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How Pinterest Is Changing Website Design Forever

from Mashable! by Sarah Kessler

Digital Activism 101: The 5 Activist Functions of Technology

from The Meta-Activism Project by Mary C Joyce

Digital Activism 101 is a series of posts introducing key concepts to students and activists.


From the revolutionaries of the Arab Spring and Occupy Movements to non-profits and bloggers advocating online to political candidates on Twitter, many people hoping to change the world (or slightly improve it) are using technology to do so.  It seems that every day we learn about a new tactic, a new social media tool, a new argument about how technology has been over-hyped or undersold.  The variety and complexity seems infinite.


Hackers Release Symantec Source Code After Failed $50K Extortion Attempt

from Wired Top Stories by Kim Zetter
Hackers with the Anonymous collective have released source code for Symantec’s pcAnywhere product after failing to secure $50,000 from the company in an extortion attempt.


Anonymous Takes Revenge on Oakland Officials, Posts Private Data

from Mashable! by Kate Freeman

Anonymous Hacks Syrian President?s Email. The Password: 12345

from Mashable! by Zoe Fox


Pandora vs. Spotify: Who Will Win the Battle for Streaming Music?

from Mashable! by Matthew Bryan Beck

Is BitTorrent Done? Major Torrent Sites Consider Shutting Down

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto
For nearly a decade BitTorrent sites have ruled the file-sharing landscape.


Google’s New Privacy Policy: Close But No Cigar

by Adam Levin
Last week was a pretty good one for the notion of privacy in America, which  has increasingly become forlorn and tattered as a result of the advancement of digital technology. First, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Jones that warrantless GPS tracking of a criminal suspect by the FBI was unconstitutional, and then later in the week Google announced its new privacy policy, a model of simplicity and fairness with one sizeable flaw. Oddly, this particular decision by the court sheds some important light on the particular problem within Google’s otherwise admirable new privacy policy.

Anonymous ready to dump 2.6GB of Haditha docs

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
A group of Anons are about to dump a torrent 2.6GB of email containing “detailed records, transcripts, testimony, trial evidence, and legal defense donation records” about the Haditha massacre, in which 24 unarmed Iraqi men, women and children were killed by the USMC.


The Target Isn?t Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, Or MAFIAA: It?s The Policymakers

from TorrentFreak by Rick Falkvinge
Big Monopoly has learned in the past century that when they look like a little spoiled brat having a tantrum, politicians will throw taxpayer money their way to shut them up. Therefore, this is a behavior they emulate as soon they are given a good enough excuse. It?s simply a reinforced, learned behavior.


How to Recruit with Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC]

from Mashable! by Lauren Hockenson
So you?ve got a great job that?s waiting to be filled at your company, and you decide you want to tap into thealready measured power of social media recruiting. You start to wrestle with the big kahuna, LinkedIn, and you?re also covering niche social media sites for your industry. But you may be ignoring an intensely powerful tool hiding right under your nose ? Facebook. The social media mega-site has proven successful for snapping upyoung professionals, but it can be a great resource for finding talent at any level.

Seven Ways an IPO Will Change Facebook

from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans

By now, you?ve probably know as much about Facebook?s impending IPO as you?ll ever want to know. Putting aside the $100-billion and the factthe graffiti artist who painted Facebook?s initial office is now worth $200-million, it will be fascinating to see how Facebook is going to change after it becomes a publicly-traded company.

Digital Divide: If You?re Reading This, You?re One of the Lucky Ones [INFOGRAPHIC]

from Mashable! by Charlie White
Even in the richest countries on the planet such as the U.S., not everyone has easy access to this cornucopia of connectivity, the Internet.
The Internet is a tremendous growth engine, responsible for 21% of economic growth in the more advanced countries in the world, according to a McKinsey study.

Anonymous leaks FBI-Scotland Yard conference call

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating
Earlier this week, Ars Technica’s Nate Anderson profiled the online hacker collective Anonymous for FP, writing, “when the Anonymous hive gets prodded, the prodder usually finds himself covered with bee stings and begging for mercy.”

Google refuses to halt privacy policy change

from – World, Europe
Search engine asked to halt implementation of new privacy policy while impact on users is examined

Google asked to pause rule change

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
An EU data protection group writes to Google to ask them to suspend changes to their privacy policy.


Ukraine: Netizens React to Popular File-Sharing Website’s Shutdown

from Global Voices Online by Tetyana Bohdanova
On January 31, Ukrainian Internet users learned that the country?s biggest file-sharing site, [ru], was shut down due to repeated copyright violations. According to the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior, among the companies that filed a lawsuit [uk] against were Microsoft, Adobe, Graphisoft and others.

Is the Social Web Less Surprising? The Internet of People and Social Flâneurism

from technosociology by zeynep
As I read this essay on ?The Death of the Cyberflâneur? by Evgeny Morozov who argues that the Internet lost its early quality of leisurely strolling and encountering the unexpected, I kept thinking about how this did not fit my experience. While there are many parts to Morozov?s essay ?some of which I am not going to discuss here at all? I want to focus on the idea of ?wandering around? the Web and encountering the unplanned in light of the emergence of the ?social web?. For me, the social web has greatly increased exactly this quality of the Internet ?encountering the unsearched and the unplanned? and I don?t believe this is because I am exceptional but rather it is because connectivity through people ?the social web? yields more diverse and surprising encounters than mere connectivity through topics or information-the early Internet.

10 Effective Ways to Get More Facebook Fans This Year

from social media vb by FixCourse
Growing your audience takes time, but it isn’t rocket science. And you don’t need to spend a dime on advertising. Here are 10 easy, effective ways to get more Facebook fans immediately.

ALERT: Deleted Facebook Photos Remain Online, Cached

from All Facebook by David Cohen


On Crowdsourcing, Crisis Mapping and Data Protection Standards

from iRevolution by Patrick Meier

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) just published their official Data Protection Manual. This report is hugely informative and should be required reading. At the same time, the 150-page report does not mention social media even once. This is perfectly understandable given IOM?s work, but there is no denying that disaster-affected communities are becoming more digitally-enabled?and thus increasingly the source of important, user-generated information. Moreover, it is difficult to ascertain exactly how to apply all of IOM?s Data Protection Principles to this new digital context and the work of the Standby Volunteer Task Force (SBTF).

First Downloaded and 3D Printed Pirate Bay Ship Arrives

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto
A decade ago people were truly amazed to find out that they could download entire movies using BitTorrent. At the time substantial online video simply didn?t exist, and BitTorrent was an eye opener which has since become the movie industry?s biggest worry.

The Rise of the Sharing Economy

by Erica Swallow

Americans explain why jailbreaking should be legal

by Cory Doctorow
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has selected some of the best submissions from the Copyright Office’s review of whether it should continue to be legal in the USA to “jailbreak” your devices in order to make them more suited to their needs. In this post, we hear from a deaf man who jailbreaks his phone so that he can use it as an assistive device at work; a military worker in Kuwait who jailbreaks his phone so he can quickly access the flashlight function to scare off dangerous wildlife near the base; and a nurse whose jailbroken device allows her to “track my performance, treatments used on patients, and the effects of those treatments, much faster with customizations that are not available on a device that is not jailbroken.”

Letters to the Copyright Office: Why I Jailbreak

from Updates by parker
EFF has asked the U.S. Copyright Office to declare that jailbreaking smartphones, tablets, and game consoles does not violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and there are only two days left to submit comments to the Copyright Office, or to sign on to letters supporting our exemption requests from video game system hacker bunnie Huang and ?Everything is a Remix? filmmaker Kirby Ferguson. We?ve already heard from many device users who have spoken up to explain why installing the software they choose on the devices they own should stay legal.


Facebook?s 845 Million Members May Not All Visit The Site

from All Facebook by Jennifer Moire

We?ve long worked with a statistic that about half of Facebook?s membership of into the site daily, but what about the rest of the 845 million monthly active users the company cites?

Wait — Atlantis Doesn’t Exist After All (Again)?

from Wired Top Stories by Ethan Gilsdorf
Updated seafloor imaging on Google Earth cleans up the artifacts that had people worked up about finding the lost continent.

Get to Know Your Instagram Metrics: 5 Key Features of Statigram

from Likeable Media – A Social Media and Word of Mouth Marketing Firm by alexandra
By: Alexandra Spignesi Instagram quickly became one of my favorite social media networks (yes, I put it right up there with my long time love, Twitter). Over the past couple months I noticed interaction boom. Then brands started joining. Instagram offers creative marketing through photos for brands, while reaching a target demographic. Brands such as

Chrome Web Browser Finally Comes to Android Phones, Tablets

from Wired Top Stories by Mike Isaac
Google launched a beta version of Chrome for Android smartphones and tablets Tuesday, delivering a mobile version of the popular desktop web browser after a very long wait. Indeed, both Android and Chrome launched more than three years ago, and users have demanded unification ever since.

How to Make Your Content Go Viral

from social media vb by ginidietrich
And, just because two guys kicking one another or cute puppies might work this week doesn?t mean they won?t be overshadowed the following week by a celebrity crying over a sloth.

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