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Tech Companies Deny Secret Collaboration With NSA

Google’s CEO and its top lawyer wrote an open letter to the company’s users vehemently denying, as previously reported, that the government has direct access to private data. The post is called, “What the ...?” and it echoes the sentiments of other tech giants accused of collaborating with the National Security Agency.

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Anti-Monsanto Protests Draw Huge Crowds Around the World (Video)

What began as a call to action on Facebook against Monsanto months ago became a worldwide event Saturday, as demonstrators took to the streets in hundreds of cities spanning more than 50 countries around the globe to protest against the biotech behemoth in a “March Against Monsanto.”

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Obama May Separate Facebook and the Fourth Amendment

The Obama administration is on the verge of backing an FBI plan that would require websites that receive a wiretap order to comply by building surveillance capabilities into their communication services, officials say. Fines for those targeted companies that fail to add such functions would start at $25,000 a day. 

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Poisoning the Starbucks Well

A chemist tried to swap orange juice bottles with containers filled with rubbing alcohol at a coffee shop in San Jose, Calif.; Republicans’ insistence on hampering immigration reform thanks to a provision concerning gay immigrants is utter stupidity; meanwhile, people with health insurance are going bankrupt thanks to medical costs, but Obamacare isn’t the answer. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Facebook Is In Danger of Becoming Friendster

Facebook unveiled yet another ambitious plan this week, but the social network desperately needs a tuneup.

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Value Privacy? Watch Your Likes

Research into 58,000 Facebook users in the U.S. shows that intimate information—including sexual orientation, drug use and political beliefs—can be accurately gleaned from a review of their “like” updates.

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Next Stop, Pedophilia

According to Rush Limbaugh, since the left has normalized gay marriage, now it will do the same with pedophilia; the U.K. government has found a way to take British citizenship away from certain people who were then mysteriously killed by drones; meanwhile, a computer programmer in India may make teachers redundant as he shows how children can and should teach themselves. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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How Facebook Made a Billion Dollars, Paid No Taxes and Expects a Huge Refund

Despite making $1.1 billion after going public last year, Facebook didn’t pay a dime in state or federal income taxes in 2012. Instead, thanks to the social media company’s use of a single tax break, it anticipates getting a massive refund from the government totaling $429 million.

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Facebook Acknowledges It Was Hacked

Facebook revealed that it was the target of a “sophisticated attack” by hackers last month, but claims it found no evidence they gained access to user information.

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Raytheon Creates Social Media Spy Software (Video)

The world’s fifth-largest defense contractor has developed a surveillance program that predicts your behavior by tracking the movement of your smartphone and mining public data from sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.

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Why Textbooks Should Be Written Like Facebook Posts

Curmudgeons the world over will tell you that TV makes you go blind and expressing ideas 140 characters at a time makes you soft in the head, but some actual scientists looked into this and the results were surprising.

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Instagram Soon Can Sell Your Photos to Advertisers Without Compensation or Notification

Here’s something to think about the next time you want to Instagram a photograph: A shift in the photo-sharing website’s policy means that picture could be sold to an advertiser and used without payment or your permission.

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Pro-Gun Senators Call for Gun Control, NRA Takes Down Facebook Page, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the death of one the longest serving U.S. senators and an update on negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

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Guns, of Course, but What About Mental Illness?

Although gun policy is certainly important to talk about in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, mental illnesses may be more crucial to discuss; President Obama fed the loyal Susan Rice to the sharks for the same reasons he’s both feared and admired; meanwhile, education is becoming a commodity rather than a right thanks to the neoliberal agenda. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Why Are Anarchists and Dead People ‘Liking’ Corporations on Facebook?

Bernard Meisler was surprised to find that his recently deceased friend, who “hated corporate bullshit,” had returned from the afterlife to express his fondness for the Discover card on Facebook.

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Twitter Is Not Your Historical Record

A new study inspired by social media’s role in the Arab Spring has revealed that links contained in 11 percent of posts published on websites such as Twitter and Facebook were defunct within a year, leading readers to dead Web pages. And that number rose to 27 percent within two years.

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Betty White to Introduce Obama at Democratic National Convention?

The social media driven effort to get the 90-years-young actress began after Clint Eastwood’s awkward, rambling and nonsensical introduction of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention that involved, among other things, the actor and filmmaker speaking to an empty chair.

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Contact Sharing Promises More Exposure for Facebook Advertisers

The social media site will launch a feature next week that will allow advertisers to use email and telephone lists they’ve collected on their own to aim ads at customers they have yet to connect with on Facebook.

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Female Official in Costa Rica Fired for Racy Video

Karina Bolanos, a vice minister in Costa Rica, was let go after a video of her claiming her longing to her lover while clad in underwear was made public on YouTube; Americans apparently throw away nearly half of their food; meanwhile, a 15-year-old used the Internet to create an advanced cancer test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Progress Report: PayPal Founder’s College Dropouts

Facebook investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel gave 24 young would-be entrepreneurs a two-year $100,000 grant each to drop out of college and pursue the business plans of their dreams. One year on, financial returns are in short supply.

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Arise, Facebook Nation

If social networks helped mobilize Egyptians to confront Hosni Mubarak’s tanks and men, shouldn’t they also be able to take on a PAC, even one as powerful as that belonging to the National Rifle Association?

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Internet Heavyweights Band Together

The titans of the Web—Facebook, Google, eBay and Amazon—have joined forces to make their voices heard in Washington, forming a powerful lobbying group called the Internet Association.

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We Don’t Want Your Stinking ‘Likes’

Companies in pursuit of “likes” on Facebook are discouraged to hear that many of those clicks are coming from fake profiles set up to spread spam.

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Indonesian Atheist Sentenced to Two and a Half Years in Prison

An Indonesian civil servant was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on charges of blaspheming and violating Indonesian Internet laws when he professed his atheism on Facebook.

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U.S. Defriends Bashar Assad

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Facebook Shares Slip Below $30 Amid Probe of IPO

Days after a law firm launched a class-action lawsuit on behalf of investors against Facebook and its bankers, alleging that certain investors were given preferential treatment, Facebook’s shares dipped during Tuesday’s trading to near $29, more than 20% under its IPO price.

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What We Learned About Wall Street and Big Business From Facebook’s IPO

In the span of less than a week, Facebook’s much-maligned initial public offering has led to billions in losses, multiple investigations and even lawsuits. The mess created from all this chaos, however, has led to some lessons about how Wall Street and big businesses play the system for their own economic advantages.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Schumer ‘Appalled’ by Conservative Reaction to Tax-Dodger Bill

Sen. Chuck Schumer is ripping conservatives for their response to legislation he co-sponsored that would punish those who renounce their citizenship to avoid paying taxes. The bill was introduced after Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin gave up his U.S. citizenship right before he was expected to earn billions from the company’s much anticipated IPO.

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Facebook Sued by Investors Over IPO

Facebook faced more bad news Wednesday in the wake of its botched initial public offering. Shareholders filed a lawsuit against the social networking company, lead underwriter Morgan Stanley and several other Wall Street banks, alleging that they misled them about Facebook’s revenue projections ahead of the IPO.

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Facebook’s Fumbled IPO Under Scrutiny

The fallout over Facebook’s botched IPO continued on Tuesday with a lawsuit filed against NASDAQ over mishandled orders and word that regulators may investigate Morgan Stanley, which helped set the price of the stock, and other underwriting banks.

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Mark Zuckerberg Just Lost $2 Billion

Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune dropped $2 billion Monday as shares of Facebook tumbled to $34.03, 11 percent below their initial public offering price of $38. The loss prompted analysts and buyers to wonder whether the company was overvalued at the $105 billion it gained on the day of its IPO.

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Facebook IPO Expected to Raise $16 Billion

Investors raced to get a piece of the Facebook pie Thursday, as one of the most eagerly anticipated initial public offerings finally became available to a select few.

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Bill Takes Aim at Facebook Co-Founder’s Tax Scheme

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin has renounced his American citizenship in a bid to avoid up to $67 million in taxes on the billions he’s expected to make when the company goes public. Democratic U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey have introduced a bill to punish such ex-citizens with heavy taxes and bar them from ever re-entering the U.S.

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Property Rights in the Cloud

In the Information Age, you should be thinking about your computer—and asking, how much of you is really yours?

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Web Inventor: Stop the British Snooping Bill

The British government’s plan to turn the Internet into a national intelligence cache that stores data on every U.K. Web surfer was frustrated Tuesday when Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, condemned such a move as a “destruction of human rights.”

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Beware the Closed Internet, Google Founder Says

In launching a seven-day special investigation into the battle among states, corporations and public advocates for control over the Internet, The Guardian interviewed Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who warned of the isolating effect of online “walled gardens” put up by companies such as Facebook and Apple.

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Slouching Toward Washington

Mark Edward Taylor’s “Branding Obamessiah: The Rise of an American Idol” lays out the six sacred branding strategies—taken from the world of advertising—used to turn a mere mortal from Chicago into the image of an American savior.

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We Have a Winner, He Gets a Mr. Fish T-Shirt

He was at the right online place at the right time: One Danny L. from Quebec, Canada, entered our Mr. Fish Cartoon T-Shirt Contest at an auspicious moment and won, simply by subscribing to the Truthdig newsletter.

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The Key Words the Government Monitors Online

A government manual obtained by a privacy watchdog group reveals that the Department of Homeland Security has compiled a list of hundreds of key words used to detect possible terrorist and other threats on social media sites.

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Inside a Foxconn Factory

A look inside Foxconn gives us a new perspective on workers’ conditions; one solution to the “right to be forgotten” dilemma may be to implement mandatory online insurance; meanwhile, a Columbia grad in New York has been converting pay phone booths into libraries. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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