Hello everyone, here’s this week’s roundup of business, tech and creative news from across the Moving World! Many thanks to all who submitted links!
Double standard change
This week, Facebook quietly lifted a temporary ban on violent and graphic imagery, such as beheadings, arguing “People share videos of these events on Facebook to condemn them. If they were being celebrated, or the actions in them encouraged, our approach would be different.” The move caused outrage, provoking responses from charities and human rights organisations, deeming the move as highly irresponsible.
In the same week, Facebook changed restrictions to allow teenagers to post content to a global audience. It means content they post will be visible to people outside of their social circles. Facebook argued the change as a liberator for young people who may have messages to spread. The change has been met with cynicism, with worries this is exposing young people to everything from “predators to junk food marketers”.
Both moves signal Facebook embracing the open nature of the web, actively removing themselves from the role of censor. They are taking the standpoint of providing a forum for people to share experiences, be they controversial or not.
The US District Court in Idaho has ruled that you could lose your 4th amendment right for simply calling yourself a ‘hacker’. The court ruled “By labeling themselves this way, they have essentially announced that they have the necessary computer skills and intent to simultaneously release the code publicly and conceal their role in that act.”
On the other side of the pond, convicted hackers could be recruited to UK cyber defence force. In an interview with BBC’s newsnight, the head of the force said that recruitment would focus on hiring the best and the brightest, which could include ex-convicts. He stated, “We’re looking at capability development, rather than setting hard and fast rules about individual personality traits.”
Nokia have released a new range of phones, phablets and their first ever tablet at their Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. The new phone models expand the Windows-powered Lumia range and focus on photography, with RAW image support and built in ‘refocus’ technology that allows retrospective depth of field changes. The Lumia tablet is in direct competition with the Microsoft Surface, so it will be interesting to see the future of the range – the Nokia World event is seen to be Nokia’s last major event before the sale of their hardware division to Microsoft is completed.
On the same day, Apple’s latest product launch saw new Macbook Pros, iPads, and more information on the new Mac Pro. The controversial diversification of expensive product families is continuing, with a new iPad Mini, iPad Air and the existing iPad 2 to complement the iPhone 5S and 5C models – all in a new range of colours. Software is being updated too, with the imminent arrival of the Mavericks operating system. The iLife and iWork suites of software are to be made free on all devices, with a noticeable and repeated mention of in-app purchases – suggesting that the pricing model that has been so successful within the mobile space is moving toward our desktops.
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Virgin Galactic want to do moon cruises and replace the concorde
NASA is now communicating with spacecraft via laser at 622 megabits per second
The first 3D printers in Haiti are printing umbilical cord clamps and other hard to get equipment
Maybe gold does grow on trees after all?
IBM’s Watson is better at diagnosing cancer than humans
No surprise here? 85% of iOS 7 users have never used Siri
A plan to turn every lightbulb into an ultra-fast alternative to Wi-Fi
The ‘worst virus ever’ encrypts your files, asks for a ransom and then deletes them if not received
Poppy, the open source humanoid robot with awesome 3D printed skeleton
Security check now starts long before you fly
A long but very interesting read; the co-founder of LinkedIn talks through his Series B pitch deck from 2004
Was iOS7 designed in Microsoft Word?