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Feeling Nostalgic For the Encyclopedia Britannica? [Video]

I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic these past few days, especially in light of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s recent decision to stop printing hard copies of their reference set. For years the Britannica was our “key to the information age,” whatever …

12-year-old Girl Hits Two Holes-In-One: Twitter Reacts
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I’ll admit I’m not the best golfer. Even a full 18-holes of mini-golf intimidates me sometimes, especially if I’m playing against my remarkably coordinated six-year-old nephew. I did shoot a 63 once, but on the next hole I did significantly …

If Bud Adams Gets His Way, Peyton Manning Will Be A Titan For Life

In seasons past, the rivalry between the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts was a strong one. Until the Houston Texans finally broke the streak this past season, in fact, those teams dominated the AFC South, with one of the …

Et Tu, Twittere? The Internet Bewares(?) The Ides of March
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I love mid-March. At least where I live, it’s finally warm enough to bike to work in a t-shirt, and this morning I woke up to the sound of birds chirping in the trees outside my window. Lengthening days and …

EA’s Origin Is Now Offering SEGA Games

Electronic Arts (EA) Inc. announced yesterday that it has added SEGA to its list of publishing partners offering their games on Origin, EA’s direct-to-consumer online store. And now Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai is available for pre-order …

Canadian Bill C-11 Committee Review Concluded Canadian Bill C-11 Committee Review Concluded

A special legislative committee of the Canadian Parliament concluded it’s clause-by-clase review of Bill C-11 Tuesday, and now the bill heads to the House of Commons for a third reading. In total, eight government-sponsored amendments were added to the bill. …

TSA Screeners To Be Booted Out of US Airport
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In November 2010, the federal Transportation Security Administration put a freeze on airports opting to use privatized security services instead of the agency’s own employees, but a provision in a Senate bill passed last month has opened the door for …

Computer Scientists Developing Sign Language Translator Computer Scientists Developing Sign Language Translator

Computer scientists in Scotland are developing technology that can translate sign language into text through a simple webcam. The technology, which has the potential to run on variety of camera-enabled digital devices, could be a big help to speech-impaired users …

Anonymous Timeline Alleges #AntiSec an FBI Creation Anonymous Timeline Alleges #AntiSec an FBI Creation
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Affiliates of the Anonymous movement are no stranger to FBI infiltration. Now, however, the hackers and their supporters are wondering if the #AntiSec group was not only infiltrated by federal investigators, but whether the group was itself a creation of …

Pierre Garcon Goes to Redskins in NFL Free-agency

The Colts will be losing another offensive weapon to free agency this year. Of course, the big news in the NFL has been Peyton Manning’s release from Indianapolis a week ago. But the traditionally pass-happy Colts will say goodbye to …

Today Is Steak and a BJ Day: Internet, Twitter Celebrate
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Nevermind that a new Harvard study says eating red meat will make you dead quicker. Today’s a day to fire up the grill, cancel your evening plans, and go down in a blaze of charcoal and glory. As [mostly guys …

Encyclopedia Britannica to Stop Printing After 244 Years Encyclopedia Britannica to Stop Printing After 244 Years
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Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 depicts a future world in which books are no longer published, and where members of society instead receive their information in rooms with screens for walls, or falling asleep at night with little seashell radios in …

Digital Playground Hack Found Government and Military Email Addresses

In the ongoing war over digital privacy, copyrights, and internet freedom, hypocrisy just keeps rearing its ugly head. This isn’t surprising, given that there are millions of people employed by the U.S. and foreign governments, and corporations with a vested …

Anonymous Attacks Vatican For Third Time in One Week

It’s been a hard past week for the Vatican’s online presence. Since members of Anonymous declared war on religion last Monday, and as a part of the latest retaliatory cyber attacks following the indictment of several suspected hackers, Vatican servers …

Siri Desu: Siri’s Having Trouble With Japanese Siri Desu: Siri’s Having Trouble With Japanese
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While most iPhone users I know love talking to Siri–and especially enjoy making her say funny things–the iPhone-based human-like assistant seems even more human in having a flawed, sometimes divisive personality. Criticism of the assistant runs the gamut, from claims …

RIP Justin Bieber? Tweeting Is Not Beliebing

The widespread and rapid spread of information that Twitter affords its users makes the site perfect for sharing breaking news, organizing protests and other events, and generally making your ideas known. It’s also a beautiful virtual playground for digital pranksters. …

Tajikistan Removes Week-old Block of Facebook Tajikistan Removes Week-old Block of Facebook

Last week we told you about Pakistan’s public search for a web-censor. Now here’s some more Web-freedom news from nearby Tajikistan (this time it’s good). Over the weekend, the Tajikistan government ordered the unblocking of Facebook and several news websites …

Mozilla Announces Living Docs Project in Open-Source Documentaries Mozilla Announces Living Docs Project in Open-Source Documentaries

Mozilla hopes to revolutionize open-source, Web-based documentaries through its new Living Docs Project, which launched yesterday. The open source non-profit organization announced recently its partnership with The Tribeca Film Institute, The Center for Social Media at American University, ITVS, and …

Spotify Germany to Launch Tuesday Spotify Germany to Launch Tuesday
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Germans will soon have to decide what article to assign “spotify,” when the new word enters their vernacular–and the web-based music streaming service enters their country–this Tuesday. A representative for Spotify confirmed to WebProNews that the music service will be …

Don’t Mess With The Internet: Billboard Planned For Lamar Smith’s District

Remember Lamar Smith? He’s the guy who brought you both SOPA and H.R. 1981, a bill that would require ISPs to save customers’ IP addresses and other identifying information for over a year. In other words, he’s not exactly a …

Nearly Half of Southern Republicans Think Obama is a Muslim: Twitter Reacts Nearly Half of Southern Republicans Think Obama is a Muslim: Twitter Reacts
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Honestly, I thought we’d had this discussion already, but America is again talking about the religious background of our elected Big Cheese. The discussion has taken itself over to Twitter, where the phrase Obama is a Muslim is trending. The …

Pew Finds Online Friends Ignore Your Politics
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I’ve long been a fan of the adage “Opinions are like a**holes. Everybody has one, but nobody else wants to hear it.” For me, this is nowhere more true than in the social media world, where friends and acquaintances alike …

Wikipedia Cofounder Jimmy Wales Now to Advise UK Wikipedia Cofounder Jimmy Wales Now to Advise UK

Wikimedia Foundation boss Jimmy Wales can add one more not-for-profit post to his CV. He’ll now be advising the British government on matters of technology, transparency, open policy-making, and political crowdsourcing. So announced Downing Street top aide Rohan Silva yesterday, …

Amendments to Canadian Copyright Law on Table Amendments to Canadian Copyright Law on Table

I have some potential bad news for our filesharing neighbors up North. New amendments to the Copyright Act of Canada could soon affect the future of online filesharing in that country and elsewhere. Today a special House of Commons committee …