Google turns on its crazy modular phone in public for the first time:

Speaking today at Google I/O, the technical lead for Project Ara, Paul Eremenko, showed off the progress his team has made since we saw the very early first prototypes this past April. He showed off a functional, form-factor prototype.

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Every crazy NSA revelation in one giant chart:

The United States National Security Agency has had a rough year.

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Who owns your personal data?:

FACEBOOK, Amazon, Twitter and a host of other big companies in today’s “data-driven economy” share one thing in common: they make a living from harvesting personal data. Some of this data is freely given, perhaps too freely. More than 1.

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Everything We Know About Facebook’s Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment:

Updated, Sunday, 10:55 p.m. Eastern. Facebook’s News Feed—the main list of status updates, messages, and photos you see when you open Facebook on your computer or phone—is not a perfect mirror of the world.

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The Secret History of Hypertext:

The conventional history of computing leaves out some key thinkers. When Vannevar Bush’s “As We May Think” first appeared in The Atlantic’s pages in July 1945, it set off an intellectual chain reaction that resulted, more than four decades later, in the creation of the World Wide Web.

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The Hermeneutics of Texting:

The science of interpretation (hermeneutics) isn’t a topic most teenagers are eager to study. But as it turns out, most have mastered some of its fundamental precepts due to the ubiquitous practice of text messaging.

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I would just like to say this is very creepy. “

We should breed out the feebleminded families who have done and still are doing much social and racial damage. In mental defectiveness they may be classed into four groups— 1.) complete idiots who merely exist, 2.) incomplete idiots with few and rudimentary ideas, 3.) imbeciles with limited and often perverted ideas but capable to being taught to read and write 4.) Weak or feebleminded who can be educated to a varying extent by special methods.


It is the 3rd & 4th class which present the most difficult problems. We must remember that even if the feebleminded do learn to read and write this does not enable them to produce any fitter offspring than if they had been untaught and untrained. They should be sterilized harmlessly and rendered incapable of passing on to future generations their defects. It can be a voluntary measure requiring no legislation. It should not be forced but ↑should↓ be encouraged. It must not be considered a punishment but rather a measure of safeguarding the community, just as an epidemic or any contagious disease is regarded. If those requesting charity, either state or private, were fused aid until they consented to undergo the preventive treatment of sterilization, we should be effectively working for the abolition of pauperism, criminality and dysgenic breeding. Why allow license to the feebleminded and unfit types and make freedom impossible for the normal?


Mathias Döpfner’s open letter to Eric Schmidt:

Here for the first time, a German manager confesses his company’s total dependence on Google.

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Hey, look at that— petunias near a curb,

yet I can’t help but think it’s still superbly

about you, you as you coyly hold back

beyond the frame, saying matter-of-factly

that it’s not about me and no “me” here.

But everyone knows. It’s totally clear.

Garish enough, however you treat it:

no need for initials, no portrait needed.

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