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Rap Genius Is Getting Into Breaking News Analysis With News Genius

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The founders of lyric website Rap Genius revealed today that they’re starting to move into annotating news content too, under the name News Genius. They were on-stage at Disrupt NY, where they gave a surreal, joke-y interview without too much detail about what News Genius actually is. Co-founder Mahbod Moghadam...
Rap Genius Is Getting Into Breaking News Analysis With News Genius
If Brands Hate Web Ad Trading Desks So Much Why Are They Throwing Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars At Them?

UFC Makes The Awful Decision To Sue Some Of Its Biggest Fans

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Having recently lost its attempt to blame Justin.tv for the fact that some of its users stream Ultimate Fighting Championship matches, UFC's parent company Zuffa is moving ahead with its strategy of going after its fans directly. This isn't entirely new. A few years ago, the company announced plans to...
UFC Makes The Awful Decision To Sue Some Of Its Biggest Fans
Scoop: Meteor gets $9M in funding

So will Buzz and Facebook finally bury Twitter?

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Buzz was introduced by Google with much clamor on Feb 9, 2010. Since then, we have seen a lot of debate around it: Google stepping into the social media arena cannot go unnoticed. Many quickly saw Buzz as a Twitter killer, possibly a Facebook contender; others discounted it as...
So will Buzz and Facebook finally bury Twitter?

FCC Chairman backs Uber in Washington DC - "I'm on the side of innovation"

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On-call car service Uber has seen more than its share of pushback since its launch. It seems like every other day we’re hearing yet another story of how the company is being shut out of cities such as its most recent events in Boston. But today the company got quite...
FCC Chairman backs Uber in Washington DC - "I'm on the side of innovation"

A Valentine's Day present for SCADA companies: new exploit tools

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There's good news for people who love bad news about the security of industrial control systems. At the SCADA Security Scientific Symposium (S4) in Miami Beach in January, there were a host of new security vulnerabilities unearthed in popular programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition...
A Valentine's Day present for SCADA companies: new exploit tools

Court Gives Canadians More Time To Fight Copyright Troll Voltage

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There has been a considerable amount of debate as to whether Canadian ISP TekSavvy should be doing more to protect its customer info from Voltage, the well-known copyright troll that is seeking subscriber information on thousands of IP addresses that allegedly shared infringing movies over BitTorrent. Though TekSavvy is still...
Court Gives Canadians More Time To Fight Copyright Troll Voltage

An anonymous group goes on a PR rampage to defame Uber in Boston

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Uber has been having a bit of a rough go of things in Boston the past few days. First a cease and desist order was given to the company after one of its drivers was caught in what played out as nothing less than a sting operation by the Keystone...
An anonymous group goes on a PR rampage to defame Uber in Boston

The Daily's lesson: Charging only a little for your content can't sustain a traditional newsroom

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The Daily, a boldly innovative publication – in the platform sense – is over. It’s never pleasant to see a newspaper of any form go under. However, there are lessons to be made from its birth, growth, and eventual demise that have wide implications for the content industry that are...
The Daily's lesson: Charging only a little for your content can't sustain a traditional newsroom

Windows 8 RTM to turn on IE10's Do Not Track by default

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Microsoft is enabling Do Not Track in the Release-to-Manufacturing version of Windows 8, guaranteeing a pushback from advertisers. [Read more]...
Windows 8 RTM to turn on IE10's Do Not Track by default

Riding A New Transparency Wave In Science, Academia.Edu Lets Researchers Share Their Raw Data

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It wasn’t until widely respected economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff shared the Excel files behind their influential paper on the relationship between government debt and economic growth, that a very basic and consequential spreadsheet error was discovered. Suddenly, a conclusion that policy makers around the world had seized on...
Riding A New Transparency Wave In Science, Academia.Edu Lets Researchers Share Their Raw Data

CrunchWeek, Volume 1: Looking Back At The Week In Tech [TCTV]

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Didn’t get quite enough chatter about tech this past week? Then you’ve come to the right post! This is our first episode in a new weekly TechCrunch TV show called CrunchWeek. The premise here is simple — a few TechCrunch writers getting together on Friday afternoons to discuss a...
CrunchWeek, Volume 1: Looking Back At The Week In Tech [TCTV]

Stop worrying, and embrace RFID

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As RFID use has increased in frequency in the developed world, there has been a non-trivial amount of pushback from luddites, the religious, and privacy advocates. In reality, RFID isn't that scary, and we should embrace it....
Stop worrying, and embrace RFID
Why Zipcar's "Greedy VCs" Weren't Quick Enough

Reformation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has run head first into the House of Representatives

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Reforming the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to prevent massive penalties and potential jail time for something as small as breaking a Terms of Service agreement is something being worked on in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Rep. Lofgren in the House, Senator Wyden in the upper chamber of...
Reformation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has run head first into the House of Representatives
Hands On And Walkthrough With The New, Much More Beautiful Google Maps

A Fitting Tribute For Aaron Swartz: Researchers Post Free PDFs Of Their Research Online

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As we noted earlier, one thing that Aaron Swartz would have almost certainly wanted, as a memorial for his own accomplishments, would be for others to continue that work and to do much more with it. It's a small thing, but it's been inspiring to watch one aspect of that...
A Fitting Tribute For Aaron Swartz: Researchers Post Free PDFs Of Their Research Online

Peter Jackson unfazed by 'Hobbit' footage pushback, but will stick to 24 fps for trailers

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Calm down, cinema-goers. It just takes time to "settle in" to the strange new ultra-realistic world of high frame-rates, according to Peter Jackson, who's been responding to audience's rather strong panning of 48fps rough cuts from his upcoming 3D epic, Hobbit. Viewers' main beefs were the surprising appearance of...
Peter Jackson unfazed by 'Hobbit' footage pushback, but will stick to 24 fps for trailers

Automattic Founder Matt Mullenweg Talks WordPress, Blogging And Twitter VS. Instagram At LeWeb

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At LeWeb Paris today, Automattic‘s founder Matt Mullenweg and Gigaom‘s Om Malik took the stage to talk about WordPress, the state of blogging and the recent friction between Twitter and Instagram. According to Mullenweg, the problem with many of the services like Facebook and Twitter is that they aren’t user-centric...
Automattic Founder Matt Mullenweg Talks WordPress, Blogging And Twitter VS. Instagram At LeWeb

Government Has Already Fooled Us More Than Once On Privacy; History Belies How CISPA Will Be Used

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One of the key things we've seen in the pushback on CISPA is that its backers insist that people arguing against it don't really understand how the bill works, and that it does protect privacy. CISPA sponsor Rep. Mike Rogers himself took to Twitter this morning to tell the EFF...
Government Has Already Fooled Us More Than Once On Privacy; History Belies How CISPA Will Be Used

HTML 5 pushback in San Francisco? Best mobile app designers say yes

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The new Path? The one that won a Crunchie last night for great design? It’s not done in HTML 5. This morning I saw something new coming soon from Storify. Not done in HTML 5. This morning I visited Foodspotting, which just shipped hot new apps on iOS, Android,...
HTML 5 pushback in San Francisco? Best mobile app designers say yes

Hacktivism: Anonymous Breaches Australian ISP To Protests Data Retention

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Glyn Moody recently wrote about Australia reviving some troubling internet snooping policy, part of which includes an aggressive data retention policy for ISPs, in which they need to collect and maintain connection data from their users for up to two years. As Glyn notes, this policy mirrors what other nations...
Hacktivism: Anonymous Breaches Australian ISP To Protests Data Retention
RIAA Prefers Customers Who Buy A Little To Pirates Who Buy A Lot

GEMA Feels It Isn't Killing German Nightclubs Fast Enough, Moves Towards Charging DJs Per MP3 On Their Laptops

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GEMA's ongoing efforts to destroy as many music venues as possible in the name of "performance rights" continue unabated. If anything, GEMA's approaching some sort of event horizon in terms of PRO insanity. Recently, GEMA was given permission by the German parliament to assess levy increases of up to 1,400%...
GEMA Feels It Isn't Killing German Nightclubs Fast Enough, Moves Towards Charging DJs Per MP3 On Their Laptops

Joel Sucher: Is Newt Almost Right About Romney, Goldman Sachs, and Florida Foreclosures?

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In a desperate attempt to claw up his poll numbers, Newt Gingrich has lobbed a bunch of accusatory mortar shells into Mitt's campaign for Sunshine State supremacy. Probably the shell that's created the most pushback is the one with Goldman Sachs painted on its side. It seems that the Massachusetts...
Joel Sucher: Is Newt Almost Right About Romney, Goldman Sachs, and Florida Foreclosures?

Hate the Facebook News Ticker? Some Can Now Hide It

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Users made a big stink about the Facebook news ticker, that annoying, constantly updating feed in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. Facebook responded. Now some users have the option to hide the ticker. This is good news for people who prefer to use the news feed and would...
Hate the Facebook News Ticker? Some Can Now Hide It

A Mexican Wrestler Explains How "Native Ads" Work

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“Native ads” is a buzzy but vague term. Here’s an easier way to describe it, at least when it works: “Ads you’d like to see.” And here’s an example of one of those, via Mexican soft drink Jarritos: People have been trying to make entertaining ads since the beginning of...
A Mexican Wrestler Explains How "Native Ads" Work

Can The President Use An Executive Order To Push Through Cybersecurity Rules?

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With the Cybersecurity Act failing in the Senate, there's been some buzz that President Obama might push through a bunch of provisions via executive order. From a political standpoint, there are tons of reasons to do so. If nothing gets done, and some sort of attack does happen, opponents can...
Can The President Use An Executive Order To Push Through Cybersecurity Rules?

Storify adds App.net as a source for its curated story line archives

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Some good news today for users of the upstart App.net — Archival services Storify has just added the Twitter-esque service as a source for its story streams. It’s the second, somewhat-major, external tool that we’ve seen adopt App.net, with Buffer having added the service a mere hours after the $500,000...
Storify adds App.net as a source for its curated story line archives
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