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Meet the man behind "Is Twitter Wrong?" who helped debunk fake pictures during Hurricane Sandy

pandodaily.com
Yesterday was a big day for citizen journalism. At one point during the storm users were posting 10 pictures to Instagram every second, and check out this dizzying website that displays in real-time every photo uploaded to Twitter with the tag #Sandy. But it was also a day for citizen and...
Meet the man behind "Is Twitter Wrong?" who helped debunk fake pictures during Hurricane Sandy

Boot up: Windows 8 priced, nickel hoaxing, Android cameras, Bitcoin's Ponzi scheme and more

www.guardian.co.uk
Plus Windows 8 upgrade pricing, music for the deaf, other misconceptions on Apple-Samsung, and moreA quick burst of 12 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamUpdate: Now Microsoft says Windows 8 upgrade is £25 >> PC ProUpdate at 4:15pm: Microsoft has told PC Pro that...
Boot up: Windows 8 priced, nickel hoaxing, Android cameras, Bitcoin's Ponzi scheme and more

When does community action against an anonymous troll become a lynch mob?

gigaom.com
If you’ve been following the progress of Hurricane Sandy and its impact on New York — and the way that Twitter was used as a real-time newswire for many of those affected by it — then you’ve probably heard of @ComfortablySmug, the anonymous account that was criticized for posting fake...
When does community action against an anonymous troll become a lynch mob?

April Fools' Day roundup: hamster beats, pirate's booty and Play-Doh printing

www.engadget.com
April Fools' Day is tough. Believe us. We know. It's 24 hours of fake news, bad jokes and Gangnam Style references. But not all of it is the internet equivalent to lining a toilet with plastic wrap. Sometimes, good stuff manages to slip through the proverbial cracks in the...
April Fools' Day roundup: hamster beats, pirate's booty and Play-Doh printing
The subtle hacker: how the Reuters cyberattacks hint at the coming disinformation campaign

Nick Denton Is Crushing BuzzFeed And Jonah Peretti Right Now In Gawker's Comments

www.businessinsider.com
Ready for a good old fashion blog fight? Nick Denton is crushing BuzzFeed, and its cofounder Jonah Peretti, over at Gawker using its new commenting system. He says, "Jonah Peretti is one of the smartest web publishers out there," but, "Jonah -- whether at Huffington Post or Buzzfeed -- has...
Nick Denton Is Crushing BuzzFeed And Jonah Peretti Right Now In Gawker's Comments

Twitter shows how the news is made, and it's not pretty -- but it's better that we see it

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Not long after the Boston Marathon bombings occurred on Monday afternoon, several Twitter users noted that these kinds of real-time news events illustrate how incredible the service is as a source of breaking news, but at the same time how terrible it is. Sure enough, there were plenty of fake...
Twitter shows how the news is made, and it's not pretty -- but it's better that we see it

Nerd Notes: A free Smart Car, Subway sandwich thieves and the pope resigning, again

www.geekwire.com
Editor’s Note: Nerd Notes is GeekWire’s roundup of random geekiness from around the globe. Want a free Smart Car? If you refer a developer or designer to Seattle startup EnergySavvy and he or she gets hired, you’ll receive a Smart Car or a $14,000 cash prize. But hurry, there’s only a week...
Nerd Notes: A free Smart Car, Subway sandwich thieves and the pope resigning, again

Gotcha!

allthingsd.com
None of it is funny, and while sometimes you are surprised, the surprise almost never feels good, or right. –From Dave Winer on why fake news on April Fools Day is the “worst tradition of the net”...
Gotcha!

New Daily Show App Gets High-Res Video, Still Doesn’t Let You Watch Full Episodes

techcrunch.com
Yesterday, the Daily Show featured a stellar parody yesterday of both Google’s connected, augmented reality eyeglasses (a.k.a Project Glass or, as I like to call it, “Project Sup Now, Warby Parker?”) as well as Instagram’s billion-dollar sale to Facebook. Fittingly, the show is today officially replacing its old app and...
New Daily Show App Gets High-Res Video, Still Doesn’t Let You Watch Full Episodes

The Best Apps To Make You Laugh (AAPL)

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Suffering some seasonal affective disorder? Bummed out that you have to spend time with your weird family for the holidays? Hold fast. All is not lost. From toilet jokes to highbrow wit, the apps in this collection will do their best to keep you laughing.The Onion Tough to beat The...
The Best Apps To Make You Laugh (AAPL)

If Apple could replace our eyeballs with a retina display, it would be called ‘iBalls’

thenextweb.com
There’s no doubt about it, Apple is an amazing company when it comes to marketing its products. The two new Siri TV ads are a perfect example of how the company can show the human side of otherwise hard-to-understand technology. One of our favorite sites to read is Scoopertino, which...
If Apple could replace our eyeballs with a retina display, it would be called ‘iBalls’
How NBC is using Instagram to report the 2012 election

Being A Jackass On Twitter Shouldn't Be Illegal; Public Shame Should Be Enough

www.techdirt.com
We've been talking about the unfortunate set of cases in the UK lately, in which people acting like jackasses online are being held criminally liable for being a jerk online. There are, of course, significant problems with this. And if you thought it was just limited to Europe, where they...
Being A Jackass On Twitter Shouldn't Be Illegal; Public Shame Should Be Enough

Silicon Valley Sex Lives Saved As 'Cougar Nights' Return

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For many years, Silicon Valley lacked a classy pickup joint befitting its status as the country's second-most-awesome wealth generation machine. (Wall Street being the first.) Then, finally, the five-star Rosewood hotel was built atop the Palo Alto Hills on the venture-capital thoroughfare called Sand Hill Road. The Rosewood faces west,...
Silicon Valley Sex Lives Saved As 'Cougar Nights' Return

What should Twitter do when people exploit an emergency?

gigaom.com
The Boston bombings, like so many public emergencies, saw heroes who risked their lives. But the tragedy also produced jerks like the person who created @_bostonmarathon, a fake Twitter account claiming to raise money for victims. Here’s a screenshot (via CBS): The episode is the latest example of how Twitter...
What should Twitter do when people exploit an emergency?

Prank or Prognostication? Some 2013 April Fools' jokes that could become reality

gigaom.com
The tradition of fake news coming out of the tech world every April Fools’ Day can be a bit tiresome.  After you’ve been through a few cycles of stories about phony new products and fake M&A activity, the humor wears a bit thin. But sometimes April Fools’ jokes can get...
Prank or Prognostication? Some 2013 April Fools' jokes that could become reality

Hurricane Sandy and Twitter as a self-cleaning oven for news

gigaom.com
By now, most people have gotten used to the idea that Twitter becomes a kind of real-time newswire during events like Hurricane Sandy: a never-ending stream of news reports and photos, thanks in part to services like Instagram, and for some people at least a crucial lifeline of information during...
Hurricane Sandy and Twitter as a self-cleaning oven for news
How one fake press release on a Google "acquisition" fooled the press

Dateline 1901: In Response To Presidential Assassination, Department Of Justice Orders All Phone Calls Logged And Stored

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[If there's a new form of communication out there, you can be damn sure that the Department of Justice wants a piece of it. And if it doesn't, your local law enforcement, the FBI, the NSA, the CIA and any number of other government agencies do. The DOJ's justification seems...
Dateline 1901: In Response To Presidential Assassination, Department Of Justice Orders All Phone Calls Logged And Stored

The Onion Gets Another Cable TV Show

mashable.com
Web and newspaper comedy favorite The Onion and the Independent Film Channel (IFC) are collaborating to develop a half-hour cable TV series called Onion News Network. IFC plans to air the show beginning in early 2011.This is the second deal The Onion’s made in cable television; it signed with...
The Onion Gets Another Cable TV Show

It's becoming harder to tell the fake stories from the real ones

tech.fortune.cnn.com
An article by the Onion decries the state of American technological innovation. What's so funny about that? FORTUNE -- On Tuesday, there was a real news story about a company that's marketing bulletproof clothing for use by American schoolchildren. The day before, there was a fake news story, from The...
It's becoming harder to tell the fake stories from the real ones

Tweeting fake news in a crisis -- illegal or just immoral?

gigaom.com
When Hurricane Sandy battered their city on Monday night, New Yorkers looked after each with courage and generosity. Unfortunately, a few people behaved badly and one person was downright despicable. That person was Shashank Tripathia, a hedge fund analyst, who began issuing false and alarming news reports on Twitter at...
Tweeting fake news in a crisis -- illegal or just immoral?

The Onion: Apple To Fix Map Software By Rearranging Earth's Geography

techcrunch.com
We heart you, The Onion. America’s premier fake news channel has discovered Apple’s plans to fix its notoriously bad maps software by rearranging the Earth’s geography. “Apple is committed to providing the best user experience possible, which is why we are working to dismantle the Brooklyn Bridge and put London in Canada,” says...
The Onion: Apple To Fix Map Software By Rearranging Earth's Geography

Facebook Pokes Just Got More Annoying (FB)

www.businessinsider.com
Does anyone Facebook poke anymore? We never understood where the phenomenon came from, or why people do it. A lot of times, pokes seem to stem out of flirtation. Other times, it's just plain weird, creepy, and annoying. So color us curious when The Next Web uncovered this industrial...
Facebook Pokes Just Got More Annoying (FB)

Gordon Lightfoot Dies, Twitter Gets Blamed

gigaom.com
While driving back from a trip to the dentist on Thursday, Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot was somewhat surprised to learn that he was deceased — at least, according to the radio station he was listening to. Thousands of other people discovered his death via Twitter, which exploded with reports...
Gordon Lightfoot Dies, Twitter Gets Blamed
Pro-Syrian government hackers send fake news through Al-Jazeera's SMS service
The Google-ICOA scandal: with millions at stake, making fake news is easier than you think

Apple’s Siri sings “Stairway to Heaven” and it’s amazing [video]

thenextweb.com
Our favorite Apple parody site Scoopertino has struck again with a magnificent bit of fake news. This is the same site that brought us such gems as “iBalls“, the Retina display to replace your actual eyeballs. In today’s Apple “scoop”, Scoopertino discusses the company dropping musicians to let Siri sing...
Apple’s Siri sings “Stairway to Heaven” and it’s amazing [video]
Reuters blog hacked, now down
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