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Invasion of the privacy snatchers

Invasion of the privacy snatchers

It’s no secret that everyone from employers to educators to landlords scan social media profiles to assess applicants. In an age of radical openness, our online profiles often say more than we’d admit in an interview. But now

You’ve heard of bitcoin, this is BitCompany

You’ve heard of bitcoin, this is BitCompany

Imagine a company with no managers and no employees. Imagine that said company operates as a democracy, and that its shareholders vote electronically on every aspect of its operations. Sounds crazy, right? Except that such a company

The Panama Papers: journalism as judo

The Panama Papers: journalism as judo

The ongoing exposé of the Panama Papers is the most significant leak of compromising data since Edward Snowden’s revelations about America’s National Security Agency. What few people realise is the vital role played by African journalists

Start-up promises a real-life Babel fish

Start-up promises a real-life Babel fish

It’s the dream of anyone who has travelled to a foreign country: a device that instantly translates a local’s speech for you while simultaneously translating your own words for them. A new gadget, named the Pilot, claims to do just that

Coming soon(ish): DNA-powered hard drives

Coming soon(ish): DNA-powered hard drives

If you’re a typical technology user, you’ve run out of space to store your data at least once in your life, if not once this year already. Whether it’s photos on our phones or Game of Thrones on our laptops, we’re all gathering data faster than we

The biggest tech company you’ve never heard of

The biggest tech company you’ve never heard of

On Monday, Ant Financial Services Group received US$4,5bn in private funding. That sets the Chinese firm’s value at roughly $60bn. It’s the largest funding round for an Internet company in history. Let’s put that number into perspective

SpaceX’s giant leap for mankind

SpaceX’s giant leap for mankind

Last Friday, SpaceX achieved something incredible. It successfully landed one of its Falcon 9 rockets on a small barge bobbing in the ocean. This is after the rocket delivered a 1,5t supply payload for the International Space Station into orbit, and just nine minutes after it

Apple was right to refuse to help the FBI

Apple was right to refuse to help the FBI

Apple is looking really silly at the moment, right? After months of refusing to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of a suspected criminal, and calling those requests “a slippery slope” and “unconstitutional”, all it took was a week with some Israeli hackers-for-hire

Do not pass AlphaGo, do not collect R200

Do not pass AlphaGo, do not collect R200

On Saturday, something truly remarkable happened. An artificial intelligence program beat the (human) world champion at Go, an ancient Japanese board game. Google’s AlphaGo bot won its third match in the five match series against Korea’s Lee Sedol

Bitcoin may fail, but the blockchain will live on

Bitcoin may fail, but the blockchain will live on

Last week, bitcoin stumbled into the most serious crisis in its history. A long anticipated ceiling on transaction volumes was reached. Transactions, which usually take less than 10 minutes to clear

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