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MPAA, RIAA and Anonymous All Stand Against Arizona’s New Internet Censorship Bill
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The Arizona state legislature just passed a bill that would criminalize any use of “obscene, lewd, or profane language” transmitted over “any electronic or digital device … with intent to … offend.” Pending approval by the Governor, the bill could …

Facebook and Partners Launch Social Energy App Aimed At Resource Conservation Facebook and Partners Launch Social Energy App Aimed At Resource Conservation
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Alongside partners Opower and the National Resource Defense Council and 16 utilities companies, Facebook announced today the beta launch of a social energy app at social.opower.com. The app leverages Facebook’s existing platform to allow people to benchmark their home’s energy …

What Facebook Would Have Looked Like in the Early ’90s [Video]

I like getting nostalgic for the old internet. It was slower, less organized, and a lot more DIY, and at one point you couldn’t even illegally download songs from it. But somehow it was just what I needed back then, …

Social Networking Sites Can Predict Your Risk of STD
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Just when you thought Facebook stalking couldn’t get any creepier, a researcher from the University of North Carolina has suggested that social networking sites could be the key to predicting and slowing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Peter …

Proposed Internet Legislation In Iraq and Lebanon Concerns Free Speech Advocacy Groups

Proposed legislation on the table in both Iraq and Lebanon has free speech and human rights watch groups on alert. The proposed laws — which deals with press freedom and online publishing — could use draconian methods and punishments to …

New Variant of Flashback Malware Exploits Unpatched Java Vulnerability in Macs New Variant of Flashback Malware Exploits Unpatched Java Vulnerability in Macs

A new variant of the Flashback trojan has appeared, exploiting a Java vulnerability found in Macs. Cyber security firm F-secure announced this discovery via its blog today. Flashback is a trojan that was originally distributed in the guise of erotic …

Teacher’s Aide Suspended: Yet Another Facebook Password Battle

Yet another former employee is fighting a legal battle against employers after being suspended for refusing to hand over access to her Facebook account. Teacher’s aide Kimberly Hester, of Cassopolis, Michigan, has taken unpaid leave and is collecting workman’s compensation …

The Rise and Fall of RIM [Infographic] The Rise and Fall of RIM [Infographic]

When Research In Motion, onetime king of the smartphone mountain, released its 2011 fourth quarter earnings report last week, things didn’t look good for the company. Along with the release of the earnings report came an announcement that the company …

Local Police Are Tracking Your Cell Phone Location Local Police Are Tracking Your Cell Phone Location
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The Supreme Court decision United States v. Jones recently ruled unconstitutional the warrantless tracking of crime suspects via GPS tracking devices. Though the decision marks a clear victory for personal privacy and Fourth Amendment freedom from warrantless searches, it is …

What’s Happening On The Internet Every Minute [Infographic] What’s Happening On The Internet Every Minute [Infographic]

How much time do you spend on the internet every day? I spend at least eight hours online every weekday, and that’s a conservative estimate. I know some smart-phone addicts who are probably wired in, one way or another, nearly …

YouTube Adds “Shows” Page For Korean TV Fans YouTube Adds “Shows” Page For Korean TV Fans

YouTube announced on its blog yesterday that it is adding a Shows page for Korean viewers. The page will organize the wide variety of Korean television shows made available on YouTube. Korean programming available on the new Shows page ranges …

KillZimmerman Twitter Account Wants Trayvon Martin’s Killer Dead

Last month’s shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin has sparked a wave of racial debates, protests, and expressions of solidarity with the Martin family. It has also put shooter George Martin, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain who reportedly …

Marathons: Runners and Injuries [Infographic]
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When I first started seeing those 26.2 stickers on the backs of cars, I thought drivers were trying to brag about their gas mileage, and I judged them for it. No lie. I actually thought this. It wasn’t until I …

Little Boy Discovers Shadow For The First Time: File Under Cute [Video]

From this Friday morning’s “Aww” department, we bring you a 19-month-old boy who didn’t know he had a shadow before Tuesday. According to sources, he was later seen catching his shadow, giving Wendy a thimble, and flying around the room …

More Laypersons Are Learning Programming Languages More Laypersons Are Learning Programming Languages
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I’m a borderline luddite. Yes, a borderline luddite tech news writer — I have made my peace with this. But despite the wary glance I cast toward new technological developments, their implications on personal privacy, and on overall quality of …

Stephen Colbert: Obamacare Is Dead (He’s Calling It!)

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” had a tough day in court Wednesday. The Supreme Court that is. It looks like the President’s brainchild, which would mandate health insurance for all U.S. citizens, is going to get …

Proposed EU Law Wants To Make Possession of Hacking Tools A Crime Proposed EU Law Wants To Make Possession of Hacking Tools A Crime
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The European Union is looking to update and standardize its anti-hacking legislation. Under a draft law backed by the EU Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday, hacking IT systems, as well as the possession or distribution of hacking tools, would be …

What The U.S. Search Market’s Been Up To Since 2008 [Infographic] What The U.S. Search Market’s Been Up To Since 2008 [Infographic]

On the Web, search is king. Even though a new Google Consumer Survey found that only 1 in 5 Americans knows what SEO is, just about everybody in the Web content industry not only knows about search engine optimization, but …

Former Google Engineer Created Disconnect.me To Counter Browser Tracking Former Google Engineer Created Disconnect.me To Counter Browser Tracking

You might not realize just how many companies are collecting data about your online activity, nor just how much data they’re actually collecting. You might also not realize that this data is increasingly linked to the personal information you provide …

Google Adds Labels to Translator Toolkit Google Adds Labels to Translator Toolkit

If you do a lot of online translation and editing, you’re probably familiar with Google’s Translator Toolkit, which provides users with more control over document translation and editing. Supported by Google Translate and with a front-end quite similar to Gmail …

Google Play and YouTube Rent Movies to the French Google Play and YouTube Rent Movies to the French

YouTube (and Google France) announced today on the YouTube blog that starting today it is making movies available for rent to French Google Play users. Partners in the new offering include independent French studios Cinéma(s) à la Demande, EuropaCorp, M6 …

Nobody Really Knows How Many FBI GPS Trackers Are Out There Nobody Really Knows How Many FBI GPS Trackers Are Out There

Last month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (in U.S. v. Jones) that the warrantless tracking of U.S. citizens via GPS devices is illegal. Following the decision, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies rushed to turn off approximately 3,000 trackers …

Star Wars: The Old Republic Live Action Fan Vid
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Is Star Wars the best movie trilogy ever, or is it the best movie trilogy ever?. I love Star Wars, have since I was a kid. It’s a shame George Lucas and company never made any more films after Return …

Are You BI-Curious? [Business Intelligence Pun/Infographic] Are You BI-Curious? [Business Intelligence Pun/Infographic]

Do you employ elements of business intelligence in your company’s decision-making processes? Maybe you’re an analytics master. Or maybe you didn’t catch the pun until you read the brackets, and are still wondering what the heck business intelligence is. Well …