Pirate avoids lawsuit after hitting 200,000 video views

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A convicted software pirate has been handed an unusual punishment.  The man, named only as Jakub F, was told he would be spared having to pay hefty damages as long as a film denouncing piracy he was made to produce got 200,000 views. Source: BBC Tech news Date: November 30th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34932628 Discussion 1) These were major… Read more »

Facebook quizzes: What happens to your data?

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Recently 17 million users visited an app via Facebook which offered to provide them with a word cloud of their most used words on the social network.  A few days later, freelance journalist Paul Bischoff wrote a piece for Comparitech entitled “That most used words Facebook quiz is a privacy nightmare” which outlined the huge amounts of data… Read more »

Instagram-tracking app actually stole your password

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Ever wondered who viewed your Instagram profile? There was a popular iPhone app for that … until it was caught stealing your Instagram password. Source: CNN Date: November 19th, 2015 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2015/11/12/technology/instaagent-instagram/index.html?iid=ob_article_hotListpool&iid=obinsite Discussion 1) The article says that the InstaAgent app stole a user’s Instagram password, which might be the same as the user’s other site or… Read more »

HBO’s CEO brings in the “tech whizzes” to teach him

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When HBO started thinking about selling subscriptions via the Internet, the network’s CEO Richard Plepler brought in tech whizzes as teachers.  “I went to school,” he says. “I brought in all kinds of people who knew an enormous amount, much more than I did about this… and made sure that we had the right people… Read more »

How do you turn your tech start-up into a global giant?

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Turning your “killer app” or web service into a global giant attracting millions of users and stratospheric valuations is much more difficult.  Yes, we’ve had the likes of Google, Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, and Spotify, but the reality is that 90% of all early stage businesses fail, whether through lack of investment, customers or sales. Source: BBC… Read more »

The near death experience that created a tech millionaire

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Source: BBC Date: October 6th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34349767 Mr Mureta built his fortune designing apps. His creations, which include Emoji, helping users annotate their messages with a greater variety of amusing pictures, and a phone security app, Fingerprint Scanner Pro, have been downloaded over fifty million times. His company, App Empire, pulls in between $3m and $5m… Read more »

Intelligent Machines: Artificial Intelligence art is taking on the experts

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In a world where machines can do many things as well as humans, one would like to hope there remain enclaves of human endeavour to which they simply cannot aspire.  Art, literature, poetry, music – surely a mere computer without world experience, moods, memories and downright human fallibility cannot create these?   Not so. Source: BBC… Read more »