You sir make a horrible title.. It should be AWESOME SPECTACULAR PLUGIN RAGES THROUGH FACEBOOK!Dru Mundorff, the creator of LilyJade, a shady Facebook app • Defending his idea in the comments of Russell Brandom’s BuzzFeed article talking about how shady it is. The cross-platform browser plugin, which tricks users into installing it, replaces all the ads on other sites with his. Classy. He’s made a quarter-million bucks off the thing in just two weeks, has already drawn a comment from Wikipedia, a cease-and-desist from Facebook, is for sale on hacker forums, and and as Brandom points out, what he’s doing is gray-area but legal, since users are installing it themselves. Great. Be careful what you click, guys. This is a new generation of malware. And it works on nearly everything.
It’s the culmination of a very, very long trend. In a way, it’s a sad moment, but it’s the way technology moves on. Even if we think Britannica is what we want, we really want Britannica on an iPad or a phone, accessible to us all the time, not in dusty books on the shelf – no matter how beautiful those might be.Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales • Discussing the recently-announced plan by Encyclopaedia Britannica to end the publication of its print edition. Wales made the statement in Nigeria, where he’s currently at in an effort to push the user-edited encyclopedia’s growth, particularly an edition in the Yoruba language. But unlike the U.S., where internet access is common, most people use the internet on phones in Nigeria, growth is difficult to encourage. The Yoruba language edition, for example, is mostly getting built up by a single dominant user. It’ll be interesting to see what Wikipedia represents as it continues to grow worldwide.
» Well, that sure worked: During the “great blackout” yesterday, one of the only things you actually could do with Wikipedia was get the information about your local congressperson, so to lodge a complaint against the SOPA and PIPA legislations that were the order of the day. This stripping down to such a basic, singular function proved to have just the effect Wikipedia had hoped for, as evidenced by the figure above; this surge in popular outcry clearly rattled quite a few on Capitol Hill, as numerous former supporters have changed their tunes.