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TLDR #23 - A Bitcoin Story for People Who Don't Care About Bitcoin

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The curious story of a man who was thought to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto
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DiGiorno Is Actually Covering Its Social Media Screwup Pretty Well

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

DiGiorno embarrassed itself on Twitter last night. But unlike most corporate social media embarrassments, the company actually handled its screwup pretty well.
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Reddit's Confusing Response To The Distribution of Nudes

Monday, September 08, 2014

Reddit responds to the distribution of celebrity nude photos on its site, but even its response is confusing. 
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My Attempt To Write About "Gamergate"

Friday, September 05, 2014

Against my better judgment, I am writing about Gamergate.
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No One Wants To Buy The World's Most Expensive .gif

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

No one wants to buy a $5800 animated .gif. 
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News On The Website nationalreport.net is Fake

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The National Report (nationalreport.net) is not a website that traffics in real news. Don't share it. Don't link to it. This has been a public service announcement.
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California To Require Kill Switches To Deter Phone Theft

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

California has passed a law that will allow people to remotely disable stolen cell phones. Will it deter theft?
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Indian State Outlaws "Objectionable Content," Will Start Arresting People for Precrime

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Indian state of Karnataka has not only outlawed sharing "malicious or misleading images" online, it can also arrest citizens for breaking the law before they actually commit a crime.
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TLDR #34 - The Accidental Outing of Rwanda's Most Powerful Troll

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Steve Terrill is a journalist who worked in Rwanda, until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda's president to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign.
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#34 - The Accidental Outing of Rwanda's Most Powerful Troll

Monday, August 18, 2014

Steve Terrill is a journalist who works in Rwanda until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda's president to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign.
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The Rare Viral Internet Photo That Contributes To Understanding

Friday, August 15, 2014

Generally, photos that float around the internet are robbed of context, or hoaxes, or are attributed to events at which they didn't occur. So it's nice to see a photo that went viral, and rather than contribute to misunderstanding, it helped the person who posted it learn more about the world.

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So, Yeah, Those Russian Hackers? There Are Reasons To Be Skeptical

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Five reasons not to freak out over the latest reports of a massive personal data breach.

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Pope Francis Says: Stop All That Downloadin'!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Ok, well he didn't exactly say that. Bazooka from GI Joe said that. Still Pope Francis, while calling the internet a "gift from God," said that us younguns waste too much time on it. Via the AP:

"Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things," the pope said in a short speech to the altar servers - young people who help the priest during religious services - who had come to Rome on a pilgrimage.

"Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions."

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[he] also cautioned that high-speed world of digital social media needed calm, reflection and tenderness if it was to be "a network not of wires but of people".

He has a point. If I could have all the time back I spent furnishing my house in Animal Crossing or building massive ships in Captain Forever, I might have been able to apply that time to good and fruitful actions. Still, as we attempt to prove again and again on TLDR, the internet's network of wires is frequently utilized to create or strengthen human connections. It's not the network itself, it's how you use it.

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eBay Bans Albums By Black Metal Artist Burzum

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

It has been well established throughout the history of TLDR that I am a fan of what one could call "difficult" music. And even for me, Noreweigan Black Metal is a little out there. Not simply because it's totally brutal and unrelenting, it is also infamous for being a culture of Satanism, suicide, and church burning. Varg Vikernes, who records under the name Burzum, is often cited as a poster child for all that is ugly about the genre, having burned several churches and spent 21 years in prison for murdering fellow Black Metal artist Euronymous in the mid 90's. It's all pretty gross. So is that why eBay is making it impossible to purchase his music?

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Drawing Pictures With Your Run Mapping App

Monday, August 04, 2014

Look, I run for exercise, but I don't like it. Sure, I love the feeling of accomplishment, but I think my biggest problem with it, aside from the fact that I am not all that athletic, is that it's just boring. I try to spice it up with high energy running mixes and, of course, listening to podcasts, but I just haven't found a way to make it entertaining. I guess that's because I'm not as enterprising as copywriter Claire Wyckoff, whose new blog, "Running Drawing" may have finally come up with a way to make running fun.

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A Plugin That Searches OkCupid for Sexual Predators

Monday, August 04, 2014

On last week's episode of TLDR, we spoke to OkCupid President and founder Christian Rudder about the company's recent disclosure that it had been running an ethically questionable experiment on its users

In the experiment, the company took users who the site's algorithm found were bad matches (based on a battery of questions users answer) and told them they were actually good matches, and vice versa. In the interview I took issue with this experiment for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is because buried in the list of questions users get on OkCupid is this question: "Do you feel there are any circumstances in which a person is obligated to have sex with you?" I argued that this could lead to unsafe dating situations, to which Rudder replied "I mean there's also a lot of stuff we don't ask, I mean, y'know, so like, we don't know any of our users. Y'know so like we make no claim to the safety for anyone, and obviously we do everything we can to encourage a safe environment. But like, I think it's disingenuous to suggest that we're setting up people in dangerous situations." 

One enterprising hacker named Meitar Moscovitz (AKA Maymay) has developed a plugin to try and detect potentially dangerous situations before they occur.

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TLDR #32 - An Imperfect Match

Monday, August 04, 2014

Last week, dating site OK Cupid put up a blog post describing experiments it conducted on its users. In one experiment, the site told users who were bad matches for one another that they were actually good matches, and vice versa. Alex and PJ talk to OK Cupid President and co-founder Christian Rudder about the ubiquity of online user experimentation and his defense of potentially sending OK Cupid's users on bad dates.

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#32 - An Imperfect Match

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some users of dating site OkCupid are upset at revelations that it was deliberately experimenting on its users by taking people who were bad matches and telling they were actually good for one another.

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The FTC Is Suing Amazon For In-App Purchases By Children

Friday, July 11, 2014

The FTC wants to make it harder for children to make purchases in tablet and smartphone games.

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Making Online Art Boring and Static

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Electric Objects, the small company which aims to “put the Internet on your wall” by creating an internet-connected screen with the ability to display a lot of art has launched a Kickstarter campaign.

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