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....more
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....more
Life is the one disaster that is also a miracle. Or perhaps life is the one miracle that is also a disaster....more
Hactivism fail: Even Anonymous won’t take on the Mexican cartels.
Don’t worry about the toilet flusher … gas pump handles are way more bacteria-laden & disgusting....more
“Back in the seventies, feminists touted the slogan ‘the personal is political,’ arguing that women had been trained to dismiss their own struggles as personal matters with no greater meaning. If women could share stories, they would find patterns. They could be allies instead of rivals.”
NY Mag studies how blogging has helped feminism....more
NYPD reportedly telling drunks to “take it to Zuccotti.”
Some banks are renouncing their plan to charge debit cards.
Winter is coming… and also #OccupyWallStreet has “custom made bicycle generators that charge batteries.”
Not only did the protesters’ permit application get ignored by the city, but police brought in bulldozers to break up Occupy Richmond....more
“Author Steve Almond shows Marc that writers can be just as tortured and self-doubting as comedians. The two of them discuss the highs and lows of a writer’s creative process.”...more
A literary novelist writing a genre novel is like an intellectual dating a porn star, right? Well that’s what New York Times book reviewer Glen Duncan thinks.
In his Sunday Book Review of Colson Whitehead’s complex new zombie novel, Zone One, Duncan sets the parallel between dating porn stars and what he initially perceives as slumming in genre fiction, and lets the rest of the review ride on the back of this comparison....more
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....more
“#OccupyWallStreet, the movement’s dominant hashtag, has never once hit the New York TTs list. Similarly, #OccupyBoston has trended all across the world, but never in Boston, which only saw the phrases ‘Dewey Sq’ and ‘Dewey Square’ trend.”
Last month, we posted a Wikileaks Ted Talks video on how the internet was not randomized (main subjects included Google and Facebook)....more
Siri voice command is like that personal secretary you dream of to support you in everyday life.
The other significant changes? “iOS 5: Exploring 7 Hidden New Features”
All iPhones (not just 4) can also upgrade to iOS 5! That is just one of 6 reasons this article gives you to be content with your iPhone 4....more
“I asked Crane what becoming a writer has meant to her personally. ‘When you’ve become so seasoned at shutting down your feelings because your survival depends on it, you need a crowbar to excavate them. Writing is the crucible.'”...more
The Believer is out now and some of this month’s fantastic, wide-ranging collection of literary articles are posted in their entirety online (including an online exclusive interview with artist David Shrigley). Among them, Jonathan Lethem defines and redefines in his fierce defense of postmodernism....more
BART cops now have to wear cameras that record their interactions with the public … but how effective will they really be?
The Euthanasia Roller Coaster … name says it all....more
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....more
A small segment of you may be very excited that the iPhone 5 is scheduled to launch in October....more
Facebook wants you to share everything …. aaaah!
So what social networks are popular in other parts of the world? A nice infographic....more
Netflix signs a two-year agreement with Discovery (renewed, expanded, and non-exclusive).
More on that note, Netflix plans to focus on TV Shows, as they comprise of “60 percent of the video streams viewed by Netflix members.”
“Netflix plans to add social-networking features to its video service....more
Tomorrow Canongate, Julian Assange’s former publisher, plan to “publish ‘the unauthorised first draft’ of his autobiography without his consent, months after the WikiLeaks founder withdrew from a million-pound contract for his memoirs.”...more
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?...more
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?...more
Five years ago Lynn Coady published a novel with a protagonist drawn partially from the life of a real, thirty-years-deceased poet, and a experienced firsthand earful from an audience full of the poet’s colleagues and friends. It wasn’t all ugly, but it was complicated, as feedback focused almost entirely on either the novel’s too-close-for-comfort portrait or its occasional sharp departures from the character’s real-life inspiration....more