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Daily social & tech headlines: The fear factor

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” ― George Orwell, 1984

‘Fear’ best sums up today’s top picks. It arises from three different perspectives.

The first pick is a piece from the Washington Post which looks at individual’s fears around big data, or more accurately, erosion of privacy. Vivek Wadwa makes a case aligned with Orwell’s quote above, he states: “My concern is about how we will one day use all the data we are gathering—and the skeletons it will uncover.”

Wired reports on concerns of businesses around the growth of Google. It has been reported the chief executive of Axel Springer, Europe’s biggest newspaper publisher by circulation has stated “We are afraid of Google. I must say this so clearly and honestly since scarcely one of my colleagues dares to do this publicly. And as the biggest of the small fry, we must perhaps be the first to speak plainly in this debate.”. I wonder how many more will speak out in the coming months.

Finally, Screen Crush provides an interesting view from mainstream media and Hollywood around technology and predictions of it’s impact on society. The article provides a fascinating summary of Hollywood’s dystopian view of our future . From Hal in 2001: A Space Oddysey to the Terminator, it is fair to say, humans rarely come out on top.  *Switching iPhone off right now*

Top picks

WashingtonPost: The rise of big data brings tremendous possibilities and frightening perils

Wired: Major media publisher admits it is ‘afraid of Google’

ScreenCrush: Man vs. Computer: Hollywood’s Long History of Distrusting Technology

Best of the rest

Venturebeat: Future big data analysts will know everything you did today

ZDNet: Microsoft highlights big-data, analytics projects at TechFair research fair

CNN: Facebook launches friend-tracking feature

SJMNews: Biz Break: LinkedIn hits milestone ahead of wave of social-media earnings reports

SocialTimes: How TV and Social Media Audiences Intersect

ReadWrite: The Future of Social Media Is Mobile Tribes

CNN: Why the U.S. government is ‘trolling’ jihadists on social media

NBC: SpaceX Aims to Blaze New Trail for Rocket Technology

ReadWrite: How Technology Is Making It Great To Be A Music Fan

TheSwitch: Hypothetical technology is fun. Real technology creeps us out.

Yahoo!: Awesome FingerReader Gadget Lets the Blind Read Printed Text

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