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Facebook’s Breast Phobia Is Absolutely Ridiculous Facebook’s Breast Phobia Is Absolutely Ridiculous
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Full disclosure: I’m much, much more socially liberal than the average bear. I won’t get into specifics about certain policy positions – but let’s just say that I fail to see how a little lightening up could do anything but …

Controversial Obama Trampling The Constitution Painting Sees Huge Spike In Interest, Sales
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A painting by artist John McNaughton caused quite of bit of controversy last week, and now he’s saying that sales of the much-talked-about work are through the roof. You might have seen the painting, entitled “The Forgotten Man,” circulating around …

Racist Super Bowl Commercial Lands Michigan Politician In Hot Water
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It appears that M.I.A.’s middle finger wasn’t the most offensive thing to happen during Sunday night’s Super Bowl. During a Super Bowl where the ads failed to impress (for the most part), one regional commercial is sparking claims of blatant …

Breastfeeding Women of Facebook Bemoan Photo Removal Practices Breastfeeding Women of Facebook Bemoan Photo Removal Practices

Facebook has always been a little prudish when it comes to breasts. Although Facebook’s policy strictly prohibits the sharing of images with nudity, the line regarding what constitutes nudity is oftentimes a bit blurry. Just in personal experience, I’ve had …

M.I.A.’s Middle Finger Gets The Lame NBC Apology You Expected M.I.A.’s Middle Finger Gets The Lame NBC Apology You Expected
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This morning, parents everywhere are being forced to have tough conversations with their children after they were exposed to something so incredibly lewd during last night’s Super Bowl Halftime show that it’s downright un-American. If you watched the big game, …

Online Petition for Autistic Boy Put in Bag Exceeds 180K Signatures Online Petition for Autistic Boy Put in Bag Exceeds 180K Signatures
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Through special events, government protests, and other news, the world now recognizes the Internet as a valuable medium for getting important messages to the masses. The simplicity of sharing on the Web combined with its viral nature makes it very easy for stories to get really big, really fast.

SOPA/PIPA: The Aftermath of Web Blackout, ACTA, & What’s Next SOPA/PIPA: The Aftermath of Web Blackout, ACTA, & What’s Next
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Even though the SOPA and PIPA bills are essentially dead, they are still getting a lot of attention. Last week, the U.S. witnessed a powerful expression from both brands and consumers that demonstrated their strong opposition to the anti-piracy bills.

Google Privacy Changes: What Do They Mean To You? Google Privacy Changes: What Do They Mean To You?
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Google announced this week that it is rolling out a new, main privacy policy that covers the majority of its products. The company is consolidating over 60 privacy notices into the main privacy policy. It’s keeping a few separate for …

Anti-Gay “LGBT Facts” Group Sees Twitter Make Humor Out Of Their Hate Anti-Gay “LGBT Facts” Group Sees Twitter Make Humor Out Of Their Hate

Normally, I wouldn’t give vile, hate-spewing, bigoted jackasses like @LGBTFacts the time of day, but this is simply too funny to pass up. @LGBTFacts is a Twitter account solely devoted to “spreading the truth about the abhorrent homosexual lifestyle.” In …

ANA on ICANN’s Expansion of Top-Level Domains: “Reckless and Premature” ANA on ICANN’s Expansion of Top-Level Domains: “Reckless and Premature”
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On January 12, ICANN began carrying out its controversial new plan. As WebProNews previously reported, the organization made the historical decision last year to expand the number of generic top-level domain (gTLD) names to an unlimited number. What this means is that the 22 domain name endings, including .com, .org, and others that currently exist could turn into .brand going forward.

Google Vs. Twitter: Is “Search Plus Your World” Bad For The Internet? Google Vs. Twitter: Is “Search Plus Your World” Bad For The Internet?
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This week, Google launched Search Plus Your World (SPYW), a set of features to personalize search results for users, which also happen to give Google+ content a lot more play in search results. The whole thing has sparked a great …

Twitter: Google Should Be Ranking Us Better For @username Twitter: Google Should Be Ranking Us Better For @username
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Twitter made it clear that it was not thrilled with Google’s new “Search Plus Your World” set of personalization features very shortly after it was announced. Twitter General Counsel Alex Macgillivray tweeted: @amacAlex MacgillivrayBad day for the Internet. http://t.co/Az4rdNVQ Having …

Google “Search, Plus Your World”: Twitter Not Happy [Updated] Google “Search, Plus Your World”: Twitter Not Happy [Updated]
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Update: Google has responded to Twitter’s comments via Google+: “We are a bit surprised by Twitter’s comments about Search plus Your World, because they chose not to renew their agreement with us last summer (http://goo.gl/chKwi), and since then we have …

Google ‘Gives Back’ To Some Dubious NGOs Google ‘Gives Back’ To Some Dubious NGOs
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Google’s been funneling a laudable amount of money ($11.5 million) into organizations that strive to end modern day slavery in developing parts of the world as a part of the Google Gives Back initiative.The decision to give money to a …

Tebowing Prank Results In Suspensions At A New York High School Tebowing Prank Results In Suspensions At A New York High School
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Everyone’s familiar with Tebowing, right? It’s kind of like planking, or owling, except a lot more ridiculous. Inspired by Denver Bronco quarterback and controversial sports figure Tim Tebow, Tebowing is described as “getting down on a knee and praying, even …

Apple: Siri Abortion Answers “Not Intentional Omissions” Apple: Siri Abortion Answers “Not Intentional Omissions”
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Earlier this week, we told you about the growing number of people who were discovering that Apple’s iPhone 4S voice assistant Siri might not be the best place to turn if you’re looking for help with pregnancy issues. Specifically, Siri …

Teen’s Political Tweet Sparks Free Speech Discussion
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A Kansas teen who was asked to apologize for a politically charged tweet has made a stand of sorts, and hopes her tweet will do something even larger for free speech in social media. Last week, 18-year-old Emma Sullivan was …

Climategate Finds Its Way Back Into The Headlines
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You may recall a couple years ago when there was some controversy to erupt around some leaked emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit. Over 1,000 email exchanges between scientists from the institution were published, and many …

Columbus Day, Christopher Columbus Feel The Twitter Backlash Columbus Day, Christopher Columbus Feel The Twitter Backlash
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Today is the second Monday in October, which means that it is Columbus Day in the United States. The day became a federal holiday in 1937 and to many it honors explorer Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas in 1492. …

Reddit Shuts Down Controversial /r/jailbait Subreddit Reddit Shuts Down Controversial /r/jailbait Subreddit
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If you aren’t familiar with Reddit, let me attempt to explain it to you in the simplest of terms: Reddit is an online community built around the aggregation of all things internet. This includes news, photos, user-generated content and more, …

Westboro Baptist Church Continues Their Assault on Steve Jobs Westboro Baptist Church Continues Their Assault on Steve Jobs
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If you aren’t familiar with Westboro Baptist Church, they are a fringe organization from Topeka, Kansas that travel around the country protesting high profile funerals of fallen American soldiers and celebrities. The membership is small – 71 members as reported …