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Fracketeering: Life in a capitalist sci-fi horror story

Fracking is the perfect metaphor for the service-charge, extraction oriented economy: "suck up a sky’s worth of valuable gas through a massive crack pipe, then pack up and lumber off to fracture and steal someone else’s underground treasure."

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Call for papers: Copycamp in Warsaw


Marta from the Modern Poland Foundation writes, "we've announced an open call for speakers at the 4th International CopyCamp Conference (November 4, 2015 in Warsaw, Poland) focused around the impacts of copyright on the social changes around the world."

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McKinney, TX wants $79K to retreive emails of the cop who tackled bikini-clad teen


McKinney is Texas's worst-ranked city for open records requests, and says that it will have to hire a programmer to write entirely new code to search its old, "unsearchable" email system for the emails of Officer Eric Casebolt, who made headlines by tackling a young black girl in a bikini at a pool party and threatening her with his gun.

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Do we really need this call?


Jessamyn West is a freelancer, and that means that she has to talk on the phone to earn her crust. This sucks.

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On Big Data's shrinking returns


In my new Guardian column, I point out that the big-data-driven surveillance business model is on the rocks.

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Superweapons in the hyperpalatability wars

Foods containing mixtures of salt, fat, sugar and starch are "hyperpalatable" and induce strong, habitual compulsions to consume; the most successful high-calorie dishes are engineered to deliver staggering loads of all four, singly and in combination.

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How quickly can you turn a meme into an object and back into a meme?


Rev Dan Catt has been experimenting with "flip-flops" since 2012, taking a popular digital image, getting a physical thing made from it, turning that into a new popular digital image -- but the Google "Inceptionism" image-processing shirt was a world-beater.

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App for subscribing to a network of clean NYC bathrooms

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For $25/month, you can soon have access to a network of guaranteed clean bathrooms in New York City through a new app called Looie. The service launches in July with seven bathrooms at cafes and restaurants in TriBeCa.

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Chrome update turns browsers into covert listening tools


The default behavior of hotword, a new, black-box module in Chrome (and its free/open cousin, Chromium) causes it to silently switch on your computer's microphone and send whatever it hears to Google.

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Outstanding paper on the impact of ebook DRM on readers, writers, publishers and distributors

In last summer's Unlocking the Gates of Alexandria: DRM, Competition and Access to E-Books , Ana Carolina Bittar of the Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School at São Paulo does an outstanding, thorough, and easily understandable job in explaining the ways in which ebook DRM ends up hurting writers, readers and publishers by shifting market power to the ebook vendors like Amazon, Google Play, Apple and B&N.

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Glassdoor's Fifty Highest Rated CEOs are (drumroll) all men!

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The Top 50 winners of Glassdoor's 2015 Employees’ Choice Awards for the Highest Rated CEOs at large companies are all men. So what about the Top 25 Highest Rated CEOs at Small & Medium Companies? Yep, all dudes there too.

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Corbis will cheerfully charge you up the wazoo for public domain images


The point of the public domain is that anyone can do anything with it, including sell it, so in a way, it makes sense that the Corbis image-library is full of high-priced Library of Congress images.

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Privacy activists mass-quit U.S. government committee on facial recognition privacy

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is trying to work out the rules for facial recognition -- whether and when cameras can be put in public places that programatically identify you as you walk past and then save a record of where you've been and who you were with.

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The libertarian case for patent reform

Derek Khanna, who spearheaded the legislative initiative that made phone unlocking legal, has published a report on patent reform with the libertarian-leaning Lincoln Labs that sets out the case for patent reform being necessary for economic liberty.

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FCC fines AT&T $100M for throttling "unlimited" customers


The company advertised an "unlimited data" plan on its 5-12Mbps LTE network, but customers who hit a cap were throttled to 1/60th of that.

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Trends in Chinese mobile UIs


Last December, Dan Grover summarized the unique mobile app UI conventions he'd spotted since moving to China the summer before to work for Wechat, a Chinese mobile messaging app that also incorporates a wallet, Evernote-style functionality, a games platform, a people-finder, a song-matching service, and, of course, an email client.

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Etsy launches a crowdfunding platform

It's a natural idea for the company, which has a long history of bringing together makers and artists with the audiences for their handiwork.

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