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The death of the “gamers” and the women who “killed” them

arstechnica.com — "Oh Anita, you're so beautiful and sexy, you know that?" was the nicest terrible thing a random Twitter user said to Anita Sarkeesian, creator of the Tropes vs.Women in Video Games series, as he peppered her with threats of rape, death, and the address of her home and that of her parents following the posting of her latest video on Monday.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @arstechnica The death of the “gamers” and the women who “killed” them ars.to/1q97JKb

Aug 28, 2014

"threats, including rape, death, and harm to her family" sadly given to the ladies sticking up for women in gaming. arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/08…

ALS group moves to trademark “ice bucket challenge” viral sensation

arstechnica.com — Unless you've been living in a sensory-deprivation chamber for the past few weeks, you've heard of the "ice bucket challenge" being shown off on all types of social media. People get buckets of ice water dumped on them in order to encourage donations to the ALS Association, the foundation that supports research and care for those living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a muscle disease that's also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @binarybits: ALS Foundation gets greedy and tries to trademark "ice bucket challenge." Ridiculous. arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Aug 28, 2014

Poor taste, bad move. || ALS group moves to trademark “ice bucket challenge” viral sensation feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica…

Aug 28, 2014

Just like Komen, "for the cure." “@binarybits: ALS Foundation gets greedy, tries to trademark "ice bucket challenge" arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

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Microsoft finally tries to de-crap the Windows Store

arstechnica.com — The Windows Store has come under fire recently for its sheer amount of misleading apps. Scam apps that claim to offer downloads or training for other applications are abundant, and these bogus programs routinely abuse others' trademarks.
Aug 28, 2014

Microsoft finally tries to de-crap the Windows Store ift.tt/1u1AEzc

IRS wiped Lerner’s BlackBerry after Congress inquiry began, lawyer says

arstechnica.com — While controversy still swirls over whether the Internal Revenue Service has backup tapes with the "lost" e-mails of former IRS executive Lois Lerner, an IRS attorney confirmed that the agency had disposed of Lerner's government-issued BlackBerry in June of 2012.
Aug 28, 2014

IRS wiped Lerner’s BlackBerry after Congress inquiry began, lawyer says ars.to/1q99Hdp (but a year after emails were lost)

How big telecom smothers city-run broadband

arstechnica.com — This story was written and published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, DC, and is exclusively republished here. Janice Bowling, a 67-year-old grandmother and Republican state senator from rural Tennessee, thought it only made sense that the city of Tullahoma be able to offer its local high-speed Internet service to areas beyond the city limits.
Aug 28, 2014

How big telecom smothers city-run broadband ars.to/1nIhNVI — the @arstechnica version of @atholmes' @publici story

Google doesn’t need Twitch for game streaming

arstechnica.com — When it comes to the game and e-sports streaming scene, Twitch is the 800-pound gorilla. But when it comes to online video as a whole, YouTube is the dominant force, which is why the early reports that Google was going to buy Twitch were a little strange.

Google will collect $1.3 million from patent troll that sued its customers

arstechnica.com — In January, Google won a jury trial against a so-called "patent troll" called Beneficial Innovations, which sued dozens of media companies over online ad patents. But it wasn't a defensive win in which Google lawyers were laying out arguments about why they didn't infringe a patent.
Aug 28, 2014

'Google will collect $1.3 million from patent troll that sued its customers | Ars Technica' is.gd/q9fQ2w Me: Yes!

Aug 27, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Google will collect $1.3 million from patent troll that sued its customers ars.to/1lwAqkl by @joemullin

Order on sketchy site goes awry, firm wants $250 in fees, customer sues

arstechnica.com — Further Reading Lawyer: next step is to find where shady firm's assets are and how to collect. A Wisconsin woman has filed a lawsuit in New York state court against a shady online retailer, Accessory Outlet, which had threatened her by saying, "You are playing games with the wrong people" after she attempted to cancel an order for a $40 iPhone case that did not arrive on time.
Aug 27, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Order on sketchy site goes awry, firm wants $250 in fees, customer sues ars.to/1sD7s0h by @cfarivar

Feds warn first responders of dangerous hacking tool: Google Search

arstechnica.com — In a restricted intelligence document distributed to police, public safety, and security organizations in July, the Department of Homeland Security warned of a "malicious activity" that could expose secrets and security vulnerabilities in organizations' information systems. The name of that activity: "Google dorking."
Aug 28, 2014

RT @stevewerby: DHS and FBI warn law enforcement and others about "Google dorking"; plans to warn about password reuse in 2015. arstechnica.com/security/2014/…

Aug 28, 2014

TIL there is a name for using advanced search operators to find stuff people didn't intend to index online. 1/2 bdcne.ws/YYERKs

Aug 28, 2014

Feds warn first responders of dangerous hacking tool: Google Search: bit.ly/1qjZZnu @arstechnica

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Apple’s wearable device will be revealed September 9, Re/code says

arstechnica.com — Re/code is reporting that Apple will introduce a wearable device on September 9 alongside two next-generation iPhones. Such a device from Apple has been highly anticipated since the wearable market received newcomers from Samsung, LG, and Motorola. Apple's entry into this market was originally expected sometime in October based on an earlier report from Re/code.