Disney is exploring how it could use drones to suspend and control its characters in the air. 

A patent application shows how traditional displays could be swapped for drone light displays and animated puppets. 

It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s an enormous Mickey

Photo: USPTO

More people have access to mobile phones than to bog-standard sanitation around the world.

The numbers are actually quite close – both are around the 4.5bn mark. But the implications are clear: we value a text, a tweet over one of our most basic sanitary needs: the loo. 

100 years of the Leica camera

Many of the 20th century’s most defining images were shot on a Leica - but the camera almost died, later triumphantly reborn in the digital age.  

Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty

Ryan Block called Comcast, his internet provider, to cancel his account, but the ‘retention specialist’ on the other end of the line really didn’t want him to do that. The resulting conversation was painful to say the least.

Now Comcast has contacted Block directly to issue a cringe-inducing apology: “We are using this very unfortunate experience to reinforce how important it is to always treat our customers with the utmost respect.”

The right to be forgotten means certain articles are being hidden from European versions of Google. Chris Moran, the Guardian’s digital audience editor, clarifies areas of confusion and explains the things to remember

• James Ball: Publishers must fight back against this indirect challenge to press freedom

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Biz Stone on the early days of Twitter:

Early on, when everyone was talking about how useless and trivial it was, somebody wrote: “Twitter is the Seinfeld of the internet. It’s a website about nothing.” And me, being in my, like, hallucinogenically-optimistic state, thought, well that’s great! Seinfeld – that’s a hit show!

Read the full interview

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Mass production of Apple’s first smartwatch will begin in July, according to a source familiar with the matter, as the tech giant tries to prove it can still innovate against rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Read more

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Why is digital art still a sideshow? As a groundbreaking new exhibition opens, we look at pioneering works from the first arcade games to films made fully in CGI – and argue that it’s high time we took it seriously. Read more

Above: Amon Tobin, ISAM, 2011. Photo: Calder Wilson