Facebook Turns 10

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

To celebrate a decade in existence, Facebook released "Look Back," a page which creepily collects all of your posts into a short video narrating your time on Facebook. We found ourselves surprisingly misty-eyed at our own look back videos.

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Susan Orlean Has Made Me Not Hate the Horse_eBooks Guys So Much

Monday, February 03, 2014

If you've been following TLDR since the jump-off, then you probably know how we feel about the big reveal of both Pronunciation Book and Horse_ebooks as lead-ins the the bafflingly boring Bear Sterns Bravo. Pronunciation Book simply collapsed under the weight of the buzz and anticipation that it generated (including in our debut episode), while Horse_ebooks felt like another reminder of the internet's bottomless capacity for deception. Well Susan Orlean's New Yorker profile of Jacob Bakkila and Thomas Bender (paywalled), the guys behind the whole enterprise, came out today. And as much as I hate to admit it, it gave me a sort of grudging respect for their work, at least conceptually.

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Patent Holders Strike Again

Monday, February 03, 2014

Last week brought us two patent troll stories.

Do you remember Lycos? It was sort of the proto-Google, and was, for a time in the late 90's, the most visited site on the web. Those days are now long gone, but patents that were once owned by Lycos are now being used to force Google to fork over a hefty chunk  of its revenue.

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Gossip By Algorithm

Friday, January 31, 2014

This is embarrassing to admit, but I got fooled by an algorithm this week. 

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#13 - Managing a Monster

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Slender Man is the internet's monster - the subject of countless remixes, tributes, and parodies. He's so ubiquitous he feels like he's been around for ages, like folklore. But Slender Man has an owner and a point of origin. Alex talks to Eric Knudsen, the creator of Slender Man.

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Deport Bieber Petition Bad For Bieber, Good for Democracy

Thursday, January 30, 2014

More than 100,000 people have signed an e-petition calling on the White House to deport Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber from America. By the White House's own rules, the administration has to respond. This is great for America.

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A New Website Lets You Hear Some of Spotify's 4 Million Unheard Songs

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In our podcast about Matt Farley, the musician who has written fourteen thousand songs in the past six years, we mentioned that twenty percent of the songs on Spotify have never been played. 

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A 33-Year-Old NPR Story Convinced Me Google Glass Will Stop Looking So Dorky Soon

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Google showed off a new version of Google Glass yesterday.

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Tuesday Links: A Reddit Oral History of Gawker, Insurance that Covers Google Glass, and more

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hello everyone. It's one of those Tuesdays where there's a million interesting things on the internet, none of which particularly need two cents added to them. So without further ado: 

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Eve Online Is Having Its Largest Ever War

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The backstory to it is kind of great -- one coalition missed a bill payment on a star system they owned, which allowed other coalitions to jump in and fight for ownership. The ensuing battle was large enough that the game had to go into a mode called “time dilation,” where the game enters super slow motion so as not to fry the company's servers.

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Tumblr Crowdsources Their Terms of Service

Monday, January 27, 2014

This is kind of cool, insofar as the words “Terms of Service” and “cool” can sit comfortably in the same sentence. Tumblr just updated their Terms of Service, and as part of the process they allowed users to input their ideas and suggestions via GitHub.

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Prince's Troubled Relationship With the Internet

Monday, January 27, 2014

Prince is suing 22 fans, for $1 million a piece, for posting links to bootlegs of his concerts on filesharing sites. This is just the latest volley in Prince's long standing love/hate (well, mostly hate/hate) relationship with the internet.

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#12 - Hunting For YouTube's Saddest Comments

Friday, January 24, 2014

YouTube's infamous for having one of the worst comment sections on the internet. There's no reason to ever read them. Unless you’re writer & filmmaker Mark Slutsky. Mark spends hours scouring the comments section on YouTube, and occasionally, scattered in the dross, he finds small poignant stories for his site Sad Youtube.

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A Reporter Interviews Men On an Anonymous Phone Sex Line

Friday, January 24, 2014

In the Bay Area, there's a number you can call to chat anonymously with strangers. People use it for phone sex. On the new Love + Radio, reporter Julia DeWitt called up and tried to interview the men on the line, and it's very great radio. 

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Hunter Moore's Indictment Yesterday Was For Hacking, Not For Revenge Porn

Friday, January 24, 2014

Yesterday, revenge porn pioneer and all around gross dude Hunter Moore was indicted by the United States District Court for the Central District of California. But even though California has revenge porn statutes on the books, the bulk of the charges were made under what is known as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or, more colloquially, The Hacker Law.

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Revenge Porn Pioneer Hunter Moore Indicted

Thursday, January 23, 2014

UPDATE: read indictment below.

Time Magazine is reporting that Hunter Moore has been indicted by a grand jury for conspiracy to “access a protected computer without authorization to obtain information for private financial gain.” There aren't many details available and I haven't seen a copy of the indictment online, but will update the story as that information comes in. In the meantime, I've embedded Bob's interview with Moore from December of 2011 below:

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Now you can listen to radio stations from all over the world on the internet. But why would you want to?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Will internet users be interested in a service that allows them to do a search 40,000 radio stations throughout the world? One entrepreneur thinks so.

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Behold! The Internet's Beauty Catalogued

Thursday, January 23, 2014

If there is one idea that PJ and I drive towards both on the TLDR blog and on the podcast, it's that the internet can be a beautiful, magical place. It is the staging ground for so much cleverness and creativity and humanity. So, imagine my delight this morning when I stumbled upon a Reddit subreddit called "internet is beautiful."

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Facebook is still not dying

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Another day, another hysterical report on the demise of Facebook.

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#11 - RIP Vile Rat

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sean Smith was an IT manager in the real world, but online, he was Vile Rat, a hugely influential diplomat in the video game Eve Online

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