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What a Tangled Web We Weave

And how prettily it is displayed when it is covered in dew! I took this photo on my way to the rail earlier this week. The more I think about it, the more it reminds me that we all have to attend to some business or another to manage our daily lives.

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Annalee Newitz: Where did io9 get its name?

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Today is Annalee Newitz‘s birthday (well, it’s still today in the most relevant time zone – uh, hers not mine). Annalee has been writing about the intersection of science and technology and culture for many years. It’s a busy intersection. Since 2008, she’s been editor-in-chief of one of my favorite websites, io9.com. If you don’t [...]

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What Is War in the Digital Realm? A Reality Check on the Meaning of “Cyberspace”

Cyber is everywhere: in political speeches, in newspapers, at dinner conversations. There’s cyberwar and cybersex and cybercafés (they still exist, I promise), and there’s the U.S. Cyber Command. Once in a while, there is a new surge of articles arguing that the word “cyber” is vague, dated and that we just should get rid of [...]

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Observations

Google Gives the Internet Amnesia in Europe

Logo of the Court of Justice of the European Union courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

One of the Internet’s greatest assets is also perhaps its biggest curse—it never forgets. Except in the European Union, where a court last month ruled that people have the right to have certain sensitive information about themselves deleted from Google search results. (pdf) As of Tuesday morning, the region’s most popular search engine has received [...]

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Observations

Developing Countries Still Far from Closing Digital Divide

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The United States is not the greatest country in the world, at least when it comes to information and communication technology. Last month, the World Economic Forum released its 13th annual Global Information Technology Report, which ranks the nations of the world by their “networked readiness” – that is, how much each country can use [...]

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Observations

Self-Driving Cars Are a Modern Miracle Waiting to Happen

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When Bran Ferren was 9 years old his parents took him to the Pantheon in Rome. He looked around  at the marble and sculptures, which seemed typical in the ancient city, and then he looked up at the ceiling, which didn’t seem typical at all. It was high and dome shaped and at the top [...]

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Observations

Strength in Numbers: Citizen Scientists Lending More Helping Hands (and Handhelds) to Help the Pros

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With a little instruction and education, hundreds if not thousands of volunteers armed with smart phones, computers and Internet access can act as the eyes, ears and hands of scientists worldwide. That idea is the hallmark of the growing citizen-science movement, which is already recruiting Facebook users to virtually “infect” their friends with a simulated [...]

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Observations

How to Tell Who’s Tracking You Online

Earlier today Mozilla introduced Collusion, an add-on for the Firefox browser that shows you how companies are tracking you as you surf the Web. A cool visual demonstration of the software illustrates all the links that form as you crisscross just a few popular sites online, including IMDB, the New York Times and the Huffington [...]

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Observations

Elegance of Spider Webs Helps Make Them Strong [Video]

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Spiders’ silk has been the envy of materials engineers for decades. Its combination of flexibility and durability has been difficult to match with even the most advanced technology. “It is stronger than steel and tougher than Kevlar by weight,” Markus Buehler, an engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in a prepared statement. A new [...]

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Observations

Study Claiming That Internet Explorer Users Had Low IQs Was a Hoax

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A consulting company named AptiQuant published an intriguing press release late last week. “Is Internet Explorer For The Dumb? A New Study Suggests Exactly That” inspired many legitimate news organizations to report the story just as the press release suggested, often decorated with comments along the lines of, “Is anyone really surprised?” The online community [...]

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Observations

What Happens to Google’s Other Social Networking Efforts?

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The launch of the Google+ social network casts a shadow over Google’s previous efforts in this arena, including Orkut, Wave and Buzz, all of which still have active Web sites. For the most part Google+’s predecessors will coexist alongside the new social network as Google determines what works and what doesn’t. Google launched Orkut in [...]

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Observations

Who Are the Winners and Losers under ICANN’s New Web Site Naming Rules?

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Domain name registries and marketers can rejoice now that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has given its blessing to a plan encouraging the use of much more creative Web addresses. On Monday ICANN’s Board of Directors voted to increase the number of Internet domain-name endings—called generic top-level domains (gTLDs)—from the seemingly [...]

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