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Uber under fire from regulators and competitors in Chicago

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Uber, a startup that allows you to hail a car from your smartphone, is facing a fresh round of legal trouble, this time in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that regulators have charged the company with a number of legal violations, including assessing a mandatory 20 percent tip and then...
Uber under fire from regulators and competitors in Chicago

The 404 1,213: Where Sphere says no to Yes to the Dress (podcast)

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Sphere's Law of Recurring Subject Matter argues that, given enough time, all conversations with Steve Guttenberg will inevitably become audiocentric. As usual, The Audiophiliac brings a ransom list of talking points today, including Spotify robbing musicians, Benford's law, Say Yes to the Dress, and a Monoprice controversy. [Read more]...
The 404 1,213: Where Sphere says no to Yes to the Dress (podcast)

Vine warns app users of adult content

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Vine, the six-second video app owned by Twitter, has updated its rating in Apple's App Store to warn users that it's user-generate content may not be suitable for children. The video-sharing service allots users six seconds to craft a creative video; some users have a more adult interpretation of that...
Vine warns app users of adult content
Yahoo Tries To Quell Furor Over Work-At-Home Ban

Art.sy Now Showing Permanent Redirect To Artsy.net As Conflict In Syria Escalates

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Art.sy, the New York City-based startup that has created a Pandora Radio-like discovery engine for artwork, has attracted some controversy over the years because of its domain name — .sy is the official domain suffix for the Syrian Arab Republic, a currently war-torn country which is the subject of several...
Art.sy Now Showing Permanent Redirect To Artsy.net As Conflict In Syria Escalates
National Geographic stops posting Instagram photos in response to new terms of service

Listen up: Podcasts now a standalone iOS app

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No longer buried under menus in the Music app, Apple has created a standalone place to keep your podcasts: in an iOS app called, you guessed it, Podcasts. It’s free and is available now. In addition to all its previous features as part of the Music app, the new Podcasts...
Listen up: Podcasts now a standalone iOS app
Makers Of Firefly 'Fan-game' Abuse DMCA To Try To Silence Critic
Did Twitter ban a journalist for #NBCFail?

Nintendo Reverses Feature That Lets Male Video Characters Get Gay Married

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Bathhouse. (Photo: Kotaku) Pray for Nintendo’s PR department, as it’s undoubtedly going to face the wrath of some very angry gaymers. Last week, the company released a life-simulation game that let male characters to marry the same sex. But an update released yesterday removed that supposedly unintended feature…OF HAPPINESS. In the new,...
Nintendo Reverses Feature That Lets Male Video Characters Get Gay Married

Wait a minute, are sock puppets really that bad?

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The outing of best-selling authors Stephen Leather and RJ Ellory for their use of sock puppets to boost their own reviews on Amazon has generated a storm of controversy, personal apologies — and even organized protests from writers who hate the idea that somebody would unfairly boost their own rankings....
Wait a minute, are sock puppets really that bad?

Amazon advances to in-season TV streaming with CBS's Under the Dome

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When CBS starts airing Stephen King’s new drama Under the Dome this summer, viewers will have two ways to watch it: On CBS or through Amazon Prime Instant Video. New episodes of Under the Dome will be available for viewing on the site four days after they’re first broadcast on CBS....
Amazon advances to in-season TV streaming with CBS's Under the Dome

Why it's critical we cover so-called "controversial" science

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Shirt design by WearScience Ars Technica has never been afraid to cover so-called "controversial" issues in science and culture. Here is why we routinely cover them—and why we reject calls for us to be silent on such issues. I put "controversial" in quotes for a reason. Many of the...
Why it's critical we cover so-called "controversial" science

YouTube users upload 72 hours of video every minute

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YouTube has seen its video uploads grow 50 percent over the last year: Users are now uploading 72 hours of video every minute, compared to 48 hours just a year ago. The Google-owned video site announced the milestone Sunday night to celebrate its seventh birthday. The amount of video uploaded...
YouTube users upload 72 hours of video every minute

Nate Silver Picks the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl (Awaiting Karl Rove Guess)

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Nate Silver, the famous poll expert for the New York Times who correctly called the U.S. presidential election for Barack Obama, has really gone out on a limb today, prognosticating that the San Francisco 49ers will likely win the Super Bowl. “The reasons that exceptional defenses fare so much...
Nate Silver Picks the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl (Awaiting Karl Rove Guess)

GeekWire Radio: Seattle and Silicon Valley, the inside view from the startup world

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Do Seattle’s tech startups dream big enough, and do the region’s startup investors do enough to help make those big dreams happen? Chris DeVore and Tony Wright in the KIRO-FM studios. We explore those topics and more this week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast, as we compare...
GeekWire Radio: Seattle and Silicon Valley, the inside view from the startup world

Movie4K Clones Movie2K, Pirate Party & Police Sucked into Controversy

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Over the past few years we’ve witnessed quite a few instances of sites disappearing under pressure only to reappear on a new domain with fresh management. These reincarnations are understandably viewed with an element of suspicion. Is the replacement site the real deal? Is it endorsed by the original site’s...
Movie4K Clones Movie2K, Pirate Party & Police Sucked into Controversy
DoNotTrackMe gets big update to save you from wicked web trackers

Unabomber offers a joke in Harvard alumni report

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The famed mathematician-turned-murderer-turned-tech author's listing in Harvard's 1962 alumni report causes controversy. Under "awards," he lists his eight life sentences. [Read more]...
Unabomber offers a joke in Harvard alumni report

Obama Administration, Once Again, Says $222,000 For Sharing 24 Songs Is Perfectly Reasonable

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This shouldn't be seen as much of a surprise at all, given that the Obama administration previously supported the $1.5 million verdict against Jammie Thomas-Rasset for sharing a mere 24 songs. However, now that an appeals court has reverted back to the original $220,000 ruling (procedural reasons...), and Thomas-Rasset has...
Obama Administration, Once Again, Says $222,000 For Sharing 24 Songs Is Perfectly Reasonable

The book that plunged Netflix into controversy

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Reporter Gina Keating's book "Netflixed" has raised questions about the streaming company's founding. By Kurt Wagner, reporter FORTUNE -- In writing her first book, it's clear that former Reuters journalist Gina Keating didn't just phone it in. After more than a decade covering media companies, Keating's book Netflixed offers an...
The book that plunged Netflix into controversy

Former Uploaded.to Admin Fined $188,000 For Copyright Infringement

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If the recent and ongoing controversy involving Megaupload has taught us anything it is that hosting other people’s content has the potential to spark heavy handed legal action. But while the 2012 Mega case rolls on with no end in sight, another case has just drawn to a conclusion. Uploaded.to...
Former Uploaded.to Admin Fined $188,000 For Copyright Infringement

99designs launches Italian-language site as its European expansion continues

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Popular design competition company 99designs today announced and launched an Italian-language version of its service. The addition of an Italy-focused website marks the third “foreign-language” addition by the company which got its start in English. 99designs allows those seeking design talent to host competitions, in which designers create art to purchaser spec, but not with guarantee of...
99designs launches Italian-language site as its European expansion continues
Helicopter video reveals GTA-style law enforcement in Brazilian slums

The recent controversy around the "Genius" ads do...

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The recent controversy around the "Genius" ads do highlight something: all Apple really needs to do is show the products in action. They sell themselves. ...
The recent controversy around the "Genius" ads do...
Groupon shareholder Kinnevik heads for the door

Promise and Peril of Virtual Currencies

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The crackdown on money-transfer service Liberty Reserve highlights the growing challenges virtual currencies face as they gain wider use among businesses and consumers. Such alternative payment methods have the potential to drive down or eliminate the processing costs businesses pay when they accept credit and debit cards. But, recently, some...
Promise and Peril of Virtual Currencies

Business Insider's Owen Thomas Is Probably Going To Be The New Editor At ReadWrite

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My old boss Owen Thomas is very close to becoming the new editor-in-chief at the SAY Media-owned tech site ReadWrite, according to a source with knowledge of the company. I’m hearing that it’s not quite a done deal, but that it’s looking very likely. Naturally, I called Owen to ask...
Business Insider's Owen Thomas Is Probably Going To Be The New Editor At ReadWrite

Microsoft wants to tell jury in patent contract case about Google's refusal to release $100M bond

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A week ago Microsoft formally requested the release of a $100 million bond it had posted about a year ago in connection with an anti-enforcement injunction against a patent injunction obtained by Motorola Mobility in Germany. Microsoft argues that the bond is no longer necessary because the United States District Court...
Microsoft wants to tell jury in patent contract case about Google's refusal to release $100M bond

U.S. Attorney breaks silence, defends prosecution of Aaron Swartz

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U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, under fire for the prosecution of Internet entrepreneur and activist Aaron Swartz, on Wednesday issued her first statement responding to the controversy that has followed Swartz's suicide. Ortiz offered "heartfelt sympathy," but said her office's "conduct was appropriate in bringing and handling this case." She noted...
U.S. Attorney breaks silence, defends prosecution of Aaron Swartz
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