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Weird Wide Web: Secret dinner parties, speeding Google cars and a test of your sanity

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.

Speedy news of the week

This week we learned Google’s driverless cars will be programmed to exceed speed limits by up to 16km/h if it is deemed to be the safest option. The project’s lead software engineer told Reuters that this is designed for situations where going slower than surrounding vehicles that are over the limit could be dangerous.

Source: Reddit

Speaking of Google cars…

A Google Street View car in Chile may have run over this dog

Source: Google

Annoying Facebook move of the week

People were pretty mad when Facebook forced them to download its Messenger app. It turns out it was a very effective move, though, with more than 500 million android users having now downloaded it.

Secret dinner party of the week

Users of the anonymous sharing app Secret have started hosting dinner parties, to get to know some of the faceless people whose secrets they read. A reporter from Recode was lucky enough to get invited to one and here’s how she got on.

Source: Kristian Septimius Krogh via YouTube

Flappy Bird replacement of the week

The creator of the intensely frustrating game Flappy Bird has released a new, equally nerve-wracking game to test your sanity, The Next Web reports.

Source: TouchArcade/YouTube

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