Monthly Archives: December 2010

Air Force Blocks New York Times

Every month my mother goes to a military base to pick up her prescriptions — a health benefit from my father’s many years in the U.S. Air Force. As much as she appreciates this benefit attached to my father’s service, she … Continue reading

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Egalitarian TV

Think cable networks are not giving you what you want. Here’s your chance to do something about it. CurrentTV is taking interactivity to entertainment with Creation Studios’ Bar Karma, sort of a Quantum Leap meets Cheers meets X-Files kind of show. Users … Continue reading

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Damming the Wikileak

Rallies are planned for 6 p.m. today local time in Spain, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, the Netherlands, and Columbia and promoted the Spanish web Free Wikileaks that says it seeks “the liberation of Julian Assange in United Kingdom territory.” At least 1,200 showed up for … Continue reading

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Billboard social net ratings look more old school

Billboard has added a Social 50 list to its iconic ratings system, providing a ranking for downloads from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Bill Werde, Billboard’s editorial director, told NPR his company wants to recognize the myriad of ways people enjoy music. But no … Continue reading

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Confessions of the Professional Cheat

Ed Dante came out of the computer closet … well, sort of. Using a clever pseudonym, a research paper mill writer exposed the tricks of his trade in a Chronicle of Higher Education article mixing a lambast of modern American education, snipets of client email/text messages, … Continue reading

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Following the money & rhetoric

Wikileaks lost a major portal for donations to its cause just after being forced to move its web address. Paypal suspended Wikileaks account, and would-be donors are now directed to Swiss, German and Icelandic bank accounts and an Australian snail mail address. … Continue reading

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The meanness strategy

Vitaly Borker came up with a rather diabolical business plan: treat customers at DecorMyEyes really, really badly … so badly that they write really bad online reviews. Those online reviews, and all the subsequent viewing of them, boost rankings in … Continue reading

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