Author Archive for: ‘Jonathan Fisher’

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. Anymore, sites like Twitter are becoming the norm for brief customer service exchanges, and even political discourse. You can save …

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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 to access secure, easy-to-understand information about their household energy use via computer or smart phone, simply by clicking an online …

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Marine Sergeant Gary Stein Faces Discharge for Tea Party Facebook Page

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 Armed Forces Tea Party Facebook page. The site includes statements critical of President Obama and his policies, including a controversial …

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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 breakdown last week. Today the Invisible Children Blog thanked fans for their support during Russell’s recovery, and Russell’s family announced …

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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 order your books, movies, clothes, even diapers from a website than to visit your local retailer. (Much to the chagrin …

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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 of Princeton University Press. The website contains a catalog of more than 80,000 documents, including over 40,000 of Einstein’s personal …

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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 top, while companies like Paypal and new technological developments like the trend toward cloud computing are taking more services and …

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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, but it does create 3D images of objects that are in another room. According to Nature.com, the camera works by …

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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 comments, and have favorited videos on the channel over 200,000 times, says the company via a recent G+ post. As …

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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 and succinct, across half the pack. Or there’s my favorite, the German “Rauchen kann zu einem langsamen und schmerzhaften Tod …

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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 sexually abusive content that is being shared across the Web. “Since 2002, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children …

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