Cyberculture roundup: Facebook IPO, World?s first Wikipedia town and more..

Monmouthpedia: The World?s first Wikipedia town, is set to go live

from The Next Web by Jamillah Knowles
The Internet of things is becoming easier to grasp as household appliances, pot plants and other objects are connected to the Internet to let us know more about them or update on environmental changes. Though the appearance of the Internet of things is still a bit patchy, it just took a giant leap with the first Wikipedia town going live on May 19th.

BitTorrent Piracy Boosts Music Sales, Study Finds

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto

For more than a decade researchers have been looking into the effects of music piracy on the revenues of the record industry, with mixed results.

7 Companies That Could Have Been Facebook

from Mashable! by Christine Erickson

The US and China hold top place in ?Origin of Hacks? league table as the UK enters the top ten

from The Next Web by Jamillah Knowles

Twitter will now suggest custom list of follow suggestions based on web history and network activity

from The Next Web by Matthew Panzarino

The Game of Thrones theme played on floppy drives is better than the original

from The Next Web by Matthew Panzarino
Not to take anything away from Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi, but there?s just something about this rendition of the show?s theme on floppy drives that really tickles my fancy. The video was created by perennial floppy disk wrangler Anand Jin, who has a YouTube channel full of these kinds of remakes, if you like that sort of thing.

The Obama administration calls Twitter?s adoption of Do Not Track ?an important step?

from The Next Web by Nancy Messieh

5 Things You Might Not Like About Blogging

from About Web Logs
Did you know that the life of a blogger isn’t all positive? There are some things about blogging that you might not like at all, and you should know what…

Mark Zuckerberg Gets Married

from Mashable! by Charlie White

Mark Zuckerberg?s Very Big Week [PICS]

from Mashable! by Christina Warren

Who is Zuckerberg?s Bride, Priscilla Chan? [PICS]

from Mashable! by Kate Freeman

Facebook Has Gone Public in More Ways Than You Might Think

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick

Mark Zuckerberg?s wedding status update passes 1 million Facebook ?likes?

from The Next Web by Jon Russell
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg capped the rollercoaster that was last week by marrying his sweetheart of nine years, Priscilla Chan, on Saturday and the news has gone down very well with users of the social network. To date, more than one million people have ?liked? the update, less than 48 hours after it was posted.

Facebook?s IPO and Social Media Fatigue

from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans

Nasdaq ?Embarrassed? Over Facebook IPO Tech Glitches

from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder

7 Social Networking Apps for When Facebook Jumps the Shark

from Wired Top Stories by Christina Bonnington
Facebook fever is everywhere. If you need to escape, here are seven social networking apps you can use to fill the void.

The Future of Gamification

from Pew Internet Rss Feed: Reports
Game mechanics like rewards and feedback loops are gaining ground in digital life and many experts think they will spread widely to key domains like education and health by 2020. Others worry about a darker side.

Finnish court: open WiFi owners not responsible for copyright infringement

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
A Finnish court has ruled that merely operating an open WiFi access point does not make you liable for copyright infringements committed on your network. From the defense attorney’s press release:

Men in Black Stalking Your Facebook

from Background Check by Jessica Straight

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: Mark Zuckerberg is like Steve Jobs and me rolled into one

from The Next Web by Jon Russell

Pictually: for artists and photographers

from The Next Web by Nancy Messieh

5 Smart Companies Using Tech For Good

from Mashable! by Lauren Hockenson

Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Justin Ellis

The Costs and Benefits of Collaboration

from MediaShift
Carrie Lozano nailed a real need in her No. 1 takeaway from last month’s “collaboration marathon” of back-to-back conferences in Berkeley, Calif. “We need to come up with useful cost-benefit analyses of collaboration,” she wrote on Collaboration Central last week.

43% of US teens say they text whilst driving, despite knowing of the dangers: AT&T survey

from The Next Web by Paul Sawers
A survey commissioned by US telecoms giant AT&T has found that 43% of teens admit to sending a text while driving, with adults setting a poor example too.

Microsoft + Facebook Taking the Search Engine to a Whole New Level

from social media vb by socialmediafrontiers
Microsoft Bing is revamping its search engine to include a sidebar to enable you to obtain recommendations from users of Facebook when making a search on Bing. It is not just Facebook but they are planning to include many other networks.

Cost of a Cyberattack: $100,000 Per Hour for Some Retailers [REPORT]

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick

Leading Senate cyber-security bill attacked by privacy groups, calling the CISPA alternative into doubt

from The Next Web by Alex Wilhelm
You likely haven?t heard much about CISPA lately, as the bill is past the House, and we are now waiting on the Senate to make the next move. Essentially, one of the competing cyber-security bills that is currently bouncing about the Senate needs to pass, before reconciliation can occur, and something can be sent for the President?s signature.

How Yahoo killed Flickr

from by Jason Kottke

New research shows smartphone growth is global

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler
Last October, we launched Our Mobile Planet, a resource enabling anyone to visualize the ways smartphones are transforming how people connect with information, each other and the places around them.

Twitter Improves Privacy Options, Now Supports ‘Do Not Track’

from Wired Top Stories by Scott Gilbertson
Like most social sites, Twitter tracks your every move around the web. Now, however, the company has joined a growing number of websites that support the “Do Not Track” standard, offering users a way to opt out of the tracking.

Report from America’s jailbreaking hearings

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
Wired’s David Kravets reports from the Copyright Office’s triennial hearings on exceptions to the DMCA’s rules against breaking DRM. Every three years, public interest groups supplicate themselves before the Copyright Office and beg for our right to jailbreak our devices and look inside our own property. Every three years, entertainment lawyers show up and demand that nothing of the sort come to pass, because their clients can only survive if it’s illegal for you to decid

The Unintended Consequences of CISPA

from Stanford Center for Internet and Society by Jennifer Granick
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (“CISPA”) is the latest example of a depressingly common situation in Washington DC — well-meaning legislators unfamiliar with technology try to rush through a statute about a high-profile Internet issue (here, cybersecurity). Proponents of the bill say they want to faciliate information sharing between the federal government and the private sector. What they don’t seem to understand is that existing laws already permit most kinds of cybersecurity information sharing. Read more » about The Unintended Consequences of CISPA

Why Twitter?s weekly email digest is a great move

from The Next Web by Matthew Panzarino

Introducing the Knowledge Graph: things, not strings

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler
Cross-posted on the Inside Search Blog
Search is a lot about discovery?the basic human need to learn and broaden your horizons. But searching still requires a lot of hard work by you, the user. So today I?m really excited to launch the Knowledge Graph, which will help you discover new information quickly and easily.

Google?s Knowledge Graph shows it doesn?t just want you to search, it wants you to stay

from The Next Web by Matthew Panzarino

U.S. Law Professors Cast Further Doubt on ACTA’s Constitutionality – State Department Confirms No ACTA Pre-Review

from Updates by maira
Fifty leading U.S. legal scholars cast fresh doubt on the constitutionality of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in an open letter to the Senate Finance Committee today. (Press Release). At issue is whether the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) had authority to enter into the controversial IP enforcement agreement on behalf of the United States when the Deputy U.S. Trade Ambassador signed ACTA in October 2011. The law professors say no, and call on the Senators to ?exercise your constitutional responsibility to ensure that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is submitted to the Senate for approval as an Article II treaty, or to the Congress as an ex-post Congressional-Executive Agreement.?

Europe to Google: Stop Being Evil ? or Else

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick

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