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  • Facebook Accidentally Sent Advertisers Receipts And Data For Other People’s Ads

    Facebook Accidentally Sent Advertisers Receipts And Data For Other People’s Ads

    Last night a sizable number of Facebook advertisers received receipts listing other people’s ads, including company names, campaign names, and amount spent. Sources tipped us off to the bug, and Facebook confirms to me it occurred and was fixed in about two hours. The company also confirms that no one was charged for other people’s ads, despite one victim claiming otherwise, and… Read More

  • Colbert Weighs In On Yo, Asking Y?

    Colbert Weighs In On Yo, Asking Y?

    Last night I had a dream. In it, everyone in the world used just one word: Yo. “Yo” for hello, “Yo” for yes and no, “Yo” for I’m hungry. “Yo” for everything. So imagine my surprise this morning when I wake up to see that Colbert has turned my nightmare into a reality. Read More

  • US Marshals Accidentally Replies All To Anonymous Bitcoin Auction Bidders In Email Fiasco

    US Marshals Accidentally Replies All To Anonymous Bitcoin Auction Bidders In Email Fiasco

    In a magnificent show of technical ineptitude, today the U.S. Marshals revealed the identities of many anonymous bidders in its $18 million seized Silk Road Bitcoin auction by CC’ing them on an email thread. When one asked a question, the response was sent to 40 of the bidders, many whose names were attached or easily identifiable from their addresses, negating the whole point of the… Read More

  • Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons

    Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons

    Oh, cute cat video? Let me watch that for a second in the News Feed. Click the play button. NOPE. It was a lie. Just a static image of a play button designed to dupe me into clicking out to some crappy website. Feed reading, interrupted. User experience, injured. Likelihood I’ll click legitimate videos in the future, diminished. Facebook. Seriously. This BS needs to stop. I get it. Sites… Read More

  • This Is Dave Goldblatt, A Facebook Employee And The Newest Valyrian In Westeros

    This Is Dave Goldblatt, A Facebook Employee And The Newest Valyrian In Westeros

    Remember when I told you that you could become a character in Game Of Thrones, replete with your own name, a station in life, and a grisly death? If you don’t, here’s a quick refresher: To benefit a wolf sanctuary in his home city of Santa Fe, as well as a local Food Depot, the series’ author George R.R. Martin promised to name a character after the first man and the first… Read More

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    No, A16Z Didn’t Buy Y Combinator For $266 Billion

    No, A16Z Didn’t Buy Y Combinator For $266 Billion

    No, Andreessen Horowitz isn’t buying Y Combinator for $266 billion. In fact the post, which looks an awful lot like a real TechCrunch post, is actually a hoax and never appeared on the TechCrunch site at all. How was a forgery accomplished so easily and how did it spread so virally that it garnered over 25,000 views in 12 hours? Read More

  • Rap Genius Drops Co-Founder Following Elliot Rodger Manifesto Annotations

    Rap Genius Drops Co-Founder Following Elliot Rodger Manifesto Annotations

    Rap Genius, the startup that wants to “annotate the world,” sees the departure of co-founder Mahbod Moghadam today, owing to Moghadam’s ill-advised annotations on the rambling manifesto of Elliot Rodger. Rodger went on a killing spree this past weekend, injuring 13 and killing seven, including himself. In a blog post detailing the news, co-founder and CEO Tom Lehman describes… Read More

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    Spotify, Please Chill With The [Censored] Music

    Spotify, Please Chill With The [Censored] Music

    Spotify is a magic music box. It’s [Censored] an amazing tool. I like to [Censored] people that the $10 I send it each month is the [Censored] money I spend. Having access to such a massive catalog of tunes on every device I own is the [Censored] knees. But Spotify has an [Censored]-interface issue that makes using it occasionally incredibly frustrating to use: Censored music. Read More

  • #Love: Design For It

    #Love: Design For It

    If you believed the hype, you’d think technology was killing love. To start, the search has been tainted, or so people say. Algorithms are turning serendipity into superficial math. Swipe right and find yourself mired in a hookup culture gone mad. Try the likes of Grindr and experience the irrevocable blurring of the lines between dating and porn. Emojis offend the language of courtship. Read More

  • WePay Withholds Funds From Sick Woman Due To Offer Of Porn For Donations

    WePay Withholds Funds From Sick Woman Due To Offer Of Porn For Donations

    Should credit card processors and crowdfunding sites be able to deny funds to adult entertainers and sex workers? That’s the thorny question at the heart of an unfortunate situation where donated medical funds are being withheld from a sick woman. Legal and moral issues entangle to facilitate descrimination against those who earn a living off their bodies, or at least complicate their… Read More

  • George R.R. Martin Writes Everything In WordStar 4.0 On A DOS Machine

    George R.R. Martin Writes Everything In WordStar 4.0 On A DOS Machine

    George R.R. Martin is an impressive man. Not only can he kill off characters like it’s NBD, and magically make you care for characters who have been historically evil, but he writes millions of words about an imaginary land without any help from the Internet, spell check, or autocorrect. The Song Of Ice And Fire author, and creator behind HBO’s “Game of Thrones”… Read More

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    Ugggghhhhhh

    Ugggghhhhhh

    At a time when Silicon Valley is facing increasing scrutiny over the treatment of women in technology, there emerges a website called Codebabes.com, where, as you may have already heard, involves women stripping as you learn to code and pass online tests. Yes, seriously. People have tried it and posted their results. To which I have to say only this: what in the actual f@ck. Read More

  • Screw It, Yelp Should Do Three Apps

    Screw It, Yelp Should Do Three Apps

    After this morning’s announcement that Foursquare will become Eightsquare in order to be a “true Yelp-killer,” we have the following advice to give competitor Yelp: “Screw it. Do three apps.” As The Verge astutely points out, location sharing is never going to be as popular as “sharing a selfie, sharing a link, or firing off a tweet.” Read More

  • Google Denies Shady Claim That AdSense Robbed Publishers

    Google Denies Shady Claim That AdSense Robbed Publishers

    An alleged former Google employee has anonymously published unconfirmed allegations that AdSense purposefully banned publishers right before their periodic payout so it could keep their ad revenue. But Google denies this as “a complete fiction”, and based on our examination of the report, the allegations look false. There may have been mechanisms in place to prevent scamming… Read More

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    When $324 Million Isn’t Nearly Enough

    When $324 Million Isn’t Nearly Enough

    Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe have agreed to a $324 million settlement in response to a suit brought by employees of the firms who were financially impacted by their agreements to not hire from each other. That action suppressed the wages of their staff. The $324 million figure is paltry and an embarrassment. Read More

  • #Love: What’s Your Type?

    #Love: What’s Your Type?

    There was a time, I’m told, when the closest that two lovers came to text messaging was written love letters, sent through the snail mail. Perhaps they were from a soldier to his sweetheart back home, or, that’s how I’d like to imagine it. And then, slowly but surely, a period of textual radio silence commenced, driven by the adoption of the telephone. Until email and SMS… Read More

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    WTF? Skype Quietly Removes “Offensive” Emoticons

    WTF? Skype Quietly Removes “Offensive” Emoticons

    It’s a sad day. As is so often the case, my copy editor was about to flip me the virtual bird on Skype and she couldn’t. Why? Because Microsoft is a prude. Read More

  • Airlines Should Make Twitter A No-Fly Zone

    Airlines Should Make Twitter A No-Fly Zone

    Whoops! Airlines are awful at Twitter, and should leave the platform entirely. I’m not the first person to say this, but today’s knock-it-out-off-the-park fail from USAirways’ Twitter account served as an excellent reminder. Read More

  • #Love: Thanks, Porn

    #Love: Thanks, Porn

    As a modern married male, the times spent alone with my computer and a box of tissues are, in some ways, the best times. That is not to say the manifold pleasures of family life and the wild menagerie of mere existence aren’t amazing, but a body likes to be alone. For this I thank porn. While there is no doubt that there are dark corners of this industry and that porn, to some people… Read More

  • #Love: When Your Lover Has Your Password

    #Love: When Your Lover Has Your Password

    There is a special milestone in each significant relationship that is rarely celebrated. There’s no holiday, no dinner, and no party. It just happens – one day you’re strangers, the next you’re not. It’s the day you hand over your passwords to your SO. Read More