The Upside Of That Stupid NPR Tweet About Not Being Able to Find Diverse Sources

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

On July 2nd, NPR education blogger Anya Kamenetz landed in hot water for the following tweet: 

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Making Online Art Boring and Static

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Electric Objects, the small company which aims to “put the Internet on your wall” by creating an internet-connected screen with the ability to display a lot of art has launched a Kickstarter campaign.

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Man Hired to Defend Racial Slur Resigns After Racist Tweets

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Two weeks ago, The Washington Redskins hired liberal blogger Ben Tribbett to help defend their name, which Native American groups have been petitioning them to change. 

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YouTube is Calling Out ISPs That Are Throttling Traffic

Monday, July 07, 2014

Recently, Netflix royally pissed off Verizon by calling out the ISP for slow streaming video. The two companies went back and forth for a while, with Verizon demanding that Netflix cut it out, and Netflix essentially saying "Ok, fine. But we might bring them back. You should serve your customers better." Now Google is offering an even more granular service called the "Video Quality Report," which will allow users to check out their YouTube streaming quality and compare to other providers in the area.

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The Quick Brown Fox Subtweets The Lazy Dog

Monday, July 07, 2014

Pangrams! Sentences that use every letter of the alphabet! You can definitely live without them (unless you happen to be a typographer), but why would you want to? Fortunately, you don’t have to live without them anymore, at least on Twitter.

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A Comics Artist Is Taking On Amazon

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Artist Anders Nilsen wades into the increasingly public dispute between Amazon and Hachette.

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Google Has Started Censoring European Search Results

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The EU's Right to Be Forgotten law means that Google can be forced to hide links to unflattering stories about people. The BBC's Robert Peston wrote yesterday that he'd received notice from Google that his work was being censored under the new laws:

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A Tool To Filter Out All The Sad Parts of Twitter

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Are you bummed because Facebook secretly manipulated your newsfeed to make you sad? Jonty Wareing has just the tool for you. 

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ESPN and Univision are Filing Takedown Notices for Vines of Soccer Goals

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The U.S. has World Cup fever (pending the results of today’s game) and ESPN and Univision probably couldn’t be more thrilled, at least as long as you aren’t watching any goals online.

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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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