Everyone Dislikes Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators

Do not let their names fool you. The silicon places–Silicon Slopes, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Beach, Silicon Peach, Silicon Bayou, Silicon Shire, Silicon Desert, Silicon Holler, Silicon Hill and, separately, Silicon Hills–do not aspire to become “the next Silicon Valley.” Sure, the country’s burgeoning tech enclaves in Utah and Kentucky and Oregon draw inspiration from the…

Disclosed: Rio Tinto’s plan to use drones to monitor workers’ private lives

Exclusive: Privacy campaigners carry alarm after company contracts Sodexo to capture individual insights from staff in Western Australian mining camps In the remote Australian outback , multinational companies are embarking on a secretive new kind of mining expedition. Rio Tinto has long mined the Pilbara region of Western Australia for iron ore riches but now…

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

A shadowy operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign heavily influenced the outcomes of the EU referendum. Is our electoral process still fit for intent? The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims .[]…

There’s a search for a fifth meat- and 19 other things podcasts taught us in 2016

Whether its asking what happens when you watch Sexuality and the City 2 more than 50 days or which Oscar has won an Oscar, theres no question a podcast somewhere hasnt answered 1 Richard Ayoade used a ThunderCats duvet cover until he was in his late 20 s Where we learned it The Adam Buxton…

Samsung boss faces arrest as South Korea corruption scandal grows

Special attorneys be argued that Jay Y Lee paid $36 m in bribes to disgraced friend of impeached chairwoman Park Geun-hye for business favours Prosecutors investigating a corruption scandal that has plunged South Korea into its biggest political crisis in decades are seeking a warrant for the arrest of the acting head of Samsung, the…

Trump poised to sign away privacy protections for internet users

President to approve law killing rules meant to prevent internet service providers from selling consumers web browsing and app storage histories to advertisers President Donald Trump was expected to sign legislation on Wednesday allowing internet service providers to sell the browsing habits of their customers. The move, which critics charge will fundamentally undermine customer privacy,…

Abortion pill group’s Facebook page deleted over promoting ‘drug use’

Page for Women on Web, which connects doctors with women in places that restrict abortion access, deleted over promotion or encouragement of drug use Facebook has censored the page of an organization that helps females procure abortion pill, citing its policy against the promotion or encouragement of drug use. Women on Web, which is based…

There’s a search for a fifth meat- and 19 other things podcasts taught us in 2016

Whether its asking what happens when you watch Sex and the City 2 more than 50 times or which Oscar has won an Oscar, theres no question a podcast somewhere hasnt answered 1 Richard Ayoade employed a ThunderCats duvet cover until he was in his late 20 s Where we learned it The Adam Buxton…

Facebook break can boost wellbeing, examine suggests

Research procures leaving social network for a week increases life gratification, particularly among heavy users and lurkers Taking a breaking from Facebook can boost emotional wellbeing and life gratification, with the effects especially pronounced among persons who lurk on the social network without actively engaging with others, a study suggests. The research by the University…

Cutting-edge theatre: world’s first virtual reality operation runs live

Dr Shafi Ahmed will carry out surgery live-streamed in virtual reality, a move experts hope will build healthcare more equitable and help medical training This Thursday afternoon, Shafi Ahmed will lean over a patient and begin a delicate operation to remove cancerous tissue from a male patients bowel. He has performed such procedures many times…