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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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TLDR #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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#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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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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What Your Web Browsing Habits Say About How You Will Vote

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Listen to podcasts? You're more likely to be liberal and to vote. Play fantasy football? You may or may not vote, but chances are very high that you're Republican. These are just a few of the broad conclusions that were gleaned from volumes of consumer data about browsing habits, political leanings and voter turnouts.

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Good Morning! Go ASCII Yourself, Please.

Friday, May 09, 2014

This is silly and fun. The ASCII webcam will show you live video of yourself rendered in ASCII. The upshot is that you can take one of these newfangled selfies everyone seems to be raving about, but with your visage rendered in text symbols. Here's me, waving: 

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The Numbers Behind "The Skip"

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Paul Lamere is a blogger who writes about music and technology. So it makes sense he'd write about Spotify. His latest article is about "the skip," the practice of skipping songs when listening to spotify, and it's so granular that gets more and more fascinating as it goes along.

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The wikiHow Guide to Stopping a Wedding

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

wikiHow (lowercase 'w' is deliberate) wants to be the Wikipedia of how-to guides. And, as of a couple years ago, it had over 150,000 articles and north of 35 million visitors a month. But just like Wikipedia or any other wiki-based community, there will always be a problem of quality control. Take, for example, today's amazing deep internet find, the wikiHow article on how to stop a wedding.

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TLDR #24 - The Million Dollar Homepage

Monday, May 05, 2014

In 2005, Alex Tew was a 21-year-old entrepreneur who wanted to make a million dollars before college. The only problem was he had literally nothing of value to sell. So he made The Million Dollar Homepage -- possibly the most ambitiously garish website ever created.

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4chan Security Breach: Hacker Hacks Hackers

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Yesterday, Christopher Poole, better known as ‘moot’ and the founder of 4chan, confirmed that the popular imageboard had been hacked last week. In his blog post, moot explained that the hacker had gained access to “administrative functions and information from one of our databases.” This information included the credentials of three 4chan Pass users, a twenty dollar a year subscription that allows users to bypass captchas when posting or reporting posts. Fortunately, 4chan does not store any of their user’s payment information, which is handled by Stripe.

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The Anti-SOPA Dream Team is Considering A Reunion Against the FCC's Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Just over two years ago, the Internet (that's big 'I' Internet) launched a coordinated campaign against Congressman Lamar Smith's Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill, it was feared, would kill the open, free Internet as we know it and stifle innovative new technologies and businesses by forcing ISPs to block domains that hosted potentially copyright infringing material. On January 18th, 2012, Wikipedia, Google, Mozilla, Craigslist, and thousands more, blacked out their homepages in protest of SOPA, a move that eventually spurred lawmakers to abandon the change. According to the Wall St. Journal, these heavyweights are considering a reunion tour.

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Code Babes, The Worst Thing On The Internet This Week

Friday, April 25, 2014

A website that teaches you how to do basic coding via instructional videos led by half-naked, double-entendre spewing women. Blech.

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E-Commerce and Free Speech

Friday, April 25, 2014

If the process of unmasking anonymous negative commenters is too easy, then defamation lawsuits could be used to intimidate consumers. If it’s too hard to find out who’s slandering your business online, then business owners are basically being told to sit there and take it. Alex Goldmark of WNYC’s New Tech City takes a closer look at both sides of this complicated issue.

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Good Work Getting Kicked In the Head There, Pal

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This is how the internet handles celebrity, unless of course you're a cat.

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The CAPTCHA is Dead! (Eventually, maybe, sort of.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

No one particularly loves CAPTCHA's, those tiny boxes that make you type in hard to read pieces of text to prove that you're a human being. 

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TLDR #22 - What Happens When You Tell The Whole Internet Your Password

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Earlier this week, a commenter named Y. Woodman Brown posted his online passwords in the Washington Post comments section to show just how little his online security mattered to him. It was quickly picked up by the press as an example of online security hubris. Naturally, we had to find him. Alex talks to Y. Woodman Brown and the person who hijacked his Twitter account after the passwords were posted.

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