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Get Ready For The Political Fight Against Encryption

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Among our many commenters here, we have one "regular" critic who presents himself as being actively involved in "policy circles" in Washington DC, and who was clearly active in the SOPA/PIPA efforts in trying to write those bills and get them passed. This individual provided enough information (along with plenty...
Get Ready For The Political Fight Against Encryption

Next Ridiculous Idea To Stifle Online Speech: Irish Senator Says You Should Have To Pay To Post Online

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There's a lot of hand-wringing and moral panics around "anonymous commenters" online supposedly saying all sorts of nasty stuff. Of course, as we've discussed, some of the best comments in our own discussions seem to come from anonymous commenters. Yes, some leave some crazy comments, but anonymity by itself is...
Next Ridiculous Idea To Stifle Online Speech: Irish Senator Says You Should Have To Pay To Post Online

Should Hortonworks’ Hadoop foes finally be afraid?

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A little bird alerted me to a series of significant, but unannounced management changes at Hortonworks, the Hadoop startup that Yahoo spun off in June. The biggest is that co-founder Eric Baldeschwieler is no longer CEO but is now CTO. Former COO Rob Bearden is taking over the top executive...
Should Hortonworks’ Hadoop foes finally be afraid?

BBC Android iPlayer app will use new Media Player tech

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Broadcaster seeks to reassure device owners that 'Android is an important platform for us'The BBC has confirmed plans to launch a new version of its iPlayer app for Android devices which will use its own BBC Media Player technology to securely stream audio and video.The technology, which was developed in-house...
BBC Android iPlayer app will use new Media Player tech

Help the SEC Crowdsource Its Crowdfunding Rules

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(flickr.com/Sreejith K) The JOBS Act is a done deal, and as we reported last week, that means the doors to early-stage startup investment are about to swing wide open. But before everyone runs to their favorite crowdfunding platform, the SEC needs to come up with some rules. They’ve got...
Help the SEC Crowdsource Its Crowdfunding Rules

Scoble: hit man of Silicon Valley?

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Today a “journalist” (Dan Lyons) says I have been hitting up VCs to start my own fund. Really? I didn’t know that! For the record, I’m not raising a fund. This article is NOT accurate. But, it sure comes up in conversation a lot. At two events tonight it came...
Scoble: hit man of Silicon Valley?

Ask Engadget: Electric commuting on the cheap?

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We know you've got questions, and if you're brave enough to ask the world for answers, here's the outlet to do so. This week's Ask Engadget inquiry is from is from Warren, who wants to find an electrical moped within his budget. If you're looking to send in an...
Ask Engadget: Electric commuting on the cheap?

Redditors Crowdsource Boston Marathon Terrorism Investigation

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Reddit's users launched a new subreddit, Findbostonbombers, where hundreds of amateur sleuths are crowdsourcing clues and suspects in the Boston terrorist attack. In an inevitable development, Reddit users have begun crowdsourcing an investigation into the Boston terrorist attack. A new subreddit called Findbostonbombers has over 870 subscribers and 1,600...
Redditors Crowdsource Boston Marathon Terrorism Investigation

Blizzard getting ready to ban Diablo III cheaters

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That sound you hear is Blizzard hoisting its mighty Diablo III banhammer and getting ready to bring it down in a mighty swing. Out of the blue yesterday, the publisher posted a stern warning that it will start suspending and banning Diablo III players "found to be cheating or using...
Blizzard getting ready to ban Diablo III cheaters

The Deadline Is Tomorrow But Google Fiber Is Already Changing Towns

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Tomorrow is the last day municipalities can submit their applications to be the location for Google’s experimental fiber to the home network that will deliver 1 gigabit per second to homes. While not many are aware of how fast a Gigabit connection could be or what it could be used...
The Deadline Is Tomorrow But Google Fiber Is Already Changing Towns

Facebook Tests News Feed Format that Highlights Your Friends’ Comments on Shared Links

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Facebook is testing out a new way of highlighting comments for items in users Top Stories news feed, according to an interface tweak spotted yesterday by Ryan Spoon of Polaris Ventures. Here’s how the new story type appears to work. First, a mutual friend shares a link on Facebook. This...
Facebook Tests News Feed Format that Highlights Your Friends’ Comments on Shared Links

MacBook Users Say Microsoft Office Is "Practically Unusable" On Retina Display (MSFT, AAPL)

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MacBook Pro users are lobbying Microsoft to make Microsoft Office work better with the high-resolution Retina Display screen used in Apple's latest MacBook Pro computers, reports Gregg Keizer at Computerworld. Complaints started rolling in as comments on a July 25 blog post by the Office for Mac team. That post...
MacBook Users Say Microsoft Office Is "Practically Unusable" On Retina Display (MSFT, AAPL)

Addressing Hateful And Libelous Internet Speech In The Post Juicy Campus Era

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ContentsBlock the sitePursue the perpetratorsJuicy Campus is gone, but other sites have taken its place as a hub for anonymous slander around college campuses. Intentional or not, the conversation at these sites tends toward abusive, with successive commenters attempting to one-up each other with each insult. Students targeted by...
Addressing Hateful And Libelous Internet Speech In The Post Juicy Campus Era

Mac OS X 10.7.3 update causing severe app crashes for some users

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Yesterday afternoon, Apple rolled out a point upgrade to OS X Lion and we recommended you back up before installing, just in case. Turns out the paranoid voice in our head was on to something — users on Apple's support forums (as well as commenters in our original post)...
Mac OS X 10.7.3 update causing severe app crashes for some users

Mary Beard: I almost didn't feel such generic, violent misogyny was about me

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Professor Mary Beard tells of her shock at the horrific abuse she suffered from internet trolls after her Question Time appearance, and the support she's had from colleagues and strangers alikeProfessor Mary Beard describes herself as having a thick skin. But over the past 10 days, during which the 58-year-old...
Mary Beard: I almost didn't feel such generic, violent misogyny was about me

Amanda Palmer brouhaha exposes the dark side of crowdsourcing

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Is it right to ask for (and use) free labor? That’s the question that erupted after Amanda Palmer, former lead singer of the Dresden Dolls and a fixture on the Boston music scene,  posted a request for musicians to back up her band on its new tour. Palmer wrote that she needs...
Amanda Palmer brouhaha exposes the dark side of crowdsourcing

Oracle and Google ordered to disclose astro-turfers by judge

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In an unusual declaration, Judge William Alsup has ordered both parties in the Google versus Oracle Java patent case to reveal to the court the identities of bloggers, commenters, and pundits on their payrolls. Alsup doesn't state any detailed reasons for the order, but has said in his ruling that...
Oracle and Google ordered to disclose astro-turfers by judge

Microsoft May Have Solved A Big Problem With Its Tablet Strategy Today (MSFT, BN)

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This morning, Microsoft dropped $300 million to invest in a new joint venture that will be spun out of Barnes & Noble's digital business. That means Microsoft now owns 17% of a new company that makes a popular product — the Nook e-reader — based on a rival platform, Google's...
Microsoft May Have Solved A Big Problem With Its Tablet Strategy Today (MSFT, BN)

Why Do People Hate Jews?

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Citizens in Britain were appalled recently when a religious-studies exam featured the question, "why do  people hate Jews?" The question was immediately blasted as inappropriate and quickly withdrawn. But it's an interesting and important question. Along with many other sites, this site is occasionally visited by people whose mission...
Why Do People Hate Jews?

WITN: A big debate on why The Daily failed and how lean a media company can get

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This week’s WITN features another debate about how you build a media company in this day and age, but it’s slightly less contentious than last week’s fight (which most commenters seem to agree that I totally won). This week, Paul and I talk about the death of Rupert Murdoch’s...
WITN: A big debate on why The Daily failed and how lean a media company can get

Boot up: China goes mobile, Lenovo attacks, Sinofksy spotted, and more

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Plus retina MacBook Pro screen problems, the open data triumph around the green belt, Jolla aims to challenge Android (and iPhone), and moreA quick burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamMobile Web overtakes desktops in China as over 50% of new Internet...
Boot up: China goes mobile, Lenovo attacks, Sinofksy spotted, and more

How are we reacting to England's Euro 2012 campaign? Social media conversations analysed

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Data analysts are monitoring the sentiment of online conversations relating to England's Euro 2012 campaign. Was the France result deemed a success? Are we warming to Hodgson? Find out below.• Get the data• More data journalism and data visualisations from the GuardianSocial media analysts from are monitoring online reactions to...
How are we reacting to England's Euro 2012 campaign? Social media conversations analysed

Weird Google Text-to-Speech Bug Randomly Blurts Out the Phrase 'And Now He Praises the iPad'

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(Screencap: Google Translate) Google's text-to-speech engine is arguably one of the most powerful in the world. It almost always perfectly captures our speech, making it far easier to speak our text messages than risk an embarrassing autocorrect faux pas. We rarely have complaints about Google's text-to-speech technology, but there is this one...
Weird Google Text-to-Speech Bug Randomly Blurts Out the Phrase 'And Now He Praises the iPad'
Web developers: Watch out for Meteor!

Google wins UK libel case over ‘defamatory’ comments left on Blogger site

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Google has emerged victorious in a libel case brought about by former Tory local council candidate Payam Tamiz, after defamatory comments were reportedly written about him on a London Muslim blog hosted on its Blogger platform. The Internet giant argued that it doesn’t publish the content and, moreover, it couldn’t...
Google wins UK libel case over ‘defamatory’ comments left on Blogger site
The Inevitable Post-Tragedy Witch Hunt: 'Mass Effect' Facebook Page Attacked Because Of Link To Misidentified Shooting Suspect

It doesn't take Einstein to find fault with a story - that's a sub's job

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One of my former Sunday Times colleagues, Liz Gerard, has just resuscitated her blog, SubScribe. It's a must for those who wonder what sub-editors do and why they do it. Her piece, "A little knowledge", on a short story that appeared in several newspapers about 16-year-old Lauren Marbe's score of...
It doesn't take Einstein to find fault with a story - that's a sub's job

Procter & Gamble Bans Staff From Using Netflix And Pandora (PG)

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Procter & Gamble experienced a "digital emergency" over its employees' timewasting use of Netflix, Pandora, YouTube and Facebook at work, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The company was moving more of its management systems online, but found something holding up the digitization process: the computers were going really, really slowly....
Procter & Gamble Bans Staff From Using Netflix And Pandora (PG)
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A Whole Bunch Of Writers And Bloggers Got Money From Google, But Not For Writing About Google (ORCL, GOOG)

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Google has again complied with court orders to name any people who commented on its lawsuit with Oracle that had taken money from Google. Google absolutely insists that it never paid any professional blogger, journalist, or other commentator to write about the case. "Google did not pay for comments from...
A Whole Bunch Of Writers And Bloggers Got Money From Google, But Not For Writing About Google (ORCL, GOOG)
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