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Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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Taking the top spot in "insightful" comment voting was Bengie, responding to big broadband players in Kansas City demanding a "level playing field" against Google's fiber offering. Bengie points out what a real "level playing field" might look like: AT&T/TW/Comcast/etc have gotten about 1.2tril in grants and tax-breaks over the...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

Drupal Company Acquires Akismet Competitor Mollom To Kill Spam Dead

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Today Acquia, the company co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert to commercialize the open source content management system, acquired Mollom, a spam filtering service also co-founded by Buytaert. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Acquia CEO Tom Erickson tells me the Mollom service will continue to be available for...
Drupal Company Acquires Akismet Competitor Mollom To Kill Spam Dead

A CAPTCHA That Asks How You Feel About Homosexuality

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Choose wisely. (Photo: screencap) CAPTCHAs are a good way to sort the bots from the bodies, providing a bulwark against the never-ending flood of spam. But because proving you’re human requires a moment of your attention, captchas also happen to be a great place to embed a political message. That’s...
A CAPTCHA That Asks How You Feel About Homosexuality
"To Facebook" enters the dictionary, along with "Bing it" and "Twitterer"

How You Can Make A Quick Five Bucks Online By Selling Your Weird Talent

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Are you the guy at the party cracking your friends up with celebrity impersonations? Or maybe you're amazingly good at making playlists and people are always complimenting your taste in music. Those are nifty skills to have, but not something that will let you earn a buck (unless you're SO...
How You Can Make A Quick Five Bucks Online By Selling Your Weird Talent

PlayThru Turns Human Authentication Into a Game

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See you in hell, CAPTCHA. If you run a Web site, this free alternative can improve form submission rates by up to 40 percent....
PlayThru Turns Human Authentication Into a Game

Skype Reveals Remote and Local IP Address Of All Online Users

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If you are a user of the messaging software Skype, you know that you can see the location of your contacts in the Skype interface. What you probably do not know is that there is currently a way to display a Skype user’s remote and local IP address as well.A...
Skype Reveals Remote and Local IP Address Of All Online Users

100 Essential Web Development Tools

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  By Neil SkirrowAs web technologies constantly advance, the skills a developer is expected to have are constantly increasing. Web users are beginning to expect Ajax interfaces, charts and graphs and a whole host of other tricks and features. This means web developers not only have to be skilled with...
100 Essential Web Development Tools

How to Permanently Delete a Facebook Account

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If you're sure you want to leave Facebook, you can now permanently delete your Facebook account.Facebook makes it pretty easy to deactivate your account which will temporarily hide your information. However, if you want to permanently remove your information, the "permanent delete" option is much harder to find. This...
How to Permanently Delete a Facebook Account

Video Pre-Roll Advertising: SOLVED

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We've all had the experience -- we want to watch a video online, but have to watch some useless pre-roll video beforehand.   This often frustrates the user, doesn't deliver value to the brand, and reduces the consumer's perception of the publisher.   Finally, there's a new approach.  Created by...
Video Pre-Roll Advertising: SOLVED

Hate CAPTCHAs? Catcha turns website security into a game of ‘spot the cat’

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CAPTCHA is one of the most frustrating security features on the Web. Despite their best efforts to keep nasty bots from creating user accounts, post spam to forums and the like, those funny-looking letters often baffle the most keen-eyed of humans too. Catcha is a far better (and more fun)...
Hate CAPTCHAs? Catcha turns website security into a game of ‘spot the cat’
Ticketmaster leaves ReCAPTCHA behind, will verify users with advertising instead

Solve Media’s Captcha Ads are the Tip of the ‘Brand Washing’ Iceberg

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More than 300 million of these things are served a day, so you’ve probably seen one. Solve Media’s captcha ads are awesome and awkward. Typing in a brand message to authenticate your real-human-ness is somehow easier, yet more infuriating than solving the usual pile of scrambled letters most websites use....
Solve Media’s Captcha Ads are the Tip of the ‘Brand Washing’ Iceberg

CAPTCHAs With A Conscience: Can You Prove You're Human?

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Can websites get visitors to prove they're human by forcing them to make a moral choice? This is not a hypothetical question. I wrote an article for ReadWriteWeb this summer about a way to replace those annoying CAPTCHAs with a miniature game. They are annoying because website operators put them...
CAPTCHAs With A Conscience: Can You Prove You're Human?

Minteye wants to put an end to the CAPTCHA as we know it

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Every Internet user knows how frustrating CAPTCHAs can be; they often require repeated attempts, can create barriers which deter users from completing your forms, and worst of all, they’re not perfect at detecting if you truly are human. With all due respect to those who are fighting the global problem of...
Minteye wants to put an end to the CAPTCHA as we know it

Facebook’s Amusingly Cruel CAPTCHA

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Literally laughed out loud. We’ve all seen our share of amusing CAPTCHA’s – if you haven’t, you simply haven’t seen enough of them in your life – but this one takes the cake. Way to depress people, Facebook. Unless you can point us to funnier ones? (Via @codepo8 and...
Facebook’s Amusingly Cruel CAPTCHA

Two-factor authentication and why you should enable it now everywhere you can

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One of the most harrowing tales of security woe in recent memory is that of Mat Honan, clearly a tech-savvy guy, who had a hacker call Apple and use social engineering gain access to his Amazon and iCloud accounts, and thus wound up losing a ton of data on his...
Two-factor authentication and why you should enable it now everywhere you can

A Lot Of People Seem To Be Having Trouble Signing Up For The New Outlook.com (MSFT)

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Microsoft unveiled its new email product, Outlook.com this afternoon to pretty good reviews. But a lot of people who are trying to sign up for the service are hitting snags. We've seen multiple complaints on Twitter. The problem seems to be with the sign up page's captcha security box. Even...
A Lot Of People Seem To Be Having Trouble Signing Up For The New Outlook.com (MSFT)

Duolingo's Dual Language Learning and Translation Service Gets a $15M Endorsement From VCs

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Duolingo, the ambitious new crowdsourcing start-up from CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA co-creator Luis von Ahn, now has $15 million more in the bank. The Pittsburgh-based company’s Series B round was led by New Enterprise Associates and included return backer Union Square Ventures. If it works, Duolingo could be one of the...
Duolingo's Dual Language Learning and Translation Service Gets a $15M Endorsement From VCs
Are You a Human makes what sucks suck less (and maybe not suck at all)

Y Combinator Alum DoubleRecall Nabs $1.6 Million To Give Brands An Alternative To Paywalls

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Back in August, Y Combinator held its summer session demo day, introducing the world to 60 new companies in one of its strongest batches to date. One of these companies, DoubleRecall launched as a platform that enables companies to roll out digital campaigns that actually succeed in prompting users “to...
Y Combinator Alum DoubleRecall Nabs $1.6 Million To Give Brands An Alternative To Paywalls

How Not to Move a URL: Lessons From the Google AdWords Keyword Tool Revamp

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I love the Google AdWords Keyword Tool.  I use it all the time and I demo it a lot when speaking at events. But I have no idea what the URL is. When I want to use it, I just do whatever else does whenever they want to go to...
How Not to Move a URL: Lessons From the Google AdWords Keyword Tool Revamp

HOW TO: Create Free Music Playlists Online

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Sharing music can be as much fun as listening to it. There are a large number of legal services online that allow you to share songs with friends, but some require paid accounts and software downloads, while others suffer from restricted geographic availability.So, in the spirit of mixtapes from...
HOW TO: Create Free Music Playlists Online

Why I’m not voting for David Freese to be a 2012 All-Star

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The heat is on for St. Louis Cardinals fans to vote 2011 World Series MVP David Freese into the 2012 All-Star Game. The Cardinals even have a get-out-the vote campaign going with the Chicago White Sox: Cards fans rooting for Freese are urged to use their American League votes for...
Why I’m not voting for David Freese to be a 2012 All-Star
Fixing the CAPTCHA: turning jumbled words into a game
4Chan Reroutes Promotional Contest, Lines Taylor Swift Up For A Concert At The Horace Mann School For The Deaf

http://twitpic.com/15bm4o - Anyone want to guess what this CAPTCHA is? Not sure what to enter.

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http://twitpic.com/15bm4o - Anyone want to guess what this CAPTCHA is? Not sure what to enter.
Stanford researchers crack video CAPTCHA

Recent Findings On Captcha & The User Experience

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The opinions on what makes a form or Web application user friendly may vary but most everyone dislikes Captcha fields. Some Captcha’s are so difficult to decipher they actually increase form and page abandonment. Along with the freedom the Internet provides humans, it is unfortunately humans who... Please visit Search...
Recent Findings On Captcha & The User Experience
New Captcha system uses empathy to distinguish humans from bots
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?