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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Match.Com Uses Facial Recognition Software To Pair Users With People Who Look Like Their Exes

Monday, June 16, 2014

When it comes to dating, people generally have a type. Blonds, brunettes, big noses, little ears, a person often finds an immutable set of physical characteristics attractive. It's just a fact. So enterprising online dating company Match.com is hoping to capitalize on this tendency. Partnering with an LA based company called Three Day Rule that matches people to dates using facial recognition software, users will be asked to send in pictures of their exes, which will be used to determine who they will be matched with on the site. 

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Should Some Death Threats Be Considered Protected Speech?

Monday, June 16, 2014

According to a new Supreme Court ruling, some death threats are more death threat-y than others.

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A Website That Allows You To Make Homer Simpson Disappear Into Any Picture You Wish

Friday, June 13, 2014

Have you ever had a family photo that you thought could use some sprucing up? Maybe you would like Homer Simpson to slowly back into it and disappear as though the picture were a hedge? Sure, we all would. Well, thanks to modern technology, what was once a dream is now a reality!

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Lawsuit Against Peoria's Mayor, Who Raided a House Over a Parody Twitter Account

Friday, June 13, 2014

Last year, 29-year-old Jon Daniel created @peoriamayor, a twitter account that parodied Mayor Jim Ardis as a foul-mouthed, booze swilling, drug taking buffoon with a predilection for prostitutes. It was a sloppily written, immature joke, featuring tweets like "...Who stole my crackpipe?" and "If you don't like Peoria and u wanna sit here and bitch about den leave." Daniel says it was meant as a joke for his friends.

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Google Finally Speaks On the Record About Metafilter

Thursday, June 12, 2014

On TLDR episode #27, we talked to Matt Haughey, the owner of Metafilter, about how his site saw a sudden traffic drop in November, 2012. He attributed the drop to a change in Google’s algorithm, something we essentially couldn’t confirm because Google refused to comment. Danny Sullivan, who also featured in our story, reports that yesterday, Google’s search-swami Matt Cutts confirmed that Metafilter was indeed hit by a change in the algorithm.

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ProPublica's Excellent Investigation of Online Tracking By Retailers

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's no secret that we're being tracked from place to place on the internet to better market us products. There was a great big initiative by privacy advocates to create a “do not track” option on the internet a couple years ago to address this very issue, but that failed spectacularly. ProPublica’s Julia Angwin, who has reported on privacy and technology for years, has released an investigative report detailing just how creepy it is.

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Why the Hell is Tweetdeck Retweeting A My Little Pony Twitter Account

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If you were sitting around just a minute ago watching the On the Media Twitter feed, you might have seen On the Media retweet this:

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RSS Reader Feedly is Being Held Hostage By a DDOS Attack

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Feedly, one of the most popular post-Google Reader RSS readers, has been unavailable for hours due to a denial of service attack against the site.

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Nothing is Rare On the Internet

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Let me tell you a story about how the internet fundamentally changed my relationship to objects.

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