A massive cyberculture roundup: EFF on Spotify; wired vs. wikileaks; social media friends turning into real life ones; on digital literacies?



How Social Media ‘Friends’ Translate Into Real-Life Friendships

from MediaShift
When social media first gained attention, I heard many people scoff that these online connections couldn’t possibly be real friends. Some even used “Facebook friend” as a synonym for shallowness, fearing people might trade face-to-face interaction for a virtual life online.


France Tracks Down 18 Million File-Sharers

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto
Under France?s new Hadopi law, alleged copyright infringers will be hunted down systematically with the ultimate goal of decreasing piracy. Alleged offenders are identified by their Internet providers and will be reported to a judge once they have received three warnings.

Tracking the Trackers: Early Results

from Stanford Center for Internet and Society by Jonathan Mayer
Over the past several months researchers at theStanford Security Lab have been developing a platform for measuring dynamic web content. One of our chief applications is a system for automated enforcement ofDo Not Track by detecting the myriad forms of third-party tracking, including cookies,HTML5 storage,fingerprinting, and much more. While the software isn’t quite polished enough for public release, we’re eager to share some unexpected early results on the advertising ecosystem. Please bear in mind that these are preliminary findings from experimental software; our primary aims at this stage are developing the platform and validating the approach to third-party tracking detection. Many thanks to Jovanni Hernandez and Akshay Jagadeesh for their invaluable research assistance.

How to Correct Social Media Errors

from MediaShift
In my job as the social media editor for MediaShift, I’m used to fitting big ideas into tight spaces. But recently, in the fray of 140-character editing, I struggled to condense a curious statistic. Finishing up, I double-checked grammar, the link, and clicked “submit” as usual.


Spotify’s U.S. Launch Highlights the Good, the Bad, and the Promise of Subscription-Based Music Services

from EFF.org Updates by julie
In case you missed it,Spotify’s long-awaited U.S. launchis here. Spotify now joins the ranks of services likeRhapsody,Rdio, andMog that allow users (for a fee) to stream unlimited music from multiple devices, make and keep playlists, and store music on mobile devices.

Cybersecurity: politics, interests, choices, Ben Schiller

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Ben Schiller
The threat of cyber-attack is driving states and corporations to devote ever-greater resources to meet the challenge. The accompanying debate about the scale of the risk has profound implications for the future of the internet, says Ben Schiller.

Digital Illiteracy

from DML Central by jbrazil

Is Russia Google’s next weak spot?

from Net Effect

What do new Social Networks tell us about Digital Literacies?
from DML Central by jbrazil
Doug Belshaw

The recent launch ofGoogle+, a new social network, has caused ripples in many different online spaces. From talk of it being a ?Facebook killer? because of its enhanced privacy settings to discussion of who one should place in the various ?Circles? available to users, the focus has been on technical aspects of the new service. What interests me, however, is how using the lens of digital literacies can cast light on practices and interactions in these spheres.

The Beginner?s Guide to Facebook Commerce

from Mashable! by Jeff Ente

Digital Activism Through The Ages: Continuing the Flashback

from The Meta-Activism Project by Nikila Srinivasan

Mobile Technologies for Conflict Management

from iRevolution by Patrick Meier

?Mobile Technologies for Conflict Management: Online Dispute Resolution, Governance, Participation? is the title of anew book edited by Marta Poblet. I recently met Marta in Vienna, Austria during the UN Expert Meeting on Croudsource Mapping organized by UN SPIDER. I?m excited that her book has just launched. The chapters are is divided into 3 sections: Disruptive Applications of Mobile Technologies; Towards a Mobile ODR; and Mobile Technologies: New Challenges for Governance, Privacy and Security.

The Rise of Online Deal Seeking and Couponing

from Daily Bits by noemi
Do you have memories of parents or grandparents sitting on the porch or the kitchen table (or wherever their favorite spot was) on a lazy Sunday afternoon, meticulously weeding through the coupon section and cutting out the useful ones? Those days are long gone, although the concept of couponing is definitely still here, thanks to theInternet.

How Wired Magazine Tried (And Failed) To Help The US Government Frame Julian Assange

We’ve learned a few important things from thefull transcripts of Bradley Manning’s online chats with Adrian Lamo.Glenn Greenwald has already focussed on how Wired magazine’s decision to with-hold the full transcripts has damaged the reputations of Manning, Assange and WikiLeaks. But it’s worth examining in more detail exactly how Wired’s subterfuge has affected Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in particular.

StumbleUpon sends more traffic to US websites than Facebook ? Tech News and Analysis

Social Media?s Other Superstars

from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans

How Social Media Has Disrupted the Internet

from social media vb by steve olenski
A fundamental shift is taking place online, from an information-based web to the ‘people web

Hacker group launches online social network
Anonymous, which rose to infamy last year with cyber attacks in support of controversial whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, posted the suspension notice from Google on its blog at Tumblr. The group has been linked to attacks on Visa, Mastercard and

Anonymous To Build Its Own Social Network Called AnonPlus

by Stan Schroeder

The first Google eBooks-integrated e-reader: iriver Story HD

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler
(Cross-posted from theInside Google Books Blog and theGoogle Commerce blog)

Starting this coming Sunday, July 17, the iriver Story HD e-reader will be available for sale in Target stores nationwide and onTarget.com. The iriver Story HD is the first e-reader integrated with theopen Google eBooks platform, through which you can buy and readGoogle eBooks over Wi-Fi.

ISPs, Academics and Citizens Oppose EU Anti-Piracy Legislation

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto

Over the past several years many stringent anti-piracy treaties and directives have been proposed in the European Union and abroad, usually as a result of pro-copyright lobbying efforts.

24,000 Pentagon Files Stolen in Cyberattack

by Emily Banks

Google?s Anti-Piracy Filter Is Quite Effective

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto
Starting a few months ago Googlebegan filtering ?piracy-related? terms from its ?Autocomplete? and ?Instant? services. The unpublished blacklist includes ?torrent?, ?BitTorrent?, ?uTorrent? and ?MegaUpload? and was updated with the term ?Mediafire? last month.

Twitter?s Ecosystem Now Includes 1 Million Apps

by Jennifer Van Grove

Mobile Hacking: How Safe Is Your Smartphone?

by Todd Wasserman

Wired publishes Manning chat logs in full

by Rob Beschizza
Wired haspublished in full the chat logs it received of conversations between accused whistleblower Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo, who turned him in. [Threat Level] An excerpt:

Rihanna Overtakes Lady Gaga in Facebook Fans

from All Facebook by David Cohen
When it comes to Facebook fans for female celebrities, it appears thatLady Gaga is now under Rihanna?s umbrella.
As reported byMashable,Rihanna overtookLady Gaga to claim the title of most popular woman on Facebook, with 40,591,705 fans at the time of this post, compared with 40,560,858 for Gaga.

BBC Cites Facebook in New Social Media Policy

from All Facebook by Jennifer Moire

2011-07-11 Look Who’s Whacking WikiLeaks

Next time you see a negative media report on Julian Assange or Wikileaks, have a think about who is writing it, and why. Behind every character-assassinating “newsy” hit-piece you will discover a writer or a publisher (usually both) with an agenda. And you don’t have to look too far to find it.

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