Highlighting the Worst Internet Comments In All of England

Monday, December 30, 2013

Enjoying this list comes from perversity and from seeing what kind of absurd topics people can get worked into a lather about. Like being angry that survivors of a theater collapse weren't wearing coats.

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An Iron Maiden Hoax Too Boring To Check

Monday, December 30, 2013

If you weren’t on the internet last week (apparently there were holidays) you might’ve missed this small story about Iron Maiden. A blog called citeworld wrote that the band was using data about where their music was most pirated in order to plan their tours.

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How much is your privacy worth? About five bucks.

Friday, December 27, 2013

There’s a $16 billion market out there for app developers willing to offer consumers their privacy back.

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Amazon’s War on Bigfoot Erotica

Friday, December 27, 2013

Not sure how I missed this last week, but there’s a nice piece by Eric Spitznagel about how monster erotica writers are struggling in the wake of a crackdown on their work by Amazon. 

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No, Facebook is Not Dying.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

If 2014 is the year we read a never-ending parade of stories about the Death of Facebook, you can probably safely ignore them. The first sign that Facebook’s actually in trouble will be when it's no longer popular enough to earn clickbait pieces about its imminent death.

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In Case Anyone Forgot, Google is Still Very Powerful

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Following Google’s decision to knock Rap Genius way down in its search results, traffic at the site has plummeted. We go inside Google with the guys who set the search rules—and can make or break your company.
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Bad PR

Friday, December 20, 2013

Justine Sacco does corporate communications for IAC, the parent company for  Tinder, OkCupid, CollegeHumor, Dictionary.com, and Vimeo. 

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Please Support TLDR!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hello everyone! 

 

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Why It's Silly to Make Rules About What Your Employees Can Say Online

Friday, December 20, 2013

In September, after the Navy Yard shooting, a journalism professor at Kansas University posted the following tweet:

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Would You Like A Canadian Politician To Say Hi To You?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Yesterday, the Ottawa Citizen posted a link to a website that featured a scandal-tainted Canadian Senator named Mike Duffy doing a fundraising pitch. Given ongoing accusations that Duffy was misappropriating government funds, it was an interesting piece of web-arcana that the conservative party certainly wouldn't want to draw attention to. But what made it amazing wasn't the pitch.

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An Instagram Photographer in North Korea

Thursday, December 19, 2013

This is just a public service announcement to make sure everyone’s following AP photographer David Guttenfelder on Instagram. Guttenfelder's feed is mostly photos from inside North Korea. He shoots using his iPhone, then uploads the pictures via North Korea’s visitors-only 3G network.

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The Apple Ad Everyone's Crying About

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Apple has a new iPhone ad that's really an ad for the idea of smartphones. 

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That Bomb-Hoaxing Harvard Student Was Using Tor, But They Caught Him Anyway

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kim sent the threatening emails using a Tor browser, which anonymizes your web browsing, paired with an anonymous email program called Guerilla Mail. That actually could have been enough to protect his identity, except that he did all of this on Harvard's wireless internet

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The Weird Allure of Stories about Hypothetical Twitter and Facebook Changes

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Yesterday, blogger Matthew Keys published the kind of nerdy exclusive that excites a small percentage of geeks (present company included). Twitter, Keys wrote, was going to add an “edit” button in the near future.

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No One Outside the NSA Seems Particularly Happy with the 60 Minutes NSA Story

Monday, December 16, 2013

The piece doesn't include any on camera interviews with critics of the NSA, and interviews with NSA employees were overseen by a team of minders.

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An Online White House Petition Actually Worked!?

Friday, December 13, 2013

NPR reported yesterday on a deal between the FCC and cell phone companies that will continue to allow consumers to legally unlock their cellphones. Unlocking had been legal, then briefly illegal, and now it's ok again. 

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About Twitter's Block Changes and Harassment

Friday, December 13, 2013

Last night, Twitter abruptly changed the way its block function works. 

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Could Copyright Law Be the Best Solution to Revenge Porn?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Yesterday, I wrote a post about how the trend in revenge porn prosecutions (there's been more of them) seems like a good sign in the overall war on revenge porn. 

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#9 - The Second Life of Marion Stokes

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Marion Stokes was a hoarder. When she died last year, her family had to figure out what to do with 9 separate residences and 3 storage locations full of stuff - everything from tens of thousands of books to decades-old Apple computers. This is the story of how they found a home for the strangest artifact in her collection — 140,000 videocassettes filled with 35 years of round-the-clock cable TV news.

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