Let Edward Scissorhands come home

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Jon Hendren, @fart, was mistakenly summoned onto Headline News instead of journalist John Hendren, to talk about whistleblower Ed Snowden. He talked about Edward Scissorhands instead. The clueless, scripted anchor didn't seem to notice the difference. Read the rest

Climate change denier Rupert Murdoch just bought National Geographic, which gives grants to scientists

Rupert Murdoch, the new boss of National Geographic.

Rupert Murdoch, the new boss of National Geographic.

The National Geographic magazine has been a nonprofit publication since inception in 1888, but that ends today. The long-running American publication becomes very much for-profit under a $725 million dollar deal announced today with 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company controlled by the family of Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch is a notorious climate change denier, and his family's Fox media empire is the world's primary source of global warming misinformation. Which would be no big deal here, I guess, were it not for the fact that the National Geographic Society's mission includes giving grants to scientists.

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Here is how much of a badass Jorge Ramos is

Jorge Ramos

Jorge Ramos, the Univision reporter/anchor who was famously thrown out of a Donald Trump circle jerk for practicing journalism without permission has a long history of pissing off dangerous, rich, powerful criminals. Read the rest

Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and others join to create royalty-free video codecs for all

The group plans to develop a new generation of royalty-free open source digital media formats for video, audio, and still images.

In Google's new logo, serifs a no-go

It's all about looking better on increasingly smaller devices.

BBC TV host is very excited about this Blue Whale that just showed up

“I can see it now!”

Chelsea Manning threatened with 'indefinite solitary confinement' for expired toothpaste and asking for a lawyer

The infractions she's charged with are so minor, it's hard to believe.
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UK restricts dissident artist Ai Weiwei's stay over his “criminal record” in China

Ai Weiwei posted this picture on Instagram on Wednesday after the Chinese authorities returned his passport.
The artist is scheduled to be in the UK in September for a big exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts.

Onion launches a spot-on parody of VICE TV

“Uncaged, Unaccountable, Fucked Up.” Better jot down that phone number for their Atrocity Tip Line.

Word Wars: Daily war headlines transformed into an automated Star Wars intro crawl

News from the Empire.

BBC's list of pages de-indexed through Europe's "right to be forgotten"

Under a crazy, ineffectual EU court ruling, people can petition Google and its rivals to de-index news articles from their European search-results. Read the rest

Texas governor bans Planned Parenthood from cancer screening program for poor women

Protesters rally in the rotunda of the State Capitol as the state Senate meets to consider legislation restricting abortion rights in Austin, Texas July 12, 2013. Texas on Friday is poised to enact a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, ending a bitter political fight that stirred national debate over what critics see as laws threatening the right to abortion in the United States. REUTERS/Mike Stone
Texas governor Greg Abbott OK's ban on healthcare provider's non-abortion-related services for the poor.

CNN interview with author of discredited Sunday Times story on Snowden is painful to watch

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If you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to do so now.

A guide to digital policy in Britain's forthcoming elections

What do the main parties say they will do in the digital realm if they're elected? tl;dr Tories are plainly ignorant of technological reality, Labour adds meaningless platitudes, Lib-Dems offer some milquetoast sanity, and UKIP wants foreigners put on a registry.

Glyn Moody sums up:

The political parties' manifestos offer a fascinating snapshot not just of the respective interests of different groups, but also of digital technology's march towards the center of politics. Nowadays, you can tell a lot about a party by looking at how it proposes to address the complex new issues being raised by the Internet and its impact on society, which makes perusing the full manifestos a worthwhile preparation for voting in the imminent UK General Election.

If you are eligible to vote, don't forget to use that power to help shape the next UK government's digital policies. It's not often the public is given this option: use it while you can.

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Accessible, CC-licensed academic site comes to the US

Michael says, "'The Conversation' has been in Australia for a couple of years: writing by academics, for a lay audience, which aims to be readable and relevant. Their slogan is 'academic rigor, journalistic flair', and they've done pretty well at that so far." Read the rest

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