Wikipedia Had A Small Edit War Over Hello Kitty

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A couple of days ago, the L.A. Times shook the world when it reported that Hello Kitty is not, in fact, a cat. Here's how Wikipedia's been dealing with that. 
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News On The Website nationalreport.net is Fake

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The National Report (nationalreport.net) is not a website that traffics in real news. Don't share it. Don't link to it. This has been a public service announcement.
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No More "Tinder for X," Please

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It really isn't very helpful. 
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Is It A Violation Of Your Child's Privacy To Write About His Porn Watching Habits?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A freelancer for The Atlantic wrote an article about finding his 9-year-old son looking at pornography. Did he violate his son's right to privacy?
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California To Require Kill Switches To Deter Phone Theft

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

California has passed a law that will allow people to remotely disable stolen cell phones. Will it deter theft?
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Looks Like Amazon is Going to Buy Twitch

Monday, August 25, 2014

A billion dollars would buy a lot of Pokemon games. 
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Indian State Outlaws "Objectionable Content," Will Start Arresting People for Precrime

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Indian state of Karnataka has not only outlawed sharing "malicious or misleading images" online, it can also arrest citizens for breaking the law before they actually commit a crime.
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Congress Keeps Getting Banned From Wikipedia

Friday, August 22, 2014

For the third time this summer, Congressional IPs have been blocked from editing Wikipedia.
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There's a Tweetstorm Coming

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Make sure to get your hands on a tweet-umbrella.
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Anonymous Distances Itself From Member Who Doxed The Wrong Cop

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hacker collective Anonymous is distancing itself from a member who posted the name of the wrong police officer in connection with the shooting of Michael Brown.
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Google Might Soon (Officially) Be For Kids

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Google, long stuck serving the over-thirteen crowd, is reportedly looking into creating versions of YouTube and Gmail geared towards children.
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New Delaware Law Allows Users To Will Their Digital Assets To Their Descendants

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A new Delaware law allows users to leave their digital assets to their descendants.
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Facebook Attempts to Teach Its Users To Recognize Satire - With A "Satire" Tag

Monday, August 18, 2014

The old "The-Onion-being-mistaken-as-real-news" rubric is now so common at this point as to be mundane. In fact, the website "literally unbelievable" exists solely catalog unsuspecting Facebookers falling for The Onion's headlines. And The Onion is no longer the only site that traffics in parody that gets passed off as real news, it's just the best known, and most clearly satirical. Sites like The Daily Currant and The National Report - both less clearly satire and significantly less funny than The Onion - regularly get picked up as real news as well. Facebook is running a test on some users where it attempts to more clearly demarcate articles from The Onion as satire

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#34 - The Accidental Outing of Rwanda's Most Powerful Troll

Monday, August 18, 2014

Steve Terrill is a journalist who works in Rwanda until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda's president to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign.
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The Rare Viral Internet Photo That Contributes To Understanding

Friday, August 15, 2014

Generally, photos that float around the internet are robbed of context, or hoaxes, or are attributed to events at which they didn't occur. So it's nice to see a photo that went viral, and rather than contribute to misunderstanding, it helped the person who posted it learn more about the world.

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Anonymous Claims They've Identified the Police Officer Who Shot Michael Brown. What Should We Do With That Information? (UPDATED)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Ferguson Police Department initially promised to make public the name of the officer who killed 18-year old Michael Brown, and then reneged, citing concerns for the officers safety. 

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The National Republican Congressional Committee Gets Into the Fake News Business

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee has built a series of fake news site designed to look like local newspapers. The fake sites post critical articles about Democratic politicians in districts where electoral races are happening.

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If They Gunned Me Down

Monday, August 11, 2014

On Twitter, people are using the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown to respond to the way the media shows young black men killed by police.

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Why Are 2 Million People Still Signed up For AOL's Dial-Up Internet?

Friday, August 08, 2014

AOL released their latest financial report this week, and the biggest surprise for most people was that the company still makes a ton of money from subscriptions to dial-up internet. 

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#33 - Unfollow A Man

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A few weeks ago, writer Katie Notopoulos called on the Internet to devote one day a year to unfollowing a man on social media. Men's rights activists were enraged, cable news was intrigued, and a lot of people felt quiet relief. On the latest episode of TLDR, we talk to Katie about her mission and her manifesto.

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