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No one’s ready for GDPR
Samsung's smart TVs are inserting unwanted ads into users' own movies
Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web
Paper: the next great iPad app, from the brains behind Courier
Magic AI: these are the optical illusions that trick, fool, and flummox computers
Do you have the cognitive patience to read this?
Speak, Memory
Twitter is killing off Vine
EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’
The breach that killed Google+ wasn’t a breach at all
A philosopher explains how our addiction to stories keeps us from understanding history
It’s easier than you think to craft AI tools without typing a line of code
Best practices for passwords updated after original author regrets his advice
No, machines can’t read better than humans
Bad Romance
IBM didn’t inform people when it used their Flickr photos for facial recognition training
Google’s Nest changes risk making the smart home a little dumber
How the biggest decentralized social network is dealing with its Nazi problem
Google reveals ‘Project Nightingale’ after being accused of secretly gathering personal health records
Google publishes largest ever high-resolution map of brain connectivity
Public media found its answer to Spotify in Pocket Casts
Microsoft thinks coronavirus will forever change the way we work and learn
Microsoft’s new Fluid Office document is Google Docs on steroids
Facebook reportedly ignored its own research showing algorithms divided users
Microsoft Teams’ new Together Mode is designed for pandemic-era meetings
Substack launches an RSS reader to organize all your newsletter subscriptions
TikTok teens’ latest passion is enterprise software
The climate controversy swirling around NFTs
Elon Musk’s Neuralink says this monkey is playing Pong with its mind

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