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  • Twitter is Reworking Classic Rock Songs for Millennials

    06/21/2018 1:01:23 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | Debra Filcman
    Social media is abuzz with the hashtag #millennialclassicrock, a game in which Twitter users update the lyrics of famous classic rock songs to reflect the sensibilities of a younger generation. Fans got clever, with puns, rhymes and other modern twists on classic rock lyrics that ran the gamut but focused largely on topics like technology, the economy and social interactions. The tweets put bands like Queen, Blue Oyster Cult and the Police in the spotlight. Tweets abounded with updates to Queen's "We Are the Champions," their mega-hit from 1977's News of the World, with a variety of stabs on the...
  • High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

    06/21/2018 7:58:37 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 162 replies
    AP ^ | June 21, 2018 | Hessuca Gresko
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old Supreme Court decisions that impacted online sales tax collection. The high court ruled Thursday to overturn those decisions. snip “Each year the physical presence rule becomes further removed from economic reality and results in significant revenue losses to the States. These critiques underscore that the physical presence rule, both as first formulated and as applied today, is an incorrect interpretation of...
  • The End of All That's Good and Pure About The Internet (Censorship LINK TAX passed)

    06/20/2018 6:11:49 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 40 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 06/20/2018 | Rhett Jones
    The End of All That's Good and Pure About The Internet https://gizmodo.com/the-end-of-all-thats-good-and-pure-about-the-internet-1826963763 Rhett Jones June 20 2018 The EU has passed an Internet link tax on anyone who links to any EU published content. The tax will be levied against individuals or organizations in any country due to mutual copyright treaty conventions. Article 11 Article 11 has been variously called the link tax or the snippet tax. Designed to mitigate the power over publishers that Google and Facebook have amassed in the last decade, it codifies a new copyright rule for linking to news organizations and quoting text from their stories. Online platforms...
  • The End of All That's Good and Pure About the Internet (EU)

    06/20/2018 10:27:29 AM PDT · by Johnny Diamond · 9 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | June 19 | Rhett Jones
    We regret to inform you that the internet is on red alert once again. On Wednesday, the EU’s Legislative Committee voted to adopt sweeping measures that will upend the web in every way that we know it. Memes, news, Wikipedia, art, privacy, and the creative side of fandom are all at risk of being destroyed or kneecapped. By the time Americans woke up on Wednesday, the Legislative Committee had voted on the final form of the EU Copyright Directive—the first major update to European copyright law since 2001. Much of what’s in the legislation has been met with approval, but...
  • The conservative free speech dilemma

    06/17/2018 11:45:25 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 17 Jun, 2018 | Joshua Broom
    In a democratic republic, freedom of expression and enlightened, open-ended debate are paramount. Yet in America in 2018, First Amendment rights are vanishing for conservatives. There's a reason: Powerful entities such as online and televised media, many of whom are left-oriented, have gradually shape-shifted our nation's speech to match their political flavor. For progressives, this uneven playing field is a seismic boon. For conservatives, not so much, nor is it good for even moderate left-wing thinkers. Under such a regimen, though, a land and people once revered as freedom-loving now creep closer toward socialism. Yet there they stand: the venomous...
  • This is How Google will Collapse

    06/15/2018 1:34:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Hackernoon ^ | 24 April, 2018 | James Daniel Colin
    Google made almost all its money from ads. It was a booming business — until it wasn’t. Here’s how things looked right before the most spectacular crash the technology industry had ever seen.The crumbling of Google’s cornerstone Search was Google’s only unambiguous win, as well as its primary source of revenue, so when Amazon rapidly surpassed Google as the top product search destination, Google’s foundations began to falter. As many noted at the time, the online advertising industry experienced a major shift from search to discovery in the mid-2010s.While Google protected its monopoly on the dying search advertising market, Facebook — Google’s biggest...
  • Tired of Twitter censorship? Gab claims to offer an alternative

    06/11/2018 8:08:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/11/18 | Jim Bray
    In our increasingly divided and partisan society, it appears that some forces are stepping up their efforts to silence others, shutting down debate rather than taking part in it. It's a mark of folks who know they have no winning argument, so therefore have to project, obfuscate and name call rather than actually address issues. Snowflakes! This is nothing new, but in the Trump era – in which the losing side of the 2016 presidential election still thinks of itself as the side of goodness despite increasing evidence to the contrary – U.S. President Trump's efforts to drain the deep...
  • Louis Farrakhan Loses Twitter Verification After ‘Satanic Jew’ Tweet

    06/11/2018 9:12:20 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 14 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 06/11/18 | Jon Levine
    Louis Farrakhan is no longer verified on Twitter. Sometime over the weekend, the social-media giant quietly removed the Nation of Islam chief’s blue-check verification. The decision came shortly after a clip posted of Farrakhan warning about “the Satanic Jew.” “Thoroughly and completely unmasking the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan,” the minister tweeted, along with a video of a recent sermon expounding on the same theme. The comments weren’t new for Farrakhan, who routinely spouts content widely condemned as anti-Semitic. With each new example, critics have argued that Farrakhan’s blue-check verification should be revoked, especially after the company announced...
  • Trolling becomes new trend in international diplomacy

    06/11/2018 9:23:45 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | Ali Breland - 06/11/18 | Ali Breland - 06/11/18
    When Iran’s supreme leader tweeted criticism of Israel on Sunday, Israel’s embassy in the United States fired back with an image from the movie “Mean Girls” to poke fun at Ayatollah Khamenei. While dismissed as internet trolling, experts say the embassy snark is part of a pattern of internet diplomacy increasingly used around the world amid a resurgence of populist rhetoric. Governments seek to please their most vocal political bases domestically are becoming cavalier with how they communicate with countries abroad — at least online. In 2013, as Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani was publicly signaling a willingness to negotiate...
  • YouTube Deletes Brownells Channel Without Warning

    06/09/2018 12:17:11 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 37 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 06/09/18 | Dan Zimmerman
    The gradual, incremental, persistent, unrelenting “other”-ing of guns and those who sell, shoot, broadcast and write about them continues apace. The latest victim: Brownells. Yes, the notoriously radical, fire-breathing Iowa-based retailer has had their YouTube page deleted by the don’t-be-evil types who run YouTube, the Google-owned video platform. Brownells just announced the move on their Facebook page and had this to say on Twitter (while both of those social media channels remain open to them): Brownells’ YouTube channel has been terminated w/oout warning or notice. If you’re opposed to the attacks on our communitys 1st & 2nd Amendment rights, please...
  • Geller: Who Is Behind the Internet Thought Police?

    06/08/2018 2:21:14 PM PDT · by davikkm · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | Pamela Geller
    Just who is behind the policing of our thought online? An article, “What the Red Pill Means for Radicals,” published on June 7 in the ironically named publication Fair Observer might have passed unnoticed as yet another uninformed, biased and ideologically motivated attack on all who ever get labeled “extremists.” The piece is so riddled with non-sequiturs and wild generalizations that it seems almost cruel to rip it to shreds. But the author is Bharath Ganesh. A little online research reveals that Ganesh is currently working at the Oxford Internet Institute — at the esteemed Oxford University — on a...
  • Will Gen Z Finally Kill Facebook?

    06/07/2018 8:45:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.thedailybeast.com ^ | 06.07.18 5:23 AM ET | Kamaron McNair Kamaron McNair
    Dear Generation Z, Lazy. Entitled. Technology obsessed. Do those descriptions sound familiar? Like millennials, you have been called a variety of not so flattering labels. And now, the media has added one more: murderer. All right, maybe you weren’t called murderers, but you have been accused of killing. And no, not the horror movie kind, but rest assured you’ve managed to kill pastimes and have placed entire industries on life support. As someone who either falls into the young millennial or old Gen Z category depending on your definition, I can only share in the excitement (read: eye rolls) as...
  • The Unmaking Of An Incel

    06/07/2018 2:17:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 07, 2018 | Melissa Jeltsen
    In May, Jack Peterson went on a Tinder date. With a woman. They ate at an Italian restaurant in downtown Chicago, and made casual chitchat about themselves. It was an ordinary date in every way. But for 19-year-old Peterson, it was an achievement of epic proportions. Until recently, Peterson identified as an “incel,” or involuntarily celibate. Incels believe that, due to reasons entirely beyond their control ― too short, too bald, too weak a jawline ― they cannot attract a female partner. They believe they’re doomed to remain alone, forever. For many incels, this fatalistic worldview is paired with a...
  • Facebook, Amazon, Google And Twitter All Work With Left-Wing SPLC

    06/07/2018 9:35:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/07/18 | Peter Hasson
    The Southern Poverty Law Center helps Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter determine what organizations are “hate groups” Amazon gave the SPLC the most direct authority while pretending to remain unbiased The SPLC has been plagued by inaccuracies Four of the world’s biggest tech platforms have working partnerships with a left-wing nonprofit that has a track record of inaccuracies and routinely labels conservative organizations as “hate groups.” Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter all work with or consult the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in policing their platforms for “hate speech” or “hate groups,” a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found. The...
  • Google's New Slogan

    06/05/2018 3:25:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2018 | Dennis Prager
    The original slogan of Google was "Don't be evil." When Google changed its corporate name to Alphabet in 2015, it changed the slogan to "Do the right thing." If it were to be true to its values, Google should have changed its slogan from "Don't be evil" to "Don't fight evil." Here is The New York Times report from this past Friday: "Google, hoping to head off a rebellion by employees upset that the technology they were working on could be used for lethal purposes, will not renew a contract with the Pentagon for artificial intelligence work ... "Google's work...
  • Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends

    06/04/2018 2:29:06 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 70 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 3, 2018 | GABRIEL J.X. DANCE, NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MICHAEL LaFORGIA
    The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections. As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information. Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers — including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said. The deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers...
  • German spy agency can keep tabs on internet hubs: Court

    06/03/2018 8:05:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    AFP via Times of India ^ | May 31, 2018 15:10 IST
    Germany’s spy agency can monitor major internet hubs if Berlin deems it necessary for strategic security interests, a federal court has ruled. In a ruling late on Wednesday, the Federal Administrative Court threw out a challenge by the world’s largest internet hub, the De-Cix exchange, against the tapping of its data flows by the BND foreign intelligence service. The operator had argued the agency was breaking the law by capturing German domestic communications along with international data. However, the court in the eastern city of Leipzig ruled that internet hubs “can be required by the federal interior ministry to assist...
  • Old Joy Reid Blog Posts Disappear From Internet Archive

    06/03/2018 6:42:00 PM PDT · by thouworm · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/01/2018 | Amber Athey; Justin Caruso
    A number of old posts from Joy Reid’s blog “The Reid Report” have disappeared from the “Wayback Machine” internet archive as of Friday afternoon.... TheDC linked to the two archived posts from blog.reidreport.com, “Blitzer’s bias,” and “The flag bearers” on Thursday, however the links were no longer functional by Friday afternoon. Trying to search either post gives the message “Page cannot be displayed due to robots.txt.”
  • Google Labeled GOP Lawmaker A ‘Bigot’

    06/02/2018 9:37:45 AM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/02/2018 | Scott Greer
    Google labeled Republican North Carolina state Sen. Trudy Wade as a “bigot” in its “knowledge panel” for the pro-Trump lawmaker. According to Vice News Friday, searching for Wade on Google would show users an image of the state senator with “BIGOT” in bright red letters displayed at the bottom. Wade is currently in a tough reelection battle. It’s likely not helpful for her campaign to have the image as one of the first things voters would see if they Google her. Google did not respond to Vice’s request for comment on the matter, but the tech giant did take down...
  • Update on EU’s Copyright Reform Proposal #DeleteArt13 [Link taxes, end of “fair use”.]

    06/01/2018 1:52:36 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 17 replies
    Computing Forever via YouTube ^ | June 1, 2018 | Computing Forever
    Video at link.