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UK pulls plug on spying trash cans

B6415E2C12B5B364743B55082CDAC_h287_w371_m2_q80_cXsmpjkxMUK officials have demanded that an advertising firm stop using a network of high-tech trash cans to track people walking through London's financial district.

The Renew ad firm has been using technology embedded in the hulking receptacles to measure the Wi-Fi signals emitted by smartphones, and suggested that it would apply the concept of "cookies" — tracking files that follow Internet users across the Web — to the physical world.

"We will cookie the street," Renew Chief Executive Kaveh Memari said in June.

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My adventure in barefoot running

I've been running long enough that shoe choice is hardly a consideration. Asics. Something in the 1100 series. I make the trek to the shoe store, locate my size, pay the cashier and I'm on my merry way. It's the easiest transaction either of us will have all day.

So why would I want to climb aboard the barefoot running bandwagon?

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Loudspeaker art debuts at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Canadian multimedia artist Janet Cardiff has brought her 'audio-based installation' to the Art Gallery of Ontario until August 18. On loan from the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art, 'The Forty-Part Motet' depends on 40 classic Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers for its engaging experience.
No fewer than 40 B&W two-way speakers were used in the exhibit, which was originally recorded to 40 channels at Salisbury Cathedral in the U.K. Cardiff's work is a re-imagining of Tallis' motet 'Spem in Alium' (Hope in Other), which was composed around the year 1573.

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Unicef slams Facebook ‘slacktivism,’ saying Likes don't help people

UnicefadThe international humanitarian aid group Unicef is slamming people who ‘Like’ and retweet things on social media that aim to help people in need, because ultimately, clicking the Like button is a slacker’s way of getting involved, it seems.

To get the point across, Unicef started an ad campaign to show people that actions speak louder than Likes.

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Israel, Hamas and supporters take it to Twitter, and beyond

Bombs and barricades are filling the news as Israel and Hamas battle it out in Gaza, but at least some of the conflict there is technological.

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Using technology to track Sandy

People are calling it the perfect storm. Hurricane Sandy is just starting its major assault on the East Coast today. The worst effects, especially for Canadians, will be overnight tonight, according to officials. How are we using technology to survey the event?

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Twitter saves carjacking victim

A quick-thinking girlfriend and the power of Twitter are being credit with saving a man who was stuffed in the trunk of his vehicle during a car-jacking over the weekend.

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Online activism: Are you uneducated, or understanding?

Have you been Kony'd? Kony 2012, a video by activist group Invisible Children, has swept the Internet, becoming one of the most viral videos ever watched, with 70 million views. But it is also garnering some criticism - and Invisible Children is expected to launch another video answering those responses today.

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.