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Obama Tries to Downplay Surveillance Programs

Caught in the act of secretly spying on millions of Americans, the president is trying to minimize the damage done to his public reputation, including among his most devoted supporters.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE



Shutterstock illustration of e-mail spying.

Leak: NSA Has Backdoor Access to Google, Apple, Microsoft and More

A career intelligence officer has leaked the existence of a top secret program called PRISM, which gives the government direct access to files, including photos, e-mails and video chats, hosted by the biggest technology companies.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



Return of the Zapatistas

The Zapatistas in Mexico mobilize against the drug war; the AOL-HuffPo merger is starting to lose its charm; and Google’s Internet monopoly is threatened by Facebook. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE



‘Gaylingual’ Code Invented in Myanmar

Gay men in Myanmar make up a language, women disappear in new-order Egypt and the Civil War divides Americans in 2011. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Earl Gibson III

Betting on Arianna

In defense of Arianna Huffington. Not that the lady needs one, having been a leader in undermining the right-wing dominance of Internet reporting.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark Lennihan

Huffington’s Plunder

The sale of The Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million, and the tidy profit made by principal owner and founder Arianna Huffington, who was already rich, is emblematic of the new paradigm of American journalism.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



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You’ve Got Merger: AOL Buys Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington’s namesake media empire is now the property of content-hungry AOL. For $315 million, AOL gets Huffpo’s 25 million monthly unique visitors along with all the ads and blog items they can digest. Huffington will stay on to use her savvy and Grecian know-how to wrestle some sense ... (more)

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


AOL’s Search Query Release Just Got Real

AOL has been taking its lumps lately (and rightly so) for releasing data on the search queries of millions of its users. If that sounds a little abstract to you, check out a few of these queries.

Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


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AOL?s New ‘Golden’ Business Model

America Online, the beleaguered Internet giant, has announced plans to dig for gold?seriously.  The company recently won a lawsuit against a spammer who then skipped town, so it plans to search his parents? property for gold and platinum bars it believes to be buried there.

Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


AOL Exposes Users

America Online recently released the search queries of more than 650,000 of its users for ?research? purposes.  The data contained three months’ worth of searches that were attached to unique user IDs.  No names were included with the release, but private information was easily gleaned from some of the queries.

Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


AOL account guy

AOL Said, ‘If You Leave Me I’ll Do Something Crazy’

Listen to the hilarious “Today Show” appearance of a guy who nearly had to sacrifice his firstborn child to get an AOL customer service representative to cancel his account.

Times article on him

Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


New York Times Roundup

The Gray Lady publishes a slew of important and underreported stories its Saturday edition:

  • Two federal courts strike down the Partial Birth Abortion Act because it doesn’t have an exception for the life of the mother.
  • Yahoo and AOL are going to introduce digital postage stamps that companies can buy to ensure delivery of their e-mail.
  • Most Internet users have no idea how easy it is for courts to get ahold of their personal information.
  • The personal savings rate of Americans falls below zero for the first time since the Great Depression.
  • Now James Frey’s editor says that he, too, was fooled by the fabricating fabulist.

  • Posted on Feb 4, 2006 READ MORE


    AOL and Victorias Secret
    Illustration by Karen Spector

    You’ve Got Jail

    In case someone in the Justice Department is reading this, let me hasten to explain why I just clicked on the Victoria’s Secret online catalog photo featuring a certain “Very Sexy Lace & Mesh Garter Belt.” AOL made me do it.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Babes
    From AOL

    Sex-War Synergy at AOL

    AOL’s tasteless feature Hollywood “Babes in Arms” proves that mass media remains unbowed in its pursuit of exploiting war as a sexy, romantic profit center.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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