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Like Elephants, Search Engines Never Forget

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Editor’s note: Hunter Walk was most recently Director of Product Management at YouTube. Follow him on Twitter @hunterwalk. Search engines have long memories. I think about this whenever I read new coverage of some immoral,  misanthropic or illegal act. The kids who tweeted racist statements about Obama on Election Day, the...
Like Elephants, Search Engines Never Forget
Yelp publicly shames businesses that pay for reviews

Quirky's Founder Calls The $68 Million He Just Raised A 'Scarlet Letter'

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Ben Kaufman just raised a $68 million Series C round for his invention creation startup, Quirky. But he isn't celebrating or boasting about it. Instead, Kaufman wrote a lengthy article that cautions entrepreneurs about the perils of raising money for the wrong reasons. He also describes what fundraising really means...
Quirky's Founder Calls The $68 Million He Just Raised A 'Scarlet Letter'
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If Vine Is 'Adults Only', Then So Is All Of The Internet And My University Library

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My old university’s library was a den of pornographic filth, but no one ever considered shading the windows strip-club black because a few stragglers watched sex on public computers. Yet, that’s precisely the odd logic that led video sharing app, Vine, to up its age rating to 17+ after users...
If Vine Is 'Adults Only', Then So Is All Of The Internet And My University Library

Utah Sheriff Claims Copyright On Mugshot Photos To Avoid Releasing Them

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velox alerts us to the latest example of government officials abusing copyright law (or claims of copyright law) to avoid basic transparency. And this one's quite incredible. Kyle Pell, who runs the website bustedmugshots.com, is involved in a lawsuit after Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder stopped releasing mugshots by...
Utah Sheriff Claims Copyright On Mugshot Photos To Avoid Releasing Them

Quirky Raises a Whopping $68M. From Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins

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Mr. Kaufman (Photo: Twitter) There must be a whole lot of you noodling around with an inventive notion in the back of your noggin. Two major VC firms have just made a bet to that effect, investing a whopping $68 million in social product development startup Quirky. Andreessen Horowitz led the...
Quirky Raises a Whopping $68M. From Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins

Recovering the Classics Launches to Give Public Domain Books Decent Covers, at Long Last

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Pretty. (Photo: Daily Lit) Many of the great classics of English literature are now in the public domain and, therefore, available for download pretty cheaply on Amazon. The downside is that most of the covers are half-assed and, often, ugly as a mud fence. Even those Barnes & Noble Classics...
Recovering the Classics Launches to Give Public Domain Books Decent Covers, at Long Last
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Yelp to battle shill reviews with name-and-shame program

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Yelp is enlisting the age-old tactic of public shaming in its battle against unscrupulous businesses trying to game the user-generated review site by paying for so-called shill reviews. The company says it will start placing alert messages on the Yelp profile page of businesses caught stuffing their profile full...
Yelp to battle shill reviews with name-and-shame program
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