Have You Been Pwned?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It's has simply become a fact of life now that personal information is going to be compromised by hackers. Both private and public entities are routinely having information stolen because they are either unable or unwilling to properly inoculate against these kinds of attacks. So if you can't rely on third parties to safeguard your data, there should at least be a way to know if it has fallen into the hands of hackers. Now there is.

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Yesterday, The Internet Solved a 20-year-old Mystery

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Back in October, Daniel Drucker told the TLDR podcast he was looking through his recently deceased dad's computer when he found a document that contained only joke punchlines. It only took a few hours for the internet to reunite the punchlines with their long-lost setups.

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The Feds Have $25 Million In Bitcoin From the Silk Road. Now What?

Friday, January 17, 2014

Yesterday, the US District Attorney's Office for the Souther District of New York announced the forfeiture of 29,655 bitcoins from the servers it seized from Ross Ulbricht, the owner of defunct internet drug marketplace Silk Road. According to this bitcoin converter, that is about $24.5 million dollars worth of bitcoins. But since the US doesn't legally allow bitcoin exchanges, what can the feds do with it?

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Watch President Obama Speech on Suveillance Rules Reform

Friday, January 17, 2014

At 11:00 AM, President Obama will be giving a press conference to announce reforms to the current NSA data storage regime. Watch the conference live on the embedded player below. Be sure to tune in to this week's On the Media for a special comment on the NSA surveillance story by Brooke.

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Happy Thursday Everyone!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy Thursday everyone! 

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What if We Got Rid of Likes?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

There’s a million reasons why no social media platform wants to get rid of whatever version of Like it has. As a human though, it's kind of crappy.

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A Weird, Gwen Ifill-Related Twitter Mystery is Happening Right Now (Update: Solved!)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

At 2:01 this afternoon, a bunch of journalism-related Twitter accounts suddenly started tweeting this cryptic message: "f gwenifill." If you search twitter for the phrase, you see that it's very widespread, and that no one really seems to know what's going on. 

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Businesses Might Suffer If They Google Prospective Employees

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Scientific American reports on a study that shows job applicants who know their prospective boss viewed their social media profiles are more likely to think that their hiring process was unfair. This is even true in cases where the applicant gets the job. 

 

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Of Course You Can Tweet About Having Cancer

Monday, January 13, 2014

UPDATE: 12:37PM. Wow, The Guardian pulled the columnCached copy is here. It could've been because of the content, or because of this. Guardian's notice just says that it was "inconsistent with the Guardian editorial code."

 

People are angry about a Guardian op-ed by Emma Keller titled: “Forget funeral selfies. What are the ethics of tweeting a terminal illness?”

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A Good Year For Duck Duck Go, the Search Engine That Promises Privacy Protection

Friday, January 10, 2014

Last April, OTM producer Chris Neary profiled an upstart search engine called Duck Duck Go. DuckDuckGo’s selling point is that it promises its users that their privacy will be protected and that their results will be unfiltered.

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Leaving Negative Reviews Online is Not As Safe As It Used To Be

Thursday, January 09, 2014

There was a time when leaving negative reviews of a business on the internet was a no risk proposition. If a company burned you, or even if you were a competitor leaving a fake review, the business couldn't really do anything about it. That appears, however slowly, to be changing.

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Sometimes, Native Advertising is Actually Pretty Good

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

I am generally not a fan of advertising of any kind. Print, billboards, TV - no matter how creative you are, I find it an annoying distraction that I try to tune out. But there have been a couple of smart attempts at online advertising recently that were great not so much for their content, but for their rollout. They spoke to me because is was clear that the folks behind the campaigns have a pretty good grip on the internet.

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The Aptly Named New Technology That Tracks Everything You Do

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

With all the alerts and tracking your cell phone does, it can feel a bit like an overbearing mother. At this year's Consumer Electronic Expo, a company called Sense is exhibiting a product actually called Mother, designed to stick its virtual nose into just about everything you do.

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What did we learn from Cracked's "Worst online dating profile ever"? Not much.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

One of yesterday's big viral stories was by Cracked reporter Alli Reed, who used OkCupid to create the self-described "Worst Online Dating Profile Ever." Reed used pictures of a model friend of hers, and then loaded the profile with nods to the fictional woman being manipulative, narcissistic, and a little crazy.

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Why All the Weirdest News Comes From Florida

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Banana attacks, fake python rescues, and sledgehammer-weilding cyclists seem like they're just par for the course in Florida. Journalist Will Greeniee explains why.

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The UK's New Internet Porn Filters Block Much More Than Pornography

Monday, January 06, 2014

TorrentFreak sounds like a place to download stuff illegally, but it’s not. It’s actually a news site whose focus is internet piracy, copyright, and filesharing. I read it a lot - as an On the Media producer I find it to be an invaluable source of information. The UK disagrees. On Friday, the site published an article saying that it had been blocked by Sky, the UK's largest internet provider.

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Every Edit You've Ever Made to a Facebook Post Is Visible

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Anyone who can see your post can see a full history of its edits. All they have to do is click the gray text that reads "Edited" at the bottom of your comment, just to the left of the "Like" button.

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Reviews that Are 100% Objective

Friday, January 03, 2014

Video game criticism is a weird beast. 

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Two Professors Search the Internet for Time Travelers

Thursday, January 02, 2014

It’s hard not to like this. Professors Robert J Nemiroff and Teresa Wilson published a study where they looked online for some sign that time travelers from the future are hiding among us, accidentally revealing themselves on the internet.

 

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4.6 Million Snapchat Accounts Have Leaked And It's Actually Not That Important.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

4.6 million Snapchat usernames and their associated phone numbers were leaked this week.  (If you use the service, there’re a few single serving sites where you can check to see if your information’s out there.)

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