The US built a Secret Twitter for Cuba, Beyonce is Falsely Accused of Using Selfies as Currency, and More

Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Happy Thursday morning everyone. We’re putting the finishing touches on this week’s episode. We missed you last week and we’re glad to be back. In the meantime, guess what we have for you?

 

(Thursday Lynx.)

Only Built For Cuban Links: The AP reports today that the US government covertly built a Twitter-like service to try to foment revolution.

Documents show the U.S. government planned to build a subscriber base through "non-controversial content": news messages on soccer, music, and hurricane updates. Later when the network reached a critical mass of subscribers, perhaps hundreds of thousands, operators would introduce political content aimed at inspiring Cubans to organize "smart mobs" — mass gatherings called at a moment's notice that might trigger a Cuban Spring, or, as one USAID document put it, "renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society."

People seem to like this Wolf of Wall Street parody that’s about Buzzfeed. I don’t find it super funny, but, as a personal favor to you, dear reader, I deleted three nerdy, pedantic sentences of about why I’m not into it.

  

Here’s a sentence you might find yourself typing one day in 2014. Users of the shiba-inu referencing crypto-currency Dogecoin are sponsoring a NASCAR driver.

Lastly, while you can sponsor a NASCAR driver with dogecoin, selfies are still not a currency. Which means you should not believe the fake story circulating about Beyonce paying interns in selfies. I honestly think journalists fell for it because it was so zeitgeist-y. 

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