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I was hoping the world would sort itself out while I was away last week, but it didn't. Useless, the lot of you. THAT'S IT, I'VE HAD ENOUGH, I'M LEAVING. Not life, you understand, much as that might disappoint some of you; I'm just taking August off because, quite frankly, I realised that not spending disproportionate amounts of time glued to a screen is actually quite nice. And also because Imperica is CHANGING, of which more here. I'll be back at some point in September, presuming that I don't die or have some sort of ludditic Damascene moment in the intervening weeks - hopefully the collection of stuff below will keep you entertained and occupied until then, but failing that I heartily recommend these books to accompany you through the Summer's dregs. 

So, webmongs, prepare yourselves to be smeared with the last dose of soothing web emollient for a while - close your eyes, and be aware that some of this will sting somewhat (and don't mind the smell, you'll get used to it); THIS IS WEB CURIOS. 
 

Online streaming service Mixcloud has accumulated over ten million active users since it started in 2008. Founded by Cambridge graduates Nikhil Shah and Nico Perez, the business, now based in Shoreditch, has partnered with the International Radio Festival to launch the Online Radio Awards.

We caught up with Nikhil to ask him about the awards, alongside his views on the future of online radio. 

Facebook's recent experiments on mood are obviously not an isolated case of mass user testing. We are the subjects of experiments every day, whether we know it or not. Content such as display advertising is continuously A/B tested to demographically-profiled user groups in order to refine products and their standing in the marketplace. OKCupid is the latest company to admit to user testing in a live environment.

Have the UK police successfully broken anonymity on the internet? They certainly seemed to imply as much when the National Crime Agency proudly announced last week that it had made 660 arrests after an operation to identify people viewing indecent images of children online.

The Digital Economy Act, whose anti-copyright infringement penalties included official notices and "technical countermeasures" against violators, has been softened up through a new industry initiative, Creative Content UK.

The Right to be Forgotten, most well-known as a European court ruling against Google, is a big and contentious issue for search engines, publishers, ISPs, and consumers. To some, they finally have the power to manage their reputation in open communications. To others, it's a restrictive process which limits freedom of expression. 

We talked through the short and long-term implications of the RTBF with the Oxford Internet Institute's Bendert Zevenbergen.

American electronics vendor LittleBits has launched CloudBit, a device which, it claims allows practically anything to be connected to the Internet, using IFTTT as the conduit.

I know I say this every week, but it's truly been a bit of a shocker in terms of 'everything's going to tits' news. The past 48h alone have seen some fairly major harbingers of the coming apocalypse - AND I DON'T JUST MEAN CHERYL'S WHIRLWIND ROMANCE AND MARRIAGE!

Anyway, I don't care because I'm going on holiday. As a result this has been written over the course of an evening and a day rather than all in one go, and is a bit thinner than usual. SORRY ABOUT THAT. Not that any of you read it all anyway, but I can tell the difference even if you can't. Web Curios will be back in a couple of weeks (try and contain your disappointment that it is coming back at all) - in the meantime, though, lie back and try not to gag as I fill you full of web like a goose full of grain and your brain swells with the sheer VOLUME of STUFF that's been churned out this week - KEEP BREATHING, WEBMONGS, AND DON'T CHOKE ON IT. 

Arthur I. Miller's new book Colliding Worlds tells the story of how artists, scientists and technologists are working together to form a new movement of the 21st century. We caught up with Arthur recently to discuss the book and the emergence of a culture in which art, science and technology are fused.

After a very successful crowdfunding call, MIT Media Arts Professor Cynthia Breazeal has launched JIBO, the "world's first family robot".

99 Days of Freedom is a campaign from Dutch communications agency Just, to stop you from using Facebook for just over three whole months.

Dutch agency creative Bas Van De Poel has launched the Computer Virus Catalog, a compendium of visual interpretations of viruses and malware, produced by contributors from around the world.

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