The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found that Google was “too vague” when describing how it used people’s personal data and has ordered it to make substantial changes.
In March 2012 the company combined around 70 existing privacy policies into one. It was a move that caused concern amongst privacy advocates, who said that it was no longer clear how people’s data was collected and shared.
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In his 1879 account of wanderings in the Orient, the travel writer James Hingston describes how, in West Java, he was treated to a bizarre experience:
I am taken by my kind host around his garden, and shown, among other things, a flower, a red orchid, that catches and feeds upon live flies. It seized upon a butterfly while I was present, and enclosed it in its pretty but deadly leaves, as a spider would have enveloped it in network.
What Hingston had seen was not a carnivorous orchid, as he thought. But the reality is no less weird or fascinating. He had seen—and been fooled by—an orchid mantis, Hymenopus coronatus, which is not a plant but an insect.
We have known about orchid mantises for more than 100 years. Famous naturalists such as Alfred Russell Wallace have speculated about their extraordinary appearance. Eschewing the drab green or brown of most mantises, the orchid mantis is resplendent in white and pink. The upper parts of its legs are greatly flattened and are heart-shaped, looking uncannily like petals. On a leaf it would be highly conspicuous—but when sitting on a flower, it is extremely hard to see. In photos, the mantis is often shown in or next to a flower, challenging the reader to spot it.
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The President’s 2016 budget asks for ambitious funding to fight antibiotic resistance, and combatting that healthcare peril may be the one thing both parties can agree on.
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This week, the Internet abounded with important questions: How can someone who’s trademarking a random phrase not look like a villain in these days of information wants to be free? Why shouldn’t you piss off Comcast? Why are error pages the hot new thing on a certain website? The answers to all of these (and more) await you here, as we round up what you need to know about the last seven days on this wild wooly web.
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In the latest installment of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, playwright Glen Berger discusses his time on the ill-fated Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
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As the Super Bowl advertising blitz is about to descend upon us this Sunday, companies are eager to get as much value as possible from their 30 to 60-second ads, such as posting them early online for audiences to see before the big game. Well, McDonald’s is really thinking outside the box with their attempt, as their Super Bowl commercial … Continue reading
Google has recently revealed that it is dropping the paid subscription from Google Earth Pro, a more robust version of its Google Earth software. The Pro service will now be available for free, previously costing $399 per year. While the standard version of Google Earth has often been more than enough for casual map and globe users, the Pro version … Continue reading
Echo’s Connect Plus is a “Y”-shaped USB connector with a standard USB connector on one side, and both a micro USB and Apple Lightning connector on each arm. This allows both Apple devices and gadgets that use micro USB to be charged without carrying around separate compatible cables, and the addition of flexibility means it can be re-adjusted and bent … Continue reading
Most of us have old smartphones lying around, and while they might not be the latest and greatest anymore, the odds are also high that they’re functional and decently powerful. If you’ve been planning to ship them off to a used phone service but have never gotten around to it, there’s a better option: turning those old handsets into functional … Continue reading
IBM’s CEO Ginni Rometty is taking a bonus of $3.6 million for 2014, according to SEC documents posted Friday and spotted by Bloomberg News. She will also receive a 6.7 percent salary increase bringing her salary total to $1.6 million for 2015 — her first raise since becoming […]
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