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Stop the Entertainment Lobby’s Dumb Attempt to Cripple Internet Privacy

If you’ve ever registered a domain name, you’ve probably stumbled across WHOIS , a series of databases that contains basic information on whoever registered a particular domain name. While WHOIS makes this information public by default, it’s long been possible to hide behind a proxy — something the entertainment industry is hellbent on changing

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You’re About to Start Finding Amazon’s Echo AI In Unexpected Places

Could Amazon actually win the race to build the most widely-used AI voice platform? As unlikely as it sounds, Amazon is pushing far harder than Microsoft or Apple to get its technology into the hands of other companies.

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Russia Is Banning the Internet Archive and Blaming It On Terrorism

Russian internet users can no longer time warp through internet history. This week, the Russian government blocked the Internet Archive domain–which makes the nonprofit’s popular and useful time-warping tool, the Wayback Machine, off limits. Read more..

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ICANN’s Tweaks to Domain Name Rules Could Put Your Privacy in Jeopardy

TG Storytime is a free community website for transgender authors, operated by Joe Six-Pack, himself a transgender author and publisher. If you look up the registration details of Joe’s domain tgstorytime.com using the WHOIS application, you get this result: Read more...

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Amazon Made Its Humans-For-Hire More Expensive, and Scientists are Angry

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a slightly bizarre service that outsources simple, repetitive tasks to strangers on the internet, often for laughably tiny sums of money. It’s popular among scientists as a means to carry out research; but recently, Amazon tweaked its pricing in a decidedly science-unfriendly manner. Read more...

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Lenovo’s Ideacenter Stick 300 Is a Windows PC on a Stick for $140

The computer-on-a-stick is not a new — nor always terribly successful —idea. But that hasn’t stopped Lenovo, which has announced its own stab at the concept: the Ideacenter Stick 300. Read more...

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Tip of the Day: Don’t Commit a Crime While Wearing a Fitbit

I mean, if you want to get caught committing a crime, please do wear your Fitbit. That’s what a Florida woman learned when she told police she’d been assaulted in March — only to have them examine her Fitbit and discover that the truth was a lot uglier and more awkward. Read more..

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Selling Erotic Ebooks Is Illegal in Germany Before 10pm 

Thanks to an old-fashioned law that treats ebooks like movies, online booksellers in Germany are eligible for a $56,000 fine if they sell erotic ebooks before 10pm .

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Apple Bows To Queen Taylor, Does Abrupt About-Face Over Unpaid Streaming

Earlier today, noted hater of streaming music Taylor Swift published an open letter to Apple, blasting its decision to not pay artists during the three-month free trial for Apple Music . A few hours later, it appears that Apple got the message, and is changing its policy on paying artists

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Artist Transforms Classical Music Into Stunning Fluorescent Light Show

Classical music is timeless, and if you don’t believe me, Bach compositions visually rendered as a CGI sequence of flashing fluorescent lights will hopefully convince you otherwise.

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