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Weird Wide Web: Dating abandoned animals, a Gaza smartphone game and suing Facebook

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.

Dating for abandoned pets idea of the week

An animal rescue organisation in the US has hijacked Tinder and is posting photos of abandoned dogs for people to match themselves up to, instead of human dates. Targeting single people while they’re at their most vulnerable – well played.

Source: Puppy Love via YouTube

Controversial app of the week

This ‘Bomb Gaza’ game in the Google Play store caused uproar this week, for obvious reasons. It was removed from the store after written reviews slammed the game.

Don’t tell the kids discovery of the week

It turns out that playing video games in short bursts can actually benefit children. But for the love of God no one tell them that…

Coding kiddies app of the week

Speaking of children, a free iPad app called ScratchJr says it can teach children between the ages of five and eight how to code, Business Insider reports.

Source: ScratchJr

Unassuming spy gadget of the week

Researchers have found a way to reconstruct sound from a video of an object, turning it into a makeshift microphone. In one experiment, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a crisp packet photographed 15 feet away through soundproof glass.

Source: King Crisps via YouTube

Lawsuit of the week

More than 25,000 people have now signed up to support a class again suit against Facebook over the company’s alleged violations of its users’ privacy.

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