Why the sharing economy could the internet’s most divisive revolution yet

Concerns are growing that the supposedly benign philosophy behind the new wave of internet star names such as Airbnb and Uber simply disguises a rapacious business model

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How the most valuable corporation on Earth has the power to make or break a company

On Monday 17 July 2000, the graphics card company ATI put out a press release telling people to watch out for its Rage and Radeon cards in three new iMac computers to be unveiled by Steve Jobs, then Apple’s chief executive, in his keynote at Macworld in New York the coming Wednesday.

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A look at the Chinese technology companies poised to dominate the world

As we walked into Huawei's offices in Shenzhen, southern China, our English guide paused a moment. "When the FT came here, they wrote a story about how there were beds under the desks and this meant that everyone must be working incredibly long hours," he said. "Quite wrong."

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Google faces deluge of requests to wipe details from search index

Ex-politician seeking re-election and paedophile among those trying to exercise 'right to be forgotten' after landmark ruling

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New 'Facebook Nearby Friends' feature to alert users when friends within half-mile radius

Knowing exactly where your friends are all the time is creepy; only someone who works in surveillance has that data. Knowing roughly where they are, though, feels a lot more acceptable. That's the thinking behind Facebook Nearby Friends (being rolled out gradually), which will let your Facebook friends let you know roughly where they are – grouped by "ambient proximity", which splits roughly into half-mile or mile differences, but no more precise. The fascinating thing about "Nearby Friends" is that Facebook could tell you exactly where people are. Apple's "Find My Friends" app does that (if a friend gives you permission to track their location); Google's Latitude did the same between 2009 and 2013. But Facebook chooses not to be accurate. Even as our devices can tell the world more about us, with greater precision, we're choosing to be less precise.

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Bitcoin exchanges suspend conversions as hacker attack intensifies

Three online exchanges for the bitcoin virtual currency have suspended conversions into state-backed currencies, saying they are under attack from hackers suspected of trying to create fraudulent transactions.

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Google's Eric Schmidt: I don't know how much the NSA is spying on us

Executive chairman says search company has 'complained at great length' to the US government over intrusion

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Target admits hackers stole personal information of up to 70 million people

Hackers stole personal information with details of up to 70 million people – a third of American adults – including phone numbers, email and home addresses, the US retail chain Target admitted on Friday.

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Ex-Microsoft privacy chief: After finding out about NSA spying, 'I don't trust Microsoft now'

Caspar Bowden says he was unaware of Prism data-sharing program when he worked at software firm

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iPhone 5S fingerprint reader manages to remain secure ... for almost three days

Germany's Chaos Computer Club says it has cracked the protection around Apple's fingerprint sensor on its new iPhone 5S, just two days after the device went on sale worldwide.

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Researcher: Facebook spammers make $200 million just posting links

Spammers posting links on Facebook fan pages to send people to third-party scam sites are earning $200m every year, according to calculations by a team of Italian security researchers who have investigated hundreds of thousands of posts on the social network.

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'Data is the new oil': Tech giants may be huge, but nothing matches big data

When Nasdaq stopped trading this week, it again showed how global firms are at the mercy of a power that created them

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Fears of NSA surveillance hurting the U.S. cloud computing industry

American technology businesses fear they could lose between $21.5bn and $35bn in cloud computing contracts worldwide over the next three years, as part of the fallout from the NSA revelations.

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'Serious' Google Chrome security flaw offers unrestricted password access

Plain text logon details for email, social networks and company systems stored in browser's Settings panel

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Meet the companies who generate fake Facebook 'likes' for corporate profits

Investigation finds fake Facebook 'likes' and Twitter followers could be misleading consumers

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