Sometimes, Native Advertising is Actually Pretty Good

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

I am generally not a fan of advertising of any kind. Print, billboards, TV - no matter how creative you are, I find it an annoying distraction that I try to tune out. But there have been a couple of smart attempts at online advertising recently that were great not so much for their content, but for their rollout. They spoke to me because is was clear that the folks behind the campaigns have a pretty good grip on the internet.

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The Aptly Named New Technology That Tracks Everything You Do

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

With all the alerts and tracking your cell phone does, it can feel a bit like an overbearing mother. At this year's Consumer Electronic Expo, a company called Sense is exhibiting a product actually called Mother, designed to stick its virtual nose into just about everything you do.

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What did we learn from Cracked's "Worst online dating profile ever"? Not much.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

One of yesterday's big viral stories was by Cracked reporter Alli Reed, who used OkCupid to create the self-described "Worst Online Dating Profile Ever." Reed used pictures of a model friend of hers, and then loaded the profile with nods to the fictional woman being manipulative, narcissistic, and a little crazy.

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Why All the Weirdest News Comes From Florida

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Banana attacks, fake python rescues, and sledgehammer-weilding cyclists seem like they're just par for the course in Florida. Journalist Will Greeniee explains why.

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The UK's New Internet Porn Filters Block Much More Than Pornography

Monday, January 06, 2014

TorrentFreak sounds like a place to download stuff illegally, but it’s not. It’s actually a news site whose focus is internet piracy, copyright, and filesharing. I read it a lot - as an On the Media producer I find it to be an invaluable source of information. The UK disagrees. On Friday, the site published an article saying that it had been blocked by Sky, the UK's largest internet provider.

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Every Edit You've Ever Made to a Facebook Post Is Visible

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Anyone who can see your post can see a full history of its edits. All they have to do is click the gray text that reads "Edited" at the bottom of your comment, just to the left of the "Like" button.

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Reviews that Are 100% Objective

Friday, January 03, 2014

Video game criticism is a weird beast. 

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Two Professors Search the Internet for Time Travelers

Thursday, January 02, 2014

It’s hard not to like this. Professors Robert J Nemiroff and Teresa Wilson published a study where they looked online for some sign that time travelers from the future are hiding among us, accidentally revealing themselves on the internet.

 

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4.6 Million Snapchat Accounts Have Leaked And It's Actually Not That Important.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

4.6 million Snapchat usernames and their associated phone numbers were leaked this week.  (If you use the service, there’re a few single serving sites where you can check to see if your information’s out there.)

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If you're using a picture you find on the internet, you might want to know where it came from

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

See the picture that leads this article? It's pretty intense, right? Techdirt shared a story this morning from a couple weeks ago about an anti-immigrant conservative Florida political group that posted this image on its Facebook. The only problem is that the image was lifted from the video game Bioshock Infinite, and was specifically intended to parody uncritical nationalism.

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Highlighting the Worst Internet Comments In All of England

Monday, December 30, 2013

Enjoying this list comes from perversity and from seeing what kind of absurd topics people can get worked into a lather about. Like being angry that survivors of a theater collapse weren't wearing coats.

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An Iron Maiden Hoax Too Boring To Check

Monday, December 30, 2013

If you weren’t on the internet last week (apparently there were holidays) you might’ve missed this small story about Iron Maiden. A blog called citeworld wrote that the band was using data about where their music was most pirated in order to plan their tours.

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How much is your privacy worth? About five bucks.

Friday, December 27, 2013

There’s a $16 billion market out there for app developers willing to offer consumers their privacy back.

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Amazon’s War on Bigfoot Erotica

Friday, December 27, 2013

Not sure how I missed this last week, but there’s a nice piece by Eric Spitznagel about how monster erotica writers are struggling in the wake of a crackdown on their work by Amazon. 

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No, Facebook is Not Dying.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

If 2014 is the year we read a never-ending parade of stories about the Death of Facebook, you can probably safely ignore them. The first sign that Facebook’s actually in trouble will be when it's no longer popular enough to earn clickbait pieces about its imminent death.

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In Case Anyone Forgot, Google is Still Very Powerful

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Following Google’s decision to knock Rap Genius way down in its search results, traffic at the site has plummeted. We go inside Google with the guys who set the search rules—and can make or break your company.
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Bad PR

Friday, December 20, 2013

Justine Sacco does corporate communications for IAC, the parent company for  Tinder, OkCupid, CollegeHumor, Dictionary.com, and Vimeo. 

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Please Support TLDR!

Friday, December 20, 2013

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Why It's Silly to Make Rules About What Your Employees Can Say Online

Friday, December 20, 2013

In September, after the Navy Yard shooting, a journalism professor at Kansas University posted the following tweet:

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Would You Like A Canadian Politician To Say Hi To You?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Yesterday, the Ottawa Citizen posted a link to a website that featured a scandal-tainted Canadian Senator named Mike Duffy doing a fundraising pitch. Given ongoing accusations that Duffy was misappropriating government funds, it was an interesting piece of web-arcana that the conservative party certainly wouldn't want to draw attention to. But what made it amazing wasn't the pitch.

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