SavedYouAClick Defuses Clickbait Headlines

Thursday, June 05, 2014

@SavedYouAClick is a Twitter account that retweets news outlets clickbait-y headlines and spoils the fake mysteries they've concocted. 

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The Internet Responds To Net Neutrality in a Big Way

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Last Sunday, John Oliver gave a 13-minute soliloquy about the fragile state of net neutrality, and ended with a plea exhorting the trolls of the internet to contact the FCC and let it know just how they felt. Looks like it worked.

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If 5,000 People Retweet This I'll...

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A lot of what happens on the internet is just what happens in high school, transposed onto a broader scale.

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Two 12-Year Old Girls Tried to Murder Their Friend and Blamed it On an Internet Meme

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Two young girls in Wisconsin stabbed their friend 19 times, and told police that it was to honor the mythological internet creature.

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#27 - How Google is Killing the Best Site On the Internet

Monday, June 02, 2014

A couple weeks ago, Matt Haughey, the founder of TLDR's favorite website, Metafilter, announced that his website is dying. And he says it's because Google algorithmically stopped directing traffic to the site over a year ago. Alex tries to figure out what you do when Google's algorithm decides it no longer likes you.

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The Battle To Control .art

Monday, June 02, 2014

Over the past few months ICANN — The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — has been rolling out the first of what might eventually be hundreds of new top level domain names. TLDs are the suffixes you type at the end of a  web address: .com, .net, .org, and so on. For years there have been 22 generic TLDs, plus country codes, but now ICANN is planning on adding upwards of 1000 new options.

One of those options is .art, and the contention over who’s going to manage it is actually pretty interesting.

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Now You Can Check Your Email From the Moon

Friday, May 30, 2014

Scientists bring wifi to the moon, and the speeds aren't that bad.

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We're So Excited To Announce A Link To A Blog About Businesses Being Excited About Being Acquired

Thursday, May 29, 2014

We're so excited to announce a link to a blog about businesses being excited about being acquired.

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The Mysterious Death of One of the Internet's Most Popular Encryption Tools

Thursday, May 29, 2014

TrueCrypt was abruptly, mysteriously killed yesterday by its developers. Now everyone’s freaking out.

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Beware SHRTURL, A Tool Which Makes It Very, Very, Easy to Create Hoax Versions of Real Websites

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shrturl.co is a site that lets you 'edit' any existing website and create a fake version of it with your own text. 

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Amazon Says It is Delaying Your Book Orders To Better Serve You

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Of all the ways to defend its tactics in its battle with the publisher Hachette, framing them as customer service feels like the least convincing one.

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#YesAllWomen

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Coverage of this weekend’s mass shooting California has turned to the internet. As now almost always seems to be the case when a young man murders people, there’s a raft of stories investigating his “digital footprint.” A manifesto that ended up on Scribd, various anti-women postings on misogynist websites, the shooters’ own creepy YouTube screeds.

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#26 - A Gold Bottle of Champagne The Size of An Adult Human Man

Friday, May 23, 2014

In which we attempt to divine the secret heart of Drake, the rapper, through his social media scrapbook.

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Jonesin'

Friday, May 23, 2014

Nicorette is very bad  at communicating with their customers, many of whom are woefully dependent on their products. A local supply problem led one desperate user on an international online journey.

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Health Inspectors Are Using Yelp Reviews To Target Dirty Restaurants

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Center for Disease Control says that NYC health inspectors have been using Yelp reviews to ferret out local restaurants which were giving patrons food poisoning. 

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Do Not Track Declared DOA

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A few years ago, there was a strong initiative to create a "Do Not Track" option on the internet, which would keep advertisers from following you from website to website, watching your every browsing and spending move. The hope was that with a single browser option, consumers could block advertisers from following them around the web. On the Media even did a relatively lengthy look at the initiative as proposed by the FTC in 2010.

three and a half years later, the Do Not Track initiative looks like an ambitious, but spectacular failure.

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Airbnb is Handing Over User Data To the New York Attorney General.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

If you have been renting your apartment with impunity on Airbnb and you live in New York, it may be time to reconsider. Airbnb has been engaged for months in a legal and PR war against New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over turning over user data, and it appears that today that fight has ended with Airbnb agreeing to give the Attorney General anonymized user data.

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Should We Reset Every Password Every Three Months?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

So WNYC, our parent company and benevolent overlords, has set its IT policy such that we are required to change our passwords every three months. and it drives us nuts. It feels like our internal communications are low-stakes enough and WNYC is a not particularly valuable target. But considering how frequently passwords are compromised these days, maybe this should be applied to all my online accounts, not just my work account.

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