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The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Facebook's $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp based on privacy concerns, according to a document released...

Casey Johnston – Mar 6, 2014 11:48 pm UTC

  • Manhattancraft: The quest to make a full-size city of Minecraft blocks

    Building a model of a well-known physical form in Minecraft is an old fascination for us by now. Early in the days of the game's meteoric rise in popularity, we were stunned by scale models of the USS Enterprise, the Taj Mahal, and the underwater...

    Casey Johnston – Mar 5, 2014 1:30 am UTC

  • What Google can really do with Nest, or really, Nest’s data

    Google’s acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion this week has been heralded as the company’s big move into home automation. Nest has made overtures about customer privacy, but given the size and profitability of its new owner’s advertising and...

    Casey Johnston – Jan 16, 2014 12:30 am UTC

  • Data brokers won’t even tell the government how it uses, sells your data

    A Senate committee released a report this week that goes to great lengths to determine all of the things that data brokers, the companies that trade in consumer data, don’t want to talk about. The 35-page report describes some of the companies’...

    Casey Johnston – Dec 21, 2013 8:07 pm UTC

  • Computer simulations suggest war drove the rise of civilizations

    According to British historian Arnold Toynbee, “History is just one damned thing after another.” But Peter Turchin of the University of Connecticut in Storrs questions this premise and then tries to answer it in a new study just published in the...

    Akshat Rathi – Sep 24, 2013 12:30 am UTC

  • Yes, Internet: Your citizens still want their anonymity

    Big Internet companies have pushed for years toward identifying users as real people, but as it turns out, the large majority of us are uncomfortable with this practice. Fifty-nine percent of people recently surveyed by the Pew Research Center agreed...

    Casey Johnston – Sep 5, 2013 9:50 pm UTC

  • Japanese railway company plans to sell data from e-ticket records

    Last week, East Japan Railway (JR East), the largest rail company in the country, announced that it would be partnering with Hitachi to gather and anonymize data that it collected from its e-ticketing system, called Suica. In the program, travel...

    Megan Geuss – Jul 7, 2013 2:00 am UTC

  • Celebrity credit reports posted by ID thieves taken from free website

    Details from some of the famous identity-theft victims whose personal information was mysteriously published online were fraudulently obtained from a government-mandated website designed to make it easy for consumers to access their credit reports,...

    Dan Goodin – Mar 13, 2013 3:10 am UTC

  • Big screens and viral media on show at Microsoft’s TechFest

    TechFest is Microsoft's annual research and development showcase event. The company shows off concepts and technologies that it has been working on and that could set the tone for its future developments.

    Peter Bright – Mar 6, 2013 5:48 am UTC

  • Open-sourced, big data knowhow meets auto racing

    A few months ago, Ars took a look at how cars are getting smarter, mainly in the aid of fuel efficiency and safety. All that technology stuffed under the hood creates data, and where there’s data, there are nerds eager to analyze it.

    Jonathan M. Gitlin – Jan 3, 2013 7:30 pm UTC

  • VMware, EMC spin out cloud units in big new joint venture

    VMware and its owner EMC confirmed it will merge several product divisions into a new entity focused on cloud computing and big data.

    Jon Brodkin – Dec 4, 2012 10:45 pm UTC

  • IBM’s new mainframe aimed at assimilating “private clouds”

    IBM would like big enterprise customers to reconsider that whole distributed “private cloud” thing and go back to the original big data solution: mainframes. Today, IBM unveiled the zEC12, its next generation of the System Z mainframe platform....

    Sean Gallagher – Aug 28, 2012 5:45 pm UTC

  • Hadoop becomes more business-friendly with HortonWorks and VMware partnership

    HortonWorks is the Yahoo spin-off led by the development team responsible for much of the core architecture of Hadoop. The company officially launched its first enterprise of the open source distributed processing platform. Called the HortonWorks...

    Sean Gallagher – Jun 12, 2012 10:45 pm UTC

  • We’ve run wild on the Switch version of WarFrame—and it’s solid

    We’ve run wild on the Switch version of WarFrame—and it’s solid

    Video: Check out 30fps action, learn how Panic Button worked another Switch miracle.

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