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PRI's The World

As Snowden looks on, Russia cracks down on Internet freedom

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Edward Snowden is back in the news. While the former NSA contractor has asked to prolong his stay in Russia, the country is taking steps to expand online surveillance of its own citizens.

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On The Media

eBay Bans Albums By Black Metal Artist Burzum

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

It has been well established throughout the history of TLDR that I am a fan of what one could call "difficult" music. And even for me, Noreweigan Black Metal is a little out there. Not simply because it's totally brutal and unrelenting, it is also infamous for being a culture of Satanism, suicide, and church burning. Varg Vikernes, who records under the name Burzum, is often cited as a poster child for all that is ugly about the genre, having burned several churches and spent 21 years in prison for murdering fellow Black Metal artist Euronymous in the mid 90's. It's all pretty gross. So is that why eBay is making it impossible to purchase his music?

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WNYC News

How to Be a Real New Yorker, At Least Online

Monday, August 04, 2014

The landrush is on to claim your ".nyc" domain name!

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On The Media

Drawing Pictures With Your Run Mapping App

Monday, August 04, 2014

Look, I run for exercise, but I don't like it. Sure, I love the feeling of accomplishment, but I think my biggest problem with it, aside from the fact that I am not all that athletic, is that it's just boring. I try to spice it up with high energy running mixes and, of course, listening to podcasts, but I just haven't found a way to make it entertaining. I guess that's because I'm not as enterprising as copywriter Claire Wyckoff, whose new blog, "Running Drawing" may have finally come up with a way to make running fun.

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On The Media

A Plugin That Searches OkCupid for Sexual Predators

Monday, August 04, 2014

On last week's episode of TLDR, we spoke to OkCupid President and founder Christian Rudder about the company's recent disclosure that it had been running an ethically questionable experiment on its users

In the experiment, the company took users who the site's algorithm found were bad matches (based on a battery of questions users answer) and told them they were actually good matches, and vice versa. In the interview I took issue with this experiment for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is because buried in the list of questions users get on OkCupid is this question: "Do you feel there are any circumstances in which a person is obligated to have sex with you?" I argued that this could lead to unsafe dating situations, to which Rudder replied "I mean there's also a lot of stuff we don't ask, I mean, y'know, so like, we don't know any of our users. Y'know so like we make no claim to the safety for anyone, and obviously we do everything we can to encourage a safe environment. But like, I think it's disingenuous to suggest that we're setting up people in dangerous situations." 

One enterprising hacker named Meitar Moscovitz (AKA Maymay) has developed a plugin to try and detect potentially dangerous situations before they occur.

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On The Media

TLDR #32 - An Imperfect Match

Monday, August 04, 2014

Last week, dating site OK Cupid put up a blog post describing experiments it conducted on its users. In one experiment, the site told users who were bad matches for one another that they were actually good matches, and vice versa. Alex and PJ talk to OK Cupid President and co-founder Christian Rudder about the ubiquity of online user experimentation and his defense of potentially sending OK Cupid's users on bad dates.

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, July 31, 2014

This week in “Thanks, Internet” — Inside America's rooms on YouTube, defending Fred Flintstone, the "Pendulum" in FKA twigs' pocket, Sad Full House, and slug solos. 

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On The Media

#32 - An Imperfect Match

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some users of dating site OkCupid are upset at revelations that it was deliberately experimenting on its users by taking people who were bad matches and telling they were actually good for one another.

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The Takeaway

It's Not OK Cupid: Co-Founder Defends User Experiments

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The online matchmaking service this week revealed that it had manipulated the information users received about potential matches. Co-founder Christian Rudder says this sort of testing is necessary to deliver a better product - and pair more compatible profiles.

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New Tech City

Knowing Your N@ighbor, Hacking Your Kids

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It’s not always so easy to make friends with your neighbors. Can technology help? 

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Studio 360

Sideshow Podcast: Pogo is YouTube's Favorite Musician

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Where some mash-up artists stun with clever technique or surreal juxtapositions, Pogo is first and foremost a fan, passionate and careful with sources like Alice in Wonderland and Fresh Prince. 

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This week in “Thanks, Internet” — The New Yorker looks down on the city, an efficiency expert recuts Family Feud, a fan-made episode of Sailor Moon, a background guy gets the spotlight, and Twitter's much-needed glimmer of hope.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Will Fast, Cheap Internet Ever Come to New York?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In his latest column, David Sirota, author and columnist with The International Business Times, profiles a fight in Tennessee over plans to make super-fast Internet cheaper and more accessible. He talks about the battle with Comcast, the proposed merger with Time Warner, and what it may mean for New York.

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The Takeaway

Details on The White Flag Above the Brooklyn Bridge

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's not exactly terrorism, but it passed the "if you see something say something" test: American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced by big white flags yesterday, and the internet freaked out.

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Studio 360

Introducing the Least Viral Videos on the Internet

Monday, July 21, 2014

Petit Tube presents only the least-viewed videos on YouTube, giving us a long look at the found poetry of internet unpopularity.

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WNYC News

NY Attorney General: Data Breaches on the Rise

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

According to the attorney general's office, nearly 23 million personal records were exposed as a result of data breaches in 2013.

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On The Media

The FTC Is Suing Amazon For In-App Purchases By Children

Friday, July 11, 2014

The FTC wants to make it harder for children to make purchases in tablet and smartphone games.

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On The Media

Making Online Art Boring and Static

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Electric Objects, the small company which aims to “put the Internet on your wall” by creating an internet-connected screen with the ability to display a lot of art has launched a Kickstarter campaign.

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On The Media

YouTube is Calling Out ISPs That Are Throttling Traffic

Monday, July 07, 2014

Recently, Netflix royally pissed off Verizon by calling out the ISP for slow streaming video. The two companies went back and forth for a while, with Verizon demanding that Netflix cut it out, and Netflix essentially saying "Ok, fine. But we might bring them back. You should serve your customers better." Now Google is offering an even more granular service called the "Video Quality Report," which will allow users to check out their YouTube streaming quality and compare to other providers in the area.

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WNYC News

Overhaul Outdated NY Telecom Rules, Groups Demand

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Advocates and elected officials say Albany can improve New Yorkers' phone and internet service.

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