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Intelligence Agency Targets Public Opinion With Polls, Likes, Hits and Other Social Tricks

According to a new report based on Edward Snowden leaks by the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, Britain’s GCHQ has developed a library of tools that allow the agency to aggressively manipulate the public.

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Digital Cheese

Some bloggers claim to be outraged by Facebook social experiments, but anybody not expecting to be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed and numbered is probably a big fan of the tooth fairy and still drinking juice out of a sippy cup, wearing footy pajamas.

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The ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Is Already Messing Up Journalism

A BBC editor says his 2007 blog on the financial meltdown has been effectively deleted from the Internet thanks to a European court ruling meant to protect privacy.

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Open Systems and Glass Ceilings

Take a look at gender and the Web comes quickly into focus, leaving you with a vivid sense of which direction the Internet is heading in and—small hint—it’s not toward equality or democracy.

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How Pacifica Can Become the Media That We Need

America’s first public radio network is reportedly in trouble. This is a vision to stabilize and save Pacifica.

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U.S. Finally Gives Up Control of the Internet

Perhaps a reaction to concerns over spying and other abuses, the United States will relinquish its oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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Privacy Tools: How to Build Better Passwords

Passwords are the first line of defense between your private data and an attacker.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Proof That Your Internet Connection Is Worse Than Advertised

Although we’ve come to expect less than we pay for with broadband Internet providers, the actual numbers are outrageous.

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Privacy Tools: How to Safely Browse the Web

In the course of writing her book, “Dragnet Nation,” ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin tried various strategies to protect her privacy. In this blog post, she distills the lessons from her privacy experiments into useful tips for readers.

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Government Calls in Help to Fix Obamacare Website

U.S. technology chief Todd Y. Park is among those who have been asked by the White House to sort out the notoriously malfunctioning federal exchange website built by a unit of CGI Group Inc.

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Shutdown: NASA Says Ta Ta for Now on Instagram

The space agency waved a cheeky goodbye from the social image site Tuesday, saying “we won’t be posting or replying to comments during the U.S. government shutdown.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



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New Privacy Law Gives California’s Youngsters an Internet Eraser

California Gov. Jerry Brown has just handed teens in his state a fresh start.

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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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Random Acts of Shopping

What happens when you give your computer a $50 monthly budget and access to your Amazon account?

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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SOPA and PIPA Put on Hold

That’s a big score for defenders of Internet freedom: On Friday, responding to strong public reactions and grass-roots campaigns, key members of the House and Senate put scheduled votes on the über-contentious SOPA and PIPA bills on ice.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE



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The Day the Internet Roared

Wednesday, Jan. 18, marked the largest online protest in the history of the Internet. Websites from large to small “went dark” in protest of proposed legislation before the U.S. House and Senate that could profoundly change the Internet.

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Google’s Latest Challenger: MC Hammer

The year 1990 is calling with the exciting news that none other than MC Hammer has decided to reinvent himself as a Web entrepreneur. (And we really hope he gives webinars.) This story comes with the unexpected twist that instead of, say, making his distinctive mark in the domain of digital music ... (more)

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Wael Ghonim on ‘Revolution 2.0’

The Google executive who helped organize the Egyptian uprising compares the movement to Wikipedia, with many individuals contributing in their own ways.

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The FCC, Net Neutrality and the Future Enrons of the Internet

Apparently having learned nothing from its failure to rein in Enron, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and the rest, Congress is pushing to deregulate Internet service providers.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



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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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Google CEO to Step Down

Eric Schmidt, who took Google from humble origins to one of the world’s most successful and most talked-about companies, announced Thursday that he is handing his job over to co-founder Larry Page, who, Schmidt blogs, “is ready to lead.” Schmidt will stick around with the hefty title of executive chairman.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



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The FCC, Net Neutrality and You

How is one to make sense of the FCC’s big vote Tuesday? Does it represent a gain for the net-neutrality cause, or is the corporate takeover of the Web upon us in earnest? Well, one thing seems certain: Nobody is all that happy with the outcome—except, that is, for some lobbyists.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



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The Day China Diverted the Internet

For 18 minutes last April 8, as much as 15 percent of the world’s Internet traffic was rerouted through Chinese servers, according to a U.S. commission, which said the diverted data included communications from Congress and the U.S. military. ...

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE



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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 ...

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



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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



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The Anti-Facebook

The creators of Diaspora are touting their new social network as a privacy conscious, open-source alternative to Facebook, but it’ll take more than good will to win over any of Mark Zuckerberg’s 500 million social drones.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Google and Verizon Have a Plan to Wreck the Internet

Google and Verizon have decided they would do a better job writing the regulations that govern their Internet businesses, and so the two have come up with a “policy framework” that has progressive groups and net neutrality advocates steamed.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE



Facebook Fatigue

Today on the list: Teens report Facebook fatigue, Israel’s crackdown on boycotts, and where have all the protest songs gone?

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE



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YouTube Prevails, Viacom Sulks, Internet Breathes Easy

A judge Wednesday upheld one of the basic rules of the Internet, saving YouTube one billion dollars and letting the rest of us get on with business as usual. Viacom had accused YouTube of profiting from Viacom copyrighted content, but the judge in the case decided that the Google-owned website acted appropriately. (continued)

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


Cyberspace Dunderheads

I’ve come down with a bad case of the shallows. That’s technology writer Nicholas Carr’s term—and the title of his new book—for the invisible, invidious impact of computers on the modern brain.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE



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George W. Bush Makes Facebook Friends

The Decider has become The Poker. George W. Bush is officially on Facebook, where he’s now updating fans on his latest post-presidential blunders. We can’t wait to see how he fallows Farmville, makes up words in Scrabble and posts inappropriate comments on Angela Merkel’s wall.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Fix Facebook Privacy Problems in 2 Minutes

Facebook has become something of a privacy nightmare (but then what did we expect when we turned over the social sphere to a private company?). Grumbles aside, here are some quick changes that can keep Grandma in photos without sharing your sexts and pokes with the world.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE



Lingua Franca Edition

Why assassinating U.S. citizens is a bad idea, why Americans are watching fewer foreign films, and how English became the international language of choice.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



Boca Edition (Update: Now With More Rent Boy)

Israel faces scrutiny over its nuclear stockpile, Fox responds to disaster by calling for more drilling, and what Boca Raton looked like when it was a Japanese-American kibbutz.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE



‘Fake’ Bob Dylan Edition

Joni Mitchell calls Bob Dylan a “plagiarist” and a “fake,” GM sells more cars in China than in the U.S., and the short, bloody history of heaven.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



Earth Day Edition

The trouble with “tweet seats,” Andrew Sullivan explains to the president why gays are hollering at him, and why a gutless YouTube is stifling free expression—and comedy.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE



Iceland Ash Edition

Is that an Icelandic volcano erupting or just the sound of Sarah Palin hosting a nature show on the Discovery Channel? Dig into today’s list and judge for yourself.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE



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The Future of Journalism Is Written in Neon

The salvation of journalism rests with young people who are talented, ambitious, intelligent, obsessive and crazy enough to jump into what is rapidly becoming a low-paying, insecure business.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


Microsoft Hunkers Down in China

Call its decision soulless and/or good business, Microsoft has decided to stay in China despite the departure of its competitor, Google, from the country after a row between the government and the search site over the censorship of Web pages.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Google Takes a Step Away From China

In an effort to work through some of its issues with the Chinese government and circumvent Web censorship, Google is pulling its search operations out of the mainland and routing Chinese traffic through the company’s Hong Kong portal. Google will leave its engineering and business operations in China proper. (continued)

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE



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Chavez’s Latest Nemesis: The Internet

Can we bring George W. Bush out of retirement so Venezuela’s president has something more appropriate to rant about? A reportedly pissed Hugo Chavez said Saturday, “The Internet cannot be something open where anything is said and done.” Someone tell @shitmydadsays.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Pew Report Says Americans Are News Grazers

Americans are picking and choosing from an information smorgasbord to get their news, according to a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, and a large majority are switching between different platforms, with the Internet playing a significant role in their news “grazing.”

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE



Digital Racketeering? ... Lawsuit Accuses Yelp of Extortion

A class-action lawsuit claims online business review repository Yelp charges businesses a kind of protection fee to make bad reviews disappear. Yelp vehemently denies this, although the allegations line up with an earlier report of bad behavior.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE



The Information Super-Sewer

The Internet has become one more tool hijacked by corporate interests to accelerate our cultural, political and economic decline.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Spider Silk: The New Kevlar?

Imitating nature’s innovations is not a new strategy, but the exact nature of MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Cheryl Hayashi’s research is both startling and—aside from the predictable, and potentially creepy, military use angle—pretty fascinating. The UC Riverside biology professor has been looking into ways to replicate spider silk and develop some unusual uses for the stuff.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Someone Tell Google to Calm Down

Unsatisfied with running just your searches, browser, e-mail, calendar, documents, videos, cell phone, turn-by-turn navigation, operating system, electricity monitoring, much of the advertising on the Internet and more, Google has announced that it plans to experiment with providing Internet service that is about 100 times faster than what most Americans are used to.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Google Working on Gmail’s Social Skills

Google has been pretty successful at just about everything its engineers have attempted, with the glaring exception of social media. Still getting trounced by Facebook and losing buzzshare to upstarts like Twitter and Foursquare, the company plans to get aggressive, starting with new social features in Gmail. (continued)

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Google Calls the Dreaded NSA for Tech Support

Google already threatened to quit China over a network attack originating from that country, but it seems the Internet giant was shaken up enough to call the National Security Agency (of spying-on-Americans fame) for assistance. (continued)

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Americans Bingeing on Internet’s Info-Buffet

If it is true that “how you do one thing is how you do everything,” then Americans are right on track with their consumption habits, both in terms of food and information. Among his observations, The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson points out how the info-glut on the Internet doesn’t exactly lead to a more accurately informed public.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE


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