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Filtering the web so you don’t have to for October 29th 2010 through October 30th 2010:


Filtering the web so you don’t have to for October 27th 2010 through October 28th 2010:

  • Herding Firesheep in New York City
  • Mount Everest gets 3G mobile network – The world's highest third generation (3G) mobile network services base station was set up at the bottom of Mount Everest on Thursday.
  • Mashable Is Hiring Editors and Reporters! Here’s How to Apply
    Interested in joining Mashable’s growing editorial team? With offices in New York City and San Francisco, we’re always looking for talented writers and editors.
    Read on to learn more about our job openings and how to apply. Weekend Editor (NYC) The weekend editor is responsible for overseeing Mashable’s editorial content and community over the weekend, reporting directly to Mashable’s Editor in Chief. As such, the editor will write and edit content being published on S..   show all text

  • Check in and vote on foursquare | Foursquare Blog
    With election day right around the corner, we’re giving people yet another reason to go to their voting booth on Tuesday (in case choosing your government isn’t reason enough): a new ‘I Voted’ foursquare badge. On election day, simply head out to your local polling station and check in when you vote to unlock the badge. We’ve also created a data-filled map, in partnership with Rock the Vote, the Pew Trusts, Google, the Voting Information Project, Engage, Twitter ..   show all text

  • Twitter Blog: Twitter for Windows Phone: Pivot Power
    There is a new addition to our mobile family: Twitter for Windows Phone. This Twitter client is available now for all Windows Phone 7 devices. We want you to be able to get Tweets quickly and easily, no matter what device you’re using, and the clean design of the Windows Phone platform is particularly great for this. As with our other mobile clients, Twitter for Windows Phone includes all of the features that you’d expect from Twitter – your timeline, suggested users, messages, lis..   show all text

  • Why It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Free Wi-Fi – Part Two | The Home Of Peter Shankman
    Remember my post back in August about how it’s time to say goodbye to free WI-Fi in coffeehouses, in airports, etc?
    I have never been more sure of something in my life – Today, I’ll prove it.
    I’m on the 6:20am Amtrak from NYC to Boston right now. For a brief moment, I switched off my Sprint EVO 4G, and am using Amtrak’s free WiFi to prove a point.
    I also installed a little Add-on to Firefox (I usually use Chrome, I switched to Firefox for this experiment,) called F..   show all text

  • Dictionary hung up on economic downturn | News.com.au
  • Brown opens wide lead over Whitman, poll finds – SignOnSanDiego.com
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  • Looks Like BoingBoing Got Hacked (NSFW)
    Something is definitely up at uber nerd site and “Directory of Wonderful Things” BoingBoing.net. A trip to the front page brings up the charming image above, which seems to be some sort of vulgar message from someone called “the lone” to site editor Cory Doctorow. The hack also ingeniously incorporates the “Jesse Slaughter Dun Goofed” viral video.
    Diehard fans have found a workaround URL for now. And the official BoingBoing Twitter account seems to ..   show all text

  • Seth’s Blog: I spread your idea because…
    Ideas spread when people to choose to spread them. Here are some reasons why:
    I spread your idea because it makes me feel generous.
    …because I feel smart alerting others to what I discovered.
    …because I care about the outcome and want you (the creator of the idea) to succeed.
    …because I have no choice. Every time I use your product, I spread the idea (Hotmail, iPad, a tattoo).
    …because there's a financial benefit directly to me (Amazon affiliates, mlm).
    …because it's funny and laughin..   show all text

  • Punk Social Media | Geoff Livingston’s Blog
    On February 2006, the Sex Pistols — the four original members plus Vicious — were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their response: “Next to the Sex Pistols, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain.”
    The height of disco was the mid 70s. The movie Saturday Night Fever prolonged the light, synthesized pop music’s stay on top of America’s charts, but it had a new competitor: The very raw irreverent birth of punk music. One could say that ..   show all text

  • Subtraction.com: My iPad Magazine Stand
    Because I recently left a job at one of the most prominent publications in the world, people often ask me about my opinions on the cavalcade of publications rushing to the iPad — those apps designed and developed by newspapers and magazines principally to deliver their print content — and the chances I see for their success. So here it is.
    To start, I think it’s too early to say anything definitive about whether these apps will become lasting delivery mechanisms for print cont..   show all text


Filtering the web so you don’t have to for October 26th 2010 through October 27th 2010:


The Straddling Bus is one part monorail, one part monster truck. As the incredibly awesome illustration above shows, the extra-wide, extra-tall bus straddles two lanes of traffic, allowing passenger cars and small trucks to pass underneath.

That is interesting but might freak out drivers when it passes overhead.


Filtering the web so you don’t have to for October 24th 2010 through October 26th 2010:

  • Goodbye, MacBook Pro. The New MacBook Air Is That Good.
    Last Wednesday, I got my hands on one of the new MacBook Airs. I haven’t touched my MacBook Pro since. It’s six months old. RIP.
    I know that sounds outrageous. Or like hyperbole. But it’s not. When I wrote up my initial thoughts, it was after only a few hours of usage. I hadn’t even used it outside the house yet. But now I have. I’ve used it almost everywhere I’ve been for just about a week now. There’s no question in my mind that this has replaced my M..   show all text

  • Tech World Welcomes Digg Refugees With Open Arms
    This morning most of us woke up to the disappointing news that social news site Digg, once a promising destination for Silicon Valley talent, was losing 37% of its staff as well experiencing key executive departures.
    While the usual armchair Twitter quarterbacks responded to the what the layoffs mean for the ailing site, another more positive trend was also evidenced; People making it clear that the kind of top tier engineering talent that worked for Digg was welcome at a spectrum of high ..   show all text

  • Scrivener for Windows – Scrivener is an award-winning program for writers which has until now only been available for Mac OS X. Whereas the main tools of page layout programs and many word processors are predominantly focussed on the appearance of a document, Scrivener's tools are focussed on generating content. It is not intended to completely replace a dedicated word processor but is used for structuring and writing those difficult first drafts of long texts such as novels, scripts and theses.
  • How To Protect Your Login Information From Firesheep
    TechCrunch reader Steve Manuel claims to have found a workaround to Firesheep, the controversial Firefox extension that allows anyone on an insecure open Wifi network to access user login info for almost every single social network in existence.
    Firesheep banks on the fact that most social sites default to the HTTP protocol because it’s quicker. The already existing Firefox extension Force-TLS attempts to circumvent this by forcing those sites to use the HTTPS protocol, therefore making u..   show all text

  • Tea Party climate change deniers funded by BP and other major polluters | World news | The Guardian
    Midterm election campaigns of Tea Party favourites DeMint and Inhofe have received over $240,000 Pdf: Read the full Climate Action Network report
    BP and several other big European companies are funding the midterm election campaigns of Tea Party favourites who deny the existence of global warming or oppose Barack Obama's energy agenda, the Guardian has learned.
    An analysis of campaign finance by Climate Action Network Europe (Cane) found nearly 80% of campaign donations from a number of major E..   show all text

  • 10 Ways to Increase Blog Readership
    Last week while attending BlogWorld I noticed a recurring discussion pertaining to increasing blog readership.  These discussions were part of the session content, as well as informal conversations I had over a meal or at an evening gathering. I decided to share these with you because, after all, who doesn’t want more readers? Off-site Ways to Increase Blog Readership 1. Blog Alliances
    By building a network or Mastermind group of sorts with other bloggers in your market, bloggers c..   show all text

  • Firesheep In Wolves Clothing: Extension Lets You Hack Into Twitter, Facebook Accounts Easily
    It seems like every time Facebook amends its privacy policy, the web is up in arms. The truth is, Facebook’s well publicized privacy fight is nothing compared to the vulnerability of all unsecured HTTP sites — that includes Facebook, Twitter and many of the web’s most popular destinations.
    Developer Eric Butler has exposed the soft underbelly of the web with his new Firefox extension, Firesheep, which will let you essentially eavesdrop on any open Wi-Fi network and capture use..   show all text

  • Adobe AIR Coming to TV
    Adobe AIR, a cross-platform runtime environment developed by Adobe Systems, Inc., is coming to the TV screen, the company announced today at its developer conference Adobe MAX 2010. With the launch of Adobe AIR 2.5, the software, already supported on various smartphone, tablet and desktop platforms, is being extended to televisions with the first AIR-enabled TV shipping in Q1 2011.
    Sponsor Samsung will be the first hardware OEM to ship AIR 2.5 in its SmartTV devices, but no exact launch date ..   show all text

  • Local FOX Station Airs Hilarious Social Media Parody [VIDEO]
    The local FOX station in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas recorded a segment satirizing social media called “The Fox 4 DFW Roast of Social Media” and it’s pretty funny. Facebook, Foursquare, Skype and Twitter are all spoofed, and we have the YouTube video here.
    The anchor opens up with breaking news about a gunman on the loose in City Hall, but every correspondent on the scene is so involved in social media technology that he or she has lost touch with what’s actually happening…   show all text

  • Kinect Ads: ‘You Are the Controller’: Microsoft launches a Kinect advertising campaign aimed to show people how the new controller-free entertainment experience can transform their living room.
  • NSFW: Changing the world via Twitter? Yeah, you should get out more
    When you start to think about it, Malcolm Gladwell – author of The Tipping Point and frequent contributor to high-brow magazines – and Chris Dixon – co-founder of Hunch and investor in Skype, Foursquare, Stack Overflow and others – have a fair amount in common.
    Like Gladwell, Dixon – as evidenced in his recent appearance on Ask A VC – is a master of giving long, thoughtful answers to straightforward questions. Like Gladwell, Dixon has turned his passions into..   show all text

  • A Web Pioneer Profiles Users by Name – WSJ.com
  • Against Odds, Web Site Finds Niche
    The Awl confronts the tyranny of small numbers in an age when Web behemoths, like Gawker Media and The Huffington Post, get most of the attention.

  • Sony Retires the Cassette Walkman After 30 Years
    After retiring the floppy disk in March, Sony has halted the manufacture and distribution of another now-obsolete technology: the cassette Walkman, the first low-cost, portable music player.
    The final batch was shipped to Japanese retailers in April, according to IT Media. Once these units are sold, new cassette Walkmans will no longer be available through the manufacturer.
    The first generation Walkman (which was called the Soundabout in the U.S., and the Stowaway in the UK) was released on Jul..   show all text

  • (R)evolution Episode 6: Philip Kaplan on Social Commerce and Influence
  • Calm Down, Hippies: What San Francisco needs to Learn from the Valley
    Something culturally strange is happening in San Francisco. I’m not talking about the “let your freak flag fly,” live-and-let-live vibe for which the city is famous. I’m talking the growing cultural rift between the city and Silicon Valley, despite the obvious geographic overlap.
    If you drew a Venn Diagram between San Francisco hipsters and people who work in and around the Web industry it’d look like a more shoved-together version of the MasterCard logo. While man..   show all text