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Watch This Cat Video (or Anything on YouTube) and Get Hacked

When large flows of Internet traffic and information remain unencrypted, seemingly harmless activities like watching YouTube videos can allow security and intelligence agencies and well-funded private parties total access to a person’s computer.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 READ MORE



‘Knocking Off YouTube’s Populist Halo’

With the launch of its streaming music service, Google-owned YouTube is revealing itself as the kind of “troublesome, exploitative” intermediary it promised it would never be, Jacob Silverman writes at The Baffler.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Do Yourself a Favor: Watch the British Pathé’s Bizarre and Chilling News Clips Now on YouTube

The archive of the Pathé cinema newsreels that documented the “first 70 years of the 20th century” in the United Kingdom and beyond has been released onto YouTube. Some of the videos, such as those of the human fish and the 140-pound 3-year-old, are just too weird not to watch.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Top Attempts by Dictators to Shut Down Twitter in Mideast (Including Turkey’s PM Erdogan)

Trying to close down social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has been a desperate ploy of dictatorial regimes throughout the world.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Censorship: Turkish PM, President Tangle Over Bruited Ban on Facebook, YouTube

President Abdullah Gul has rejected a suggestion by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey might ban Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Google’s $35 Plan to Take Over Your TV

Google TV didn’t work out so well, but the company just announced a simpler, cheaper way to colonize your living room.

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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



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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


Watch: Newt Gingrich ‘Really Puzzled’ About Smartphones

“Here at Gingrich Productions, we’ve spent weeks figuring out what do you call this,” a completely serious Gingrich says holding up a smartphone. Now he’s asking for your help to name something that already has a name.

Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE


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Van Jones: How Our Movement Lost Its Way

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Van Jones wants to put Humpty Dumpty Hope back together again; we consider Condoleezza Rice for VP; Occupy gets glitz; and the latest threats to your Internet freedom.

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Van Jones: How Our Movement Lost Its Way

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Van Jones wants to put Humpty Dumpty Hope back together again; we consider Condoleezza Rice for VP; Occupy gets glitz; and the latest threats to your Internet freedom.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



Time Travel With Francis Ford Coppola

Twenty years ago, the celebrated director predicted that “some little fat girl in Ohio” and other amateur creators would help destroy “the so-called professionalism about movies” and usher in a new age of artistry.

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Bad Lip Reading Makes Ron Paul Much More Appealing

Um, how did we miss this? Maybe you meme-savvy readers out there already caught this hilarious “Bad Lip Reading” spoof video of Ron Paul doing his best to win voters over by declaring, “I helped a fuzzy dude cut a piece of fruit,” among other absurdities, but it’s a must-see for sure.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Google’s Many Changes

With the simple dictum “don’t be evil” as its motto, the Internet software giant Google—which ranked as the third-highest lobbying spender in the tech industry in 2010—wages an aggressive image and relations campaign with an international public, and its strategy is evolving. (more)

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Amazon’s Sweatshop

Amazon’s warehouse has brutal working conditions; women are beginning to take over the workforce; meanwhile, a website and app have been developed to tell you how many slaves are working for you. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE



Web Waylays Cable Porn Profits

Internet porn causes pay-per-view sales to fall; a new chip will make HIV testing easy, affordable and readily available; meanwhile, mobile phones become more essential than toilets in the developed world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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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.

Posted on Jun 28, 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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Were These Bizarre Videos Made by the Arizona Shooter? (Update)

CNN reports that Jared Lee Loughner has been taken into custody as the suspected shooter who killed six people in Tucson on Saturday. One of our readers pointed us to a YouTube account opened in October in that name.

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE


Squares Sound the Alarm on ‘Digital Drugs’

The YouTubes are filling up with videos of teenagers engaging in the disturbing use of recreational drugs—in the form of digital music files. Buzzkill. We’re not sure which is more embarrassing—getting “high” from an audio recording or worrying about it.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE


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‘9500 Liberty’: Documenting the Immigration Debate

The new documentary “9500 Liberty” is about the struggle over a law requiring police to question anyone they have probable cause to believe is undocumented. This premise may sound awfully familiar.

Posted on Jun 30, 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


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Congressman’s Sidewalk Scuffle Captured on YouTube

Someone needs to remind North Carolina Rep. Bob Etheridge that this here is the Internet age, that he is a public figure, and that high jinks like this scuffle, which hit the Web on Monday ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 14, 2010 READ MORE



Freedom From Porn Edition

What Obama hasn’t learned about offshore oil drilling, why Steve Jobs and Apple want to offer “freedom from porn,” and how GM bamboozled the country into thinking it repaid its bailout money.

Posted on May 18, 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



Polyglot Edition

Today on the list: The language everyone in the world is learning, YouTube’s original sin and whither the SEC?

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Pentagon Frees Troops to Poke, Tweet and Lip-Sync to Lady Gaga

The Department of Defense didn’t have an official policy on what it calls “new/social media”—until now. Starting immediately, DoD employees (including troops) are free to use most of the non-porn Web, from Facebook to YouTube, without worrying about a court-martial. The usual rules on national security still apply. (continued)

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Tweeting War

The U.S. military is allowing its troops access to social media websites, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, after a review of Internet use and security. The ruling follows a Pentagon decision in 2007 to block those sites.

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 READ MORE


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SCOTUS Bars Video Coverage of Prop. 8 Trial

Bad news for anyone hoping to keep tabs on the Proposition 8 trial via YouTube: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a ruling by a federal judge to allow streaming video coverage of the trial contesting the ban on gay marriage in California. The top court’s decision holds only until Wednesday, however, so stay tuned.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Russian Cop Canned for Venting on YouTube

A Russian police major lost his job after recording two YouTube videos’ worth of complaints about low pay, long hours and being promoted for arresting an innocent man. In one of the clips, the major invites Vladimir Putin himself to buddy up and investigate the problem. (video after the jump)

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE


America’s History, Now on YouTube

Amid the Web site’s trashy home videos and other uneven chronicles of pop culture is a memorable new look at America’s past that whets the appetite for more free fun. The National Archives, in celebration of its 75th anniversary, has posted 17 videos to YouTube.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Introducing the YouTube Symphony

Thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can do all sorts of things we couldn’t before, like post countless reaction videos to others’ reaction videos on YouTube! However, some enterprising and musically inclined types found a more productive use of the medium and took their act all the way to Carnegie Hall.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

ObamaTube: Passover/Easter Edition

President Barack Obama draws upon the traditions and meanings behind “two very different holidays”—Passover and Easter—as his jumping-off point for his weekly address about the state of the country and the world ... and about his time rubbing elbows with other world leaders during the past week.

Posted on Apr 11, 2009 READ MORE



Mark Fischer on Copyright in the Digital Age

A new book by Lawrence Lessig asks what constitutes copyright infringement in the era of “sampling” and point-and-click downloading.

Posted on Jan 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Hey, Big Spender: Obama Talks Stimulus

Barack Obama is coming out of the gate with quite the to-do list, not the least part being his new economic recovery plan, which carries quite the price tag at about $1 trillion. What is he thinking? Here, Obama gives some details in his weekly online address.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Whitney Houston

Obama Will End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Here’s what Robert Gibbs, Barack Obama’s top talker, had to say about whether the next president would work to end the military’s policy of discrimination against gay service members: “You don’t hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But it’s ‘Yes.’ ”

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama: ‘We Need Action’ on Economy ... ‘Now’

Barack Obama paid a visit to the Internet on Saturday with his weekly president-elect-themed YouTube address, sounding an urgent note about the economy, pointing to the dismal news about job losses in November and pointing out what his team plans to do about it.

Posted on Dec 6, 2008 READ MORE


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The Presidency, Transparency and You(Tube)

President-elect Barack Obama made his first weekly video address via YouTube this weekend. What’s it about?  “Make no mistake—this is the greatest economic challenge of our times,” he says. Oh. Right.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 READ MORE


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YouTube Goes to the White House

President-elect Barack Obama is bringing the fireside chat to the Web, using the technology at his disposal to address Americans online in a new twist on the check-in pioneered by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


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E-Speech: The (Uncertain) Future of Free Expression

As tools like the Web, e-mail, voice over IP, Internet video, mobile phones and peer-to-peer file sharing become increasingly vital to our lives, limitations on speech and threats to our privacy are becoming increasingly important civil rights issues.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE



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Going Poll Crazy

Some polls show Barack Obama with a double-digit lead while others have John McCain even or ahead. Take Pennsylvania, where Obama and McCain are waging much tougher campaigns than one would expect in light of an 11-point average margin. That’s because their internal polls show a much closer race. So how do you make sense of it all? The short answer is: You can’t.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE



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CBS Partners With YouTube

While sister company Viacom is still suing YouTube for $1 billion, CBS is hoping to get some cash out of the Web video mecca a more polite way. The Tiffany Network has had some success online, and currently has one of the more popular YouTube channels, but the eyeball business isn’t as straightforward as it used to be.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE



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Katie Couric Is Ready for Her Close-Up

It’s been a rough couple of years for the anchor of the last-place network newscast, but Katie Couric managed to silence many of her critics this week with an interview series that not only got a lot of attention, but scored points for her tough but fair style.

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 READ MORE



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Posted on Aug 24, 2008 READ MORE



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Republicans Go Web 2.0 for House Protest

House Republicans are camping out in the Capitol, trying to pressure an up-or-down vote on offshore drilling. The lights and the C-SPAN cameras are off, but a number of lawmakers have turned to new media sites such as YouTube and even Twitter to microblog their dissent.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


Howard Dean

Elbow Your Way to Glory in the DNC Press Pool!

Accompanied by a thumping beat and quasi-techno keyboard riffs from somewhere around 1993, DNC Chairman Howard Dean stiffly reads a script off the teleprompter announcing a thrilling contest that’ll give one lucky camera-wielding Democrat the chance to spend a day in the presidential campaign cattle pen press pool.

Posted on Jul 11, 2008 READ MORE


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