Sad Internet: 5 Things That Made Me Sad On the Internet This Week

Friday, March 21, 2014

Now that you've had a chance to wade through lists of the coolest stuff that went down on the Internet this past week, here are five things that made me sad.

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#19 - Project Flame

Thursday, March 20, 2014

In 1966, a bored college freshman created Project Flame, an early computer dating system that promised to pair lonely hearts. Project Flame was an overnight sensation. The only problem was that the guy who founded didn't have a computer. Or any idea how to use one. 

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Company Starts Offering Anti-Google Glass Recognition Services

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Google Glass has been crazily divisive in San Francisco, where businesses are banning its usage and fights have erupted over people who are wearing it. A company called Reputation Management Consultants says it has found an elegant solution - Anti Glass, a service which will stymie people from using the device to look you up online.

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Viacom and Google Settle Massive, 7-Year Youtube Lawsuit

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Since 2007, Google and Viacom have been locked in legal battle over copyright infringement issues on Youtube. Today, both companies have announced a settlement.

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Popcorn Time will not cause a piracy apocalypse

Monday, March 17, 2014

For the past week, tech sites have been reporting hysterically on a new app called Popcorn Time, which is being referred to as video piracy's "Napster moment." What it seems the press is missing is that video's Napster moment came and went a long time ago.

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Why We're All Living in Nellyville

Monday, March 17, 2014

Around 3PM on Friday, March 14, San Francisco radio station Latino Mix, 105.7 started playing the 2002 Nelly hit "Hot in Herre." It has now been playing for around 69 hours, with the station pausing only for station IDs and ads.  

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A New Proposal For Policing Copyrighted Material On the Internet

Friday, March 14, 2014

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on copyright reform - one of many since the SOPA bill met strong public resistance two years ago. One of the proposals outlined yesterday was a modification of the current "safe harbors" as described in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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A Wife Reviews Every Single LP In Her Husband's Record Collection

Friday, March 14, 2014

Alex is a record nerd, Sarah isn't. The result is pretty sweet and also makes you think about why we love the art we love.

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Google Flu Trends Is Wrong. A Lot.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In 2008, Google launched Google Flu Trends, a service that would track the spread of the flu in the US based on Google searches for symptoms like "cough" or "fever." At the time, journalists heralded it as delivering on the promise of all the data generated on the internet. Well, it turns out that Google Flu Trends is wrong. A lot.

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Google Search Results Kill the Underline

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Yesterday, on the 25th anniversary of the web, Google quietly rolled out a change that feels like a nail in the coffin of the early design of the internet. It removed underlines from its link results.

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The President's Appearance on Between Two Ferns Seems to Have Worked

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The web comedy show was the number one referrer to healthcare.gov yesterday.

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The Internet Is Searching For Missing Flight 370 Using Satellite Imagery

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A satellite imaging company called Digital Globe has launched a campaign to use the manpower of the internet to find the missing Malaysian Air flight 370. 

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On the Subject of Doxing

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Yesterday, I wrote an article about how doxing differs from reporting, and about Newsweek's article alleging that it had found the elusive creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. In the post I said that whether Leah McGrath Goodman's Newsweek story constituted doxing rested entirely on whether she had found the right man or not. She has claimed in multiple interviews that she is confident she has. The internet, however, apparently furious at what it considers a violation of the putative Bitcoin creator's privacy, has chosen to give Newsweek a taste of its own medicine by doxing Goodman and two others.

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Jimmy Kimmel Will Keep Hoaxing, The Media Will Continue To Fall For It

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On our podcast a couple weeks ago, I posited that the reason we haven't seen a massive viral hoax so far this year is because people are becoming smarter about it. In an article I wrote last week, I actually included a paragraph about my suspicions that an app that was getting reported as legit was, in fact a hoax (and I was correct). The king of meaningless pranks, Jimmy Kimmel disagrees.

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In the Battle Over Aereo, CBS Explores the Nuclear Option

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves has reportedly suggested the network would stop broadcasting if the streaming service Aereo wins a forthcoming Supreme Court case.

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Watch Edward Snowden's SXSW Video Interview

Monday, March 10, 2014

Edward Snowden spoke live via video conference with the ACLU's Christopher Soghoian today at 12PM EST about the NSA's spying on the tech community and technological solutions to avoid surveillance. If you missed it, you can watch below.

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The Problem With "Doxxing"

Monday, March 10, 2014

For years an internet term of art for revealing personal information online, "dox" suddenly entered the popular lexicon last week when Newsweek claimed it had discovered the founder of Bitcoin. But is this the right application of the term? What does doxxing actually mean?

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The App That Allows Women to Rate Men Has Just Become A Lot More Man-Friendly

Friday, March 07, 2014

On the seventh episode of TLDR, PJ interviewed Maureen O'Connor about Lulu, an app which allows women to rate men based on a set of prescribed hashtags as innocuous as #loveshisfamily and #perfectgrammar, to those a little more...well, evocative, like #f**kedmeandchucked me, or #sleepsinthewetspot.

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The likely hoax app that requires you to be drunk before you can use it.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Livr is a new social networking app named for the organ you will be destroying while you use it. You see, you can only access Livr if your blood alcohol level is above a certain number.

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