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XXI

Truthdiggers of the Week: Laurent Beccaria and Patrick Saint-Exupéry

The editor and publisher of the French journal XXI show that in France and America, journalism is not dead—though the common wisdom is trying to kill it.

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NSA Creates Social Profiles of U.S. Citizens

The agency that brought you warrantless mass spying exploits its huge database to create detailed graphs of Americans’ social connections, identifying their associates, locations, traveling companions and other personal information, newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials reveal.

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They’re Not Exactly Tech Companies

Why do we call businesses like Google, Facebook and Twitter “tech” companies when most of what they do—and the source of most of their revenue—is advertising, sociologist Darwin Bondgraham asks in The Washington Spectator.

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Twitter Tweets It’s Going Public

Following in Facebook’s footsteps, the social media site has filed for an IPO; a pastor who believed he could “rape away the gay” in several teens will not serve time in prison; and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent New York Times’ op-ed caused a stir, but it wasn’t his first byline in U.S. newspapers. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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California Students’ Social Media Being Stalked

As if the NSA spying on our every move weren’t enough, now kids have to watch what they say online in and out of school. Some 13,000 middle and high school students in Southern California will have their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts scrutinized by social media monitoring service Geo Listening.

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Pavlov’s Dog Meets Social Media

Robert Morris and Dan McDuff, Ph.D. students at MIT, noticed they were wasting a combined 50 hours per week on Facebook. Their solution to decreasing excessive usage? Pavlov’s Poke.

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Taxpayer Money Used to Cover PRISM Compliance Costs

Top-secret material passed to The Guardian shows that the National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to help major Internet companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook cover the cost of certification for participating in the PRISM surveillance program.

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How Much Is Your Personal Data Worth?

It’s no secret that companies are consistently increasing the amount of intel they collect on Internet users in order to target ads effectively, but have you ever wondered what that information is valued at? One user, who’s been unashamedly hiding from advertisers by using blockers, has decided to calculate just how much money giving up his privacy could make him.

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‘Likes’ Are Not Sure Indicators of Popularity or Quality

Huge numbers of “likes” appearing on social networking sites such as Facebook have been found to originate in “click farms” in places like Dhaka, Bangladesh, where low-paid workers spend long hours punching keys to artificially inflate the online popularity of client companies.

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Back to School

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Sheryl Sandberg Leans In

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Facebook Reveals User Information Exposed in Data Breach

The world’s largest social networking company acknowledged late Friday that a technical flaw in its system inadvertently allowed the phone numbers and email addresses of 6 million users over the past year to be accessed by unauthorized viewers.

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Up to Their Eyeballs

One of the most disturbing aspects of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal is the way government has reportedly worked with private companies such as Yahoo, Facebook and Google.

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‘Where’s the Outrage Over Private Snooping?’

Americans and some elected officials are up in arms over revelations that the NSA is collecting and storing vast quantities of their personal data. But why aren’t people upset that private companies trade the same information between themselves?

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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.

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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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Erdogan’s Facebook

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Social Media Dark Side

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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. 

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE



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.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE


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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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The Guardian

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.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE



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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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Bucket Lists

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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.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Fundraiser

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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?

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



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 Goes Up

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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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