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Perhaps it’s just me, but I just noticed this today …

google pimping out their home page

Does this make good business sense for Google, or does it shatter the illusion — that of the biggest ad revenue generating machine known to man being (previously) naked of any advertising on their home page?  Read More »

wto logoThe World Trade organization (WTO) today authorized Antigua to suspend U.S. copyrights, which means they can move forward with plan to start a download portal offering movies, music and software without paying royalties to the American companies that own them. Read More »

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Velveeta, “that gooey product has a permanent home in many American panties” claims an article on LiveStrong! Really? Read More »

whitehouse aaron swartz petition 20,874Likely more symbolic than to have the outcome it pleads for I signed the White House petition to “Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.”

If you would like to lean a little into the pain of Aaron’s persecution The New York Times article Internet Activist, a Creator of RSS, Is Dead at 26, Apparently a Suicide and Lawrence Lessig’s blog Prosecutor as bully are good places to start.

Sign the White House petition here.

Links: TechDirt’s Carmen Ortiz Releases Totally Bogus Statement Concerning The Aaron Swartz Prosecution

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Sounds more like some presidential hopeful’s fuzzy budget math, eh?

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Invasion of privacy or not, I wasn’t enchanted to see a Places map turn up on my Facebook Timeline recently.

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“On behalf of big media companies, elected leaders almost passed SOPA & PIPA, bills that would have censored the web and destroyed some of the best sites online.

Why did so many politicians side with media companies instead of voters? It’s simple: they thought they could get away with it. Only 41% of Americans voted in the 2010 elections. And turnout for Americans under 30–who overwhelmingly knew about SOPA and opposed it–was just 20.4%.

But this year we can change that, forever. Why? Because the Internet gives us a perfect platform to register and mobilize new voters, and we’re building the tools to make it happen.”


“A cross-disciplinary team of US neuroscientists and cryptographers have developed a password/passkey system that removes the weakest link in any security system: the human user. It’s ingenious: The system still requires that you enter a password, but at no point do you actually remember the password, meaning it can’t be written down and it can’t be obtained via coercion or torture” writes Sebastian Anthony in this Extreme Tech article Unbreakable crypto: Store a 30-character password in your brain’s subconscious memory, worth of a read. Something akin to playing Guitar Hero they say! Read More »

Finally, something more of interest to men on Pinterest:
Microsoft Morgue vs Google Graveyard

If you’re suddenly getting more FB messages than usual, you’ve likely fallen victim to Facebook’s recent shenanigans to stop displaying your real email address of choice and have replaced it, instead, with their own address for you — which delivers to Facebook messages, not your regular email. They have forced this on us, rather than inviting us to opt in. Why? Likely to draw down traffic from gmail and other competing services. Read on to learn how you can set things right …

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Here’s a site that may help you keep up with your lawmakers … Read More »