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Watching Each Other Watch

Friday, October 04, 2013

Last Sunday, AMC aired the final episode of Breaking Bad. You may not watch the show, but if you’ve been hanging around anywhere online, its presence is inescapable. Fans on Twitter tweeted 100,000 times a day about the show leading up to the finale. Brooke talks with Kevin Slavin, an Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at  MIT and co-founder of Everybody at Once, who says that fans’ social media interactions are crucial to the modern television experience. 

Paul Whiteman - Love Nest

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On The Media

Assistant Principal Loses Lawsuit Against Students Who Teased Him On Facebook

Monday, September 30, 2013

Adam Matot is an Assistant Principal in Oregon. Last summer, he was arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident while driving under the influence. Some of his students created a parody Facebook account mocking him, and he filed a lawsuit against them under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, arguing that they'd damaged his reputation by impersonating him online. 

This week, the case was dismissed. The judge ruled that parody Facebook accounts aren't illegal. Or at least this one isn't. Here's Venkat Balasubramani, from the Technology & Marketing Law Blog:

Reviewing the CFAA case law, the court says that plaintiff’s cause of action is premised on defendants’ use of protected computers beyond the scope of authorization (i.e., use in a way that “exceeded authorized access”). Finding that Nosal, Brekka, and US v. Drew all frowned upon this as a legal theory (particularly when restrictions are contained in terms of use agreements), the court rejects the claim. 

Middle schoolers of the world, please continue to tease your administrators online. 

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On The Media

A Retweet Can Send You to Jail, A Like is Free Speech

Thursday, September 19, 2013

So here's two strange stories from opposite sides of the world.

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Listen to Lucy

A cure for the pangs of cyber comparisons

Sunday, September 01, 2013

A cure for the pangs of cyber comparisons

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The Takeaway

Fires Continue To Rage At Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The seventh largest fire in California history, covering over 280 square miles, rages on. Groveland, CA resident Christina Wilkinson manages a Facebook page for locals that has served as an essential resource of up to the minute information. She joins The Takeaway to tell us what she's seeing on the ground.

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Money Talking

Former Goldman Trader Found Liable for Misleading Investors in Mortgage Deal

Friday, August 02, 2013

The SEC secured a courtroom win against an employee of a Wall Street bank at the center of the financial collapse. A jury Thursday found former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre, the self-proclaimed "Fabulous Fab," liable on six counts of fraud.

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WNYC News

Queens Man Arrested for Facebook Posts After Zimmerman Verdict

Monday, July 22, 2013

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George Zimmerman is free after killing Trayvon Martin. But a Queens man is in jail for what he posted on Facebook in response to last week's not guilty verdict.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Mini Goth Dumbo Edition

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Slate critics Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf discuss the MTV show "Catfish," Frank Rich's column on the NSA and privacy, and Dana's tirade against flip flops.

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On The Media

Our Privacy Delusions

Friday, June 14, 2013

We all claim to want privacy online, but that desire is rarely reflected in our online behavior. In a story that originally aired in January, OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman looks into the futile attempts we make to protect our digital identities.

Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto op.77 in D Major

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On The Media

'The Deciders'

Friday, May 31, 2013

There's a small group of men and women - "Deciders" - at big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter who make decisions everyday about what offensive speech is pulled from their sites. The huge scale of those sites gives those Deciders enormous influence over the state of free speech on the web. Bob speaks with George Washington University Law professor Jeffrey Rosen, who wrote about the Deciders and their many decisions in The New Republic.

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The Takeaway

Facebook: "We Need to Do Better" on Anti-Women Hate Speech

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Facebook issued a statement Tuesday saying it had failed to effectively remove misogynistic images and language from its pages. The announcement is in response to a campaign led by feminist advocacy groups to crack down on Facebook user content that glorifies violence against women. But is this an absolute victory? Lindy West, staff writer at Jezebel.com, and Nancy Willard, Director for the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use speak about it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The State of American Friendship

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tim Walker, co-founder of Lifeboat, a new organization that explores the "art and science of friendship," stops by to discuss the findings of their recent "State of Friendship Report."

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New Tech City

Teens Share More Online, But Also Know the Risks

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Teens are sharing more photos and personal information on social media, but they are also taking calculated steps to manage their online reputations, according to a new study.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Are You Leaning In?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg book, Lean In, came out ago and inspired another chapter in a national dialogue on women in the workplace. Katherine Goldstein, innovations editor at Slate, talks about her own lean in circle and takes your calls on whether you've started to see the issue differently. Barbara Kass, a listener and therapist, talks about a book group she formed to read the book. And listener Amy talks about what leaning in means in a male-dominated workplace.

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The Takeaway

Can Facebook be Used to Predict and Fight Obesity?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

A new study suggests that people's Facebook likes are good indicators of a neighborhood’s obesity levels. Rumi Chunara, an author of the study and an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, explains her findings.

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The Takeaway

Chemical Weapons in Syria, How Diversity Contributes to Prosperity, Harnessing Facebook to Predict Obesity Rates

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

With 70,000 Syrians Dead, Why are Chemical Weapons the Game Changer? | Chemical Weapons in Syria: Israel Responds | The Medical Ethics of Force-Feeding Guantanamo Hunger Strikers | A Royal Example | The Newest Fight Over Wounded Knee, South Dakota | Hope that the Tragedy in Bangladesh Will Inspire Change

New Tech City

Tech Writer Anil Dash on The Web We Lost

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blogger Anil Dash says we tend to trumpet the tech revolution, with its vast social networks and slick smartphones, as a triumph of usability and empowerment.  But Dash says a spirit of collaboration and emphasis on the user experience has been lost along the way.

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New Tech City

Three Barriers that Make it Hard to Pass on Digital Accounts After Death

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

When we die, we leave behind not just intangible memories and tangible physical possessions, but a whole host of digital accounts that are somewhere in between the two. Unlike the photos and documents you store in your desk, access after death to data stored with email providers and social networking websites is impeded by several major barriers.

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New Tech City

New Tech City: Death and Tech

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

When we die, we leave behind more than friends and family, homes and possessions. These days, we leave behind Facebook profiles and Twitter accounts and thousands of emails.

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WNYC News

How Can Social Media Affect the Markets?

Monday, April 29, 2013

It was the Tweet heard 'round the world...for a few moments anyway.

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