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Wave of media mergers signals major shift in TV landscape

Gone are the days that you turn to your TV to watch your favourite shows, all on demand. With streaming services accessible on the go, the cable industry is in decline, but media partnerships between traditional cable providers and content makers is changing the game.

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Wave of media mergers signals major shift in TV landscape. Turning citizen science into a captivating video game. How you use your phone can tell Uber if you're drunk. Being a social media manager can be bad for mental health. How internet access to porn is helping women and sexual minorities in India.

Social media can be stressful. But what if social media is your job?

Thea Neal wrote an article titled, "Should you ask your social media manager if they're okay?" It's since gone viral, having been shared among social media managers whom all weighed in on the issue. Their dreams jobs aren't as glorious as it seems. It's actually taking a toll on their mental health.

'Eyewire' turns mapping the brain into a game

Citizen science games, like the neuron mapping game 'Eyewire', are using video game design concepts to get the public to contribute to scientific research.

Would you want Uber to know every time you were drunk?

A recent patent filing by Uber points to the ride-sharing app possibly using artificial intelligence to determine whether or not a user is drunk, which raises data privacy and ethical concerns for advocates of digital rights.

How internet access to porn is helping women and sexual minorities in India

In countries like India where porn production and distribution is illegal, growing internet use has made pornography more accessible than ever before.

What Confucius, The Buddha, and Aristotle can teach us about technology

Philosophy professor Shannon Vallor argues that to deal with the relentless pace of technological change, we should take inspiration from traditional virtue ethics.

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What Confucius, The Buddha, and Aristotle can teach us about technology. From Bible apps to kosher phones, how digital tech is changing religion. What happens to your digital legacy when you die? Why some people are planning on sending their ashes into space.

From Bible apps to kosher phones, how digital tech is changing religion

While it may seem like technological society is pushing us away from religion and ritual, it might actually be pulling us closer.

Who will know your passwords after you die?

Annette Adamska is the found of Back Up Your Life, a service to help people prepare their online presence for after their death.

Families are creating new rituals by sending ashes into space

A company called Celestis is letting people load cremains into their rockets, which are then sent into space. Funeral home director Lisa Gregor tells us about her own plans to go to the moon.

What you told us about Google for Education

Last week we aired a special episode of Spark about Google for Education. A lot of you had something to tell us about the service, privacy protection, and our show.

As Google for Education tools enter classrooms across Canada, some parents are asking to opt-out

60 million students and teachers around the world are using Google for Education products. Parents are raising concerns about what data Google might be collecting from their kids, and some are critical of a lack of options should they choose not to use them.

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On this special episode of Spark, we're looking at how Google for Education is being used in classrooms across Canada.

The liberation of attention could be the defining political struggle of our time

Have digital and social media made us prone to focusing on the wrong things?

Spark is looking at Google's role in Canadian schools — and we want your help.

Spark is interested in how Google is marketing itself to schools, affecting how classrooms work, impacting students' privacy, and how it’s shaping the way children think about technology.

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Looking back at the stories Spark has covered over 400 episodes. FBI warns of malware on routers. Designing new rituals. Liberating our attention.

From QR codes to Facebook's early days: A tech time warp for Spark 400

Which tech stories from the past 11 years stood the test of time, and which missed the mark? Spark your memory with a list of the show’s most memorable conversations.

Can a router reboot really fight off Russian hackers?

Amy Nordrum, a Science journalist with IEEE Spectrum, explains the vulnerabilities of a router, and how to securely maintain one.

Can we design our own rituals from scratch?

Kursat Ozenc believes there's a desire for spiritual traditions tailored to individual needs. So he helped create the Ritual Design Lab which operates both a hotline, and the Idea Pop app to provide personalized rituals for clients and inspire new traditions.

Monopolies have been broken up before. Is it time to do the same with Facebook?

Should WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger become separate companies?

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Do giant tech companies like Facebook need to be broken up? Why mission statements actually matter. Vast majority of twitter users retweet rumours without question. Why the "information age" is now the "reputation age". Science weighs in on how to end a sentence. The surprising carbon footprint of a Google search.

With corporate culture under scrutiny, mission statements actually matter

They should be more than just PR or window dressing

Why the "information age" is now the "reputation age"

You can't check every fact. But you can check reputation.

The surprising carbon footprint of a Google search

How do you contribute to climate change every time you look something up?

Spark is looking at Google's role in Canadian schools — and we want your help.

Spark is interested in how Google is marketing itself to schools, affecting how classrooms work, impacting students' privacy, and how it’s shaping the way children think about technology.
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