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Dirty dealing in the $175 billion Amazon Marketplace - The Verge
"After hoverboards started exploding in 2016 and Amazon became more vigilant about safety claims, sellers started buying each other’s products, setting them on fire, and posting photos in the reviews."
internet  shopping  lies  scams 
4 weeks ago by kevan
This site is “taking the edge off rant mode” by making readers pass a quiz before commenting » Nieman Journalism Lab
"On some stories, potential commenters are now required to answer three basic multiple-choice questions about the article before they’re allowed to post a comment."
march 2017 by kevan
Antisocial network: how self-deprecation is taking over the internet | Technology | The Guardian
" a world of constantly switched-on, ostentatious displays of popularity and people having an ostensibly TOTALLY AWESOME TIME, perhaps it isn't surprising that things would start to pitch in the opposite direction (known as JOMO, joy of missing out)."
society  internet  illusions 
may 2016 by kevan
Trade in invasive plants is blossoming
"Of all the plants for sale [on eBay], 510 are known to be invasive in at least one region somewhere in the world. And out of that group, 35 are on the IUCN's list of the 100 worst invasive species."
plants  pollution  internet 
october 2015 by kevan
Is an Emoji Worth 1,000 Words? | The Marshall Project
"Prosecutors had been reading aloud from a series of chat logs — without mentioning smiley-faces and other emoticons — when Joshua L. Dratel, a lawyer for the defense, argued that emoticons were significant and should be entered into the evidentiary record."
law  internet  language 
february 2015 by kevan
A Logic Named Joe - Murray Leinster
1946 short story. "Logics Service will hereafter keep your personal accounts, take messages, and locate persons you may wish to get in touch with. This demonstration is to introduce the service."
fiction  internet  facebook 
september 2014 by kevan
Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security | Technology | The Guardian
"Alejandro Bolivar, an American expert from Verisign [...] steps forward to read out a nonsense sequence of words generated by the previous key. He begins: 'Flatfoot warranty brickyard Camelot…'"
internet  secrets 
february 2014 by kevan
Exclusive: How Google Will Use Balloons to Deliver Internet to the Hinterlands
"When balloons would go down, the payload would separate and glide earthward by parachute. Civilians stumbling on the scary-looking package would see a non-branded message reading HARMLESS SCIENCE EXPERIMENT, and a promise of a reward for those who called a number to return it."
air  internet  science 
june 2013 by kevan
Facebook's plan to find its next billion users: convince them the internet and Facebook are the same - Quartz
"In May 2010, Facebook announced Facebook Zero. It is a simplified, text-only version of Facebook that can be accessed at if you’re in the right country and you’ve got the sort of WAP-enabled [phone] that comprises the majority of the phones on the planet."
phones  facebook  internet  africa 
october 2012 by kevan
Call for Ray Bradbury to be honoured with internet error message | Books |
"Tim Bray, a fan of Bradbury's writing, is recommending to the Internet Engineering Task Force, which governs such choices, that when access to a website is denied for legal reasons the user is given the status code 451."
books  internet 
june 2012 by kevan
"Throughout the day, your Weavrs will blog media from various web services such as videos from Youtube, inspiration from Twitter, music from and venues from Google Places. At night they go to sleep."
robots  internet  simulations 
march 2012 by kevan
Resume, references, password: Some employers ask job seekers to share their Facebook logins - The Washington Post
"Companies that don’t ask for passwords have taken other steps — such as asking applicants to friend human resource managers or to log in to a company computer during an interview."
internet  secrets 
march 2012 by kevan
Geotagging poses security risks | Article | The United States Army
"When a new fleet of helicopters arrived with an aviation unit at a base in Iraq, some Soldiers took pictures on the flightline, he said. From the photos that were uploaded to the Internet, the enemy was able to determine the exact location of the helicopters inside the compound and conduct a mortar attack, destroying four of the AH-64 Apaches."
internet  gps  war 
march 2012 by kevan
The Growth of the Internet and the Happy Recession
"The web offers cheap social status. [...] Given the opportunity to switch from a difficult contest for social status to an easier one, people will tend to opt for the most difficult contest they have any shot at winning. Thus, online communities tend to encourage marginal corporate climbers to be satisfied with worse career outcomes, so long as they’re still well-liked within their online subculture."
internet  society  future 
january 2012 by kevan
The evolving blogosphere: An empire gives way | The Economist
"Numbering several thousand, [the blogs] had not been updated since May 2009. Like hastily abandoned cities, they mark the arrival of the Indonesian version of Facebook, the online social network."
blogs  internet  history  via:lmg 
july 2010 by kevan

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