Canadian Charged in Hacking Ring Involving U.S. Military Software and Xbox Games

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Description: A 22-year-old Mississauga man has been charged in an international hacking ring. The group allegedly stole over $100-million in intellectual property. Source: Canada.com Date: October 1, 2014             Four members of a hacking ring, including one Canadian, have been charged with breaking into the computer networks of various technology companies as well… Read more »

Facebook: We’re Still Experimenting on Users, But Now It’s Less Creepy

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Description: Facebook says it’s making changes after an uproar over its mood manipulation experiment. Source: CNN Money Date: October 2, 2014   The announcement marks Facebook’s fullest public acknowledgment yet of problems with the study, conducted unwittingly on some 690,000 users for one week in early 2012. Some people in this group were shown a higher number of positive posts… Read more »

Rovio Denies Providing Angry Birds User Data To The NSA, Points Finger At Third-Party Ad Networks

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Description: Rovio is being accused of allowing third party snooping agents to tap into their gaming user’s data. Rovio denies co-operation with any government surveillance. Source: TechCrunch Date: January 28, 2014  A new report originating from the ongoing Snowden document trove presents the terrifying possibility that our casual gaming habits offer government surveillance agencies a look at some key… Read more »

Microsoft Reportedly Wants to Replace the Cookie

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Description: Microsoft is working on a tracking technology that would extend to mobile devices and gaming consoles, says AdAge. But will the cookie crumble away without a fight? One tech jounalist gives his opinion. Source: CNET Date: October 10, 2013   Microsoft may be aiming to replace the famous (or infamous) browser cookie with its own brand… Read more »

Marketer Advising Coke and Microsoft Questions Ethics of Widespread Web Tracking

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Description: Following what customers are doing after they leave a digital store on the web is both effortless and commonplace for companies. Unlike in the physical world, it’s hard to notice when you are followed on the web. As the practice expands, some marketers are beginning to doubt whether tracking is the right thing to… Read more »

Microsoft’s New Scroogled Video Says Google Will Read Your Valentine’s

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Description: Microsoft launched another anti-Google video this Valentine’s day as part of its “Scroogled” campaign. It’s not often that tech companies try to smear the competition, so why is Microsoft doing this now? Source: TechCrunch Date: February 10th, 2013 “Don’t want Google snooping on your Valentine?” That’s the question Microsoft is asking today in its… Read more »

After $30 Billion Mistake, Can Tim Cook Manage Apple?

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Description: After another astounding year for Apple it appears that questions are arising about CEO Tim Cook. Although Apple’s stock has risen 74% since his August 2011 take-over, major issues with Apple Maps have damaged his successful launch of  iPhone 5. Source: Forbes Date: October 1, 2012   The flaws with Apple Maps and previously with Apple’s voice recognition software, Siri,… Read more »

Social media changes back-to-school experience

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Description: Social media has changed the experience of going back to school for kids. By using social media to stay in-touch throughout the summer, kids are able to draw on each others shared content to start conversations and meet new friends. However, for some this might mean enduring more bullying than before. Source: CBC.ca Date:… Read more »

How Technology Democratized Development

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Description: Individuals in Africa are becoming more empowered and productive with the help of their mobile phones. Today, anyone anywhere can make a positive difference in their own – or somebody else’s – community. Source: BBC.com Date: September 7th, 2012 Twenty years ago, if you were information technology-literate and interested in international development, your options… Read more »