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Kickstarter charging station POP back on after Apple changes Lightning accessory rules

We Need an Open and Federated Social Network. Even Facebook’s Paul Buchheit Said So.

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I’ve been somewhat following the whole Facebook privacy debacle over the last few weeks with some interest. The very passioned outcry I’ve seen from so many is something I didn’t expect. I agree that any social network that offer layers of both public and private sharing needs to adhere to...
We Need an Open and Federated Social Network. Even Facebook’s Paul Buchheit Said So.

How One Startup Responded When Facebook Started Gunning For Its Business

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The CEO of MyList, a startup with a Facebook app for assembling Pinterest-like collections of interesting items, says Facebook is playing catchup to his company with its new "Want" buttons and "Collections" feature.  That's brave talk for a company whose product may have just been made obsolete by the very...
How One Startup Responded When Facebook Started Gunning For Its Business

Iranian Filmmaker Banned From Filmmaking... Makes Documentary Via His iPhone About His Plight

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A little over a year ago, I asked how long it would be until we had a full, professional quality feature film filmed entirely with smartphones. This one doesn't completely qualify, but it is quite interesting. Ross Pruden points our attention to the story of This Is Not A Film,...
Iranian Filmmaker Banned From Filmmaking... Makes Documentary Via His iPhone About His Plight
The plight of the non-technical founder: How to earn a hacker of your own
Tim Cook visits Foxconn's newest iPhone production line in Zhengzhou

New York Times backs AP in lawsuit against news collector Meltwater

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The New York Times is supporting the Associated Press in a controversial copyright case against Meltwater, a service that monitors the news and reproduces headlines and story summaries for its clients. The case pits major media outlets who invest in news against technology advocates who fear the case will suppress...
New York Times backs AP in lawsuit against news collector Meltwater

Lookout Gaming Takes $1.25M Seed Round To Accelerate Indie Game Revenues

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Editor’s note: Steve Patterson is a writer with 20 years of experience working with startups in Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area. A contributor to organizations such as Network World, MHT, Byte and RH, he is interested in the convergence of mobile and cloud. Follow him on Twitter.  Boston-based startup...
Lookout Gaming Takes $1.25M Seed Round To Accelerate Indie Game Revenues

Injured iPhone workers to petition Apple at shareholder meeting

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Shareholder meetings in normal circumstances are rather boring affairs for those not interested in the nuances of corporate governance. But when Apple holds its annual meeting on Thursday, there will be issues besides election of board members and potential dividends on people’s minds. Two former iPhone factory workers in China,...
Injured iPhone workers to petition Apple at shareholder meeting

Hard Hitting Video Slams "Political Prostitution" In Movie Piracy Cases

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For the past few months the headlines have been dominated by two huge movie piracy related cases. Barely a week goes by without updates on the Megaupload case, which is almost certainly the biggest copyright infringement lawsuit the world has ever seen. Then, with less fanfare but with some seriously...
Hard Hitting Video Slams "Political Prostitution" In Movie Piracy Cases
Excerpts from 'This American Life' on Mike Daisey: 'Why not just tell us what really happened?'

Firefox begins testing Social API with Facebook Messenger, here's how you can take part

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You live a fast-paced life, and you don't have time to stop your high-speed internet surfing just to check up on Suzie's latest Facebook update. Mozilla understands your plight, digital denizen, and its "Social API" is here to help -- Firefox browser users can beta test Facebook's Messenger functionality...
Firefox begins testing Social API with Facebook Messenger, here's how you can take part

Online Polish Loses Some Of Its Polish

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If it is to be true to its name, the World Wide Web ought to reflect the planet's full cultural and linguistic diversity. Currently, though, many sites and tools remain optimized for English and its character set, although that's gradually changing as other countries with different languages and writing...
Online Polish Loses Some Of Its Polish
Marissa Mayer, Who Just Banned Working From Home, Paid To Have A Nursery Built At Her Office (YHOO)

Apple's Crackdown on 'Objectionable' Games Conveniently Bans A Game About Sweatshops

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:( (Photo: Screencap) Today, in Streisand Effect stories: Apple has booted the provocative game Sweatshop from its App Store. If that sounds like an offensive concept for a casual game, it’s deliberate: It’s designed to get you thinking about where the awful system that produces consumer goods. And according to...
Apple's Crackdown on 'Objectionable' Games Conveniently Bans A Game About Sweatshops

Welcoming the Year of the Tiger

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Last Sunday, February 14th was the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. It is also the beginning of the Chinese Spring Festival, with celebrations and observations by ethnic Chinese and others around the world, welcoming in the Year of the Tiger. Conservationists are hoping to capitalize on the...
Welcoming the Year of the Tiger

Wikileaks Truck Owner Arrested For Photographing Police; Told It Was Because He Was 'A Dick'

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There's a guy in NY, Clark Stoekley, who apparently owns a white panel van that he's painted with the Wikileaks logo to raise awareness for the plight of Bradley Manning (though he has no other connection to Manning or Wikileaks). There's a lot more info on the truck on his...
Wikileaks Truck Owner Arrested For Photographing Police; Told It Was Because He Was 'A Dick'
Citizen scientists may beat the pros in identifying at-risk species

Introducing Our Newest Betabeat Staffer

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Hey there, fellow Betabeaters. My name is Jessica, and I'm excited to announce that I've joined the Betabeat team as a full-time staff writer and reporter. Previously, I was a blogger for 10,000 Words and have written for a bunch of other publications. I currently live in San Francisco (a.k.a....
Introducing Our Newest Betabeat Staffer
The Danger Of The Samsung Monster

Google Translate on Android gains offline support for thrifty globetrotters

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Travelers face a dilemma: they'll often leave a phone in airplane mode to avoid expensive roaming rates or a foreign SIM, but staying offline can break the translation services that might prove vital in a strange land. Google must have heard their plight, as a new version of Google...
Google Translate on Android gains offline support for thrifty globetrotters

Bombing BitTorrent and File-Sharing Websites Back to the Stone Age

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While more people than ever before are sharing files online, one would be hard pressed (SOPA aside) to find a balance of positive and inspiring news stories in the file-sharing space last year. Sure, many of the bigger public sites (Pirate Bay, Torrentz, KickAss, isoHunt, ExtraTorrent etc) continue to do...
Bombing BitTorrent and File-Sharing Websites Back to the Stone Age

Kickstarter kids: Watch these Seattle teens pitch their new camera dolly business idea

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Brandon Keller and Tyler Simpson discuss the SteadyOrbit camera dolly on Kickstarter Kickstarter is radically changing the way entrepreneurs think about raising money for their ideas. And in recent days we’ve seen some veterans of the Seattle gaming community take advantage of the crowdfunding sensation to great success. But Kickstarter...
Kickstarter kids: Watch these Seattle teens pitch their new camera dolly business idea
Anonymous uses Twitter to highlight humanitarian crisis in Burma

Olympus SH-50 iHS touts 5-axis video stabilization in a compact, $300 camera

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Olympus helped conquer shakycam videos first in the OM-D, but not everyone has $1,300 to throw at a high-end mirrorless body. It's clearly aware of our plight in launching the SH-50 iHS at CES. Despite the 16-megapixel camera's PEN-like looks, it sits squarely in the point-and-shoot category with a...
Olympus SH-50 iHS touts 5-axis video stabilization in a compact, $300 camera
Is the web leaving the blind and deaf behind?

The blond 'Mexican beggar child' story holds a mirror to US perceptions of race

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The racism that saw a picture of a light-skinned girl and her 'brown' mother cause such controversy is not confined to MexicoWhat do you picture when you hear the words "Mexican beggar child"? Is the child blond? Green-eyed? Does she have light skin?A Mexican family was recently at the centre...
The blond 'Mexican beggar child' story holds a mirror to US perceptions of race

Foxconn spokesman: ‘I am happy that the truth prevails, I am glad that Mike Daisey’s lies were exposed.’

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Foxconn seems to be happy about the news late last week that Mike Daisy’s Monologue about his Foxconn ‘findings’ was mostly fabricated from news reports. In a statement to Businessweek, Louis Woo, spokesman for Taipei-based Foxconn said “I am happy that the truth prevails, I am glad that Mike Daisey’s lies were exposed....
Foxconn spokesman: ‘I am happy that the truth prevails, I am glad that Mike Daisey’s lies were exposed.’

The plight of the bee

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Bees are dying in record numbers. Why? And what are we doing to stop it? By Ryan Bradley, senior editor FORTUNE -- We need bees. You like apples? Almonds? Onions? How about blueberries or cherries or, heck, any flowering fruit out there--to get the fruit you need the flower pollinated;...
The plight of the bee

DirecTV vs. Viacom squabble could see MTV, Comedy Central and 24 others go dark at midnight

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The latest participants in the carriage dispute dance are DirecTV and Viacom, with the two companies attempting to reach a new agreement before their existing one expires tonight. If they don't, the network's 26 channels (MTV, BET, VH1, Spike TV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon etc.) could be cut off at...
DirecTV vs. Viacom squabble could see MTV, Comedy Central and 24 others go dark at midnight
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