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TLDR #23 - A Bitcoin Story for People Who Don't Care About Bitcoin

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The curious story of a man who was thought to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto
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On The Media

DiGiorno Is Actually Covering Its Social Media Screwup Pretty Well

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

DiGiorno embarrassed itself on Twitter last night. But unlike most corporate social media embarrassments, the company actually handled its screwup pretty well.
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PRI's The World

Murdered journalist Steven Sotloff was Jewish and Israeli — and here's how his friends tried to cover it up

Monday, September 08, 2014

When Steven Sotloff's friends discovered he was being held captive by ISIS militants, they set out to hide any reference to the fact that he was Jewish and a dual American-Israeli citizen — and succeeded.

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On The Media

Reddit's Confusing Response To The Distribution of Nudes

Monday, September 08, 2014

Reddit responds to the distribution of celebrity nude photos on its site, but even its response is confusing. 
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On The Media

My Attempt To Write About "Gamergate"

Friday, September 05, 2014

Against my better judgment, I am writing about Gamergate.
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Freakonomics Radio

Regulate This!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, EatWith, and other companies in the “sharing economy” are practically daring government regulators to shut them down. The regulators are happy to comply.

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On The Media

No One Wants To Buy The World's Most Expensive .gif

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

No one wants to buy a $5800 animated .gif. 
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The Leonard Lopate Show

You Can't Believe Everything You Read, on the Internet or by Joan Rivers

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Charles Seife on deception online, Francisco Goldman on Mexico City, and an inside look at the life of Joan Rivers.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Just Because It's on the Internet Doesn't Make It True

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Are you messaging a fake dating profile? Are you being scammed? Here's how to identify and avoid the trickery that’s so prevalent online.

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Freakonomics Radio

Who Runs the Internet? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The online universe doesn't have nearly as many rules, or rulemakers, as the real world. Discuss.

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On The Media

News On The Website nationalreport.net is Fake

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The National Report (nationalreport.net) is not a website that traffics in real news. Don't share it. Don't link to it. This has been a public service announcement.
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On The Media

California To Require Kill Switches To Deter Phone Theft

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

California has passed a law that will allow people to remotely disable stolen cell phones. Will it deter theft?
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WNYC News

Mayor “Concerned” Over Comcast Bid for Cable Subscribers

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Yorkers could be the losers in a mega-merger of two communications giants, according to Mayor de Blasio.

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On The Media

Indian State Outlaws "Objectionable Content," Will Start Arresting People for Precrime

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Indian state of Karnataka has not only outlawed sharing "malicious or misleading images" online, it can also arrest citizens for breaking the law before they actually commit a crime.
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On The Media

TLDR #34 - The Accidental Outing of Rwanda's Most Powerful Troll

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Steve Terrill is a journalist who worked in Rwanda, until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda's president to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign.
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On The Media

#34 - The Accidental Outing of Rwanda's Most Powerful Troll

Monday, August 18, 2014

Steve Terrill is a journalist who works in Rwanda until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda's president to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign.
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On The Media

The Rare Viral Internet Photo That Contributes To Understanding

Friday, August 15, 2014

Generally, photos that float around the internet are robbed of context, or hoaxes, or are attributed to events at which they didn't occur. So it's nice to see a photo that went viral, and rather than contribute to misunderstanding, it helped the person who posted it learn more about the world.

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On The Media

So, Yeah, Those Russian Hackers? There Are Reasons To Be Skeptical

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Five reasons not to freak out over the latest reports of a massive personal data breach.

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The Takeaway

Russian Gang Rips Off The Internet

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In what is the now the largest collection of user information ever stolen from the Internet, a crime syndicate swiped more than 1.2 billion user names and passwords, and some 500 million email addresses.

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On The Media

Pope Francis Says: Stop All That Downloadin'!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Ok, well he didn't exactly say that. Bazooka from GI Joe said that. Still Pope Francis, while calling the internet a "gift from God," said that us younguns waste too much time on it. Via the AP:

"Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things," the pope said in a short speech to the altar servers - young people who help the priest during religious services - who had come to Rome on a pilgrimage.

"Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions."

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[he] also cautioned that high-speed world of digital social media needed calm, reflection and tenderness if it was to be "a network not of wires but of people".

He has a point. If I could have all the time back I spent furnishing my house in Animal Crossing or building massive ships in Captain Forever, I might have been able to apply that time to good and fruitful actions. Still, as we attempt to prove again and again on TLDR, the internet's network of wires is frequently utilized to create or strengthen human connections. It's not the network itself, it's how you use it.

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