Kelsey Grammer Would Like To Be Twitter's Resident Grammarian

Monday, June 30, 2014

Former fictional radio host Kelsey Grammer has begun using Twitter, and is supposedly hell-bent on correcting the grammar of wayward Twitter users. 

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The New Emoji-Only Social Network is Probably a Hoax, But We Want it to Be Real

Monday, June 30, 2014

I have a totally unscientific theory that as time goes on the odds increase of any (yes, any) given person communicating with me entirely through emoji. 

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Don't Let Facebook's Emotional Manipulation Study Make You So Mad

Monday, June 30, 2014

Last week, Facebook announced it had conducted an experiment on some of its users without their knowledge or permission. 

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Online Gamers Arrested In Japan For Cheating

Friday, June 27, 2014

Playing video games online, you're likely to run into cheaters. Aimbot, wallhacks, NoClip, they can render a server unplayable. However, they're little more than a pain in the ass, and penalties for getting caught can be pretty severe, including having accounts that cost a lot of money banned from using certain games. In Japan, they'll just arrest you.

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Hey, Alex, This is NOT NPR

Friday, June 27, 2014

The clip above is just a little follow-up to Chris Neary's story last week about how public radio and "NPR" are two very different things. Oregon Public Broadcasting Morning Edition Host Geoff Norcross appeared on Jeopardy and actually had to set Alex Trebek straight on the subject. You can here Chris's original piece below. 

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France Outlaws Free Shipping On Books Bought Online

Friday, June 27, 2014

France's parliament passed a law this week that's been nicknamed "The Anti-Amazon Law." 

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#30 - The Russian Troll Army

Thursday, June 26, 2014

To help sway public opinion, a company called the Internet Research Agency pays people in Russia to go to an office and post pro-Kremlin comments all day.

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Piracy Snitches Get...Vacations?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

For years the BSA, a group that represents the intellectual property interests of a number of software companies around the world, has been encouraging people to report their employers for using unlicensed software. Earlier this year they started offering informants part of the profits of a lawsuit or settlement, and apparently it’s working.

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The Supreme Court Sides Against Aereo

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Since its inception, the streaming service has faced a barrage of lawsuits from broadcasters saying that it violates copyright law's prohibition against "public performance" of their content. Aereo consistently won lawsuits in lower courts, but today the company went up against the major broadcasters and lost.

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Canadians Now Have to Ask For Permission To Spam You

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Canadian lawmakers passed a very ambitious anti-spam law that goes into effect July 1. Individual spammers can be fined up to $1 million, companies that spam can be fined up to $10 million, according to the CBC. 

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New York Wants to Ban Tiger Cuddling Pictures

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Many men on Tinder like to post profile pictures of themselves cuddling tigers. 

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Ok, Ok. We'll Talk About "Yo."

Friday, June 20, 2014

This week, the tech press did backflips over an app called "Yo." It's a messaging app that allows users to text the word "Yo." Nothing else. Just the word "Yo." Let that sink in for a second before we move on.

It was heralded as geniusit was derided as stupid. It was the subject of a conversation about meaning and subtext in online communication. It was given the avant garde treatment it deserved. Disregarding what was written about it, yo has cornered the internet's fickle attention long enough to enter the top 10 in the App store. By any metric, that's a victory.

We didn't write about it. Mostly because we thought there wasn't much to say that hadn't already been said. I think I acknowledged its existence on my twitter feed. Yo.

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Timesify Makes It Look Like You're Reading a New York Times Article, Even When You're Not

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Every human adult person has at least one website they read religiously, but that they shamefully alt + tab away from whenever a coworker walks by. 

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People Who Get Paid To Edit Wikipedia Articles Now Have to Admit It

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Wikimedia Foundation announced a rule change this week. Anyone who’s been paid to edit a wikipedia page (public relations firms, for instance) is now required to disclose that on the site.

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#29 - Olivia Taters, Robot Teenager

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

She may not always communicate in complete sentences, but she's convincing enough that teenagers actually converse with her. Also, she's very, very funny.

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Help TLDR Grow and Thrive by Supporting The Show

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hi, TLDR listeners. It's Alex and PJ. We're writing this article to let you know that for the next couple weeks, we're asking people who love TLDR to consider supporting our show.

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On the Internet someone will always believe that you’re Rachel Leigh Cook.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bill Gates, like several billion other people, has kids. His eldest is named Jennifer Katharine Gates, and a chunk of the Internet seems to think that she looks identical to actress Rachel Leigh Cook. The problem with that is that she looks nothing like Cook, people have just been posting images of Cook labeled as photos of Gates for years. A search for her name on Google Image Search yields a wall of photos of Cook, along with one or two of the real Gates.

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Your Congressperson Has An Email Address Now, Whether They Want it Or Not

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It’s surprisingly hard to email your elected officials. There’s a forest of forms and hoops to jump through, presumably because politicians get tons of spam and want to make it so that the only people who email them are real humans who have made a dogged attempt to do so. Which is good for their inboxes, but arguably a little wobbly as a democratic idea.

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250 New Emoji Characters Announced

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Unicode Consortium released two hundred fifty new emoji yesterday. The new set doesn't add any racial diversity, although you do get an image of a derelict house. 

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