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March 29, 2014

Signs Blackberry is getting desperate: They’re suing people

  • victory A while back, you may have heard of this device, funded by Ryan Seacrest, that puts a keyboard on your iPhone. The Typo earned a little press early on, but then Blackberry sued. The mobile also-ran won its lawsuit this week, proving that they don’t like Ryan Seacrest or something.
  • threats The victory came on the heels of an announcement by the company’s CEO earlier this week that it would take action against people leaking early details about its products. “[W]hen curiosity turns to criminality, we must take strong action,” CEO John Chen wrote. “We will always take appropriate actions to prevent leaks from happening and in some cases this means prosecuting individuals — internally or externally — who leak confidential information.” So in other words, Blackberry doesn’t understand the tech industry runs on leaks.
13:48 // 3 weeks ago
How Piers Morgan went out last night: He made a passionate plea for more gun control. ”I’m so pro-American, I want more of you to stay alive,” he said.

How Piers Morgan went out last night: He made a passionate plea for more gun control. ”I’m so pro-American, I want more of you to stay alive,” he said.

13:29 // 3 weeks ago
March 28, 2014
Transgressive comedy, especially when it’s coming out of the mouth of a character espousing what the writers and the performer despise, is so dependent not just on context but on delivery—which are two things that Twitter strips from it.
Comedian Harry Shearer • Discussing comedy’s poor translation from screen to tweet, in the context of the whole Colbert thing. Another relevant point Shearer told The Daily Beast: “[Satire] is a very blunt weapon. You don’t use it against normal people. You aim it at the people with the guns.”
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20:21 // 3 weeks ago
mssnglnk:

Hard hitting news.

I hope the stipple artist got paid millions of dollars.

mssnglnk:

Hard hitting news.

I hope the stipple artist got paid millions of dollars.

20:17 // 3 weeks ago
There is simply no prize for taking the most time to consider, posting the most even-handed and nuanced reaction, demanding the most proportionate punishment. If I’m being honest, this post itself is proof of that. No news site is going to get a billion clicks rushing out the headline: Internet User Considers Facts, Decides Tweet Was Maybe In Poor Judgment But With Extenuating Circumstances.
One of many takes on Colbert and Twitter you’ll read over the next 24 hours, this one from Time’s James Poniewozik.
15:03 // 3 weeks ago

More on teenagers doing responsible things

schmeeko says: I’m sorry. I don’t understand how this is a responsible thing. How do you run through $25k WHEN YOU’RE A TEENAGER?? Also, how do you not go, “Hey, where’d that come from? Baaannnnk? Wtf?” There was no responsible anything about this.

Bank fucked up. Person’s $31k needs to get back to them. Bank should pay the diff. He should give back what’s left, and they need to pay the diff. This happened to my mom, but on a smaller scale. She just assumed it was payment from a client, but it turned out to be someone else’s money entirely. She contacted the bank, but only after she’d spent most of the money on a mortgage payment. It was ugly and nasty, and she had to pay it all back. 

» SFB says: Hi there, Ernie from ShortFormBlog here. We generally have a lot going on during our busy days trolling for content on the internet, but I’d like to introduce you to the concept of sarcasm, a concept we regularly use on this site, including on the post you’re referencing. Thanks! — Ernie @ SFB

12:22 // 3 weeks ago
So Office is finally available on the iPad. So, is it worthy of your time? Would you use it?

So Office is finally available on the iPad. So, is it worthy of your time? Would you use it?

11:51 // 3 weeks ago
braiker:

onthemedia:

Why A Large Part of the Internet Is Mad At Stephen Colbert Today

context!

What’s your take on this situation, internet?

braiker:

onthemedia:

Why A Large Part of the Internet Is Mad At Stephen Colbert Today

context!

What’s your take on this situation, internet?

10:52 // 3 weeks ago