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WhatsApp co-founder joins call to #DeleteFacebook as fallout intensifies


Brian Acton adds his voice to Cambridge Analytica backlash, as US agency said to be investigating social network’s mishandling of data

Tuesday, Mar 20


Delete your account – a guide to life after Facebook


Perhaps you think you can’t possibly replace the social network – but it can be done. Here’s what you need for a Zuck-free existence

UK Jaguar Land Rover self-driving car trials to continue despite fatal collision in US

The Guardian

Jaguar Land Rover to demonstrate autonomous cars’ emergency braking on streets

Google says it supports ACCC inquiry into digital threat to Australian news media


Google’s vice-president for news defends company against claims it is harming journalism


Facebook: is it time we all deleted our accounts?

The Guardian / AU

The Cambridge Analytica revelations may be the final nudge we need to turn away from the social network. And it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to big tech harvesting private information


Child abuse imagery found within bitcoin's blockchain

Researchers discover illegal content within the distributed ledger, making possession of it potentially unlawful in many countries


'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine

The Guardian

Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way


Bento the Keyboard Cat, internet sensation and YouTube star, dies

The beloved feline star of the popular meme has died age nine. But does this really mean the end?

Monday, Mar 19


Where's Zuck? Facebook CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds

The Guardian

Amid calls for investigation and a #DeleteFacebook campaign, company releases an official statement but its figurehead keeps quiet


Self-driving Uber kills Arizona woman in first fatal crash involving pedestrian

The Guardian / World

Tempe police said car was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash and that the vehicle hit a woman who later died at a hospital


How to protect your Facebook privacy – or delete yourself completely

If you found the Cambridge Analytica data breach revelations deeply unsettling, read our guide to the maze of your privacy settings


Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom review – gorgeous visuals, irresistible vibe


Beautiful, fantastical and feelgood, this Studio Ghibli collaboration is a timely counterpoint to the idea that games are gun-centric, violent and nihilistic


No 10 'very concerned' over Facebook data breach by Cambridge Analytica

The Guardian

Downing Street backs information commissioner inquiry into data-mining affecting millions of people


Windows 10: Microsoft is looking to force people to use its Edge browser

Company looks for feedback on change that will make Windows Mail links open in Edge even if users have Chrome or Firefox set as default

'We've been too slow to regulate Facebook': your best comments today

The Guardian / AU

A look at some of the most interesting discussion today, including around Cambridge Analytica and Facebook revelations


'It might work too well': the dark art of political advertising online

Digital campaigns have evolved from banner ads 20 years ago to Cambridge Analytica harvesting our Facebook data. Has the rise of micro-targeting become a threat to democracy?


Snapchat's UK ad revenue set to overtake Twitter's next year

UK arm – which earns about 10% of app’s global ad revenues – is forecast to bring in £181m

Sunday, Mar 18


Dangers of digital dependency | Letters

Technological addiction was a problem even in the early days of computer programming, according to Dave Smith, while Peter McKenna says search engine algorithms alone are not to blame for gender bias


Investors in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies face hefty tax bills

According to the Internal Revenue Service, anything purchased using a digital currency is liable to be taxed as a capital gain


Space stations: our future among the stars

Once the International Space Station is decommissioned in 2028, what will the next generation of orbital bases look like?

Saturday, Mar 17


How Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook ‘likes’ into a lucrative political tool

The Guardian

The algorithm used in the Facebook data breach trawled though personal data for information on sexual orientation, race, gender – and even intelligence and childhood trauma

Why sexism is rife in Silicon Valley

The Guardian / US

The tech industry doesn’t simply tolerate gender discrimination, it’s hardwired to marginalise women, says author Emily Chang

Friday, Mar 16


Welcome to Powder Mountain – a utopian club for the millennial elite

The Guardian / US

When these young entrepreneurs bought a remote ski resort in Utah, they dreamed of an exclusive, socially conscious community. Is this the future, or Mt Olympus for Generation Me?


Star Wars: Legion perfectly captures the saga's heart-pounding battles

Recreate a galaxy far, far away on your kitchen table; compete to dominate a woodland canopy; or beat rival Japanese artists in a race to paint the emperor in our roundup of this month’s new board games


Facebook apologises for search suggestions of child abuse videos

The Guardian

Searches starting ‘video of’ returned autocomplete suggestions of sexual videos and child abuse content


'They'll squash you like a bug': how Silicon Valley keeps a lid on leakers

Working for a tech company may sound like all fun and ping pong, but behind the facade is a ruthless code of secrecy – and retribution for those who break it


Fake news is Twitter's flu: Chips with Everything podcast


This month, MIT scientists published a paper that found lies spread six times faster than real news on Twitter. This week, Jordan Erica Webber tries to understand why this happens


Uber accused of silencing women who claim sexual assault by drivers

Court records reveal company says women must settle through arbitration, a move critics say stops the public from learning of rapes

Thursday, Mar 15


Twitter a 'particular challenge' for plans for online pornography age checks

Thinktank that helped ministers draft rules to verify ages says it is unlikely site would be blocked


Spotify touts future profitability as it announces trading to begin in April

CEO Daniel Ek presents 3 April launch on New York Stock Exchange as bid to save music business from piracy