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How Facebook conducts experiments on your emotions

Some 689,003 lucky Facebook users were unwittingly part of an experiment in which their news feed was altered to make it more or less positive. Was this ethical?

By June 29, 2014


The Walking Dead hits Lovefilm, no zombies on Netflix

Zombie TV show The Walking Dead shambles onto Lovefilm today, taking a big bite out of rival Netflix.

By June 20, 2013


Crowd-funded music: Omaha Diner joins a wave of artists asking fans for direct support

Pledge Music helps bands make exactly the kind of records they want to make -- and get paid for it.

By May 22, 2013


The 404 1,249: Where we get the senior discount (podcast)

A pedalocalypse will descend on New York this May when Bloomberg's Citi Bike Share plan comes to fruition. We'll weigh the pros and cons, plus Apple bikes, cell phone dial tones, a 94-year-old Tweeter, and more.

By April 15, 2013


How PayPal beat communists and civil servants at logic

After PayPal apologizes for freezing an account that attempted to raise money for poor children, what is deeply moving is the company's logic (or lack there of) in allowing only some causes to use its donate button.

By December 6, 2011


Your iPhone's watching you. Should you care? (FAQ)

Apple has been found to be keeping a log of information on user whereabouts that is freely available for others who get their hands on the data. CNET finds out what data is stored, what devices are impacted, and whether you can turn it off.

By April 27, 2011


Twitter joke trial blows up as Paul Chambers appeals conviction

Twitter has been galvanised today by the appeal of Paul Chambers, convicted after making a joke about blowing up an airport. What does the case say about Twitter -- and about Britain?

By September 24, 2010


Is Yahoo Japan poised to switch to Google Search?

In a potential blow to the massive search alliance between Microsoft and Yahoo, Google is apparently zeroing in on a deal to grab search business for Yahoo Japan.

By July 26, 2010


The 404 Podcast 511: Where the more you ignore us, the closer we get

Morrissey tributes, Google tablets, Engadget puts its foot down on inappropriate comments, and more!

By February 3, 2010


Channel 4 3D Week programmes revealed: The Queen, Miley Cyrus and Frankenstein

Channel 4 has revealed the programmes for its 3D Week starting on 16 November. The Queen joins Miley Cyrus, Derren Brown, Jason Voorhees and Baron Frankenstein in three dimensions

By November 10, 2009