Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Privacy Battle to Save Google From Itself

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Privacy Battle to Save Google From Itself

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Over two days during the summer of 2009, experts from inside and outside Google met to forge a roadmap for how the company would approach user privacy. At the time, Google was under fire for its data collection practices and user tracking. The summit was designed to codify ways that users could feel more in…

Why Battle Royale Games Like ‘Fortnite’ Are Everywhere (It’s Not Just Money)

Why Battle Royale Games Like ‘Fortnite’ Are Everywhere (It’s Not Just Money)

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When Electronic Arts’ gaming showcase kicked off on Saturday in Los Angeles, one of the first games up for discussion was Battlefield V. No surprise there—the forthcoming title is part of one of the longest-running and most popular first-person shooter franchises in gaming. But in the course of showing off what was innovative about the…

The Comcast-Disney Battle Isn’t Just Business—It’s a Grand Human Drama

The Comcast-Disney Battle Isn’t Just Business—It’s a Grand Human Drama

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This week, there’s a swirl of stories about Comcast, Fox, Disney, and Sky. (Nutshell: Fox and Comcast are fighting for control over Sky; Comcast and Disney are about to battle over Fox.) Although all of this has the impersonal buzz of brightly colored brands building bigger businesses, it’s actually a deeply human saga. Comcast chair…

Star Wars and the Battle of the Ever-More Toxic Fan Culture

Star Wars and the Battle of the Ever-More Toxic Fan Culture

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Three Tenets of Nerd: 1. A nerd must not harm another nerd, or through inaction allow a nerd to come to harm. 2. Nerds must cooperate with other nerds, except where such cooperation would violate the previous tenet. 3. Nerds must protect the existence of nerddom, except where such protection violates the first two tenets.…