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Weird Wide Web: Touring airports, click-fraud botnets and celebs giving directions

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.

Common sense computer of the week

Researchers in Pittsburgh are trying to plant a digital seed for artificial intelligence by letting a supercomputer search the net for images and decide for itself how they relate to one another. The goal is to recreate common sense – the ability to learn things without being specifically thought – in a computer. So how many cat GIFs do you reckon this computer has seen? [Associated Press]


(Image: Keith Srakocic/AP)

Celebrities giving directions tool of the week

Snoop Dog, or rather Snoop Lion as he’s known now, already made it onto a TomTom but now an all round celebrity voice navigation feature is being rolled out by Wave. The company is partnering with Universal Pictures and the first celebrity guide is comedian and actor Kevin Hart, Venture Beat reports.

(Video: Waze Gps/YouTube)

Google Street View addition of the week

If you’re into a bit of plane  or train-spotting, have a look at some of the new stations and airports Google Street View has added to its catalogue. Find your way around airports in Tokyo, Madrid, Dubai or tour London’s Waterloo Station…


Exposing click-fraud botnets video of the week

A London company that specialises in detecting click-fraud on the internet, has put together some helpful graphics and a video that show exactly what happens when your computer becomes infected with malware that creates false clicks on ads, Business Insider reports.

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Worst game ever made…of the week

So there’s actually such a thing as an ‘anti-game’ – described by one interactive artists who spoke to Wired as “a game that deliberately undermines the very idea of what a game is meant to be”. Tens of thousands of people have played this purposefully terrible game tht basically involves punching yourself in the face.


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