Mojeek's Monthly Must Reads
08 August 2018
Welcome to the latest edition of Mojeek's Monthly Must Reads. Check out our favourite articles we have read over the last month, from a Harry Potter wand which teaches children to code, to Google's plans to release a censored version of the search engine in China. Enjoy.
Author: Matt Binder (@MattBinder) – Mashable UK
Summary: The Norwegian Consumer Council released a report detailing how tech giants are misleading European users into sharing more personal data through "dark patterns" of user interface designs and carefully crafted privacy settings wording.
Author: Elad Gil (@eladgil) – Elad Blog
Summary: This classic article from 2010 has found its way back to the news feed claiming that thinking small may be one of the most powerful things you can do as an entrepreneur.
Author: Caroline O'Donovan (@ceodonovan) - Buzzfeed
Summary: Walmart recently won an audio surveillance patent which would use sound sensors to capture data on interactions between employees and customers in order to measure worker performance.
Author: Ian Sample (@iansample) - The Guardian
Summary: Astronomers solved a 100 year old puzzle. They learned a particle which triggered sensors beneath the south pole can be tracked back to a distant galaxy harbouring a black hole. With the detected 'neutrino' particle, scientists can not only observe space with traditional telescopes, but now with neutrino detectors.
Author: Brad Feld @bfeld) - FeldThoughts
Summary: This article features 'The Looking Glass', a holographic display for 3D creators. The product aims to move away from VR and AR with a new form of technology.
Author: Amelia Heathman (@ameliax1) - Evening Standard
Summary: An insight into how much Google knows about you and how they obtain/manipulate your data, using Gmail, Google Maps and much more.
Author: Catalin Cimpanu (@campuscodi) - Bleeping Computer
Summary: Login passwords for 10,000s of Dahua DVRs with old vulnerable firmware were cached inside search results by the 'IoT' search engine ZoomEye.
Author: Mary Halton (@maryhalton) – BBC
Summary: 20 km under Mars' south polar ice cap, researchers believe they have found a lake comprised of liquid water.
Author: Isobel Asher Hamilton (@Hamilbug) - Business Insider UK
Summary: Kano has partnered with Warner Brothers to release a build-it-yourself Harry Potter wand and app, in which will kids perform spells to solve coding puzzles.
Author: Five Filters (@fivefilters)
Summary: Wikipedia's arbitration committee (ArbCom) voted to ban editor Philip Cross from the topic of 'post-1978 British politics' after years of agenda-driven edits, as well as Kal Holmann who alerted the community to Phillip's conduct.
Author: Eric Berger (@SciGuySpace) - Ars Technica
Summary: The UK based company Orbex have entered the race to develop a low-cost, high volume rocket for small satellites and are planning to launch the 'Prime' rocket from a new spaceport in Scotland.
Author: Ludwig Siegele (@EconoScribe) - The Economist
Summary: With tech giants controlling the industry, in this special-report Ludwig Siegele investigates the original intentions of the internet, how it has inadvertently become centralised and why this is worrying.
Author: Michael Moore (@notTHEmikemoore) - IT Pro Portal
Summary: Dell releases 2020s Legacy of Good update showing their dedication to environmentally-friendly technology, from 73 million pounds of recycled materials in new Dell products to reducing its energy intensity across its product portfolio by 60% since 2012.
Author: The Week Business Team
Summary: News of more than 10,000 new tech firms opened for business in the UK last year – an increase of 60% on 2016.
Author: Ryan Gallagher (@rj_gallagher) – The Intercept
Summary: With a dramatic shift in policy, Google has plans to launch a censored version of the search engine in China. Websites connected to search terms about human rights, democracy, religion and more will be blacklisted.
Author: Jacqueline de Rojas (@JdR_Tech) – Computer Weekly
Summary: President of TechUK, Jacqueline de Rojas, writes about the challenges of the UK tech industry and why we must all support it to shape a positive future.
Author: Olivia Solon (@oliviasolon) – The Guardian
Summary: With the rise of companies getting robots to do human jobs, these companies are doing the opposite, with debate over their methods of efficiency, deceptive practices and the ethical implications they have.
Summary: This Hacker News thread was kicked off by a tweet by Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) about what chalk looks like under a powerful microscope, showing not just a rock but ancient skeletons of plankton. Members then discussed and dissected this mind blowing image whilst also posting similar interesting comparisons of their own.
Summary: Last month's Mojeek Monthly Must Reads featured an article about a controversial European copyright bill that was approved. However, after many protests, the European Parliament the law has been rejected and sent back for further discussion. This Hacker News thread presents people's reactions as to what this means and what is next.
Summary: This fun video introduces the Kickstarter campaign to Openbook, an alternative social network which is open source, ads free, privacy conscious and customisable.
Summary: Interesting debates on Hacker News took place in response to John Herrman's New York Times article 'Have the Tech Giants Grown Too Powerful'.
Summary: An interested Hacker News member wanted to learn more about the history of the internet and its protocols. This resulted the community sharing an abundance of useful resources all about subject matter.
08 August 2018