

Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp talks about the power of digital curation and what the app really does: ‘It’s really this great tool for discovering creative ideas and saving them for later’“Pinterest is not a social network. Really. It’s not about your friends! The last thing I need is another messaging app, y’know?” says Evan Sharp, thumping his fist on the table for emphasis. “It’s really

Facebook rolls out new suicide prevention and support tools

Social network adds a report button that flags suicidal content for review by a dedicated team to try and helpFacebook has rolled out new tools in the US that aim to help prevent suicides, allowing users to report content for review and encourage the vulnerable to get help.The tools build on a reporting feature implemented in 2011, which passed details to the National Suicide Prevention Li

Twitter boss vows to crack down on trolls and abuse

Dick Costolo promises to change culture around harassment: ‘We’re going to get a lot more aggressive about it, and it’s going to start right now’By its own boss’s admission, Twitter “suck at dealing with abuse and trolls”. Now Dick Costolo has shed a little more light on how the company plans to change that.Twitter is planning to shift “the cost of dealing with harassment” on to the people

Spyware and malware availability sparks surge in internet stalking

Domestic violence experts warn malicious software is increasingly being used to compromise victims’ computers and phones Continue reading...

Martha Stewart sets her sights on China's booming middle class

The do-it-yourself maven talks tech, including her love of drones and the benefits of 3D printing, and her plans to become a go-to household brand in China *MakerBot CEO: ‘I’ve always pursued the path that makes me happy’ Continue reading...

Google's new headquarters: an upgradable, futuristic greenhouse

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the company’s new California headquarters are glass domes set in a supercharged pastoral dream – with WiFi Continue reading...

Miss Sweden quits as face of Kazam, saying it 'went too far' with banned ad

Camilla Hansson says she will not renew her contract after the UK advertising watchdog ruled that the mobile phone maker’s campaign objectified women Continue reading...

Microchip hand implants offered to Swedish office staff - video

A new office block in Sweden is offering workers the chance to have a microchip implanted under their skin to allow them to access to various services within the building. The tiny chip, the size of a grain of rice, is implanted in employees hands, allowing them to open doors, or use the photocopier, without a traditional pass card Continue reading...


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