A federal judge ordered Twitter to reveal user data for a WikiLeaks case; and two questions arise in the media: Were J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson lovers, and how will the Occupy movement respond to the 2012 presidential elections? These discoveries and more below.
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Twitter Ordered to Yield Data in WikiLeaks Case
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that Twitter, the popular microblogging platform, must reveal information about three of its account holders who are under investigation for their possible links to the WikiLeaks whistle-blower site.
Online dating and the commodification of sentiment
At the end of a working day writing technical manuals, Kelly Hitchcock returns to her home in Austin, Texas, logs on to her computer and fires off a bunch of flirtatious emails to men and women looking for love on dating websites—Match.com, Guardian Soulmates, eHarmony, she does them all.
Local Television: A Cheap Route Into the 1 Percent
This NYT report on “a torrent of deals” for the purchase of local TV stations by larger companies may not seem as though it deserves urgent attention from supporters of the Occupy movement, but please keep reading.