Report: Washington Post Hiring Digg Staff, Future of Site in Question
Before there was Reddit, there was Digg. It was a powerhouse in its day; a pioneer of user aggregated links where users could vote submitted links up and down. Though venerable, the company has been floundering for some time, and now it is being reported that Digg's technology staff is being hired by the Washington Post.Read on...
PlentyofFish Hacked: The Unbelievable Story
According to a post on founder and CEO Markus Frind's blog, popular free online dating site PlentyofFish was hacked last week, leading the PlentyofFish team to believe that all usernames and passwords were downloaded and compromised. Though the news is coming from the CEO's personal blog, PlentyofFish hasn't yet released an official statement. Sites get hacked all the time--even Facebook overlord Mark Zuckerberg's own Facebook page was hacked last week--but the PlentyofFish hack comes with a fairly elaborate and ridiculous story.Read on...
"Don't be ugly by accident" (OKCupid)
How Star Trek imagined the iPad 23 years ago (Ars)
Hot professors on the plight of being a hot professor (Chronicle)
Washington Post covers 4chan, LOIC imminent (Washington Post)
Voice cast for Fallout: New Vegas announced (Rawls!) (Bethesda)
25 worst pimped rides (Auto Mechanics' School)
Augmented Reality cookies (GammaSquad)
Bonus video: The Avengers as a '50s sci-fi flick:Read on...
The Washington Post‘s Top Secret America: What Does It All Mean?
For nearly two years, The Washington Post has been working on a massive investigative piece on the state of the post-9/11 intelligence and security industries which would have been impossible before the Internet. Titled "Top Secret America," the Post's exposé required the labors of more than 20 journalists. The report's key takeaways may not be terrible surprises with respect to the conventional wisdom about the military-industrial complex -- that it wastes money and is so disorganized that key pieces of intelligence get ignored to potentially perilous effect -- but its thoroughness and searchability make it a uniquely 21st century piece of reporting, both for its subject matter and for its own composition.Read on...
Zuckerberg Responds to Facebook Privacy Concerns, but Is it Enough?
Facebook may have experienced truly impressive growth in the first months of 2010, but good press it has not enjoyed: Facebook privacy concerns have gone from a fringe obsession to a mainstream storyline in light of some of Facebook's aggressive changes. It hasn't helped that number of high-profile tech figures such as Peter Rojas and Leo Laporte have quit Facebook to great fanfare.
After one Facebook executive's attempts to answer New York Times readers' questions were by most accounts unsatisfying, Facebook is trying again: This time, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken to the pages of the Washington Post to explain his position and outline the principles on which he says Facebook operates. But his tone isn't especially apologetic:Read on...
Hawaii Issues Tsunami Warning After Chile Earthquake
It's been declared a state of emergency in Hawaii, where officials have started to plan for the possible tsunami caused by yesterday's earthquake in Chile. The first waves are expected to hit at 4:19 EST this afternoon. Sirens blare to alert residents in the coastal areas to instruct them to evacuate, even as Hilo International Airport has been shut down and the planes grounded. American officials are prepared to visit both Chile and Hawaii, according to a Washington Post report.Read on...
Did Citibank Shut Down a Gay Social Networking Startup’s Bank Account over Underwear? (Update)
Fabulis, a gay social networking startup, discovered yesterday that Citibank has shut down its bank account over "objectionable content” on its blog, which is a Tumblr site that features a lot of pretty, fully-dressed men, some hoodies, and colorful underwear with the word "Fabulis" on them.In an update posted today on Fabulis' blog, Fabulis founder and CEO Jason Goldberg said that a Citibank manager "let us know that a compliance review occurred, which Citi says is a standard procedure, and the review officer determined the “content was not in compliance with Citibank’s standard policies.” They requested the account be terminated."Read on...