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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Facebook Reduces Its Privacy Options (Again)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Yesterday, Facebook announced that users who've asked for their timelines to be unsearchable will now searchable. 

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Why Amazon Should Keep Publishing Rape and Incest Porn

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The online magazine Kernel is after Amazon for publishing pornographic eBooks that fetishize rape and incest. 

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Drunk Dial Your Congressperson

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Via Politico, news of a new website that lets angry citizens and furloughed DC employees drunk dial their congressperson. 

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Divorce Map, Pt. 2

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Yesterday, we talked about Patch's new Divorce Maps, which show you where the divorced people in your town are congregating so that you can avoid those areas or, perhaps, start up specialty businesses that cater to divorcees. 

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A Map Of All The Divorces

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The hyperlocal site Patch has a history of strange dysfunction. But today's dysfunctional Patch story is exceptionally strange. As Romenesko reported, every single Patch outlet has been publishing maps of where divorced people live.

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How Could A Train Full of Commuters Not See An Armed Gunman? Pretty Easily, Actually.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Slate brought my attention to this shocking San Francisco Chronicle story about inattentive commuters

A man standing on a crowded Muni train pulls out a .45-caliber pistol.

He raises the gun, pointing it across the aisle, before tucking it back against his side. He draws it out several more times, once using the hand holding the gun to wipe his nose. Dozens of passengers stand and sit just feet away - but none reacts.

Their eyes, focused on smartphones and tablets, don't lift until the gunman fires a bullet into the back of a San Francisco State student getting off the train.

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Authorities Arrest More Internet Drug Dealers, Still Can't Open Internet Wallet

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The past week has seen the first of what will likely be many arrests of Silk Road drug dealers. The FBI announced the arrest of Steven Sadler, who they say was a top Silk Road dealer. And British police arrested four Silk Road users today, with more to come. 

So what happens now? A lot.

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Healthcare.gov:You Can Be Mad Now

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Ah, last week. We were so young. So naive. Seven days ago I wrote about how conservatives who were jumping up and down with excitement about bugs in the Healthcare.gov rollout were getting ahead of themselves. I argued that any massive tech rollout is bound to have errors. It was just too early to say whether Healthcare.gov's problems were nature (bad design) or nurture (good design that was temporarily failing because of sheer demand).

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New York wants AirBnB to Turn Over its Users' Data

Monday, October 07, 2013

Update 3:46PM: Airbnb has now said that they're refusing to comply with the Attorney General's demand. Whoa. This should be interesting. More over at New Tech City.

The New York Attorney General has ordered AirBnb to turn over records for anyone in New York who's ever rented out their apartment on the site. 

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Apple Killed An App That Let Chinese People Circumvent the Great Firewall

Monday, October 07, 2013

OpenDoor is an app that lets you anonymously surf the internet on your iPhone or iPad. A third of OpenDoor's sales have historically come from China, where internet freedom's restricted and most people access the net on mobile. That is until this past summer, when Apple pulled Open Door from the app store after the Chinese government complained. 

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Happy Friday, Everyone!

Friday, October 04, 2013

Another week is gone. Here are some fun links to distract you from time's ceaseless rush. 

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How To Talk About The Government Investigating You When You Can't Legally Talk About the Government Investigating You

Friday, October 04, 2013

Yesterday, we talked about Lavabit, the privacy-first email system used by Edward Snowden. Lavabit's owner, Ladar Levison, shut the service down rather than complying with an government request to provide access to his users' emails. Our friends at New Tech City interviewed Ladar last week, while he was still legally prohibited from talking about his fight with the government. 

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