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February 6, 2014

People are so pissed that Apple is removing Bitcoin apps from its app store that they’ve taken to destroying their phones, based on a Reddit thread that offered brand-new Android devices for people who did it.

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July 25, 2013
It helps to envision modern journalism as a kind of video game. If you’re part of the Internet media, everything you put out into the world comes with its own scoring system. Tweets are counted by retweets and favorites, stories are scored by page views and Facebook likes. A writer’s reach and influence is visible right there, in the number of his followers and the number of “influencers” who subscribe to his or her feed. If you’re wondering why so many writers and journalists from such divergent backgrounds would feel the need to instantly tweet out unconfirmed information to their followers, all you have to do is think of the modern Internet reporter as some form of super Redditor
Should Reddit Be Blamed for the Spreading of a Smear? - NYTimes.com (via brooklynmutt)

This, basically.

(Source: markcoatney, via brooklynmutt)

15:52 // 8 months ago
July 1, 2013
Reddit crimes never pay: After it was discovered that the developers of the popular QuickMeme site were secretly moderating a popular subreddit, deleting links from competitors in the process, the social network banned the entire domain. The Daily Dot explains how a couple of Reddit moderators figured it out.

Reddit crimes never pay: After it was discovered that the developers of the popular QuickMeme site were secretly moderating a popular subreddit, deleting links from competitors in the process, the social network banned the entire domain. The Daily Dot explains how a couple of Reddit moderators figured it out.

13:52 // 9 months ago
June 9, 2013
The largest free thought and Atheist forum in the world has been hijacked by religious ideals.

A redditors response to not being allowed to post memes on the atheism subreddit (via power-word-no)

It exists, it is glorious.

(via thenoobyorker)

Odds that the poster was wearing a fedora and sports a beard: Even.

(Source: lolsch, via genericlatino)

17:52 // 10 months ago
January 12, 2013

Three thoughts on the loss of Aaron Swartz from tech luminaries

The tech community was quick to respond strongly to reports of Swartz’s death Saturday morning, with much written in reaction to his loss, including:

  • Tim Berners-Lee The man who created the Web mourned Swartz’s death as that of a fallen comrade in a poem on the W3C listserv. “Aaron is dead./Wanderers in this crazy world,/we have lost a mentor, a wise elder./Hackers for right, we are one down,/we have lost one of our own./Nurtures, careers, listeners, feeders,/parents all,/we have lost a child./Let us all weep.”
  • Cory Doctorow The Boing Boing co-founder, who had known Aaron since he was “14 or 15,” wishes it didn’t have to be this way. “Here’s a thing that I do wonder about this morning, and that I hope you’ll think about, too. I don’t know for sure whether Aaron understood that any of us, any of his friends, would have taken a call from him at any hour of the day or night. I don’t know if he understood that wherever he was, there were people who cared about him, who admired him, who would get on a plane or a bus or on a video-call and talk to him.”
  • Lawrence Lessig The Harvard Law professor and internet activist is quick to criticize the prosecution Swartz faced as heartless and at least partly to blame for Swartz’s death. “In that world, the question this government needs to answer is why it was so necessary that Aaron Swartz be labeled a ‘felon.’ For in the 18 months of negotiations, that was what he was not willing to accept, and so that was the reason he was facing a million dollar trial in April — his wealth bled dry, yet unable to appeal openly to us for the financial help he needed to fund his defense, at least without risking the ire of a district court judge.”
14:02 // 1 year ago
A community’s great loss: RSS co-creator, early Reddit employee, tech activist Aaron Swartz dies at 26
Swartz committed suicide as he faced a federal trial on criminal charges. One of the hacker world’s most iconic personalities, he had played a key role in building a number of things that defined the internet’s voice, helping build the RSS spec at the age of 14, helping build Reddit in its early days, and playing a key role in modern tech activism. It was this last aspect of his life that got him into significant legal trouble, as he faced a FBI investigation after publicly releasing large parts the for-pay PACER database to the public, then, two years later, found himself facing criminal charges after downloading millions of articles from the private JSTOR academic journal database. Swartz faced $4 million in fines as as many as 35 years in prison over felony charges related to the case — though both MIT and JSTOR declined civil actions in the case. (photo by quinnums/Flickr)
EDIT: Here’s a roundup of some noted tech-world reaction to Swartz’s death.

A community’s great loss: RSS co-creator, early Reddit employee, tech activist Aaron Swartz dies at 26

Swartz committed suicide as he faced a federal trial on criminal charges. One of the hacker world’s most iconic personalities, he had played a key role in building a number of things that defined the internet’s voice, helping build the RSS spec at the age of 14, helping build Reddit in its early days, and playing a key role in modern tech activism. It was this last aspect of his life that got him into significant legal trouble, as he faced a FBI investigation after publicly releasing large parts the for-pay PACER database to the public, then, two years later, found himself facing criminal charges after downloading millions of articles from the private JSTOR academic journal database. Swartz faced $4 million in fines as as many as 35 years in prison over felony charges related to the case — though both MIT and JSTOR declined civil actions in the case. (photo by quinnums/Flickr)

EDIT: Here’s a roundup of some noted tech-world reaction to Swartz’s death.

13:56 // 1 year ago
January 9, 2013
“And he didn’t even hyperlink the f@(&!(& thing, so they, like, actually copy-and-pasted it, and opened up a new tab, and put it in,” said a senior official.

How Obama Won The Internet (via rachelfershleiser)

I bleeped the profanity because we apparently can’t handle running the f-word in big type. If you reblog this awesome quote, please consider adding it back.

(via rachelfershleiser)

9:05 // 1 year ago
November 6, 2012
It’s like his e-mail subject lines, in Reddit form.

It’s like his e-mail subject lines, in Reddit form.

19:01 // 1 year ago