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[ 22 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]

Websites, including Reddit, say the protest was premature.

On Friday, Anonymous sent out a plea using the hashtag #CISPABlackout for an internet-wide blackout — scheduled for today — in protest of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which the House passed on Thursday. CISPA allows websites to share un-anonymized private information with one another and the government, including the NSA, in the event of a cyber attack or threat.

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[ 22 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]

And how to be gentle with annoying family members on Facebook. Also: Twitter etiquette during a tragedy.

I’ve got a friend who pretty frequently texts me or Gchats me with things that are clearly short vents, in a way I don't really need to respond to. How do I deal with them when this gets to be annoying?
Texting and Gchat are communications built on symbiosis: the two of you have the potential to achieve your own long, special, cooperative relationship in these ecological systems, but you have to work to figure …

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[ 22 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]

General Manager Erik Martin hopes the site can “learn to be sensitive of its own power.”

In a post this morning, “Reflections on the Recent Boston Crisis,” Reddit General Manager Erik Martin issued a formal and candid apology on behalf of the site for its role in spreading false information about the identity of the Boston bombers.
While Martin took pains to highlight acts of kindness and generosity by the Reddit community in the aftermath of the bombings, as well as some measured and responsible news threads, Martin used strong language …

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[ 22 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]
The New Grand Theft Auto Is Going To Make Fun Of Scientology

*If this viral promo is any indication.

It’s been a bad few months for Scientology. First, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master depicted a religion so illogical and insane that even a tweaked-out Joaquin Phoenix got weirded vibes. Then, Pulitzer winner Lawrence Wright dropped the devastating truth bomb Going Clear, a 450-page laundry list of the various scams, psychoses and assaults associated with Scientology.
And now, Rockstar is here to rub it in. Epsilonism is the Grand Theft Auto universe's version of Scientology. The beliefs of the satirical religion include …

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[ 22 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]

LeVar Burton and Bill Nye star in first-ever six-second White House video press release announcing 2013 White House Science Fair

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[ 22 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]

Hint: He's a trained architect.

Tom Cruise and Joseph Kosinski on the set of Oblivion
Via: David James
Joseph Kosinski looks like he was designed in a computer. His face is all sharp, clean angles; his hair cropped into a perfect part; his tall, lean figure adorned with un-fussy, nondescript attire. Even his speaking voice is kept at a calming, narrowly modulated tone of intelligent assurance. Of course he started his career as an architect.
An alum of Columbia University’s architecture program, Kosinski took his fluency with digital design tools and fashioned himself into …

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[ 22 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]

Hundreds of thousands of downloads and just 2.2 stars out of 5. A rocky start for the Facebook Phone.

Facebook Home, which is available for a handful of newer Android handsets, has passed a half-million downloads in the Android Market. Initial feedback, however, isn’t great.
With over 10,000 ratings, the app is sitting at just 2.2 stars out of five — there are three times as many one-star reviews as there are five-star reviews. There are some wholly positive reviews:

And some unhelpful negative ones:

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[ 22 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]

Toad's Turnpike, indeed.

Source: reddit.com

Source: reddit.com
But even they weren’t brave enough to take their karts onto the street.
LINK: Real life Mario Kart. (Seen in Japan)

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[ 19 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]

Online relief efforts such as #BostonHelps are inspiring, but haphazard and confusing. How San Francisco is building a social network — for disasters.

Via: sf72.org
When a disaster strikes, the first thing people want to know is what happened. The second? How can I help?
Efforts to offer help online are often scattered and confusing. Within minutes after news of the explosions in Boston spread, people began tweeting offers of help with the hashtag #BostonHelp. Not long after, Google created a people finder doc. The Boston Globe created another Google doc where …

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[ 19 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]

In unfamiliar hands, a familiar breaking news tool can wreak havoc.

For the past 12 hours, much of Twitter’s information torrent surrounding the Boston manhunt has been powered by a familiar source. The only problem is, it's in unfamiliar hands.
For local beat reporters, police scanners are one of the oldest and most reliable tools of the trade, serving as both an early alert system and a virtual ride-along. Now, thanks to a host of easily accessible live streaming scanner sites and mobile apps, access to this stream of information is everywhere, …