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'Obama Vs. Romney' Could End Up Being A Lot Like 'Mac Vs. PC'

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The juxtaposition between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama couldn’t have been starker. Romney delivered a solid, if perfunctory, victory speech. Later in the night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon. One one hand, this was not remarkable. Even Richard Nixon appeared on “Laugh In.” And Romney was on the ballot in five states — of course he was going...
'Obama Vs. Romney' Could End Up Being A Lot Like 'Mac Vs. PC'

Blogger and curator extraordinaire Maria Popova signs on for paidContent Live

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One of the big stories in the media-blogosphere last week was a brouhaha over blogger Maria Popova’s use of affiliate links on her Brain Pickings blog, something critics such as Felix Salmon of Reuters argued was in conflict with her stated goal of keeping the blog advertising free. The debate...
Blogger and curator extraordinaire Maria Popova signs on for paidContent Live

The Real Thing: Don't Listen to Coke, Social Media Works . . . At Least As Well As Regular Media

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Last week, Coca-Cola put out a study declaring that online buzz has no impact on sales. And of course, that announcement drove everyone on the Internet to start buzzing about it. AdAge, MediaBistro, Motley Fool, Business Insider and dozens of others all weighed in on Coke’s study, which “finds online...
The Real Thing: Don't Listen to Coke, Social Media Works . . . At Least As Well As Regular Media

Facebook Takes Action, Introduces Action Links to the Open Graph

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In September 2011 at its f8 Developer Conference, Facebook introduced the social world to frictionless sharing and Action Verbs. With the rollout of its Open Graph, the 900 million strong social network declared that the future of engagement would be driven by both implicit and explicit actions. Explicit actions...
Facebook Takes Action, Introduces Action Links to the Open Graph
Svpply’s “We Want This!” Is A Tasteful Way Retailers Can Target Well-Dressed Shoppers

There's plenty of drama left in the file-sharing debate

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Rock legend Levon Helm has been posthumously dragged into an emotional dispute over digital piracy between a Reddit co-founder and a university professor who was once The Band's road manager. FORTUNE -- A feud that has flared up over the past several days between Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Jonathan...
There's plenty of drama left in the file-sharing debate
How r/gonewild is a microcosm of the best and worst sides of Reddit
Project Glass and the epic history of wearable computers

Social Revolution: Crowdsourcing For Change

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Editor's note: Guest commentator Michael Tchong is the founder of Social Revolution. How often have you thought our country needs to change? That something is fundamentally and systemically wrong that needs fixing? And that things could be fixed if we leveraged social media to find the best ideas to agree...
Social Revolution: Crowdsourcing For Change

A Few Words On Reddit, Gawker, and Anonymity

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Perhaps you've heard of neither Gawker nor Reddit. That would make you (a) isolated from internet culture and (b) quite arguably lucky. But if you've heard of either of them, then you've probably heard about the internet-drama swirling around them in the last week. Here's the bullet: Reddit is a...
A Few Words On Reddit, Gawker, and Anonymity

Is Mark Thompson what the NYT really needs right now?

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One of the most eagerly anticipated CEO announcements in recent media history arrived on Tuesday, with the news that former BBC director-general Mark Thompson has been given the top spot at the New York Times — which has been without a chief executive since former CEO Janet Robinson left in...
Is Mark Thompson what the NYT really needs right now?

This week's new games

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Dishonored, Xbox 360, PS3 & PCAs bodyguard to the empress, the only thing worse than seeing her killed in front of you is that everyone thinks you did it.In Dishonored, revenge is a dish best served piping hot, and after escaping death row, your job is to turn the tables...
This week's new games
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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Security Threats: CloudFlare Launches Business and Enterprise Services
Danny Rimer on why entrepreneurs should consider London

To cell phone builders, "Android" isn't a feature

arstechnica.com
Plenty of industry heavyweights were active at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) last week, but there was a very noticeable, major absence: Google. The company's invisibility in Barcelona was a microcosm for perhaps the biggest trend coming out of the conference: co-option—companies seemingly adopting existing brands as their own....
To cell phone builders, "Android" isn't a feature

Is Congress really up to the task of legislating the future?

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If we’re to believe Hollywood star Matt Damon, the United States is in trouble (he used a more colorful, and concise, term). In part, he told Playboy, this is because elected officials are perpetually running for office and “don’t really get any benefit from engaging with long-term issues,” preferring instead to...
Is Congress really up to the task of legislating the future?

With $42M more, 10gen wants to take MongoDB mainstream

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10gen, the creator and commercial entity behind the popular MongoDB database has raised another $42 million and wants to take the technology to an application near you. New Enterprise Associated led the round, with 10gen’s existing investors also participating. The round brings 10gen’s total funding to $73 million, which should...
With $42M more, 10gen wants to take MongoDB mainstream

Google Is Upgrading Its New York Offices

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Swank. (via Mashable.com) Hey, have you guys heard about this tech talent crunch? Google has, and Mashable reports that lest they lose access to the cream of the crop, the company is swanking up its New York City outpost. New amenities include a renovated cafeteria featuring "a lounge area and...
Google Is Upgrading Its New York Offices

Web Series To Explore The Impact Of The Internet On Heavy Metal

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One thing I've always found especially fascinating about the topic of digital technology and its impact on creative industries is the way different artistic communities react. In music, this often plays out along genre lines: the hip-hop community, for example, has a very different view of internet and copyright issues...
Web Series To Explore The Impact Of The Internet On Heavy Metal

Liveblogging the Gingrich-Romney Gator-Toilet Bowl Primary (Mittens Won)

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“Florida is a microcosm of America,” we just heard one of the Romney and/or Gingrich spin-whores say on the MSNBC just now. Yes, because Florida is a limp dick dangling over a sex-slave resort in the Dominican Republic or whatever. Also, America is truly a symbol of America. Just look...
Liveblogging the Gingrich-Romney Gator-Toilet Bowl Primary (Mittens Won)

Google's flu snafu and the reliability of web data

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The web is full of data — much of it meaningful — but there’s some question as to how much we should actually rely on it. The latest evidence comes at Google’s expense, with some researchers questioning the validity of Google’s Flu Trends algorithm. They say the service, which estimates...
Google's flu snafu and the reliability of web data
Hey, judges: Facebook isn’t the devil, it’s the new gossip

I’m Already Sick Of SXSW

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Editor’s note (Yeah I’m an editor now, suck it second grade teacher who was all “Does NOT work well with others”on my report card. Yeah you know who you are, Ms. Dudley. ): We’re republishing this timeless classic, because it still stands pretty much as is exactly as is year...
I’m Already Sick Of SXSW
The dramatic decline of the Philadelphia Inquirer newsroom captured in photos

Bahraini human rights activist gets three-year sentence for demonstration

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Nabeel Rajab is already serving three-month sentence for posting anti-government comments on TwitterA prominent Bahraini human rights activist has been sentenced to three years in prison for attending an "illegal demonstration".Nabeel Rajab, who is already serving a three-month sentence for posting anti-government comments on Twitter, is the head of the...
Bahraini human rights activist gets three-year sentence for demonstration
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