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9/11 As-It-Happened Twitter Account Sparks Controversy 9/11 As-It-Happened Twitter Account Sparks Controversy
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At what point does history and remembrance cross the line into strange territory? For some, tweeting the events of 9/11, as they happened, would qualify as going too far. A particular Twitter account, set up by The Guardian, sparked some …

Tea Party Zombies Must Die Lets You Explode Conservative Icons With an AK47 Tea Party Zombies Must Die Lets You Explode Conservative Icons With an AK47
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File this under the “I’m conflicted” folder. A new online game is causing quite a stir, as its gameplay involves destroying the zombified versions of various conservative and Tea Party icons with a slew of different weaponry – from AKs …

“TSA Rape” Blog Post A Matter of Free Speech? “TSA Rape” Blog Post A Matter of Free Speech?
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As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, many will take the time to not only reflect upon the day itself, but also the decade following the WTC attacks. American life has changed dramatically since that day, but it’s not always …

Arrington to AOL: Sell TechCrunch Back Arrington to AOL: Sell TechCrunch Back
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The TechCrunch drama continues, interestingly enough with a TechCrunch post from founder Michael Arrington himself. More here and here for some background. A year ago when it was revealed that AOL would be acquiring TechCrunch, a big deal was made …

Super Poke Pets Users Not Impressed with Google’s Halloween Costume Comparison
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As you may or may not know, Google recently announced that it would be shutting down Slide and various applications and games that it created, including the popular Super Poke Pets. As reported earlier, users are less than thrilled with …

Teacher’s Anti-Gay Facebook Comments Result In Suspension Teacher’s Anti-Gay Facebook Comments Result In Suspension
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Social media is a minefield when it comes to employers and employees. One must navigate carefully, as it is quite easy to get into major trouble – even on the basis of just a few Facebook comments. Florida teacher Jerry …

PETA Supporters Modify Dog Fighting App To Embarrass Its Users PETA Supporters Modify Dog Fighting App To Embarrass Its Users
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Animal rights activists are using a highly controversial Android app to get out their message. Apparently, opponents of the “Dog Wars” app have modified an older version of the app to include a specific trojan code. The malware, which Symantec …

Adam Carolla Apologizes via Twitter For Anti-Gay Comments Adam Carolla Apologizes via Twitter For Anti-Gay Comments
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The latest comedian to get himself into trouble over comments about the LGBT community is Adam Carolla. The former co-host of The Man Show and current host of The Car Show made some remarks on his other show, The Adam …

Does This Facebook Page Promote Rape Culture? Does This Facebook Page Promote Rape Culture?
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Social media sites and censorship has been a heavily debated topic here at WebProNews as of late. First, we discussed a particular Twitter hashtag that popped up on the top trends list, #reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend. The controversial tag led to some petitioning …

ICANN Domain Plan: Brands Headed for Disaster? ICANN Domain Plan: Brands Headed for Disaster?
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The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is speaking out against ICANN’s decision to open the domain name floodgates by lifting restrictions on generic top-level domains. Are the new domains a good idea? Tell us what you think. ICANN is to start …

Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter Quits Twitter, Says We Are Nation of Soundbites Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter Quits Twitter, Says We Are Nation of Soundbites

It fills me with great sorrow to report that Sons of Anarchy creator and controversial tweeter Kurt Sutter has decided to throw in the towel. Sutter has deactivated his twitter account, leaving behind only fond memories of an honest micro-blogger …

Bert and Ernie Gay Marriage? PBS Says No, They’re Puppets Bert and Ernie Gay Marriage? PBS Says No, They’re Puppets
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Who would have believed this? Apparently, suggesting that characters from America’s favorite children’s show should form a homosexual union sparks a lively debate. Go figure. Yesterday, an online petition emerged on popular petition site Change.org. The petition ask supporters to …

Do These Vile Facebook Comments Deserve Free Speech Protection? [UPDATED] Do These Vile Facebook Comments Deserve Free Speech Protection? [UPDATED]
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Last week, we asked you whether or not social media sites should censor offensive content. The issue that spawned that debate was the possible removal of certain trending topics by the folks at Twitter. After a certain hashtag (#reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend) gained …

Netflix: Is It Worth the Price Increase? Netflix: Is It Worth the Price Increase?
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Before last month, Netflix was loved and praised. Although it wasn’t perfect, it was still considered a great service for a really great price. This dynamic, however, changed when the company announced some major changes to its pricing structure last month.

Newt Gingrich’s Twitter Followers: Over 1 Million Fake Says Analysis
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Looking back, it does seem a bit odd that Newt Gingrich has more followers on Twitter than Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul and Speaker John Boehner combined. On Monday, Gawker reported that a former Gingrich …

Should Social Media Censor Offensive Content? Should Social Media Censor Offensive Content?
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At what point does content on social media sites become too offensive? Does the social network have an obligation to protect its users from extreme topics of conversation? Or should a social network never pull controversial content, as it is …

Doom’s John Carmack: Violent Video Games Curtail Violence
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The early first-person shooter Doom, besides taking up a lot of my adolescent time, became one of the common examples of over-the-top video game violence back in the day. Today, the crown for ultra-violent games falls on titles like Call …

Facebook’s “Expected Child” Option: Is It Really That Weird? Facebook’s “Expected Child” Option: Is It Really That Weird?
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Yesterday, the social media world found themselves in a tizzy over the revelation of Facebook’s brand new way to share even more personal information. If you are pregnant, you can now add your unborn baby to your list of family …

GoDaddy Looks Unscathed By Bob Parsons Elephant Killing GoDaddy Looks Unscathed By Bob Parsons Elephant Killing
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If you want to boost sales for your business, kill an elephant. No, seriously – take a video of yourself shooting an elephant in the dark as well as the subsequent slaughtering and throw it up on YouTube. Then, advertise …

Should Facebook Remove Holocaust Denial Groups? Should Facebook Remove Holocaust Denial Groups?
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When the Allied forces began to turn the tide of their conflict against Hitler’s Germany in 1944, one of history’s most disturbing events was about to be discovered. Named the Final Solution by the Nazis, and subsequently known as the …

Netflix Price Hike Might Cost Them 12% of Dual-Subscribers Netflix Price Hike Might Cost Them 12% of Dual-Subscribers
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Maybe there was something to Reed Hasting’s shock about the level of outrage from subscribers following the recently announced price changes. In this week’s earnings call, Hastings said that he was surprised that there wasn’t more of a backlash from …