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So apparently Siri’s (the new iPhone software) inability to direct women to an abortion clinicis just an *accidental* glitch. This ridiculous anti-piracy video (which compares bootlegging digital media to child labor & drug trafficking) is basically Reefer Madness, 2011. Google’s revenue this year is more than the GDP of the 28 smallest countries combined… and […]

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This software can tell you how dramatically a photo has been digitally altered. The editors of fashion magazines are shaking in their boots. Apparently your printer could be hacked and set on fire. Facebook’s about to go public. The British Library just opened its online archive of over 300 years of newspapers. Awesome. If you […]

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So now facebook has a phone. Apple now owns several porn domains that could potentially be affiliated with the company’s trademarks. Somehow I doubt they’ll be making their own iPhone porn. The US public is willing to accept experts’ consensus on climate change, for the most part… sadly, most of the public just doesn’t know […]

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Should the FCC carry the Emergency Broadcast System over to social networks? Common sense says yes. It’s easy to forget the Internet actually comes from somewhere, namely data centers like these. This “flirtatious” dress changes the transparency of its fabric based on the heart rate of the wearer. It’s November, but let’s hunt for Easter […]

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The government thinks it can track anyone using GPS 24/7 without a warrant… here’s hoping the Supreme Court says differently. Republic Wireless unveils a new, contract-free $19/month cell plan that relies heavily on existing WiFi networks… AWESOME. British computer whizzes begin a cutting-edge computing project… oh wait, no, they’re building a 1830’s Babbage analytical engine. Wired […]

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Julian Assange lost his appeal to British courts and is facing extradition to Sweden. Hactivism fail: Even Anonymous won’t take on the Mexican cartels. Playing video games makes you more creative. Don’t worry about the toilet flusher … gas pump handles are way more bacteria-laden & disgusting.

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Samsung now sells more smartphones than Apple. A new anti-piracy bill would give the DOJ the power to shut down websites permanently. Scary. Robotic Lego clock! Google gives Google TV another go.

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You can now look at the interior of (public) buildings with Google Street View. It’s sad that he’s dead and all, but Steve Jobs might not be the best role model. Patent lawyers have turned their sights on social networking sites. Edible spray paint. I don’t trust it.

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Another volte-face: Research now suggests that your cellphone isn’t giving you cancer. If constantly tweeting just isn’t enough for you, maybe you need a portrait made out of your tweets. Robots now have cat ears. Facebook could be fined for keeping data that users have deleted.

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Google releases Ice Cream Sandwich, their new Android OS. One good robot can build another. People with lots of Facebook friends have denser grey matter in three areas of the brain. Apparently a dash of table salt can improve your hard drive capacity six-fold.

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Ruh roh Scoob: Samsung’s own patent lawyer couldn’t tell the difference between a Samsung tablet & an iPad in court. Busted: Groupon & Living Social both inflate the “regular” price of their deals to make the deals look better. Sign of the times: This modern baby thinks a magazine is an iPad that doesn’t work. Everyone loves […]

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iOS 5 is out. The US has more wireless devices than people. Yep. You can now turn your DNA into custom household decor. And not just by spitting on the rug. Sony has recalled some TVs because they’re at risk of spontaneously bursting into flames.

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Our unmanned war drones have a virus. Let’s listen to some ditties made from iPhone sounds. A map of the US based on video game spending. R.I.P Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011. He’s already got a shrine.

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BART cops now have to wear cameras that record their interactions with the public … but how effective will they really be? Oooh, Google Driving Directions now offers a helicopter-eye view of your route. The Euthanasia Roller Coaster … name says it all. Goodbye to the Tevatron particle accelerator. A study of our collective moods […]

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There are a bunch of new Kindles if you’re into that whole e-reader thing. Your car will soon be able to read your mind if Nissan has its way. So just how long does your cellphone company keep your call logs and text messages for? Just what the Internet needed: another venue for semi-anonymous slurs, […]

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Does the Web need an owner? Facebook is starting a political action committee. A small segment of you may be very excited that the iPhone 5 is scheduled to launch in October. I’m excited that scientists think they could reactivate dormant genes to make modern birds more like dinosaurs. Cool. Computer programmers everywhere are excited that […]

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Facebook wants you to share everything …. aaaah! So what social networks are popular in other parts of the world? A nice infographic. Researchers reconstruct the videos people watch just by looking at their brain activity. Apple & Dropbox are partnering with the EFF to help protect your privacy in Congress. Good on ’em. And […]

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Questions, questions, questions. Is it that much of a surprise that major social networks are stealing other peoples’ ideas? So when will we be able to control computers with our minds? And is the iPhone 5 coming soon? Should lying about yourself on the Internet really be a felony? Forget the iPhone. Why don’t we […]

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Apple devices rank top in customer satisfaction; Android, Nokia, RIM gnash teeth. And speaking of Apple, Adobe Flash now works on yr iGadget of any kind. The ex-Yahoo CEO may have just lost $10 million by calling her fellow board members at Yahoo “doofuses.” Did you see these billboards that grow bacteria adverstisements? Google uses […]

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App slaughter: Google’s killing off some products. The internet’s official red light district (.xxx) has arrived. Let the games begin! Not so green after all: Indoor weed farming and production is really bad for the environment. Did you see this electric motor that’s made of a single molecule?! Yahoo’s firing its CEO and putting itself […]

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Sometimes Google gets it wrong … which can be rough on the small businesses it marks as “closed” when they’re actually not. Has email driven the closure of the US Postal Service? Oooh, a pretty series of infographics on the history of software piracy. It was pretty impressive that Colombian drug smugglers had built DIY […]

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Researchers have created a genetic computer that can be used to find and kill specific cancer cells. India is trying to help the poor by creating a biometric database of everyone in the country. An Apple employee left a super top secret iPhone prototype in a restaurant … again. Generating a good yarn using a […]

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New Wikileaks cables detail Apple’s battle against Chinese knockoffs. When two chatbots try to talk to each other, things get weird. Privacy on the Internet? Inconceivable!  …. but maybe that’s not a bad thing. Torrent users don’t scheme together, so they can’t be sued together, a judge rules. Snoop around enough in Google or Apple’s […]

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What it’s like to play online games as a grownup. Why yes, NASA, I would like to look at an iridescent cloud. Forget the cane: A sonar glove for the blind. Google’s fiber-optic networks are blazingly fast.

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Facebook is changing its privacy settings … again. Thinking about making an iPhone app? Here’s an infographic on how to make yr tiny icon look just like everybody else’s. Art gallery displays new piece: a hard drive containing $5 million worth of illegally downloaded files. Um, did you see this amusement park at an abandoned […]

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Some good websites! Best twitter feed: Errol Morris Favorite source of tech stories: Geekosystem Best muckraking: ProPublica Best site for alcoholics: Should I Drink Tonight? Best source of supercilious humor: 27b/6

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Anonymous hits up the Bay: The personal info of 102 BART officers were just released by the group. Are we living in a post-idea world, where ideas that can’t be instantly monetized are discarded? New technology stores data in nano-glass lenses that can be read with light. Sorry, Big Brother: Cory Doctorow explains why video surveillance doesn’t deter […]

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Google’s merging with Motorola to help it defend its Android OS. These electronic sensors stick to your skin just like a temporary tattoo … but are way cooler. Tired of your roommate’s addiction to annoying TV pundits? This handy device mutes the talking box whenever it detects certain phrases (set by you). Are we in […]

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Sweden spaces out. A space port with tourism as a central focus. Soldering made comical. An easy to follow, informative soldering guide. How to blow up anything, anywhere, in an hour. The U.S. prepares to launch fastest plane ever. Thirteen dollar cameras. Assembly required.

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