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6:14 PM, June 6th, 2013
On the heels of reports that the NSA has been collecting meta-data about phone calls from Verizon, The Washington Post reports that the agency has far wider data-mining abilities on the Internet through a program called PRISM.
PRISM allows the NSA to search data from companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple. Above is a slide from the NSA’s explanation of the program. 
Article / NSA’s slideshow explaining PRISM.

On the heels of reports that the NSA has been collecting meta-data about phone calls from Verizon, The Washington Post reports that the agency has far wider data-mining abilities on the Internet through a program called PRISM.

PRISM allows the NSA to search data from companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple. Above is a slide from the NSA’s explanation of the program

Article / NSA’s slideshow explaining PRISM.

6:16 PM, February 19th, 2013

Apparently someone bought the URL of Guy Fieri’s new restaurant and put up a fake menu. The “Hobo Lobo Bordello Slam Jam” sounds worth it. 

UPDATE: Our hero may be @BryanMytko

12:54 PM, July 9th, 2012

newsweek:

ADDICTED TO INTERNETS, Y’ALL! 

(But srsly, think this whole thing is making us a little nutso? That’s our cover this week: How ‘connection addiction’ is re-wiring our brains.)

An excerpt:

Questions about the Internet’s deleterious effects on the mind are at least as old as hyperlinks. But even among Web skeptics, the idea that a new technology might influence how we think and feel—let alone contribute to a great American crack-up—was considered silly and naive, like waving a cane at electric light or blaming the television for kids these days. Instead, the Internet was seen as just another medium, a delivery system, not a diabolical machine. It made people happier and more productive. And where was the proof otherwise?

Now, however, the proof is starting to pile up. The first good, peer-reviewed research is emerging, and the picture is much gloomier than the trumpet blasts of Web utopians have allowed. The current incarnation of the Internet—portable, social, accelerated, and all-pervasive—may be making us not just dumber or lonelier but more depressed and anxious, prone to obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit disorders, even outright psychotic. Our digitized minds can scan like those of drug addicts, and normal people are breaking down in sad and seemingly new ways.

Want more? Read: Is the Web Driving Us Mad?

Reblogged from Newsweek
12:47 PM, June 21st, 2012
thedailywhat:

Follow-Up of the Day: Abused Bus Monitor Responds: Less than 24 hours after the horrific verbal abuse of Karen Huff Klein by a group of teens went viral, an online fundraiser to send the 68-year-old bus monitor on “the vacation of a lifetime” has raised $170,000 (and climbing).
What was Klein thinking as the juvenile delinquents berated her Monday?

Something about me being so fat and ugly your kids probably should commit suicide. I don’t think they knew my son had… I wanted to punch them is what I wanted to do. So that’s why I laid back, tried to ignore it. Because I really wanted to hurt them, you know? You can’t do that!

Klein said she doesn’t want the students to face criminal charges, but that she would like to see them “grounded all summer, or maybe all year.” She also would love an apology.
Meanwhile, the Greece Central School District has launched an investigation: “The first we learned of the incident was by email Wednesday morning,” said Deborah Hoeft, the district’s assistant superintendent. Two more videos of Klein being harassed have been found, and students are being questioned.
“This behavior is inexcusable and a clear violation of our code of conduct,” Hoeft said.
A news conference is planned for later today.
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If you need to catch up on this story, here’s a great Storify by Ben Doernberg. 

thedailywhat:

Follow-Up of the Day: Abused Bus Monitor Responds: Less than 24 hours after the horrific verbal abuse of Karen Huff Klein by a group of teens went viral, an online fundraiser to send the 68-year-old bus monitor on “the vacation of a lifetime” has raised $170,000 (and climbing).

What was Klein thinking as the juvenile delinquents berated her Monday?

Something about me being so fat and ugly your kids probably should commit suicide. I don’t think they knew my son had… I wanted to punch them is what I wanted to do. So that’s why I laid back, tried to ignore it. Because I really wanted to hurt them, you know? You can’t do that!

Klein said she doesn’t want the students to face criminal charges, but that she would like to see them “grounded all summer, or maybe all year.” She also would love an apology.

Meanwhile, the Greece Central School District has launched an investigation: “The first we learned of the incident was by email Wednesday morning,” said Deborah Hoeft, the district’s assistant superintendent. Two more videos of Klein being harassed have been found, and students are being questioned.

“This behavior is inexcusable and a clear violation of our code of conduct,” Hoeft said.

A news conference is planned for later today.

[shortformblog]

If you need to catch up on this story, here’s a great Storify by Ben Doernberg

(Source: thedailywhat)

Reblogged from DiscoveryNews
2:24 PM, June 4th, 2012
imwithkanye:

artyucko:

“Cat Copter, you are cleared for landing.”

(Video can be seen here: Some Guy Turned His Dead Cat Into A Helicopter | BuzzFeed)

I don’t know, sure. 

imwithkanye:

artyucko:

“Cat Copter, you are cleared for landing.”

(Video can be seen here: Some Guy Turned His Dead Cat Into A Helicopter | BuzzFeed)

I don’t know, sure. 

Reblogged from I'm With Kanye
4:06 PM, May 29th, 2012
We used to say that Google was making us stupid. But now the process is complete: Google knows we’re stupid. Quite how stupid, though, you might not realize.
3:19 PM, March 22nd, 2012
thedailyfeed:

4.2 million people visited President Obama’s website in January — more than the Republican candidates combined. 

Among the Republicans, Paul garnered the most visits to his site, boasting 830,000 in January. Gingrich’s site, Newt.org, was visited the least, with just 609,000 views. 

thedailyfeed:

4.2 million people visited President Obama’s website in January — more than the Republican candidates combined

Among the Republicans, Paul garnered the most visits to his site, boasting 830,000 in January. Gingrich’s site, Newt.org, was visited the least, with just 609,000 views. 

Reblogged from The Daily
12:13 PM, March 10th, 2012
Social media brought me here. Tumblr brought me here.
Young female activist Crystal Ogar, of the SPARK Summit, telling Chelsea Clinton how young women are using the Internet to lobby for social change. Shout-out to Tumblr as host to young feminism on the web! (See: The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit)
Reblogged from good girls finish last
5:55 PM, February 29th, 2012

dailybeast:

“They’re VEGAN!” he screamed.

  Beast, just because they’re vegan doesn’t mean you should eat that many.  Cats don’t understand nutrition.

We have cookies too!

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