Inbox: the week on the web

ADAM ROBERTS
Last updated 10:43 02/12/2011

Today I decided to put six entries in this weekly web-round up, for no reason! You're welcome!

1. Here's a version of the Karate Kid comprised entirely of rehearsal footage. I'll admit, I lasted about a minute before I had to turn it off. Good luck!

2. Smartphone owners beware, looks like it's not just Google, Zuckerberg and the CIA who are following your every move. The alarm was raised earlier this week about Carrier IQ, a piece of software installed on most smartphones, including Androids, iPhones and others, which appears to be able to record everything done on the phone. Here's Wired's original story on the subject. Engadget has an exhaustive summary of everything currently known about the software, the company, and Lifehacker comes to the rescue with instructions for removing it from your Android, and iPhone.

3. Here's an amazing interview between an out-of-character Stephen Colbert and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Jump to about 30 minutes in to hear the scientist rail against James Cameron and the inaccuracies of the film Titanic. Lovely.

4. Remember Bitcoin? No? Well, here's an excellent Wired feature on the world's weirdest currency.

5. Chad Kroeger haters, here is your saviour: Nickleblock, a browser plug-in that erases any mention of the band from your online existence. Bonus: Funny or Die video where the band responds to an online petition blocking them from performing at an NFL game.

6. Is this the perfect cartoon? I think it's pretty good, but feel free to respond with better examples in the comments.

Have a good weekend.
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