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Weird Wide Web: Self-driving cars, printed weapons and is the NSA watching you?

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.

Start-up name generator of the week

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(Image: Buzzfeed)

‘Get ready to make your millions’ says Buzzfeed in their new start-up name generator. You only have a choice of a small number of industries but there’s still some fun to be had with it. We would have a bathroom hygiene company called ‘pivoturinal’ if we weren’t busy doing this. For now, it shall have to remain a dream.

Self-driving car story of the week

New research has found that vehicle-related injuries would drop by 90 per cent if everyone was going around in self-driving cars, TechSpot reports. Basically, that’s because cars don’t get drunk, take drugs, fall asleep or get distracted.

Photo-app of the week

Speaking of start-ups, these guys from the UK have come up with this pretty looking app that lets you turn your photos into digital double exposures by overlaying one photo on another, Techcrunch reports.

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It’s only available for 1Os right now but we found this app which is quite similar, though a little less attractive, for Android users.

3D printed weapon of the week

Police in the UK this week seized a gun made from plastic on a 3D printer with concerns now that this new technology could allow anyone to manufacture weapons that would pass unnoticed through a metal detector. A US company has already successfully test-fired a handgun that was created with a 3D printer, Associated Press reported. And they posted the blueprints online.

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(Image: Greater Manchester Police/Associated Press)

Big story of the week

This week everyone’s been talking about the NSA and rather than asking who they’re spying on now, people are starting to wonder if there is anyone they’re not watching. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has put together this powerful video, which stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, whistleblowers and others, calls for the US government to ‘Stop Watching Us’.

(Video: EFF/YouTube)

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