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BBC: Value of Facebook Likes doubtful

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Companies advertising on Facebook tend to hope customers will Like their pages in order to maintain contact with them, but the results of a BBC investigation suggest that some of the money companies spend advertising on Facebook may in fact be wasted. The news outlet contacted security experts and social...
BBC: Value of Facebook Likes doubtful

Bulgarian Banks Try To Silence Web Site That Called Them 'Bad Apples'

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Whatever your views on the value of Wikileaks, one of its useful side-effects has been the appearance of a other sites that have tried to do a similar job of calling the powerful to account using leaked information, but at a more local level. One of the most successful of...
Bulgarian Banks Try To Silence Web Site That Called Them 'Bad Apples'

Pew's State Of The News Media Report: Print Ads Down $1.5 Billion; Digital Up 3%

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One big bright spot: Mobile advertising grew 80% to a total of $2.6 billion. Pew's annual State Of The News Media report is out. It reveals an industry in semi-crisis as it confronts a tech-savvy audience that's changing how it accesses news, and ever declining print revenues. Advertisements in...
Pew's State Of The News Media Report: Print Ads Down $1.5 Billion; Digital Up 3%

HTC draws Apple link as it chases 'stolen' One S prototype

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HTC triggered parallels with Apple's well-known iPhone 4 prototype leak in the past week after it shut down French site HTC-Hub. The phone designer claimed that the news outlet had bought a stolen One S prototype and had allegedly refused to hand it over after multiple attempts to get in...
HTC draws Apple link as it chases 'stolen' One S prototype

AP Twitter Hack Preceded By A Phishing Attempt, News Org Says

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The AP Twitter hack which sent the stock market briefly crashing was caused by a phishing attack, according to the AP. The news organization now says the attack on Twitter was “preceded by a phishing attempt on AP’s corporate network.” The Twitter attack, which has now become another high-profile example of...
AP Twitter Hack Preceded By A Phishing Attempt, News Org Says

Covering Theater Shooting in Colorado, Reddit Becomes a High Speed Newswire

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Aurora Massacre suspect James Holmes on CNN Shortly after a black-clad psycho opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on Thursday night, killing at least 12 and injuring 50, Reddit users began racing to compile as much information on the tragedy as possible. In the...
Covering Theater Shooting in Colorado, Reddit Becomes a High Speed Newswire

More Galaxy S IV specs leak along with possible design

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. @Evleaks, a Twitter-only tech-news outlet, tweeted out a picture today of what seems to detail some more Galaxy S IV specs, along with also revealing its design. The photo shows what’s claimed to be the Galaxy S IV, in a more square shape, similar to how the Samsung Galaxy Note...
More Galaxy S IV specs leak along with possible design
Propaganda 2.0: Why Israel and Hamas are fighting a war with rockets and tweets

Report: UK security agency also gathering secrets through Prism

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The United Kingdom's main security agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), is also working with the United States' Prism intelligence program to gather data on various internet companies, The Guardian reports. Documents given to the UK news outlet indicate that GCHQ was able to retrieve "personal material such as...
Report: UK security agency also gathering secrets through Prism

'New playing options,' not better graphics to lead PS4 -- report

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That's the claim from an unidentified source talking to Japan-based news outlet Nikkei. That source says Sony wants to turn the PlayStation 4 into a living room "nerve center." [Read more]...
'New playing options,' not better graphics to lead PS4 -- report

Cartoonist Hugh MacLeod of Gaping Void on digital life for artists

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Hugh MacLeod, the cartoonist known for his work on his blog Gaping Void was sketching as an artist in residence at LeWeb 2012 in London. His hectic scratchy style was shown as the conference launched its theme, ‘Faster than Real Time’ back in April. Pop-eyed toothsome characters appeared with his...
Cartoonist Hugh MacLeod of Gaping Void on digital life for artists

Why CNN's Digital Strength May Cause Problems For Fox

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CNN has become a prime-time ratings afterthought in the cable news business it started three decades ago, as Fox (NSDQ: NWS) News continues to dominate a traditional television realm mostly supported by older viewers. But online and on mobile, the tables are turned. Driven by a flurry of big...
Why CNN's Digital Strength May Cause Problems For Fox

London 2012, NBC Olympics, 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2013 and more on this week's top free iOS apps

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Olympic themed apps top the charts this week as millions of people turn to their smartphones and tablets to get the latest updates to scores and watch live coverage. NBC’s NBC Olympics Live Extra and NBC Olympics apps take the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on both the  iPhone and iPad charts. The...
London 2012, NBC Olympics, 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2013 and more on this week's top free iOS apps

US government reportedly prepping plan to expand spy agency access to 'suspicious' financial records

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The US government is said to be preparing a new Treasury Department plan that would give all US spy agencies access to suspicious activity reports from banks, Reuters reports. The Treasury already operates a Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) that the FBI has access to, but other agencies must file...
US government reportedly prepping plan to expand spy agency access to 'suspicious' financial records

No, Freak Gross Injuries Shouldn't Mean Media Outlets Can't Show Them

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Perhaps it's time we codified this, but it appears that for every horrible occurrence there will be an unequal, disproportionately large reaction to it. I humbly suggest we refer to this as Geigner's Law, because why the hell should Mike and Godwin be the only people with their name's...
No, Freak Gross Injuries Shouldn't Mean Media Outlets Can't Show Them

What should Twitter do when people exploit an emergency?

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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?
Bloomberg: Spotify's new radio app will be more like Pandora, access previously unlicensed music

College's rejection of edX highlights potential drawbacks of massive online courses

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For the past year, massive open online course (MOOC) providers, like Coursera, edX and Udacity, have been riding high. Indeed, as of Coursera’s first birthday, which is today, the startup says more than 3 million students have enrolled in a course and 62 top universities from around the world have...
College's rejection of edX highlights potential drawbacks of massive online courses

Someone Just Used WiFi To Put Hardcore Porn On Best Buy's In-Store TVs

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Gloria Berg was browsing TVs at the local Best Buy with son and grandchildren when suddenly some hardcore pornography was flashed on one of the TV screens. Here's how she described it to the local CBS news outlet: "It was extremely, extremely pornographic image," customer Gloria Berg says.  "I...
Someone Just Used WiFi To Put Hardcore Porn On Best Buy's In-Store TVs

Under Mayer, Yahoo stands by ad tech and Right Media

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After months of speculation that Yahoo might part with ad exchange Right Media, the company is going out of its way to affirm its commitment to its core ad technology. In a mini media blitz of stories in the ad trades today, company executives said Yahoo has no plans to...
Under Mayer, Yahoo stands by ad tech and Right Media

Finding Inspiration In The Aurora Tragedy, By Helping Victims Through HopeMob

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I’ve gone through various stages of “connectedness” in my life. We all have. Some of you are so young that you’ve never known anything else and some of you remember the days when you only knew the local news and big events like going to the moon. Today, we no...
Finding Inspiration In The Aurora Tragedy, By Helping Victims Through HopeMob
Quality to blame for declining news audiences, study suggests

Microsoft moves logistics center out of Germany, blames Motorola patent battle

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It may be a mere thorn in the foot of a giant like Microsoft, but the patent war with Motorola is clearly starting to sting. German news outlet CIO reports that Redmond has shifted part of its European logistics operation from Germany to the Netherlands, affecting around 50 jobs...
Microsoft moves logistics center out of Germany, blames Motorola patent battle

Pass notes No 3,141: Pete Cashmore

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The 'planet's sexiest geek' – boss of website Mashable – is in talks with CNN over a $200m deal. Not bad for a business he started in his teensAge: 26.Appearance: "The planet's sexiest geek", according to Gawker.Never heard of it. Or him, though that probably goes without saying. It's a...
Pass notes No 3,141: Pete Cashmore

Hey, Science: Will This Post Get Shared on Twitter?

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Researchers have developed a tool to predict the spread of news-related tweets. You can use Twitter to predict swings in the stock market. You can use it to predict movies' success at the box office. You can use it to predict the spread of illness. Turns out, you can also...
Hey, Science: Will This Post Get Shared on Twitter?

Samsung expected to release new bezel-less smartphone by Q3

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Samsung is rumoured to be working to release a new Android smartphone that is almost bezel-free by the third quarter of this year, according to executives quoted by Korean news outlet MK News. The device is codenamed ‘Galaxy B’ and sports a large AMOLED display, with no bezel on the...
Samsung expected to release new bezel-less smartphone by Q3

Booting Up: Be Evil Edition

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Why bother asking? Google has been bypassing the privacy settings of mobile Safari users [The Wall Street Journal] Pretty soon every news outlet is going to have an annoying Facebook app just like the Washington Post Social Reader [VentureBeat] Will OS X Mountain Lion face backlash from developers? [ExtremeTech] Smart...
Booting Up: Be Evil Edition

You can now create interactive photos on the go with ThingLink for iPad and iPhone

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We knew mobile was going to be a huge focus for ThingLink, the Finnish startup that enables individuals and brands to easily enrich images with sound, video, links, text and whatnot, and share them with the world. Today, the company is formally launching ThingLink Mobile, a free consumer-oriented iOS app...
You can now create interactive photos on the go with ThingLink for iPad and iPhone

Four Months Later, Apple Still Censoring Drone Strike App

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At the end of August, Apple made a disheartening decision. After NYU grad student Josh Begley submitted Drone+, an iPhone app that maps U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, the company decided that the content was too "objectionable" to be granted shelf space in their App Store. Begley's app didn't contain...
Four Months Later, Apple Still Censoring Drone Strike App

World's largest oil producer: 30K workstations fell victim to cyber attack

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It's nearly a plot line from the movies: World's largest oil producer gets hit by a cyber-attack that threatens to wipe away all data from its internal computers. But largely, this is the situation Saudi Aramco described today. The Saudi Arabia-based, industry leader released a statement confirming  roughly 30,000 workstations were affected...
World's largest oil producer: 30K workstations fell victim to cyber attack
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