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Guardian releases more slides: NSA PRISM surveillance tool “Boundless Informant”

image"The mission never sleeps," it reads across the top of one of the new slides The Guardian released as part of an overall expose on the top secret NSA PRISM spying program. The slides, provided by ex-NSA and Booz Allen contractor Edward Snowden, show the tool the NSA uses to track metadata across the globe.

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Mozilla launches massive campaign on digital surveillance

imageToday, Mozilla, the maker of the popular web browser Firefox, is launching a campaign against digital surveillance. They launched a new website today, and is asking users of the web to unite, in similar fashion as we did with SOPA, so we can take a stand.

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Pres. Obama’s sleight of hand response to the NSA PRISM spying scandal

imageJust a short time ago, President Obama responded to the disclosure yesterday, that the NSA has a top-secret program called PRISM which has been secretly spying and data mining people’s private information via phone calls, and other Internet sources.

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PRISM: code word for unauthorized Govt spying using 9-top Internet companies

imageI can’t say that I’m not all too surprised with the damaging news to hit the web today, that the U.S. Government is secretly spying on citizens using 9-top Internet companies.

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Big Data is the new black

I absolutely love this quote: “Data is the new Oil. Data is just like crude. It’s valuable, but if unrefined it cannot really be used." — Clive Humby (via IBM presentation).

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Passion Passport spans generations of travelers as first Bucket List winner goes to Germany

imageChristina Wright of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA will soon be on her way to Germany to meet up with another world explorer, 103-year old Ella Kastner of Berlin. Christina is the first winner of the Bucket List Initiative sponsored by the Passion Passport Web site.

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Every minute millions and millions of pieces of data is generated on the web

imageDid you know that every minute of every day Facebook users share over 684 thousand pieces of content, or that Google has over 2 million search queries? That is a s-load of data being generated and shuffled about on the web. The data ins’t  slowing either, and as Internet becomes the staple of society and social media continuing to fuel data consumption, there are no signs that data generation will slow anytime soon.

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Fit over 140 characters into Twitter cleanly using Tall Tweets

imageAs most of you already know by now, if you are using Twitter you cannot fit more than 140 characters into each tweet; this is one of their flagship features. If you don’t know this, maybe you are still using Friendster? I am hoping this is common sense here, so let’s continue on.

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You can now get your degree in Social Media

imageIt’s official, you can now actually go to school and get a degree in Social Media. SM is no longer a fad; it’s also going to be a real course you can major in 2013.

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The best use of Pinterest yet: Police mugshots!

imageHey, your food recipe pins are nice and all, but you know what is better? Police mugshots, right on Pinterest. Give it up to The Mercury Police Department in Pottstown to go balls out and use social media to their full advantage, posting police mugshots on the hottest image sharing network around.

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Newborn baby named “Hashtag” by parents

Well, this may be a first. Apparently a mom is so enamored by social media, that she decided to name her baby “Hashtag”, which to many is also known as the pound sign (#).

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Rockstarz and Very Crispy Gangsters apprehended via Facebook

Let me first preempt this post by saying the Rockstarz and the Very Crispy Gangsters are real names of two gangs in New York; yes it’s real and not a joke, as stupid as it sounds. It’s also a story of how actions you have taken can land you in jail if you post it on Facebook.

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The life of a professional Instagram photographer

Instagram isn’t just for social photo sharing. It’s also an art form taken seriously by the most reputable photographers in the world. For example, Xavius takes his photos on Instagram very serious, so serious that he has created his own business surrounded around the efforts he and others put forth to create such king-like photos. Behold the magic that is The Xavius.

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I am now officially writing for the Examiner

Starting just a few days ago, I began officially writing for the Examiner as an independent contractor. Launched in 2008, Examiner is a dynamic entertainment, news and lifestyle network that serves more than 20 million monthly readers across the U.S. and around the world.

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When tweeting gets you kicked out of the Olympics

It’s not a good day for the Greek Olympic team. Olympic triple jumper Voula Papachristou (pictured inset) has been removed from the Greek Olympic team, and won’t be able to participate in the 2012 London Olympics because of some tweets she sent.

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