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  • Community Builders

    05/22/2015 4:33:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    In Genesis 2:18, God says, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." Thus, he creates the woman, making mankind male and female. Whether one takes the story of Genesis literally, as I do, or as a metaphor, the essential point is clear and objectively true. Mankind is a relational being and requires community and companionship. The actions of the individual affect the community. The point was made clear in 1624 when John Donne wrote his Meditation XVII and the line "no man is an island" flowed from his...
  • Adult dating site hack exposes millions of users (Adult Friend Finder)

    05/22/2015 4:07:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Belfast's News Channel 4 ^ | May 21, 2015 | Geoff White
    Hackers have struck one of the world's largest internet dating websites, leaking the highly sensitive sexual information of almost four million users onto the web. The stolen data reveals the sexual preferences of users, whether they're gay or straight, and even indicates which ones might be seeking extramarital affairs. In addition, the hackers have revealed email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique internet addresses of users' computers. Channel 4 News has been investigating the cyber underworld, discovering which websites have been hacked and exposing the trade in personal information of millions of people through so-called "dark web"...
  • Public outcry forces FEC Democrats to junk bid to regulate Internet, Drudge

    05/21/2015 2:35:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    The Federal Election Commission, facing punishing criticism for suggesting that political activity on the Internet should be regulated, rejected talk of new rules Thursday, a victory for GOP commissioners who feared Democrats were targeting conservative sites, even the Drudge Report. During a public meeting, Democrats on the FEC said they were responding to the public outcry in saying that no new rules are required.Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said the FEC received 5,000 comments demanding the agency keep their hands off the Internet. In response, she proposed a resolution that directly barred Internet regulation."I wanted to make clear that I was...
  • Critical vulnerability in NetUSB driver exposes millions of routers to hacking

    05/20/2015 9:48:26 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 13 replies
    ITworld.com ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lucian Constantin
    Millions of routers and other embedded devices are affected by a serious vulnerability that could allow hackers to compromise them. The vulnerability is located in a service called NetUSB, which lets devices connected over USB to a computer be shared with other machines on a local network or the Internet via IP (Internet Protocol). The shared devices can be printers, webcams, thumb drives, external hard disks and more. NetUSB is implemented in Linux-based embedded systems, such as routers, as a kernel driver. The driver is developed by Taiwan-based KCodes Technology. Once enabled, it opens a server that listens on TCP...
  • Obama joins Twitter. Racism quickly follows.

    05/19/2015 9:32:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | May 19, 2015 | Jonathan Capehart
    There are moments when I come thisclose to quitting Twitter. The amount of hatred squeezed into 140 characters or less by lunatics usually cloaked in anonymity is enough to make you question your support for the First Amendment and your faith in the decency of other people. To the uninitiated, the torrent of bigotry can leave you feeling violated. Even the most seasoned, battle-scarred, seen-it-all, can’t-nuthin’-shock-me individual will be left O-o by the filth in his or her Twitter feed. A story I just read by David Badash at thenewcivilrightsmovement.com about the welcome President Obama got upon joining Twitter left...
  • Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly'

    05/18/2015 12:26:09 PM PDT · by Mariner · 70 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5/18/2015 | By DANIEL HALPER
    n a speech today in South Korea, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Internet "needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly." This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for "a technology founded on freedom." Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, Kerry said that Internet policy is "a key component of our foreign policy." Kerry made his remarks in the context of talking about how international law is applicable to the Internet. "As Ive mentioned, the basic rules of international law apply in cyberspace. Acts of aggression are not permissible. And countries that are hurt...
  • Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly' (Calls for UN regulation)

    05/18/2015 11:53:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 18, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    Complete Headline: Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly' - Calls for more international Internet laws. In a speech today in South Korea, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Internet "needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly." This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for "a technology founded on freedom." Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, Kerry said that Internet policy is "a key component of our foreign policy." Kerry made his remarks in the context of talking about how international law is applicable to the Internet.
  • Computing at the speed of light: Team takes big step toward much faster computers

    05/18/2015 11:32:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-18-2015 | Provided by University of Utah
    University of Utah engineers have taken a step forward in creating the next generation of computers and mobile devices capable of speeds millions of times faster than current machines. The Utah engineers have developed an ultracompact beamsplitterthe smallest on recordfor dividing light waves into two separate channels of information. The device brings researchers closer to producing silicon photonic chips that compute and shuttle data with light instead of electrons. Electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon and colleagues describe their invention today in the journal Nature Photonics. Silicon photonics could significantly increase the power and speed of machines such...
  • ICANN sees privatization of Internet management soon

    05/14/2015 4:20:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/14/15 | Glenn Chapman
    The head of the nonprofit group that oversees the world's Internet addresses expressed confidence Thursday that it would be privatized and out of US government control by year's end. Fadi Chehade's comments came despite criticism in the US Congress, where some lawmakers have resisted the plan to end Washington's key management role in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
  • Want to remove Huffington Post from your Google search results? Heres how.

    05/13/2015 2:42:17 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/24/11 | Patrick Ishmael
    I do my best to avoid giving Huffington Post traffic, even when its linked here at Hot Air. There are a few reasons, a lot of it having to do with not wanting to underwrite Arianna Huffingtons politics. But one thing I really, really disagree with is HuffPos business model, which is to serve as an SEO search engine optimized pass-through to original content elsewhere on the Internet. Ed wrote a great post explaining the HuffPo/content/traffic tension after AOL acquired the site, and if youre unfamiliar with how SEO works, check this out. In short, some of the...
  • Why The Internet's Balkanization Of News & Culture Is A Good Thing

    05/13/2015 5:50:12 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 13,2015 | John Nolte
    We keep hearing about how awful it is that with the rise of the Internet people now flock to news sites that fit their worldview. We keep hearing about how awful it will be if the 500 channel cable television bonanza is lost to people jumping into their own personal warren holes of specialized subscription channels made available by the new frontier of streaming.
  • UP to have 'labs' for policing social media (Uttar Pradesh - Indian Province)

    05/12/2015 9:59:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | May 13, 2015 | Sangita Bakaya
    Lucknow, May 13 (PTI) Realising that social media with its massive reach and lightning speed has the potential "to affect law and order", especially in sensitive areas, Akhilesh Yadav government is setting up two "laboratories" to be manned by police to monitor content and prevent any trouble. "The (Uttar Pradesh) government has sanctioned two social media labs in Lucknow and Meerut and work is on for setting them up very soon, may be within two months," ADG (Traffic) Anil Agarwal, who is looking after all the IT projects of the state police, told PTI. The officers and Sub-inspectors, who will...
  • Charge: Election commission Dems want power to regulate conservative Internet, media, super PACs

    05/11/2015 9:51:42 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-11-15 | Paul Bedard
    Bristling at claims that GOP opposition has made the Federal Election Commission "worse than dysfunctional" in the eyes of the Democratic chairwoman, Republicans counter-charge that the left is frustrated because it hasn't succeeded in regulating conservative Internet sites, media and right-leaning super PACs. In an escalating fight on the politically-divided FEC, the former Republican chairman on Monday charged his Democratic replacement with playing politics and trying to belittle foes to get her way. (Snip) "To punctuate her concerns over 'dark money' as the poster issue for Republican lawlessness, she has publicly called out four conservative non-profit organizations: Crossroads GPS, Americans...
  • Bureaucracies: Dinosaurs Run Amok in Technological Civilization

    05/10/2015 10:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 10, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Finally, neural networks that actually work. So reads the headline in Wired, and, really, havent we all been waiting? (Yes, we have, even if we do not know it.) The article concerns artificial-intelligence innovator Jeff Dean, who as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota 25 years ago created a rudimentary neural network a computer system sophisticated enough to learn but was hobbled by the available computing power of the time. Now working at Google, hes helping to create vastly powerful and subtle networks that recognize faces and spoken language. A few pages over, theres a wonderful if...
  • Rand Paul's Digital Chief Says Plea for Ideas Is Crowdsourcing

    05/07/2015 7:17:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Ad Age ^ | May 7, 2015 | Kate Kaye
    The Man Once Called Inventor of the Republican Internet Wants Help.Political campaigns are notoriously opaque. They're also typically pretty top-down affairs despite staffers' insistence that "It's all about the grassroots." So it was a bit surprising to see Vincent Harris, the young entrepreneur heading digital for GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, asking supporters on Twitter for ideas. Specifically, he asked followers of his @VincentHarris account on Wednesday what the candidate might do better in digital media. In a related post he wrote, "I am around always to listen. Have had folks as young as 14 send in...
  • Clinton, Cruz Campaign Launches Reign -- On Facebook

    05/06/2015 12:09:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 6, 2015 | Carrie Dann
    It's Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz leaving everyone else in the dust - on Facebook, that is. According to data provided by the social media giant, Clinton and Cruz registered the most Facebook "interactions" -- meaning likes, comments, posts and shares -- in the 24 hours surrounding the launch of their presidential campaigns. Clinton, who used Facebook to showcase the video announcing her White House bid, won a whopping 10.1 million interactions from 4.7 million unique users in the period around her official announcement. Cruz, the first presidential candidate to make his run official, registered 5.5 million interactions when he...
  • Utah Mom Finds Kids' Pictures On Adult Sites

    05/04/2015 9:28:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    A mother from Riverton, Utah makes a shocking discovery -- pictures of her children on websites connected to porn. Brittany Champagne was on Instagram Wednesday night when she came across her 8-year-old daughters picture on somebody elses profile. I clicked on there and I found a girl claiming to be 11-years-old as my daughter, and she's a bisexual cheerleader and her whole page is about gay pride, Champagne said. This was clearly a fake account, so Champagne did some digging and made more disturbing discoveries -- pictures of Champagne herself and her 9-month-old son.
  • Internet on the brink of collapse? Web could reach its limit in just 8 years, use all of UK's power

    05/03/2015 10:19:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 3, 2015 | Ben Spencer, science reporter
    * Internet speeds have increased by 50-fold in the last decade alone * Optical fibres have reached capacity and cannot transfer any more light * Laying down more cables may solve problem but this will increase costs * 'It is harder and harder to keep ahead,' said Professor Andrew EllisThe internet is heading towards a 'capacity crunch' as it fails to keep up with our demand for ever faster data, scientists have warned. Leading engineers, physicists and telecoms firms have been summoned to a meeting at London's Royal Society later this month, to discuss what can be done to...
  • Unnoticed for years, malware turned Linux and BSD servers into spamming machines

    05/03/2015 4:36:44 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 45 replies
    HELP NET SECURITY ^ | 01.05.2015 (01 MAY 2015) | Zeljka zorz, HNS managing editor
    For over 5 years, and perhaps even longer, servers around the world running Linux and BSD operating systems have been targeted by an individual or group that compromised them via a backdoor Trojan, then made them send out spam, ESET researchers have found. What's more, it seems that the spammers are connected with a software company called Yellsoft, which sells DirectMailer, a "system for automated e-mail distribution" that allows users to send out anonymous email. This operation succeeded in remaining hidden for so long thanks to several factors: the sophistication of the malware used, its stealth and persistence, the fact...
  • Can Amazon Be An Online Price Club That Tempts Vending Operators?

    05/01/2015 2:47:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Vending Marketwatch ^ | April 30, 2015 | Emily Refermat
    Amazon.com, a leader in the world of online retailing, is making waves due to the recent launch of Amazon Business, a new marketplace on Amazon.com that combines the selection, convenience and value with new features and unique benefits tailored to businesses. It was one of the reasons Amazon had a booth at the NAMA OneShow last week in Las Vegas, NV. I stopped in while walking the show and talked to the representatives. They were announcing the Amazon Business opportunity and gauging the interest from operators. From what Ive seen so far, while Amazon Business is in its early stages,...
  • Tolerance? Liberals want to kill conservatives

    04/30/2015 12:18:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 29, 2015 | Phil Elmore
    The immediacy of social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, offers us a window into the prejudices of others that is unprecedented in the history of our society. Not a day passes in the United States when some person does not commit career suicide, achieve viral fame, or both by posting to Twitter or Facebook. A hundred and forty characters or less can make a hero or freshly mint a villain. All it takes is an ill-chosen word or, perhaps more accurately, a moment of honesty. We are all creatures of prejudice to one degree or another; we all harbor likes,...
  • Internet and thought control begins in 45 days!

    04/30/2015 7:08:14 AM PDT · by Baynative · 74 replies
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | 4/31/15 | Godfather Politics
    UPDATE: The implementation of Barack Obama's takeover of the Internet is less than 45 days away. And as Marsha Blackburn says, if Congress does not take action to stop Barack Obama, the government will "control the Internet" in a little over the month. Make no mistake, the Internet as you know it will never be the same if we let Barack Obama implement this takeover. You'll pay more for less service and the government will use this draconian ruling as a club to bludgeon Internet freedom, including ultimately your free speech. And if you think we exaggerate, consider what Rep....
  • Lost in Cyberspace As Seen in a Commercial

    04/18/2015 8:03:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Lost in Cyberspace – As Seen in a Commercial By: Msgr. Charles PopeFor most people, the word virtual has come to mean the Internet or the computer world, as in “occurring or existing primarily online.”  But the word virtual has an original meaning that is actually quite descriptive of a modern problem.Prior to its application to the computer world, the word virtual meant “being something in effect, though not actually or expressly being such.” In other words, if something is virtual it has aspects of the real thing but is not the real thing. In the sentence “The man is a virtual goldmine...
  • Have You Received a Piracy Notice from an American Company Demanding You Pay Up?

    04/27/2015 7:05:22 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    A Journal of Musical Things ^ | April 27, 2015 | Alan Cross
    Earlier this year, a new law went into effect in Canada that required ISPs to report instances of suspected piracy among their customers, the so-called notice and notice system. The result is that a bunch of foreign companiesthird parties not affiliated with the actual rights holders of the material that may (or may not) being piratedhave been sending emails to Canadians demanding that they pay up now or face massive legal consequences. Its been reported that hundreds of thousands of these warnings have been sent to Canadians. First things first: Canadians are NOT obligated to pay. Demanding a cash settlement...
  • Ted Cruz Facebook Interactions More Than Double Those of Jeb Bush Nationally

    04/26/2015 12:19:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 26, 2015 | Benjamin Bell via This Week
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Interactions on the social platform Facebook related to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas more than doubled those of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a period measured earlier this month according to data -- which is approximate -- provided to ABC News by Facebook. Facebook, which measured the data from April 17 to April 23, reported 2.2 million interactions related to Cruz and about 1 million interactions related to Bush. Facebook defines "interactions" on the social platform as posts, comments, likes and shares. Bush is exploring a run for the White House while Cruz has officially declared his candidacy...
  • Fire Chief [Victor Voss] Deleted a Comment on a Scott Walker Pic But Forgot One Key Thing..

    04/24/2015 12:24:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    IJReview ^ | April 23, 2015 | Shawn Bevans
    Fire Chief Deleted a Comment on a Scott Walker Pic But Forgot One Key Thing: The Internet is Forever This week, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin attended a ground-breaking ceremony for Werner Electric, a company that will bring nearly 100 jobs to the Badger states Grand Chute area. Walker commemorated the event with a Facebook post: Groundbreaking for 250,000 sq. ft. building at Werner Electric in Grand Chute. Expansion will create 97 new jobs. Image: Facebook Many comments in response to the post were positive:.... .....But not everyone was pleased: .....Perhaps the most intense criticism, however, came from another of...
  • Comcast Is Said to End $45 Billion Bid for Time Warner Cable

    04/23/2015 6:47:05 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4-23-15 | EMILY STEEL, DAVID GELLES, REBECCA R. RUIZ and ERIC LIPTON
    Facing intense regulatory scrutiny, Comcast is planning to abandon its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, people briefed on the matter said on Thursday, ending a bid that would have united the countrys two largest cable operators and reshaped the rapidly evolving video and broadband markets. The collapse of the deal comes as technology changes and an array of Internet offerings upend how people watch and pay for television, making broadband service more important than ever. Had the deal been approved, the combined company would have controlled as much as 57 percent of the nations broadband market and just...
  • YouTube turns 10: The video site that went viral

    04/23/2015 7:18:14 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 11 replies
    CNET ^ | 04/23/2015 | by Joan E. Solsman and Richard Nieva
    YouTube is the Web's de facto home for video. But 10 years ago, online video was anybody's game. As it celebrates a decade offering us everything from new celebrities to cat videos, YouTube has become a premiere destination for content. Here's how it got there. Ten years ago today, a startup called YouTube uploaded its first video. Co-founder Jawed Karim, in a private test of the fledgling service's capabilities, posted a short video of himself at the San Diego Zoo. The 18-second clip shows Karim unenthusiastically noting how elephants have "really really really long, um, trunks. And that's cool. And...
  • When the FCC came knocking ...

    04/23/2015 7:42:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-21-15 | Eric Cope
    The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted a plan to regulate the Internet like the phone companies of the 1930s. The decision is wrong for countless reasons, including an imminent reduction in investment and innovation. To undo these burdensome regulations, Congress should work together in the coming months to pass a law that both ensures the desired consumer protections everyone favors but forgoes the antiquated 1930s-style public-utility regulations. Let's take a step back. The FCC initially proposed last year to adopt a simpler set of rules guaranteeing that the Internet remains open and available to all users. This type of regulation...
  • What challenges will the Mormon church face in its 3rd century?

    04/23/2015 9:33:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 64 replies
    SLTrib.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    As Mormonism enters its third century, it faces a Goldilocks dilemma: Too much tension with the surrounding culture invites scorn; too little threatens its uniqueness. But finding just the right balance to ensure a thriving and distinctive faith won't be easy. {SNIP} So, what are the Baby Bear options in Mormonism's future? Too much conflict with the wider society, say on gay rights or women's roles, premier Mormon sociologist Armand Mauss argues, would bring "not only popular disdain but even repression and persecution." {SNIP} Female elders? Third, the LDS Church runs into much debate and even clashes...
  • Facebook DOES collect the text you decided against posting

    04/22/2015 5:41:37 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 48 replies
    information-age.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Ben Rossi
    Facebook collects all content that is typed into its website, even if it is not posted, a tech consultant has discovered.
  • Which presidential hopeful will get social media right in 2016?

    04/22/2015 1:20:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | April 22, 2015 | Ryan Hagemann
    The next generation of social media use in political electioneering is about to take off as the 2016 presidential hopefuls start lining up for media attention to vie for the nomination of their respective parties. Hillary Clinton recently came out swinging for the Democratic nomination, thus far the only Democrat to announce her candidacy, with a short video released a week ago. While the Clinton machine is already gearing up to take social media by storm, the Republican landscape looks to be where most of the early online fisticuffs will be playing out. So how do the contenders stack up...
  • Heres How to Download and Delete What Google Search Knows About You

    04/22/2015 12:03:08 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 36 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Daniel Howley
    Have you ever what Google Search really knows about you? Well, now you can check, as Google has added a new feature that lets you view and download your entire search history. Yep. Everything.
  • Robot that bought MDMA, passport and baseball cap released by authorities

    04/20/2015 9:45:07 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 6 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 April 2015
    The Random Darknet Shopper was let go after being held by police for three months. A robot given $100 a week in bitcoins to buy whatever it wanted from the deep web, has purchased a Hungarian passport, a baseball cap fixed with a hidden camera, fake Diesel jeans, a stash can, 200 Chesterfield cigarettes and 10 yellow pills containing 90mg of MDMA each.
  • Everything we know about adulterous dating website Ashley Madison that's trying to go public

    04/18/2015 10:22:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/18/2015 | OLIVIA GOLDHILL, THE TELEGRAPH
    The dating website for adulterous affairs is planning to float in London. Here are all the dirty details Ashley Madison. Q: Is that some kind of shoe designer? A sensible guess, but definitely wrong. Ashley Madison is a dating website aimed at people who are already married. The service brands itself as discreet, and simply picked two popular American girls names as the company name. Q: Wait, so theyre a dating service for adultery? Isnt that immoral? The company motto is: Life is short. Have an affair. The website offers affair guidelines, with advice on how to cover your tracks....
  • Government snooping through your emails without a warrant: Not just the NSA

    04/18/2015 6:13:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/18/15 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    The SEC and IRS, among other government agencies, love, love, love administrative subpoenas to snoop through emails without probable cause. Techdirt writes: The story that we keep hearing is that two government agencies in particular really like ECPA's outdated system: the IRS and the SEC. Since both only have administrative subpoena power, and not the ability to issue warrants like law enforcement, the lower standards of ECPA make it much easier for them to snoop through your emails without having to show probable cause. Last year, in a Congressional hearing, the SEC's boss, Mary Jo White, was questioned about this...
  • WikiLeaks Puts More Than 30,000 Hacked Sony Documents Online

    04/16/2015 7:57:56 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2015-04-16 | Kevin Gosztola
    WikiLeaks has made more than 30,000 documents from last year's Sony Pictures hack available to the public. The documents were put online in a searchable database on Thursday, which WikiLeaks says includes more than 173,132 emails from 2,200 Sony Pictures email addresses. "This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation," Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, wrote in a statement. "It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there." A Sony Pictures spokesperson said in a statement that it strongly condemned the actions of...
  • Angie's List Financials Show A Train Wreck In Progress [2012 story; is it still bad?]

    04/16/2015 6:48:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 10/26/12 | Jim Pickrell
    Has nobody looked at the latest financials from Angie's List (NASDAQ:ANGI)? They issued financials and a quarterly report this week that appear to be an utter catastrophe, yet the stock rose 25% from $9 to about $11.50 in response. Angie's List runs a website with reviews of dentists and plumbers. The reviews are "crowd sourced" which means they come from actual customers who contribute to the site. Yelp.com, Wikipedia.com and YouTube are other sites that are crowd sourced. Angie's list is different from most sites of this type because they charge an annual fee. Despite continuing losses, Angie's List management...
  • Kaspersky releases tools to decrypt files encrypted with CoinVault Ransomware

    04/14/2015 6:46:32 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    TechWorm ^ | on April 14, 2015 | Abhishek Kumar Jha
    Software security group Kaspesky labs in collaboration with the Dutch police has released a tool which helps to decrypt files locked by Ransomware. Kaspersky Labs has released a decryption tool for files encrypted with CoinVault ransomware. The tool was developed by the Kaspersky lab after the The National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Dutch police handed over the information obtained from a database of CoinVault command-and-control server containing the decryption keys.
  • Woman accused of telling boyfriend she met online to close his eyes, hitting him with bat

    04/13/2015 7:59:53 PM PDT · by seantruet · 63 replies
    albasun ^ | seantruet
    Woman in online relationship beats man with bat at first meeting because she didn't want to date him anymore. A 24-year-old Oregon woman and a 26-year-old Alabama man had been dating over the Internet since 2013 and agreed this spring he would move to Oregon and live with her... read more http://www.albasun.com/2015/04/oregon-woman-beats-boyfriend-at-first-meeting.html
  • Roku: Good Deal?

    04/12/2015 11:10:39 AM PDT · by ducttape45 · 140 replies
    Hello all. I was wondering if I could fellow Freepers about a streaming video product called "Roku." I've heard it talked about on radio programs, and I've seen it advertised on the Internet of course. I just wondered if anyone has Roku or could possibly cue me in on how well it performs and your overall assessment of it. I turned off my Comcast TV because they keep driving the prices up and taking channels away and I got sick and tired of not being able watch TV stations that were once part of a standard cable package. Thanks.
  • Nearly Half Of 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Has Leaked Online

    04/12/2015 3:39:53 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 33 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 11, 2015 | staff
    Bad news today for HBO, which is attempting to marry the recent debut of their HBO Now streaming service with season 5 of Game of Thrones. As of last night, the first four episodes of the new season, nearly half of the ten total episodes, have been leaked online to various torrent sites. After appearing online yesterday afternoon, the episodes have already been downloaded almost 800,000 times, and that figure will likely blow past a million downloalds by the season 5 premier tonight.
  • Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal

    04/11/2015 2:30:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 10 | Caitlin Dewey
    In post-Soviet Russia, you dont make memes. Memes make (or unmake?) you. That is, at least, the only conclusion we can draw from an announcement made this week by Russias three-year-old media agency/Internet censor Roskomnadzor, which made it illegal to publish any Internet meme that depicts a public figure in a way that has nothing to do with his personality. Sad Keanu? Nope. Sad Putin? Absolutely not. These ways of using [celebrities images] violate the laws governing personal data and harm the honor, dignity and business of public figures, reads the policy announcement from Roskomnadzor. To be clear, this isnt...
  • Why is Ted Cruz slaying Rand Paul on Facebook?

    04/08/2015 3:57:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | April 8, 2015 | Maria Santos
    Rand Paul is already marketing himself as the millennial-friendly choice for 2016. But one thing is not boding well for him: his Facebook mentions after he announced his candidacy pale in comparison to Ted Cruz. National Journal has a great graph of the numbers provided by FacebookCruzs campaign got almost three times as much play on Facebook as Pauls. They measured this by likes, posts, comments, and shares related to the two would-be presidents within 24 hours of their respective announcements. Cruzs March 23 announcement had 5.7 million total interactions, versus Pauls 1.9 million on Tuesday. One possible reason for...
  • Facebook less into Paul's '16 rollout than Cruz's

    04/08/2015 8:09:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 8, 2015 | Julian Hattem
    When it comes to engaging people on Facebook, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has some work to do. About 865,000 different people commented on, shared a note or otherwise engaged with the Kentucky lawmaker when he announced his campaign for the White House on Tuesday, according to Facebook. In all, Pauls announcement generated a total of 1.9 million interactions both positive and negative during the day. By comparison, 2.2 million Facebook users talked about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) when he announced his campaign last month, generating a total of 5.7 million interactions. The metrics are just one sign of...
  • What We Learned From The Midterm Elections

    04/07/2015 11:28:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Media Post's Marketing: Politics Blog ^ | April 7, 2015 | Shawn Kemp
    Ted Cruz just flagged the beginning of the 2016 election cycle. With hats now officially being thrown into the ring, its a good time to look back at what went well in social marketing at the midterms and what could be improved upon for the 2016 cycle. Lets start with the fact that Facebook says it saw 43 million unique individuals engage in political discourse during the midterms, despite the fact that the U.S. had its lowest midterm-election voter turnout since the early 1940s. Moreover, according to research by Pew, voters were three times more likely to track political candidates...
  • VIDEO BLOCKS of Reston Va: SCAM ALERT! Anyone heard of these people

    04/06/2015 11:08:56 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 13 replies
    self | 4-6-15 | C. Edmund Wright
    Just found a charge on my AMEX each month from a company called Video Blocks, of Reston Virginia. 79 bucks a month. I've no idea who these people are. Something to do as a download service. I've never heard of them. I called them of course, and their customer service center is a boiler room full of phonies handling complaints...I could hear other conversations in the back ground. They couldn't find me on their system, or tell me what I'm buying for 79 a month, or how long I've been a customer. Obviously a dodge. Anyone know anything?
  • Mystery patch KB 3035583 for Windows 7 and 8 revealed

    04/06/2015 8:03:32 AM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | April 6, 2015 | Woody Leonhard
    Late last month a mysterious patch suddenly appeared as an Optional entry in the Windows Automatic Update chute. At the time I wrote: Conjecture at this point: It's somehow related to the ability to upgrade directly from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. But of course, the official documentation doesn't say anything of the sort. The crows have come home to roost and, thanks to a German researcher named Gerard Himmelein at heise.de, we now have a more thorough understanding of exactly what Microsoft's dishing out (a Google English translation of the post is available). Yesterday Jan Willem Aldershoff...
  • Is the internet killing middle class jobs?

    04/05/2015 5:14:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 152 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/04/2015 | James Pethokoukis
    The Robopocalypse for workers may be inevitable. In this vision of the future, super-smart machines will best humans in pretty much every task. A few of us will own the machines, a few will work a bit perhaps providing "Made by Man" artisanal goods while the rest will live off a government-provided income. Silicon-based superintelligence and robots will dramatically alter labor markets to name but one example, the most common job in most U.S. states probably will no longer be truck driver. But what about right now? If you're unemployed or working part-time instead of full-time, or...
  • The European Union Is Preparing To Sue Google, And It Wants A Fight

    04/03/2015 12:11:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    FastCompany ^ | April 2, 2015 | David Lumb [after The Wall Street Journal]
    Google has a staggering 90% dominance of all search in the EU, making it much more influential than it is in the U.S., where it currently holds 75% dominance, says Business Insider). Experts told The Wall Street Journal that it is easier to bring an antitrust lawsuit to the EU commission than to a U.S. court: Unlike in the U.S., where antitrust investigators must prove their case to a judge, the EU Commission acts as prosecutor, judge, and jury in competition cases... If convicted, Google could be forced to pay as much as 10% of its annual revenue, which amounted...