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Has YouTube Had a Change of Heart on This Animal Cruelty Video Ban? Has YouTube Had a Change of Heart on This Animal Cruelty Video Ban?
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Update 2: Vimeo gave us the following statement: Vimeo cares deeply about the issue of animal cruelty and has specifically banned content that contains “gratuitous animal cruelty.” We removed this particular video because of its depiction of excessive violence against …

Facebook Pages Being Taken Down, Policy Comes Into Question Facebook Pages Being Taken Down, Policy Comes Into Question
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Numerous reports have been coming out that Facebook is taking down Facebook pages that are accused of infringing upon copyrights. The keyword there is “accused”. Apparently, Facebook does little (or nothing) to verify the legitimacy of the claims before taking …

Should YouTube Have Banned This Animal Cruelty Investigation Video? [Updated] Should YouTube Have Banned This Animal Cruelty Investigation Video? [Updated]
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Update 3: A spokesperson for Mercy for Animals tells us, “Nathan [Runkle - Executive Director] says that it appears that YouTube is once again hosting the video, while it appears Vimeo has removed it. They will be communicating with Vimeo, …

Groupon Kills Ads on Donald Trump’s Apprentice Website Groupon Kills Ads on Donald Trump’s Apprentice Website
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Online daily deals site Groupon announced today via blog post that they will be taking steps to ensure that no ads for their service appear on the website for “The Apprentice.” Apparently the rumor got around that Groupon was a …

Obama’s Birth Certificate Release: Twitter Responds Obama’s Birth Certificate Release: Twitter Responds
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Today, President Obama released his official Long Form Birth Certificate on WhiteHouse.gov.  Whether this move will have any impact on the Birther movement is yet to be determined. Since the internet has been the main platform for keeping this thing …

GoDaddy Takes Down Righthaven Domain GoDaddy Takes Down Righthaven Domain
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Righthaven is the subject of a bit of irony as it has had its domain taken down by registrar GoDaddy. If you go to Righthaven.com, you will see the message from the image above. If you’re unfamiliar with Righthaven, it …

GoDaddy CEO Breaks Twitter Silence Following Elephant Killing Controversy GoDaddy CEO Breaks Twitter Silence Following Elephant Killing Controversy
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GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons has been pretty quiet for a couple weeks following the controversy that blew up around a video he posted online in which he killed an elephant in Zimbabwe. As said controversy ignited, he went on the …

GoDaddy Elephant Killing Video Mysteriously, But Heavily Edited GoDaddy Elephant Killing Video Mysteriously, But Heavily Edited
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Since the controversy blew up around a video of GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons killing an elephant, the video has been edited heavily. Should the video have been edited, removed, or left alone? Tell us what you think. Parsons is still …

GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons Could Have Been A Zoologist GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons Could Have Been A Zoologist
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As you may have heard by now, GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons has been taking some heat for his little vacation to Africa where he killed an elephant, video taped it, and tweeted it out to all of his followers. Parsons …

GoDaddy Elephant Killing Sparks “NoDaddy” Promotion From Venovix GoDaddy Elephant Killing Sparks “NoDaddy” Promotion From Venovix
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GoDaddy’s PR misstep, otherwise known as CEO Bob Parsons killing an elephant, has led to its competitors stepping up to scoop up the angry customers who are leaving the domain registrar behind. NameCheap was able to get some great PR …

GoDaddy Elephant Killing Leads to Competitor Raising $20K to Save Elephants GoDaddy Elephant Killing Leads to Competitor Raising $20K to Save Elephants
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GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons recently took a vacation in Africa, where he hunted an elephant, posted video of the killing and slaughter of the elephant, and and tweeted it out to the world. You’ve probably heard the story by now. …

GoDaddy Elephant Slaughter Draws Massive Backlash GoDaddy Elephant Slaughter Draws Massive Backlash
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GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons may need a lesson in online reputation management. Lesson 1: Don’t kill elephants. Lesson 2: If you do kill an elephant, don’t post a video about it on the web. 3: If you do kill an …

GoDaddy CEO Defends Elephant Killing GoDaddy CEO Defends Elephant Killing
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Previously, we reported on the backlash GoDaddy has been facing, following the posting of a video by CEO Bob Parsons of Parsons killing an elephant. PETA has been very vocal about it, naturally, but so have many others who aren’t …

Facebook Pulls “Third Palestinian Intifada” Page

Facebook pages can be used for any number of causes; naming a baby Megatron, helping a runner raise money for charity, or calling for a violent uprising against another ethnic group.  Today, a page falling into the latter category was …

Apple Removes “Gay Cure” App Amidst Controversy
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It looks like the pressure was too much for Apple as they have officially pulled the controversial Exodus International app from the app store. On Monday we told you about the heat Apple was taking from the gay-rights group Truth …

Senators to Apple: Pull DUI Checkpoint Apps
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Apparently, it’s pile on the folks at Apple week.  The company now finds themselves involved in two major app controversies, and it’s only Tuesday.  Yesterday, we told you about the heat Apple was taking  from gay-rights activists for a 4+ …

Apple Takes Heat for Gay Cure App
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Ok, now there really is an app for everything.  An organization’s new app is making waves and prompted a non-profit organization to start an online petition demanding its removal. The app is called Exodus International and is produced by the …

Apple In-App Subscriptions Not for SaaS Apps, According to Steve Jobs

Apple’s subscription policy has been the subject of a great deal of controversy since it was introduced a week ago. It has been heavily in the spotlight this week, with app developer Readability having posted an open letter to Apple, 

In the letter, Readability creator Rich Ziade wrote:

Readability to Apple: “Your New Policy Smacks of Greed”
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The Apple subscription drama continues. Apple has rejected the Readability app, pointing to a section in its App Store Review Guidelines, which says, "Apps utilizing a system other than the In App Purchase API (IAP) to purchase content, functionality, or services in an app will be rejected."

Groupon Pulls Controversial Ads, Apologizes Again
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On Super Bowl Sunday, Groupon began running some ads that that some people found offensive. After the widespread outcries, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason posted an apology/explanation on the company’s blog. 

Still, talk of the ads has hardly died down. Conan O’Brien has been ripping into them all week long. 

Groupon Defends Its Super Bowl Ads
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Groupon made a lot of noise with its Super Bowl commercials. Initially, before they ever aired, the simple fact that they were advertising before the Super Bowl was interesting news in itself. It would give a growing company mass exposure, and potentially make it a household name. As competition mounts in the daily deals space, extending that brand lead would seem crucial.