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Facebook Gets Ready to Go Public

Facebook’s rise to cyber-domination amounts to the biggest online success story of the 21st century thus far, and on Wednesday the social networking behemoth took it up another notch by filing for what could be the most massive Internet initial public offering ever.

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Who’s Supporting SOPA and PIPA?

ProPublica has created an easy-to-use database that lists the congressional supporters and opponents of two bills that threaten Internet freedom under the guise of strengthening copyright protections. Of the current 80 proponents and 29 contesters, where do your representatives stand?

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Facebook Gets Spanked by the FTC

As you may recall, a couple of years ago Facebook was caught making users’ personal information public without advance warning, suggesting a cavalier attitude toward the issue of privacy, putting it generously. Well, the Federal Trade Commission also treated the social networking giant generously, it turns out ... (more)

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


Iran Nuke Ambition Unliked

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The CIA Takes to Twitter and Facebook

Is the CIA following your tweets? Or perhaps it “Likes” your latest thoughts while showering that you have posted on Facebook. These startling considerations may apply only if you’re overseas—or so the agency says.

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AP / Paul Sakuma

Facebook May Morph Your Brain

Here we have the latest news in the blossoming social networking subdiscipline of neurology, about which we are not entirely kidding, as a team of researchers from University College London has found a possible link between the size of their subjects’ flocks of Facebook friends and the size of certain parts of their brains. (more)

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



Anonymous via Eddie Colla

Anonymous Wants You to Move Your Money

Camping out by Wall Street and peacefully protesting are but two ways of signaling collective displeasure about America’s compromised economic system, but here comes Anonymous with another handy tip for would-be opponents of our nation’s banking behemoths: Let the currency of their realm do the talking.

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Facebook Is More Relevant Than Ever

Facebook showcased yet another redesign for the social media site Thursday, this time to the long-neglected profile page, saying it hoped the changes would make the site a leader in media consumption.

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The Breakdown of the European Union

The demise of the European Union has begun with riots; scholars afraid of repression are creating alternate Internets; meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street protests are starting to get some traction with the mainstream. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Americans Really ‘Like’ Facebook

A recent Nielsen report shows that Americans reached a new cultural milestone in May: They collectively spent 53.5 billion minutes on Facebook that month.

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Collateral Damage in the War on Anonymity

From warrantless wiretapping to ever-present surveillance cameras, our world is right now in the midst of a long war on anonymity.

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Anonymous Is Going to Try to Kill Facebook (Video)

Remember, remember the fifth of November 2011. That’s the day hactivist collective Anonymous plans to “kill” the second-busiest website on the Internet “for the sake of your own privacy.” In a video message, Anonymous warns that “you are not safe from them [Facebook] nor from any government” to which the social networking website feeds information. (more)

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Missouri Outlaws Student-Teacher Facebook Friendship

The state-sponsored war on intimacy, fellowship and private contact continues in Missouri, where Gov. Jay Nixon just signed into law a bill forbidding any direct social networking contact between students and teachers. (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



Sex Ed? Palins Flunk Again

Sarah Palin’s strict views have turned her into a grandma for the second time; al-Qaida takes a page out of Disney’s book to recruit children; meanwhile, Facebook fights Google+ by adding news to its online community. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 READ MORE



Violent Video Game Ban Blown to Smithereens

The Supreme Court overturned California’s ban on violent video games; social networking sites may be effectively enhancing our social lives; and a case of public urination in Oregon forces a city to flush its reservoir. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Google and Facebook Are Secretly Feeding You Information Junk Food

Former MoveOn.org Executive Director Eli Pariser (a name you may recognize from your inbox) explains how sites such as Facebook and Google are quietly creating a personalized Internet that removes content that may be challenging, uncomfortable or important.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE


For Weiner, There Was No Escaping the Obvious

It’s an irony of the modern age that the most devastating kind of sex scandal, at least for politicians, doesn’t involve actual sex.

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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



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Poll: Are You Worried That Facebook Recognizes Your Face?

Regulators in the U.S. and Europe are concerned about a new Facebook feature that uses face-recognition software to “tag” users in their friends’ photos. (more)

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Fat Finger Politicians

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Vodafone Scorned After Claiming Egypt’s Revolution

Remember when a global telecommunications company helped inspire this year’s Egyptian revolution? Neither do scores of anti-Mubarak activists who are furious over Vodafone’s attempt to capitalize on the country’s revolutionary spirit with a promotional video claiming just that, even after the company went along with the regime’s orders to block telephone and Internet service during the protests. (more)

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Time to Crack Down on Child-Focused Ads

Is Snoop Dogg the new Joe Camel? Is Ronald McDonald? What about Facebook—has that website become synonymous with an infamous tobacco industry cartoon that preyed on unsuspecting kids?

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE



Syria Turns Facebook on Protesters

Syrian authorities are busy proving Julian Assange right as they use what he called “the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented” to keep tabs on their country’s digital dissidents. (more)

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Baby ‘Like’ Named After the Facebook Button

Lior and Vardit Adler of Israel were looking for a unique name for their baby daughter, and boy did they find it. Like Adler was named after the Facebook button, and papa Adler says it’s “the modern equivalent of the name Ahava [Love],” except it’s not, because it’s like. (more)

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



Ahmadinejad May Be a Quitter

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad considers resigning his post as president of Iran; Google Maps will let users inside buildings; and Bill Gates dips his mouse into American education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Assange: Facebook ‘Most Appalling Spying Machine Ever’ (Update: Video)

In a recent interview with Russia Today, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had harsh words for Facebook, denouncing the company for enabling the U.S. government to keep close tabs on the behavior, relationships and personal details of its citizens.

Posted on May 2, 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



White House / Pete Souza

Gibbs’ Next Gig: Facebook?

When Robert Gibbs left his White House post as the Obama administration’s chief communicator, he made some vague noises about his plans for the future beyond maintaining loose professional ties with his former boss. Now it looks as though he may join another powerful institution: Facebook.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE



Missing Google Executive, Tech Hero of Egypt Uprising, Released

Wael Ghonim is Google’s chief of marketing in the Middle East and North Africa. He is also one of the driving forces behind the Egypt uprising. Ghonim was called a hero by opposition groups for using Facebook, Twitter and his technical expertise and connections to help organize the movement ... (more)

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Hundreds Arrested as Egypt Protests Continue

Despite the Egyptian government’s forceful response—including mass arrests, a ban on protests and the use of batons and tear gas—to demonstrations around the country against President Hosni Mubarak’s administration, the clashes continued ...

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Twitter Subpoenaed Over WikiLeaks

New drama over WikiLeaks has come to light. The U.S. government has subpoenaed Twitter to secretly hand over details of five accounts on its site thought to be related to leaked classified information, suggesting a wide-ranging trawl for other evidence online.

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE


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Want to Own a Chunk of Facebook?

Well, you may have to wait awhile, unless you’re among Goldman Sachs’ circle of elite customers who were given the investment opportunity Sunday night—an indication of other possible big moves that Goldman and Facebook might make down the line.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE



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The Information Technology Roller Coaster

A glance at The New York Times this morning (downloaded to my iPad in Rome) and it’s evident we’re already inhabiting a Matrix world. ... (more)

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE


Goldman’s Massive Bonuses ‘Totally Deserved,’ Says Satan

The gargantuan year-end bonuses paid out to Goldman Sachs executives have received howls of protests from the banking giant’s legion of critics, but not from its most ardent defender: Satan.

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Person of the Year Zuckerberg

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Time’s Person of 2010

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Facebook Finds Your Face

Today on the list: Facebook is poised to recognize faces, WikiLeaks read aloud to you, and the “real” person who was Henry Kissinger. Updated

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Time Taps Zuckerberg as Person of the Year

He may disagree with his characterization in “The Social Network,” but Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may have been done some good by screen scribe Aaron Sorkin’s and director David Fincher’s depiction of him in their overachieving film, as it turns out.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



mediaite.com

The WikiLeaks Hacker War Rages On

They’ve successfully targeted MasterCard’s and Visa’s websites, but the coalition of hack-savvy cyber-protesters taking the name Anonymous apparently missed their mark when it came to tripping up monster e-retailer Amazon on Thursday. Updated with video

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Eric Jamison

Bigotry Catapults Willow Palin Into the Spotlight

And then the next thing you know, another Palin pops out of the woodwork. This time, it’s 16-year-old Willow Palin’s turn to frolic in her own notoriety, but hers is not a shining moment to make her mama grizzly proud—or at least let’s hope not.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE



Facebook

Facebook Is Too Cool for E-Mail

Facebook is trying to reinvent messaging—just don’t call it e-mail. Yeah, you’ll get an @Facebook e-mail acount, but as CEO Mark “Maaaaark!” Zuckerberg says, “It’s not e-mail.” Instead the new platform will collect your entire messaging history ...

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Big Brother Is Watching, Friending, Following You Online

Everyone from employers to the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, raising questions about how standards enforcing privacy online can withstand the rush of data about you and everyone else that courses through the Internet.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



Her Majesty’s Royal Facebook Page

If you’re not on Facebook, you’re officially more out of touch than the queen of England. Her Majesty, who already has a presence on YouTube, Twitter and Flickr, is starting up a monarchy funpage so you can more easily keep track of her business. Just remember, one does not poke the queen.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Personal Data Farmed Out by Facebook Apps

No matter how strict Facebook users may be with their settings, their bid for privacy can be compromised by third-party software developers who make those annoying apps that let users play games with each other—and, apparently, share their personal information with advertisers.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE



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‘The Social Network’: Your Life in Pixels

The 1970s were branded the “Me Decade” long ago, but whatever shadowy committee makes such important temporal pronouncements might want to reconsider that call in light of the last 10 years.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Sex Video Blamed for College Freshman’s Suicide

An 18-year-old violinist at Rutgers University jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after posting a short note on Facebook. Two fellow students are accused of using a webcam to broadcast footage of the freshman having sex with another man.

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