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  • Ron Paul’s Anti-Net Neutrality ‘Internet Freedom’ Campaign Distorts Liberty

    Ron Paul’s Anti-Net Neutrality ‘Internet Freedom’ Campaign Distorts Liberty

    The libertarian super-duo, Congressman Ron Paul and his son, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, launched an “Internet Freedom” campaign this week that has come out swinging against net neutrality, branding it as a clever attempt at more government intervention. “The Technology Revolution” manifesto decries any attempt to regulate private Internet service providers as an affront… Read More

  • Teenage Sexting Is Becoming The Norm

    Teenage Sexting Is Becoming The Norm

    “Under most existing laws, if our findings were extrapolated nationally, several million teens could be prosecuted for child pornography,” explains a new study on teen sexting, which finds that a whopping 28% of teenagers text fully-nude pictures of themselves. We took a deep dive into the much reported Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine article, and found some weird insights into… Read More

  • SparkTruck Is A Force For STEM Education On Wheels

    SparkTruck Is A Force For STEM Education On Wheels

    Budget cuts and bureaucracy have kept engineering equipment from our nation’s schools, so a scrappy Stanford team is taking a truck chock-full of fun tools to the students themselves. SparkTruck literally parks a engineering bench outside of schools, let’s students play with the latest in maker technology, and has managed to have a measurable impact on students’ path towards… Read More

  • Thanks, Science! New Study Says CrunchBase Is An Information Treasure Trove

    Thanks, Science! New Study Says CrunchBase Is An Information Treasure Trove

    “I believe CrunchBase will gain a lot of attention from the academia soon, which is always eager for high-quality data set,” writes Guang Xiang of Carnegie Mellon University, who found that he could predict Mergers and Acquisitions much better using the unique business variables available in CrunchBase than the traditional databases used by academics. Thanks, Xiang, flattery will… Read More

  • Berkeley Study: For MBAs, Happiness Isn’t About the Money

    Berkeley Study: For MBAs, Happiness Isn’t About the Money

    “Well after the point that Facebook’s valuation passed $1B, Mark still lived in a small, crappy apartment and slept on a mattress on the floor. All he really cared about was work and he spent most of his waking hours at the office,” wrote Facebook’s first product manager, Ezra Callahan. Entrepreneurs have a peculiar habit of bucking the capitalistic expectation of… Read More

  • F*** Yeah! Supreme Court Tosses Out “Vague” FCC Indecency Fines Against Fox And ABC

    F*** Yeah! Supreme Court Tosses Out “Vague” FCC Indecency Fines Against Fox And ABC

    Public airwaves may be one step closer to becoming an indecent wasteland of swearing, nudity, and violence—a victory for First Amendment-lovers everywhere. Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously threw out fines against Fox and ABC for airing brief expletives and nudity, arguing that the FCC’s rule against “fleeting” indecency was too vague. The narrow decision… Read More

  • Jimmy Wales, On New Editing Platform: “This Is Epically Important”

    Jimmy Wales, On New Editing Platform: “This Is Epically Important”

    “This is epically important,” tweeted Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, about a new simplified editing platform aimed at massively expanding the number of people who contribute to the online encyclopedia. A deceivingly tiny percentage of users actually contribute to Wikipedia, despite the foundation’s earnest attempts at making it an inclusive, democratic creation of… Read More

  • Dear Klout, This Is How You Measure Influence

    Dear Klout, This Is How You Measure Influence

    “Up until now, we’ve thought a lot about influence in terms of how big someone’s microphone is,” NYU Professor of Business Sinan Aral, tells TechCrunch, “A more important question is, how much does someone’s influence, or their messages, or the things they have to say to us, change our behavior?” The solution, demonstrates Aral in a paper published… Read More

  • Knight Foundation Bets Mobile Sensor Startup, Behav.io, Is The Future of Journalism

    Knight Foundation Bets Mobile Sensor Startup, Behav.io, Is The Future of Journalism

    “Our social networks are not Facebook,” says Nadav Aharony, an Android project manager and one of the six winners of the Knight Foundation’s $1.3 million in grants for media innovation. Instead of intentional online connections, his startup, Behavio, looks at how peoples’ location, network of phone contacts, physical proximity, and movement throughout the day can help… Read More

  • Congressman Issa Launches Direct Democracy Technology Lab, Seeks Developers

    Congressman Issa Launches Direct Democracy Technology Lab, Seeks Developers

    “We can draft anything, but will we go to the masses?” said Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), creator of Congress’s little-known online crowdsourcing legislative platform, Project Madison. Today, at the open-government forum, the Personal Democracy Conference, Issa launched a foundation to expand the ability of citizens to suggest changes to all legislation, and to fund… Read More

  • Should Children Under 13 Be Allowed Facebook Accounts?

    MIT Psychologist, Sherry Turkle, Says Facebook For Pre-Teens Is ‘Agonizing’

    “I don’t think this is such a good idea. I think that 13′s and above are having a hard enough time around some of the pressures of Facebook,” argues, MIT Psychologist, Sherry Turkle, and author of Alone Together. Facebook is reportedly mulling a decision to permit children under 13-years-old to join. Mark Zuckerberg, himself, has broached the subject, “my… Read More

  • Kinect Reveals The Next Job To Be Replaced By Computers: Sports Coaches

    Kinect Reveals The Next Job To Be Replaced By Computers: Sports Coaches

    “It’s just as good as getting a personal instructor,” says basketball coach Julio Agosto, speaking on the Xbox Kinect’s new dribbling game, NBA Baller Beats. Agosto, an Emerald City Academy Basketball coach and father to b-ball Internet phenom, Jashaun Agosto, tells TechCrunch that Kinect’s digital eye is able to recognize and reward enough advanced dribbling… Read More

  • How to Get Involved With The White House Digital Road Map

    How to Get Involved With The White House Digital Road Map

    President Obama’s technology advisors are looking for some “kick ass” fellows to work on the White House’s new digital road map for open government. Announced on stage at Disrupt 2012, CTO Todd Park and CIO Steven VanRoekel detailed five new projects, each which will need a team of open government geeks to help move forward. You can view the first part of the… Read More

  • The 21st Century Gold Rush Announced At Disrupt: Raw Data

    The 21st Century Gold Rush Announced At Disrupt: Raw Data

    President Obama has a “high geek quotient” according to his senior technology advisor, Todd Park. Park and U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel announced five major federal initiatives at TechCrunch Disrupt today, along with a call to entrepreneurs to join in a new gold rush of data that will be released in the coming months. Like how the GPS industry helped pave the way for iPhone apps, Park… Read More

  • The President’s Tech Gurus Want A Few Good Men And Women At TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Next Week

    The President’s Tech Gurus Want A Few Good Men And Women At TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Next Week

    The President’s technology gurus, US CTO Todd Park and CIO Steven VanRoekel, will be looking for savvy innovators to work with at next week’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York (tickets here). Park and VanRoekel will be announcing some new technology initiatives at their Disrupt Panel. We understand that they’ll be looking for both startup partners and individuals to… Read More

  • Hacker High School, GameDesk, Aims To Create A Generation of Makers

    Hacker High School, GameDesk, Aims To Create A Generation of Makers

    Facebook created a $100 billion empire on top of a “hacker culture,” a workplace ethos that encourages wild experimentation and collaborative fun. Now, AT&T is betting $3.8 million that one school, GameDesk, can prepare students for the controlled chaos of the modern workplace. At GameDesk, subjects, from English to Algebra, are an interdisciplinary investigation into real… Read More

  • Why The Internet Doesn’t Make Us Care More About Politics

    Why The Internet Doesn’t Make Us Care More About Politics

    American politics used to be fun: frequent political carnivals in the 19th century would mix parties, parades, and political speeches in an endless stream of local civic life. As a result, America had an astonishingly high turnout, between 70-90%, in presidential and local elections. Yet, the Internet has never quite captured the emotional gravity of real-life engagement, and keeps tripping… Read More

  • Amazon Killed The Book Reviewer Star

    Amazon Killed The Book Reviewer Star

    Authors no longer have to impress stodgy English majors to get their book a quality review: new research from the Harvard Business Review shows that the aggregate rating of Amazon reviewers are every bit as good as professional book critics. Professional book critics, on the other hand, suffer from nepotism: critics give more favorable reviews to their colleagues, authors who agree with… Read More

  • The Importance Of Social Media In Elections: Mostly Hot Air

    The Importance Of Social Media In Elections: Mostly Hot Air

    If social media mattered in elections, Ron Paul would have a realistic shot at being the Republican nominee and Barack Obama would be on track to crush Mitt Romney in the biggest landslide in American history. Despite the hype over follower counts, a new study shows that there’s no credible evidence that Twitter can be used to predict how elections will turn out. “It can be… Read More

  • Move Over Harvard And MIT, Stanford Has The Real “Revolution In Education”

    Move Over Harvard And MIT, Stanford Has The Real “Revolution In Education”

    Lectures are often the least educational aspect of college; I know, I’ve taught college seniors and witnessed how little students learn during their four years in higher education. So, while it’s noble that MIT and Harvard are opening their otherwise exclusive lecture content to the public with EdX, hanging a webcam inside of a classroom is a not a “revolution in… Read More