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Is Google going to downgrade websites that don’t use encryption?

Google is looking at giving more prominent search rankings to websites that use encryption to promote better online security practices, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal says that Google is giving bonus points in its ranking algorithm to web pages that are encrypted. It says that Google hopes the move will prod developers to…

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Stuart O'ConnorIs Google going to downgrade websites that don’t use encryption?
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Russian hackers steal more than 1 billion usernames and passwords

A Russian cyber gang has stolen more than 1.6 billion internet username and password combinations, according to US security firm Hold Security – a company that specialises in finding breaches. Hold Security said that the gang – which it dubbed “CyberVor”, after the Russian word for thief, vor – had gathered confidential data from more than 500 million…

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Stuart O'ConnorRussian hackers steal more than 1 billion usernames and passwords
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IFTTT adds support for Android Wear, Nike+, Yo and others

Great news for users of the internet's biggest open secret, IFTTT: The company has added support for nine more channels. If you've not used "If This, Then That" - or IFTTT - before, then you should really sort that out as it could change your life. Essentially, what the clever service does is link together…

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James O'MalleyIFTTT adds support for Android Wear, Nike+, Yo and others
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Twitter buys “deep learning” company Madbits

Does Twitter know everything? It soon might thanks to its acquisition of intelligence technology firm Madbits. Twitter users often joke about asking the "hive-mind" questions, but could Twitter soon have an actual hive-mind? (Umm, probably not). The company has built software that will analyse tweets to extract meaning and detail - meaning that Twitter will…

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James O'MalleyTwitter buys “deep learning” company Madbits
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Unsympathetic Shoreditch “Tech City” workers campaign against “colonisation”

For the longest time, Shoreditch - the part of London just north of the City financial district - was run down and underdeveloped. It was perhaps one of the few places in central London that normal, working class people, might live. But then in the 1990s and continuing through the first decade of this millennium…

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James O'MalleyUnsympathetic Shoreditch “Tech City” workers campaign against “colonisation”
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Twitter CEO wants to boost messaging

Speaking in a call to investors, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has revealed that he'd like to see the platform improve its messaging capabilities. According to Business Insider, Costolo described the following potential enhancement: "Specifically, being able to take a public conversation and being able to migrate it to a private channel. So, taking a public…

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James O'MalleyTwitter CEO wants to boost messaging
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Are there two stranger Tweeters than Richard Dawkins and Gerry Adams?

Twitter is the greatest thing to happen to celebrities since... well... ever. No longer do those in the public gaze have to rely on an unreliable media to shape their public image, and have journalists mediate the interaction between the well known and the great unwashed. Twitter provides a direction connection between celebrity and fans…

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James O'MalleyAre there two stranger Tweeters than Richard Dawkins and Gerry Adams?
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Dating site OkCupid also experiments on its users

To paraphrase the Smashing Pumpkins, despite all our rage we are still just rats in a cage... In June, Facebook disclosed that it had tested to see if emotions were contagious, deliberately manipulating the emotional content of the news feeds for 700,000 people. Now it seems that Facebook is not the only website that conducts…

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Stuart O'ConnorDating site OkCupid also experiments on its users