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In one of the primary hubs for Pacific Ocean intercontinental internet traffic, residents consume what many would consider “old media.” Continue reading »

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Italian net artists Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico scrape 250,000 Facebook profiles to create a social network you can search by looks. via Byline A new online dating site debuted this week, with ready-made profiles for an unwitting quarter million Facebook users. Facebook’s not amused with the scraping, but the site’s founders say it’s just art intended to expose data usage in the age of social networking…. Moreover, it’s a bit funny hearing Facebook complain about scraping of personal data that is quasi-public….

[Ironically,] Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s founder, made his name at Harvard in 2003 by scraping the names and photos of fellow classmates off school servers to feed a system called FaceMash. With the photos, Zuckerberg created a controversial system that pitted one co-ed against another, by allowing others to vote on which one was better looking.

Invasion of privacy? Maybe for net artists, but evidently not for lawyers trying to pin something on you in court. “Making the content of your Facebook account private can thwart the social network’s plan to share as much information possible with advertisers, but may not keep out lawyers looking for material that will contradict your statements in a court of law. US lawyers have been trying to gain the permission to access the private parts of social network accounts for a while now, but it seems that only lately they have begun to be successful in their attempts. And this turn of events is another perfectly good reason to think twice about what you post online.”

Calibamboo bCalifornia-based bamboo supplier and renewable material promoter CaliBamboo offers free materials to the best project, and last month NMD alumnus Chris Bagley bagged the prize for his bamboo ski capstone.

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Conspiracy theorists think this app could be used to detect drivers who pick up the phone to text, which is illegal on some states. But given the size of Maine’s potholes, it could also help locate cars that have disappeared into them. via Byline An anonymous reader writes “The City of Boston has released an app that uses the accelerometer in your smartphone to automatically report bumps in the road as you drive over them. From the article: ‘The application relies on two components embedded in iPhones, Android phones, and many other mobile devices: the accelerometer and the Global Positioning System receiver. The accelerometer, which determines the direction and acceleration of a phone’s movement, can be harnessed to identify when a phone resting on a dashboard or in a cupholder in a moving car has hit a bump; the GPS receiver can determine by satellite just where that bump is located.’ I am certain that this will not be used to track your movements, unless they are vertical.”

The Vermont Lake Monsters, to be exact, a Minor League baseball team located in Burlington. And the Boston Red Sox are looking for interns for their TV and Video Production department.

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A prominent educator claims today’s college students are learning in silos, specializing too much to see the Big Picture. (Via NMD alumnus Will Seyffer)

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Want to beat out a few more of your peers looking to get into graduate school? Now you have the chance, given an extra hour soon to be tacked on to the GRE, Continue reading »

If you haven’t already bought this term’d textbooks, here are a dozen sites ready to sell them cheap. via Byline A look at the long list of Web sites that help college students find the cheapest textbooks available.

VwVolkswagon has unveiled a plug-in hybrid that gets 260 miles to the gallon and can go 20 miles on electricity alone. At 24 grams of CO2 per kilometer, the XL1 emits less than a third of the emissions of a 2010 Prius.

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In January Facebook staff realized that the Tunisian government had installed software that tracked its citizens in unconscionable ways. Fortunately Facebook has now repaired that glaring security hole, and returned to its usual routine of tracking its own users in unconscionable ways. Like putting your face on Starbucks ads without your permission.

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