Amazon Unbound review: how Jeff Bezos engulfed and devoured us all

Brad Stone, a senior editor at Bloomberg News, is now the author of a second book-length portrait of what may be the most successful business of the 21st century. When Stone’s first book,...

Why cryptocurrencies may remain merely a bit on the side

When Google announced that bitcoin traders would be allowed to buy advertising space on its pages from August, central banks were alerted to the next likely surge in publicity for cryptocurrencies.The increasing activity...

Microsoft blocks Bing from showing image results for Tiananmen ‘tank man’

Microsoft blocked its search engine, Bing, from returning image and video results for the phrase “tank man” – a reference to the iconic image of a lone protester facing down tanks during the...

Nigeria suspends Twitter after president’s tweet was deleted

Nigeria’s government has announced an indefinite suspension of Twitter in the country, two days after the social media company removed a post from president Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists.Information Minister...

Tongue-in-cheek tales from 19th-century India – podcasts of the week

Picks of the weekRaj!Meera Syal and Jennifer Saunders give standout performances in Audible’s new pod drama, spoofing life in British-controlled India. Ineffectual governor Henry arrives in a rural province, “allergic to emotions”, part...

China’s ‘splinternet’ will create a state-controlled alternative cyberspace

Cyberspace is one huge, unregulated mess. A virtual wild west where sophisticated criminal gangs ply their trade alongside multinational companies, spy agencies, activists, celebrity influencers – and nation states. The question of who...

Nina Oyama: the funniest things I have ever seen (on the internet)

Look, I’m not going to lie: I am Extremely Online. I logged on as a child at some point in the late 90s and never figured out how to log off. Anyway now...

Sound Heap review – one podcast to spoof them all

In 2018, John-Luke Roberts’s Edinburgh show consisted entirely of names of hitherto unheard-of Spice Girls. He’s up to something similar with Sound Heap, a new “podcast of infinite podcasts”, a medley of excerpts...

Cyber-attack targets world’s largest meat-processing company

A cyber-attack on the world’s largest meat-processing company has forced it to halt all US operations while it scrambles to restore functionality.JBS, which supplies more than a fifth of all beef in America,...

Stressed-out Amazon workers can now access ‘mindfulness’ training. Gee, thanks | Jessa Crispin

Amazon has recently launched its Working Well program, with services designed to improve the mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing of its employees and workers. It’s important to make the distinction between employees and...

Secret Oops makes its AR debut on Apple Arcade

Game studio MixedBag is unveiling its Secret Oops augmented reality game today on Apple Arcade. The AR title is the fourth AR game on...

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