How To Eavesdrop On A Former NSA Chief On A Train

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Former NSA head Michael Hayden took the train today. He spent his time on the phone, giving interviews to reporters in which he asked to be identified only as an anonymous former senior administration official. 

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The Winner of the On the Media Hat Giveaway!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks, we ran a contest where we gave away a hat knitted by our host and managing editor Brooke Gladstone to one randomly selected new subscriber to our weekly newsletter. Here's a picture of one of Brooke's hats being modeled by Radiolab's Jad Abumrad. Doesn't it flatter?!:

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The US Keeps Getting Caught Spying on Allies

Thursday, October 24, 2013

On Monday morning, I wrote that allegations the NSA had intercepted French phone calls weren't actually very important. My logic was that allies spy on each other routinely. When they get caught, there’s a lot of ceremonial outrage and apology that amounts to very little.

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Everyone On Twitter Is Changing Their Name For Halloween

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's silly, but fun.

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On Second Thought, Facebook Would Prefer You Didn't Post Your Beheading Videos

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wait, what? Facebook has once again updated its policy on beheading videos: they’re not allowed.

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Facebook Lifts A Ban On Beheading Videos

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The BBC reports Facebook has lifted a blanket ban on beheading videos the company introduced back in May. 

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#4 - The Unicorn

Monday, October 21, 2013

Millions of Americans don't use the internet at all. Some don't have access because of poverty, geography, or age. But some just never logged on. This week, Alex goes on a quest to find a unicorn -- someone who lives a life just like his, but entirely without internet.

 

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We Are Never Ever Going To Stop Online Dating

Monday, October 21, 2013

Can't something be seen as a little sad and still be pretty popular?

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Rise of the Death Clocks

Friday, October 18, 2013

Here’s a trend you maybe wouldn't have expected to take off: apps that tell you how soon you you and your loved ones will likely die.

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Airbnb to NYC Hosts: Keep Calm and Be As Vague As Possible

Friday, October 18, 2013

New York Airbnb hosts are caught in an uncomfortable situation right now.

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Buzzfeed Minus GIFs

Friday, October 18, 2013

Buzzfeed is getting mocked this week, which is not a new phenomenon. What is new is a Tumblr called Buzzfeed Articles Without The GIFs ,which points out that Buzzfeed listicles, sans pictures, are just paragraphs of silly, vapid sentences. 

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The War On Podcasts

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Via Ars, news that the Electronic Frontier Foundation is pursuing a patent troll who's been targeting podcasters. 

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The Pros and Cons of Internet Vigilante Justice

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Well that didn't take long. 

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Anonymous Arrives In Maryville

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

On Sunday, the Kansas City Star published a story about a horrific rape in Maryville, Missouri. 

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The NSA Probably Has Your Buddy List

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Washington Post reports that the NSA harvests the email addresses and contact lists of millions of people globally, many of them Americans. They don't have permission from the email providers to do this, the agency just snatches the data as its transmitted across the world.

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Happy Friday, To All & Sundry

Friday, October 11, 2013

Behold! A glorious miscellany of week-end links. 

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