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The League of American Bicyclists Encourages You To Tweet Congress The League of American Bicyclists Encourages You To Tweet Congress

The rise in social media use over the past several years has certainly not gone unnoticed by your elected officials, or at the very least by people who want to become and remain your elected officials in years to come. …

White House Announces Nine Additional Committments to Green Button Initiative White House Announces Nine Additional Committments to Green Button Initiative

The White House announced today that nine major utilities and electricity suppliers will commit to the Green Button Initiative, a recent industry-led initiative that provides millions of households easy access to data about their energy use. Participants will be able …

Marine Sergeant Gary Stein Faces Discharge for Tea Party Facebook Page Marine Sergeant Gary Stein Faces Discharge for Tea Party Facebook Page
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A military discharge case could lead to new legal precedents regarding servicemembers’ free speech rights and their use of social media. Marine Sergeant Gary Stein landed himself in legal and administrative hot water recently, a result of his creating the …

Social Login Option Boosts Online Retail [Infographic] Social Login Option Boosts Online Retail [Infographic]
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I hate creating a new account whenever I want to make a purchase with another online retailer. When given the option, I almost invariably prefer to “complete the transaction as a guest.” Sure, my personal information (and yours too) is …

Jason Russell’s Breakdown Was “Brief Reactive Psychosis” Following KONY 2012 Jason Russell’s Breakdown Was “Brief Reactive Psychosis” Following KONY 2012

Recent viral success Kony 2012 has been seen by over 100 million people, and doubtless millions of those viewers have also seen recent videos of Filmmaker and Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell’s public nudity incident, or heard reports of his …

What Work Is Like At An Online Retailer’s Warehouse [Infographic] What Work Is Like At An Online Retailer’s Warehouse [Infographic]

It’s almost impossible these days to avoid shopping online, at least for some things. (Let me know if you’ve achieved this. I’m curious to know how you managed.) Somehow, through the magic of logistics, it’s often cheaper and quicker to …

New Einstein Archives Website Catalogs Over 80,000 Documents New Einstein Archives Website Catalogs Over 80,000 Documents

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced yesterday the launch of a newly updated and expanded Einstein Archives website, a joint project between the university’s Library Authority and the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology with the support …

China: The Rising Giant [Infographic] China: The Rising Giant [Infographic]

There’s no question that the United States and other developed nations face fierce competition from rapidly expanding economies like China and India. Our own Mike Tuttle reported last week that Americans have declining confidence in their economic place at the …

MIT Photon Camera Can See 3D Objects Around Corners MIT Photon Camera Can See 3D Objects Around Corners

Leave it to the MIT Media Lab to come up with crazy new stuff. Now they’ve made a camera that can see around corners. Well, kind of. It’s not gonna take a picture of you that your Mom would recognize, …

Google’s Official YouTube Channel Reached 500 Million Views Over the Weekend Google’s Official YouTube Channel Reached 500 Million Views Over the Weekend

Over at Google, employees involved in YouTubing things are celebrating their milestone achievement of 500 million views on their official channel. Since the channel’s launch in 2007, Google fans have uploaded over 1,400 videos to the channel, left almost 500,000 …

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Graphic Anti-Smoking Disclaimers, Other New Regulations Federal Appeals Court Upholds Graphic Anti-Smoking Disclaimers, Other New Regulations

If you’ve traveled much to other countries, especially in Europe, you’ve probably noticed cigarette packs with massive labels on them, warning of the dangers of smoking. It’s our Surgeon General’s Warning on steroids. “Smoking Kills,” says a British version, eloquent …

Microsoft PhotoDNA Will Help Cops Fight Child Porn Microsoft PhotoDNA Will Help Cops Fight Child Porn

Microsoft announced today that it has partnered with Swedish company NetClean to make its patented PhotoDNA technology available free to law enforcement agencies investigating child sexual abuse cases. The technology will help agencies cull through the overwhelmingly large amount of …

Israelis and Iranians Reach Out To Each Other On Facebook Israelis and Iranians Reach Out To Each Other On Facebook

Some Israeli and Iranian citizens are reaching out to each other via Facebook, in light of recent sentiments that a war between their countries

How the Encyclopaedia Britannica Stacks Up Against Wikipedia [Infographic] How the Encyclopaedia Britannica Stacks Up Against Wikipedia [Infographic]

I have to admit: when I wrote last week’s article about the Encyclopedia Britannica‘s going out of print, I jumped over to Wikipedia for a little bit of fact-checking. I’ve gone on record lamenting the demise of the multi-volume printed …

Up-Close Video of Invisible Children’s Jason Russell Having a Naked Breakdown [NSFW] Up-Close Video of Invisible Children’s Jason Russell Having a Naked Breakdown [NSFW]

Producing an earth-shattering, virally successful video could take its toll on anybody. Especially when that video strives to save the lives and minds of African children from the throes of kidnapping and forced-soldiery. Deadlines, last-minute edits, high emotions, sharp criticisms, …

The Itchy & Scratchy Show Compilation Is 48 Minutes Long [Video] The Itchy & Scratchy Show Compilation Is 48 Minutes Long [Video]

When I was a kid, Mom and Dad tried to ban me from watching The Simpsons because it was often “violent and inappropriate.” (Mom would say: “rude, crude, and socially unacceptable.”) Nonsense, what it was, was brilliant satire. At least …

7 Reasons To Embrace Online Culture [Infographic] 7 Reasons To Embrace Online Culture [Infographic]

It blew my mind when I first learned that some people now have the job title: “Social Media Strategist.” For a while there, I thought that members of my generation had just brilliantly conned the system into paying them to …

Kony 2012 Co-Founder Jason Russell Detained For Public Masturbation? [Updated] Kony 2012 Co-Founder Jason Russell Detained For Public Masturbation? [Updated]

Jason Russell, of Invisible Children and most recently KONY 2012 fame, was detained by San Diego Police in Pacific Beach yesterday, on allegations of public intoxication, vandalism, and masturbating in public. Update: ABC News is reporting: ‚ÄúSeveral callers reported the …

This American Life Source Lied About Apple, Foxconn Details This American Life Source Lied About Apple, Foxconn Details
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Popular public radio show This American Life is retracting an episode it aired back in January which condemned major electronics companies Apple and Foxconn. The retraction follows a revelation that the episode’s chief source, Mike Daisey, invented and embellished facts …

How Do Today’s Teens Compare To Their ’80s Counterparts? [Infographic] How Do Today’s Teens Compare To Their ’80s Counterparts? [Infographic]
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I let nostalgia take over yesterday, when I posted some Encyclopedia Britannica commercials from the ’80s and ’90s. Those poor kids were always having to walk to the library, just to get information for school reports. One of my favorite …

Washington Post Masthead On A Chinese Government Publication Washington Post Masthead On A Chinese Government Publication
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Freedom of speech — and thus, consequently, freedom to advertise — are fundamental principles of a free democracy and a thriving capitalist democracy, right? That’s what we’re told in this country from a young age. Well it turns out those …

Kate Upton’s Zoo York Commercial Is Too Hot For MTV, Adult Swim [Video] Kate Upton’s Zoo York Commercial Is Too Hot For MTV, Adult Swim [Video]

Last month, model and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covergirl Kate Upton blew up the twitterfeed when she filmed the hottest hamburger advertisement ever for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. Now she has a new steamy commercial coming out, this time for …

At Least Five Major Web-Security Companies Will Not Help Pakistan Censor The Internet At Least Five Major Web-Security Companies Will Not Help Pakistan Censor The Internet

At least five major companies offering information security products will not submit bids to the Pakistani government, which has been openly seeking an internet censor since February. San Diego-based Websense was one of the first to openly reject the offer, …

Google Earth Helps Reunite Indian Family After 24 Years Google Earth Helps Reunite Indian Family After 24 Years
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I remember the first time I used Google Earth to look at satellite photos of my house. It was a little bit scary, but it was even more awesome. At the time I couldn’t imagine any practical application for the …