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The apology letter Google SHOULD have used to announce the end of G+ "Real Names"

4 hours 42 min ago

The sudden reversal of Google's years-long insistence on "real names" for G+ users came after a long fight about the biases inherent in such a policy. Read the rest

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Leaked manual shows how US agencies put millions on "suspected terrorist" list

4 hours 44 min ago

The 166 page "March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance" was jointly authored by 19 agencies, and has been released in full on The Intercept. Read the rest

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When all the jobs belong to robots, do we still need jobs?

Wed, 2014-07-23 23:22

Zeynep Tufekci's scathing response to the establishment consensus that tech will create new jobs to replace the ones we've automated away makes a lot of good points. Read the rest

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Threeways to Save Humanity

Wed, 2014-07-23 19:13
In episode 184 of the Sword and Laser, Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt talk of high fantasy, Neil Gaiman and saving humanity. Read the rest
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Peter Kuper, cartoonist

Wed, 2014-07-23 18:54
In the latest episode of the RiYL podcast, Brian Heater interviews the author of multiple Kafka adaptations and a sketchbook diary chronicling his time in Mexico. Read the rest
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Dad and son attempting around-the-world flight crash in Samoa, feared dead

Wed, 2014-07-23 16:27

Babar Suleman and his 17-year-old son Haris.

The LA Times reports that an Indiana father and his teen son who were attempting to fly around the world together are believed to have crashed in American Samoa. Read the rest

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Back doors in Apple's mobile platform for law enforcement, bosses, spies (possibly)

Wed, 2014-07-23 16:14

Jonathan Zdziarski's HOPE X talk, Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices, suggests that hundreds of millions of Iphone and Ipad devices ship from Apple with intentional back-doors that can be exploited by law enforcement, identity thieves, spies, and employers. Read the rest

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Want to fly a drone at Burning Man this year? Better read this first.

Wed, 2014-07-23 16:12

Camera-equipped drones, like the one that shot the video above, are a wonderful tool for photography at the annual Burning Man festival. But "if you're planning on flying a drone at Burning Man this year," says BB pal Eddie Codel, "You'll need to register and follow a ton of new rules."

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Darth Vader's car

Wed, 2014-07-23 16:03

Darth Vader's car as imagined and built (life-size) by Hot Wheels.

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Auction: Elvis's 1963 Rolls with phone

Wed, 2014-07-23 15:58

Elvis's 1963 Rolls Royce, complete with this car phone, will be auctioned off next month with an expected hammer price of $200,000 - $300,000.

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Why don't ice cream sandwiches melt anymore? Because they're full of weird crap

Wed, 2014-07-23 15:57

Area Mom grossed out to discover that ice cream she bought her kids contains so much artificial junk in it, it won't melt in the hot sun. This is a local television news segment of greatness. [via @nextdraft]

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YouTube makeup vlogger sued by record label for $150K per song

Wed, 2014-07-23 15:43

Makeup vlogger Michelle Phan, who's huge on YouTube, is on the receiving end of a copyright lawsuit over the background songs in her videos. Read the rest

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New psych sounds from The Black Angels

Wed, 2014-07-23 15:36

Uplifting contemporary psych from Austin, Texas trip-inducers The Black Angels' latest EP "Clear Lake Forest."

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Video: Snowden and Ellsberg at HOPEX

Wed, 2014-07-23 15:33

Here's video of the fantastic conversation between whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg at HOPEX hacker con last week.


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School libraries in Racine, WI raided by untrained city workers, thousands of books discarded

Wed, 2014-07-23 14:55

School librarians say they weren't consulted about throwing away classics and important parts of the collection. (more…)

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'Fat and Furious Burger,' hamburger-y art Tumblog of greatness

Wed, 2014-07-23 14:53

"Le divin burger."

These delicious images (and video) come from this genius little art tumblr:

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Report from America's militarized, constitution-free border-zone

Wed, 2014-07-23 14:49

The expanding powers, vicious unaccountability and violent, invasive searching conducted in America's 100-mile "border zone" should concern you. Read the rest

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Family kicked off Denver Southwest flight because Dad tweeted about the rude gate-agent

Wed, 2014-07-23 14:34

They only let them back on again after he deleted his tweet. Read the rest

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Wed, 2014-07-23 14:32

“Oral:phabet,” a 3D typeface exploring the expressive capability of the human mouth. Takayuki Ogawa, Japan, 2013. Read the rest

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Tempering hype around 3D printing in space

Wed, 2014-07-23 14:25

In a new report on "3D Printing In Space," the US's National Research Council says, “For in-space use, the technology may provide new capabilities, but it will serve as one more tool in the toolbox, not a magic solution to tough space operations and manufacturing problems.”

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