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It's Google and the tech elite's world, we're just barely getting by in it

Someone once observed that the difference between Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher was that whereas Thatcher believed that she was always right, Blair believed not only that he was right but also that he was good. Visitors to the big technology companies in California come away with the feeling that they have been talking to tech-savvy analogues of Blair. They are fired with a zealous conviction that they are doing great stuff for the world, and proud of the fact that they work insanely hard in the furtherance of that goal. The fact that they are richly rewarded for their dedication is, one is given to believe, incidental.

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If the price of universal Internet access is worldwide domination by Facebook, count me out

Some years ago, I had a conversation with a senior minister in which he revealed that he thought the web was the internet. While I was still reeling from the shock of finding a powerful figure labouring under such a staggering misconception, I ran into Sir Tim Berners-Lee at a Royal Society symposium. Over coffee, I told him about my conversation with the minister. “It’s actually much worse than that,” he said, ruefully. “Hundreds of millions of people now think that Facebook is the internet.”

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How Minecraft has bewitched 40 million of us worldwide

The worldwide domination of Markus Persson's building-blocks game is a triumph for the power of human imagination, writes John Naughton

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is actually a pretty big deal

Within a few years, the Internet of Things is going to be worth trillions of dollars

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Attempts to stay anonymous on the web will only put the NSA on your trail

The story of Janet Vertesi's attempts to conceal her pregnancy from the forces of online marketers shows just how Kafkaesque the internet has become

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Eisenhower's military-industrial warning rings truer than ever

The latest in the Snowden and NSA revelations show the reach of the military-information complex

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Will Facebook celebrate its second decade by swallowing the Internet?

On Tuesday, Facebook will be 10 years old. It has 1.23 billion users. Ponder those two facts for a moment. A company that did not exist 10 years ago now has as many users as India has people.

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Your health secrets may no longer be safe with your doctor

A few days ago, I dropped into my GP's surgery to pick up a prescription and was confronted by one of those large, floor-mounted pop-up displays that one finds in exhibitions, trade fairs and circuses. It informed me of an exciting new scheme by which the "quality of care and health services" would be "improved" by "sharing" information about the care I receive with those who plan health and social care services, as well as with "approved researchers and organisations outside the NHS".

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Geeks on the Google bus create giant social problem in San Francisco

John Naughton, The Observer

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Aldous Huxley: Prophet of our brave new digital dystopia

CS Lewis may be getting a plaque. But Huxley, for his foretelling of a society that loves servitude, is the true visionary

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Banish the trolls, but web debate still needs anonymity

Huffington Post risks stifling lively exchanges with its insistence on real names, writes John Naughton

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Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story

The press has lost the plot over the Snowden revelations. The fact is that the net is finished as a global network, and that US firms' cloud services cannot be trusted

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How Microsoft spent a decade 'sleeping on the job'

Internet search, online advertising and smartphones all caught Microsoft napping, but is the behemoth finally stirring

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The web is dead. Long live the web!

Forget the website, the page and the visit – the dominant metaphor for the future of the internet is the time-based stream

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