Someone at the EPA Really Likes Kim Kardashian's New iPhone Game

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Late last night, the official Twitter account for the Environmental Protection Authority accidentally tweeted an excited proclamation about their success in the Kim Kardashian's new mobile game, which invites you to "create your own celebrity and rise to fame and fortune!" 

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Ja Rule is Here to Help

Monday, July 21, 2014

A new site promises to provide you with the perfect Ja Rule song for any moment. 

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You Can Watch The Private Sector Edit Wikipedia Too

Monday, July 21, 2014

We're still waiting for an @TLDRedits account to appear. 

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#31 - Race Swap

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What happened when a black woman writer went online disguised as a white man? She got a lot fewer death threats, for one thing.

 

 

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Scholars Ask For Facebook's "Emotional Contagion" Study to Be Withdrawn

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Last month, Facebook announced that it had conducted an experiment in which it purposely showed a group of users only negative posts from their friends' news feeds. The premise was to test what the academics behind the research of "emotional contagion," the notion that moods can spread across networks. Well, everyone was annoyed at being manipulated, and the lead researcher in the study has apologized. The Electronic Privacy Information Center has asked for an investigation from the FTC, saying Facebook was duplicitous, manipulative, and failed to inform users of the experiment. Now, Maryland Law Professor (and friend of TLDR) James Grimmelmann, along with colleague Leslie Meltzer Henry and the faculty of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University have asked the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to retract the Facebook study.

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Google Plus Dropped Its Real Name Policy

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Three years after launch, Google Plus users can use (almost) whatever fake name they want.

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Online Agitprop! Everyone's Doing It!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

On the most recent TLDR, I spoke to Max Seddon, foreign correspondent for Buzzfeed, about some recently unearthed documents that show a massive online pro-Russia propaganda effort with ties to The Kremlin

In that interview, Max made it clear that Russia is far from the only government that does this sort of opinion influencing, citing an AP report from a couple months ago about US efforts to sway public opinion in Cuba by creating its own "fake twitter." from the interview:

USAID set up an entire fake social network for cuban people to get around all the internet filters to Cuba that was meant to create some sort of thing that they could use to influence popular opinion in Cuba, which is closed off to the US, and it's very difficult to do well. because On the internet, people are smart, it's very easy to compare things, and use multiple sources of information and come to the right conclusions. They can tell when something is fake.

On Monday, Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept produced another example of this governmental internet meddling, this time from Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). 

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What Can We Learn About the Internet From the Disastrous DashCon Convention Last Weekend?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What can we learn from Tumblr's disastrous DashCon fan convention last weekend?

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Where the Internet Goes to Be Lonely

Monday, July 14, 2014

A decade ago, a Google search for "I am lonely" took people to a conversation thread on an obscure digital video discussion board. Now it's a 2,200-page repository of the Internet's thoughts on loneliness.

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On Passwords and Fearlessness and the Future

Monday, July 14, 2014

Today, Wall Street Journal technology columnist Christopher Mims boldly declared that the password is irrelevant and dying. How boldly, you probably weren't asking yourself? Well, so boldly that he posted his twitter password in the article.

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You Can Watch Congress Edit Wikipedia

Friday, July 11, 2014

A number of Twitter bots are monitoring Wikipedia edits made from national legislatures around the world. 

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The FTC Is Suing Amazon For In-App Purchases By Children

Friday, July 11, 2014

The FTC wants to make it harder for children to make purchases in tablet and smartphone games.

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Vulfpeck Made Serious Bank From "Sleepify"

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

On TLDR #20, I spoke to Jack Stratton of the band Vulfpeck, who released an album of complete silence on Spotify called Sleepify and asked listeners to stream it while they slept so the band could tour without charging for shows.

The gambit was a surprising success, garnering quite a bit of press attention, and eventually arousing the ire of Spotify, who asked the band to remove the album from its service. In the aftermath, I was curious what kind of payout the band ended up getting for its efforts, so I got in touch with Stratton to see how it went. Turns out it went pretty well.

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The Upside Of That Stupid NPR Tweet About Not Being Able to Find Diverse Sources

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

On July 2nd, NPR education blogger Anya Kamenetz landed in hot water for the following tweet: 

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Making Online Art Boring and Static

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Electric Objects, the small company which aims to “put the Internet on your wall” by creating an internet-connected screen with the ability to display a lot of art has launched a Kickstarter campaign.

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Man Hired to Defend Racial Slur Resigns After Racist Tweets

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Two weeks ago, The Washington Redskins hired liberal blogger Ben Tribbett to help defend their name, which Native American groups have been petitioning them to change. 

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YouTube is Calling Out ISPs That Are Throttling Traffic

Monday, July 07, 2014

Recently, Netflix royally pissed off Verizon by calling out the ISP for slow streaming video. The two companies went back and forth for a while, with Verizon demanding that Netflix cut it out, and Netflix essentially saying "Ok, fine. But we might bring them back. You should serve your customers better." Now Google is offering an even more granular service called the "Video Quality Report," which will allow users to check out their YouTube streaming quality and compare to other providers in the area.

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The Quick Brown Fox Subtweets The Lazy Dog

Monday, July 07, 2014

Pangrams! Sentences that use every letter of the alphabet! You can definitely live without them (unless you happen to be a typographer), but why would you want to? Fortunately, you don’t have to live without them anymore, at least on Twitter.

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