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Facebook explored unpicking personalities to target ads | BBC News

Facebook has considered profiling its users’ personalities and using the information to target adverts. A patent filed by the social network describes how personality characteristics,including emotional stability, could be determined from people’s messages and status updates. The firm is currently embroiled in a privacy scandal over the use of its data by a political consultancy. Facebook says it has never used ... Read More »

Google has more information on you than Facebook, but users and investors don’t seem to mind | CNBC

Google has more information on users than Facebook, notes one venture capitalist. “If you think Facebook knows a lot about you, try Google,” Kevin Landis, CEO and chief investment officer of Firsthand Capital Management, told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Monday. “They know every search you’ve ever made and everywhere your Android phone has ever been.” Despite people’s fear of privacy disclosures after ... Read More »

Digital addiction increases loneliness, anxiety and depression | Science Daily

Smartphones are an integral part of most people’s lives, allowing us to stay connected and in-the-know at all times. The downside of that convenience is that many of us are also addicted to the constant pings, chimes, vibrations and other alerts from our devices, unable to ignore new emails, texts and images. In a new study published in NeuroRegulation, San Francisco ... Read More »

Sears screwed over a small-time wrench inventor — but he fought back | The Hustle

Dan Brown did everything an inventor should do. He identified a need in the market. He spent years painstakingly iterating his design. He invested in good prototypes. And most importantly, he secured patents. His product, the Bionic Wrench, was a tool enthusiast’s wet dream — the type of Father’s Day gift that made dads mutter “Holy guacamole” and bashfully adjust ... Read More »

Snake slithers across U.S. Army National Guard sniper’s rifle in hair-raising photo | USA Today

A hair-raising photo shows a black snake slither across the barrel of a U.S. Army National Guard sniper’s rifle during a training exercise. The Alabama National Guard posted the photo of Army National Guard sniper Pfc. William Snyder on Facebook last week. Snyder was practicing “woodland stalking” as part of a 1-173 Infantry training exercise, when the black racer snake slithered across the barrel of his rifle, according to ... Read More »

The holiday village run by spies | BBC News

Arous was an idyllic holiday resort in the Sudanese desert, on the shores of the Red Sea. But this glamorous destination was a base for Israeli agents with a secret mission. “Arous on the Red Sea, a wonderful world apart,” the glossy brochure says, pronouncing it “the diving and desert recreation centre of Sudan” Illustrated with pictures of putty-coloured chalets ... Read More »

German swastika ticket row as Hitler play opens in Konstanz | BBC News

A satirical play based on Adolf Hitler’s youth premieres in Germany on Friday despite complaints about an offer of free tickets to spectators willing to wear a swastika. Citing freedom of artistic expression, prosecutors in Konstanz rejected claims that the play breaks laws banning public display of Nazi symbols. Critics have branded the theatre offer “tasteless” and called for a ... Read More »