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Whoops! Kevin Butler accidentally retweets PS3 jailbreak code

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Whoops! Kevin Butler accidentally retweets PS3 jailbreak code

One of the great things about the Internet Age is its new and manifold ways to embarass yourself. A few moment’s inattention can be handily immortalized in moments.

Take this latest affair with Sony’s fictional VP-of-everything Kevin Butler. His official twitter seems to have accidentally retweeted the PS3’s USB Dongle ID generation key in response to an annoyed gamer’s challenge. For those of you who don’t know, this is used for circumventing the PS3’s security systems.

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Twitter’s Response to Subpoena was Bold

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Twitter’s Response to Subpoena was Bold

Last Friday, Twitter was given a subpoena from a judge in Virginia to release information regarding certain WikiLeaks personnel who use the mini-blogging platform.  The judge also handed Twitter a gag order, stating they could not tell users that such a request was given.

Instead of quitely providing the information, Twitter successfully challenged the gag order and informed those targeted of the judge’s request.  Twitter stood up for its users when the users weren’t able to stand up for themselves, something that is still very rarely done in these circumstances.  This is not only a bold move on the part of a website and company, but some are hoping that other websites will follow this precedent in the future as well.

What do you think, readers?  Should websites and online companies challenge gag orders that prevent them from announcing to users that their personal information might be released for lawsuits and federal cases?

[via Wired]

Why Does This Exist?!

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Why Does This Exist?!

I have seen infomercials selling books and CDs on how to use Word, Excel, Windows and even eBay.  I have seen books called “MySpace for Dummies.” I understand that those people not technologically proficient enough would need these helpful tools. But now, people of earth, can someone please tell me why the following book exists?

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[BAotW] A Few Mini-BAs to Tide You Over

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[BAotW] A Few Mini-BAs to Tide You Over

Hello there children, do you know what day it is?  Why, it’s “Shauna-Gets-To-Be-A-Slacker” Day! So instead of the regular one-badass-per-article standard that I’ve had each week, I’ve decided to do a couple mini-BAotWs just for today. “Why are you so lazy Shauna?” you might ask.  It’s because tomorrow James and I are driving down to Atlanta to meet Bob (aka Dr. DM) to get full media coverage of Dragon*con for all you readers.  We’ll have a TON of new and hopefully breaking news stories and interviews for you while we’re down there, and even more once we get back.  So I have a somewhat legitimate excuse to slack off. HA. Look past the break for a few badasses of the video game world, the film world, and the interweb world. Read On

Gay Fish, Kanye West, tries Twitter marketing

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Gay Fish, Kanye West, tries Twitter marketing

He’s the self proclaimed ‘voice of a generation’, or a gay fish if you listen to the charming kids from South Park. Whatever you personally think of the rapper come pop-star, he’s attempting to join the raft of celebrities jumping on the twitter bandwagon.

So far, over 380,000 followers have flocked to his account, yet he’s only following one seemingly random fan. That fan’s name is Steven Holmes, from England.

I’m not sure why he picked this guy to follow. He seems like a genuinely normal guy from the other side of the pond.  Maybe Kanye was hoping to make as big as a splash in the media’s eyes like Conan did when he randomly followed one fan. Like most of what Mr. West does these days, it’s highly likely to simply be self-publicity – but whatever his reason, Ste_101 has certainly seen his follower count rocket.

Would you, dear readers, like to be followed by Kanye? Are you a fan?

[news.com.au]

Google Announces Their Answer to Social Networking

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Google Announces Their Answer to Social Networking

Google announced today the previously rumored social networking features in Gmail with a new product called Google Buzz. It’s obvious that Buzz is a direct answer to Twitter and Facebook. What makes Google an immediate threat to twitter is the leveraging Gmail for the content types allowed and user base it should spread like wild fire. Check out the introduction video after the break. Read On

Patrick Stewart loves email, not so much Twitter

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In the video preview below of FRONTLINE’s Digital_Nation, Patrick Stewart explains why its not his style to talk to people in only 140 characters or less in Twitter.  Also, he explains why he loves his iPhone and e-mail.  Even though he’s putting down Twitter, which is what I think is a great piece of communication technology, the way how he says it so eloquently just makes me nod and say “ok.” Damn you and your awesome voice.  Maybe when Twitter converts to HD, he’ll join us “Twatters.”

MS Office Paperclip, Clippy is back… and drunk

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Remember Clippy? That default character in the old Microsoft Office suites? Yea, annoying little fella. Well, if you thought he was dead, guess again.  He’s just been drinking and giving people more advice via twitter.

iF U tYpE LiKe tHiS, it implies you’ve added an unconventional artistic touch to your writing. Also, that you’re an idiot.

Did you just choose Comic Sans? Comic Sans. Really? Why not just type “I’m A Virgin” in 72 point font.

Clippy finally tells it like it is.  So, I suggest you follow him for more thoughtful advice.

Farmville is bigger than Twitter and World of Warcraft

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In an article on Techradar, Mark Zuckerberg says that “69 million active users are using FarmVille alone, that’s more users than Twitter.” Wow. That is a lot of farming. If Farmville was a free-to-play MMO or turned into one, they would have Blizzard‘s baby, beat. I myself have never played this game or any Facebook game. I don’t know what all the fuss is about, but now I have to check it out to see.

Do you play any Facebook games? Do you play Farmville? If so, what is it about the game or games that keeps you playing?