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The internet is dead, long live the internet!

The internet is a marvelous invention, and I could write a long series of dense books on why it’s marvelous, and what exactly makes it marvelous. Perhaps I shall. However, this format of media (being on the internet, of course) doesn’t exactly lend itself to long unengaging texts… Although hey,…

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The Metaverse — Part 2: Imagining a Modern Metaverse

We’re imagining the evolution of the internet which will eventually be called the metaverse. What does metaverse entail? The metaverse concept is a tech-industry wide vision to create a tangible internet. Imagine a web of interconnected virtual spaces that will, in theory, operate much like spaces in the conventional world. In order to transform the internet as it is now into a more tangible space that we can interact with and experience in the same ways that we do real life. To create the metaverse, each of these interactive spaces need to be universally accessible.

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Data Broker was Selling Location-Tracking Data of People Visiting Abortion Providers

So a date broker was selling the location-tracking data of people visiting abortion providers. Data about all sorts of things holds value, and in today’s world, your data holds plenty. Like it or not, your data has almost definitely already been bought and sold. Just like mine, just like nearly every other person’s in the good ol’ US of A. Of course, it would be nice if you or I had some say in the matter. Personally, I would not freely consent to my data being bought or sold without providing me a benefit, and that is precisely the reason why I don’t have any say in the matter.

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How Instagram Transformed Our Personal Lives

As I write this, in 2022, I realize I used to be afraid of the dystopian state and future that humanity could find itself facing due to tech. I just turned 24, and I hardly remember a world before social media. From a young age, I saw an upcoming fork in the road. One path could lead us to an easier world, a more fair world – a world where automation grants an easier life to all, a world in which we are free to spend our time with our families, with our passions. I yearned for this path. The other path looked much, much more sinister. Mass surveillance, manufactured consent, endless propaganda, a war on truth, a war on freedom of thought, and a limited range of socially acceptable discourse and debate all seemed likely.

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The Internet, Is It Good or Bad For Democracy?

The Internet has given people a lot of space and many platforms to express their opinions on local, national, and international issues. Using the Internet, citizens can easily email their elected leaders including the president to air their concerns and get feedback.

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Is The Internet Changing Our Brains?

The Internet has been around for less than half a century. However, it has impacted every aspect of our lives including how we interact and source information. The Internet has pervaded our lives so much that you can hardly avoid it whether at home or at work. Since the online…

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Google Webpage Ranking: Do Sentiments Help?

There has been a never-ending controversy on whether sentiments have any influence on how Google ranks webpages. By “sentiment” we mean either whether the tone of the page is generally positive or negative with respect to the content. The controversy is reinforced by some SEO experts observing that pages with…

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Smartphones + Mobile Apps + Adaptive Workforce = Gig Economy

Are you part of the new so-called ‘gig economy’? If you don’t know what the gig economy is, probably not, but even if not, you almost certainly know someone who is. According to recent statistics, 16% of the American workforce is working in the gig economy – that’s nearly 1 in 5 people. And at least one pundit factors smartphones and mobile apps into why the gig economy is growing.

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Now You Have to Buy a Ticket for Some Restaurants and You can also Scalp them on Craigslist

Move over, theatres and concerts – now you also have to buy a ticket to attend some restaurants, thanks to the restaurant ticket program Tock, developed by Nick Kokonas. Can’t make your seating? That’s ok, just as with concert tickets, you can also scalp your restaurant tickets on Craigslist, where some restaurant tickets are fetching as much as $250 or more a piece.

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Teen Disses New Job – Gets Fired – Becomes Famous – All on Twitter

Teenager Cella (@cellla_ on Twitter) apparently really wasn’t looking forward to her new job at Jet’s Pizza in Mansfield, Texas. So much so that she tweeted “Ew I start this fuckass job tomorrow,” followed by seven ‘thumbs down’ emoji. Following that tweet, she was promptly fired, also on Twitter.

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The Harlem Shake: What it Is, Where to Watch it, Which One to Watch

What is The Harlem Shake? That depends on whether you’re talking about the Harlem Shake dance, the Harlem Shake song, or the Harlem Shake video — by either Al B, Albee, Baauer, Bauer, Bauuer, or the Russian Army. And, the infectious internet meme doesn’t get any less complicated from there. But since the original Sunlight Harlem Shake, it has gone viral on YouTube (or uTube if you prefer) at breathtaking speed.

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NASCAR Admits It Abused The DMCA To Get YouTube To Remove Wreck Footage Posted By Tyler Anderson

When Tyler Anderson posted shocking video detailing the violent aftermath that befell spectators as a result of Kyle Larson’s wreck on Saturday, NASCAR intentionally — but falsely — claimed copyright infringement which triggered the video being taken down by YouTube (or “utube” as the kids call it). The video was quickly replaced and, now, NASCAR admits it made the claim knowing no such copyright violation had occurred.

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Loyalty Frequent Shopper Card Programs Gaining Access to Your Facebook Profile for Cross-Referencing Your Purchases and Shopping Preferences

Once again Facebook, your friendly social media hotspot, is the target of marketers wanting and gaining access to your personal data — as a loyalty frequent shopper card program can use that data to cross-reference your likes and interactions to target your pocketbook. And all of it is correlated to you, personally, without so much as a choice to opt-in.

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Move over Internet, Here Comes the Internet of Everything

The concept of “The Internet Of Everything,” the notion that all products, people, and services communicate for the sake of personalization and efficiency, is more than just the wave of the tech future. It could mean very big business. According to Cisco Systems, the concept is worth $14 trillion in revenue over the ten years.

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Fake Amazon Page Resume for Philippe Dubost, Web Product Manager Goes Viral

We don’t know what his return policy is, but French citizen Philippe Dubost’s resume, which looks like a fake Amazon page, complete with fake Amazon reviews, has quickly become an Internet sensation. Residing in Paris, the web product manager designed PhilDub.com to look for a job abroad, as he is ready to travel.