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What A Wonderful World! Get Raped In Dubai And You'll Serve 16 Months In Prison

What A Wonderful World! Get Raped In Dubai And You'll Serve 16 Months In Prison | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
The perils of globalism are illustrated by a rape case in Dubai in which a visiting Norwegian woman has bizarrely been sentenced to jail for making allegations against a male colleague.
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Another reason to never go to, or do business in, Dubai.

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Why this ScoopIt topic has gone dormant

Visiting the scoop.it domain via a tethered connection gives an HTTP ERROR 504

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Asil's curator insight, August 5, 3:59 PM

I've gotten a couple of inquires from some of the people who subscribe to my ScoopIt feeds about where I was, so I'm doing this final post.

I mostly update my ScoopIt topics when I'm traveling, and that (for me) means using a laptop with internet served via a tethered smartphone.  Every since ScoopIt had that huge DoS attack which shut the service down, my T-Mobile tether has stopped serving ScoopIt domain pages.

The issue is with T-Mobile, but they are not dealing with it.  I tried to get ScoopIt to take action, but they have refused. Bottom-line is this platform is no longer one I can easily use, so I've stopped using it.

Thanks to everyone for reading and for the excellent commentary over the years.  Enjoy the interweaves!

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Big in Japan: Drunken Businessmen Passed Out in Public Places

Big in Japan: Drunken Businessmen Passed Out in Public Places | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Maybe we need to have a little talk, Japanese office workers, because this hard-partying, drink-‘til-you-drop philosophy of yours seems to have gotten out of hand. That’s the in...
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Asil's insight:This is pretty crazy, but surprisingly watchable ...the link has an embed to the video campaign.  Check it out!

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'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Finale: 8 Key Takeaways

'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Finale: 8 Key Takeaways | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
"Beginning of the End,” the final episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," might have been better named “End of the Beginning.”
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Solar Flare Captured in Stunning NASA Video

Solar Flare Captured in Stunning NASA Video | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
A NASA video released this week features striking footage of a mid-level solar flare recently captured by the space agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
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Yahoo now encrypting traffic from its data centers, and plans to encrypt Messenger too

Yahoo now encrypting traffic from its data centers, and plans to encrypt Messenger too | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Yahoo is one of the many technology companies demanding reforms on US surveillance laws, and now says it's taken additional security measures to protect data it handles. Today the company announced...
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"Our goal is to encrypt our entire platform for all users at all time, by default." In a meeting with reporters today, Stamos — who joined Yahoo three weeks ago — did not specifically call out the National Security Agency by name, but made it clear that revelations about NSA spying led directly to Yahoo's move toward more encryption. "

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The Sacrificial Landscape of True Detective

The Sacrificial Landscape of True Detective | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

True Detective is a compelling show. People love the acting and are thrilled by the mystery. No arguments there. But two recent interviews with people who worked on it highlight another reason the show works: the petrochemical landscape of Louisiana.

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Consider how creative director Patrick Clair pitched the show's (jaw dropping) opening credit sequence. 

"I have great respect for the way the place and time of the events in the story echo and amplify the emotional lives of the characters that inhabit it. This link—the relationship between broken landscapes and broken people—has been central to all our thinking," he wrote. 

"This isn't the zombie plague. This isn't vampires and warlocks. The phrase that has been echoing in my head since our first discussions on the project is that we are witnessing a 'personal apocalypse.'"

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SummarizeThis™

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I tried this out on some longish pieces...1000 words or more. The tool did a very good job of reducing several articles by about 50-60% in size, while preserving very well the meaning of the selection. I did this about 4 times and was quite impressed with the quality of the summaries. This could prove quite useful for students of all ages, as well as busy educators.


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This is so full of win ... great tool if you're having trouble editing yourself!

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Desert Breath: A Monumental Land Art Installation in the Sahara Desert | Colossal

Desert Breath: A Monumental Land Art Installation in the Sahara Desert | Colossal | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

Located near the Red Sea in El Gouna, Egypt, Desert Breath is an impossibly immense land art installation dug into the sands of the Sahara desert by the D.A.ST. Arteam back in 1997. The artwork was a collaborative effort spanning two years between installation artist Danae Stratou, industrial designer Alexandra Stratou, and architect Stella Constantinides, and was meant as an exploration of infinity against the backdrop of the largest African desert. Covering an area of about 1 million square feet (100,000 square meters) the piece involved the displacement of 280,000 square feet (8,000 square meters) of sand and the creation of a large central pool of water.


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This is amazing; follow the link back for an page that includes a video embed documentation how it was constructed (mostly by hand).

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Google shows some leadership, buys the company that’s been pointing out how dubious online ad traffic can be

Google shows some leadership, buys the company that’s been pointing out how dubious online ad traffic can be | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Late in 2013, spider.io, a UK-based company dedicated to fighting advertising fraud, posted a video to its website.
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The terms of the Spider.io deal were not announced, but its fraud detection software will be included with Google ad offerings and its detection expertise is now part of the Google family. Presuming it wasn’t bought by Google with the intention of quieting the one company that’s been pointing out how dubious your major stream of revenue can be, it is a positive move in getting out in front of the awkward spambot issue that online advertisers can’t seem to shake.

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Science Confirms: Internet Trolls Really Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

Science Confirms: Internet Trolls Really Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
In the past few years, the science of Internet trollology has made some strides. Last year, for instance, we learned that by hurling insults and inciting discord in online comment sections, so-called Internet trolls (who are frequently anonymous) have a polarizing effect on audiences, leading to politicization, rather than deeper...
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The study comes as websites, particularly at major media outlets, are increasingly weighing steps to rein in trollish behavior. Last year Popular Science did away with its comments sections completely, citing research on the deleterious effects of trolling, and YouTube also took measures to rein in trolling.

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Google Wins Everything Part Two: How to be a Partner

Google Wins Everything Part Two: How to be a Partner | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

Susan Wojcicki took over YouTube, Wednesday, from my pal Salar Kamangar.

Salar did an amazing job growing YouTube and everyone is thankful for his efforts; he’s a class act who quietly built the product into the most important asset at Google.

Literally, the most important thing at Google--the land of important things.

Heck, that is coming from me, a person who walked away from YouTube funding and massive growth in viewership because it was clear that there is no room given the current split (55/45) for anyone but Google to make a living. More on that in a bit.

In this piece I want to talk about three things:

1. Why YouTube is the most important product at Google--by far

2. Why Google is blowing it

3. A simple solution for Susan to fix the problem

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n fact, it’s fairly clear to [Jason Calacanis], who has been working with Google since Day One, that Google thinks of content creators--artists--as this necessary evil to put their ads next to.

They don’t really respect us since they won everything. If they did, they would listen to our needs and think about making their platform sustainable.

They don’t listen any more really (that is, unless you need help implementing their advertising technology).

Have a question on how to optimize your ads? They’re all ears!

ABOUT

LAUNCH Media covers and celebrates new startups, products, services and technology on the LAUNCH blog, an email newsletter and an in-person conference. Serial entrepreneur, angel investor and journalist Jason Calacanis founded LAUNCH in December 2010.

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A Great Alternative to RebelMouse: Curate Your Social Media Hub with Pressly

A Great Alternative to RebelMouse: Curate Your Social Media Hub with Pressly | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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I did a demo for this ... http://neovictoria.pressly.com/ ... but I'm not loving it. Some good stuff, in terms of ads and analytics, but edits to the hubs don't appear to update in real-time and I'm not seeing a way to design the HUB. It appears to only give two views.

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Voting4all.nl's curator insight, February 13, 3:21 AM

promote je school of laat de leerlingen en schoolkrant maken.

Jennifer Caukin's curator insight, February 16, 1:03 AM

Worth checking out.

 

Olga Senognoeva's curator insight, October 21, 11:36 AM

добавить свой понимание ...

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Smart Contact Lenses Will Give You Superhuman Vision

Smart Contact Lenses Will Give You Superhuman Vision | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
LAS VEGAS — Your future contact lenses could give you superhuman vision
Just one year after eyewear startup Innovega announced a prototype of its high-tech iOptik lenses, the company is showing off the product at this year's International CES.
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"A lot of companies are trying to do that right now with hardware, and there are limitations: It creates a tiny field of view," an iOptik spokesperson told Mashable. "Google Glass is the equivalent of having your smartphone about 24 inches in front of you. The iOptik system is six times the resolution and 20 times the area. It's like looking at a big TV projection, and you can see so much more."

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, February 2, 3:56 PM

The Innovega eyewear system is made up of two parts: glasses and contact lenses. The contact lenses give you enhanced focusing abilities, so you can see near and far at levels beyond what the normal eye can see. For example, if you put a finger up to your eye while wearing the contacts, you can actually see the fine details of your fingerprint; whereas, the natural eye can't focus on an object so close up.

Click to see all the amazing details.

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The 10 Most Read Books in The World

The 10 Most Read Books in The World | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 30, 8:50 AM

The Bible´s #1, Mao´s Quotations #2. 

Marta Torán's curator insight, May 30, 8:54 AM

El Top 10 de los libros más leídos

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, June 2, 1:57 AM

Reading is one of the basic literacy skills we learn from the first years of our schooling.As we grow up this skill develops and takes many forms. It actually stays with us for the rest of our life. And like any other skill, the more you work on it the better it gets. That is why we have now great writers it is because they were once great readers.

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Apple iWatch Parody Will Make You Question Every Wearable Gadget

Apple iWatch Parody Will Make You Question Every Wearable Gadget | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Another week, another unnecessary tech product
The newest craze in gadgets-we-don't-really-need? Wearable devices, namely Apple's hotly anticipated iWatch.
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Why Heartbleed is the most dangerous security flaw on the web

Why Heartbleed is the most dangerous security flaw on the web | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Monday afternoon, the IT world got a very nasty wakeup call, an emergency security advisory from the OpenSSL project warning about an open bug called "Heartbleed." The bug could be used to pull a...

Via Artur Alves
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Has anyone seen any notices from ScoopIt about this?  Were their servers vulnerable to this exploit? 

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, April 10, 3:16 AM

Seems 2 out of 3 servers is inflected or has been.


Apple, Google and Microsoft appear to be unaffected, along with the major e-banking services. Yahoo, on the other hand, was affected and leaking user credentials for a significant portion of the day before its core sites were fixed. More generally, any server running OpenSSL on Apache or Nginx will be affected, which implicates a huge variety of everyday websites and services.

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Artur Alves's comment, April 10, 8:42 AM
I am scooping two more pieces on Heartbleed
Asil's comment, April 10, 11:07 AM
I put a ticket in with ScoopIt asking them to advise what the situation is with their servers. So far, have only received the automatic response. I'm still not finding anything official posted by ScoopIt themselves, but a user has started a ScooptIt topic on the exploit: http://www.scoop.it/t/heartbleed
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Secretive A.I. Company Backed by Elon Musk, Zuckerberg & Ashton Kutcher to Replicate Neocortex

Secretive A.I. Company Backed by Elon Musk, Zuckerberg & Ashton Kutcher to Replicate Neocortex | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

“ The three are joining in a $40 million investment in Vicarious FPC, a secretive artificial-intelligence company. The funding round, the second major infu”


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Eliza Dushku Stars in Kevin Tancharoen's Sci-Fi Short Gable V - Shockya.com

Eliza Dushku Stars in Kevin Tancharoen's Sci-Fi Short Gable V - Shockya.com | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Shockya.com Eliza Dushku Stars in Kevin Tancharoen's Sci-Fi Short Gable V Shockya.com 'Gable V,' which Tancharoen describes as being a sci-fi, futuristic version of 'The Truman Show,' is now available on Machinima Prime, which is the dominant video...

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, March 30, 4:45 PM

In a remote location, a secret facility exists unlike anything the world has ever seen. Run by Dr. Conrad Gable, a renowned neurologist, the facility is years ahead of it’s time when it comes to the technology it’s using to research the human body. With an unlimited budget backed by a classified department of the government, Dr. Gable’s motives appear to be for the greater good of humanity. The chance to create a drug so powerful it could be used to win every battle, every war, with no casualties. Now all he needs are, 5 test subjects.

Read more: http://www.shockya.com/news/2014/03/30/eliza-dushku-stars-in-kevin-tancharoens-sci-fi-short-gable-v/#ixzz2xTsvVDJZ

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'Sin City' Returns to Life of Crime in Highly-Anticipated Teaser

'Sin City' Returns to Life of Crime in Highly-Anticipated Teaser | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
The first teaser trailer for the long-awaited second installment of 2005's cult classic Sin City was released Thursday, promising plenty of booze, barbarism and babes.
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Loved the first one ... hope this one stays true to the comix.

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A Curated Collection of The Best Search Engines Organized Around Your Needs

A Curated Collection of The Best Search Engines Organized Around Your Needs | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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And, if you want to search anonymously, try Duck Duck Go [https://duckduckgo.com/]

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, June 17, 7:59 AM

Good reference list. I didn't realize there were so many search engines.

Pushpa Kunasegaran's curator insight, June 19, 7:58 PM

This is an excellent resource!

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 14, 5:22 PM

For more resources on Social Media & Content Curation visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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Why The Future Of Technology Is All Too Human - Forbes

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The Guardian
Why The Future Of Technology Is All Too Human
Forbes
By the 1970's, funding dried up and technology entered the period now known as the AI winter, during which very little happened. Slowly, however, progress was made.
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The obvious question that all of this raises is, if computers are doing the work of humans, what are all the people going to do?  We work, after all, not just for bread, but for dignity and purpose.  The automation of labor is nothing less than the great social dilemma of our generation.

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This Parent/Child Cosplay Gets Spirited Away

This Parent/Child Cosplay Gets Spirited Away | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
By JFCespedes. Send your cosplay pics to tips@fashionablygeek.com.
(via Cheezburger)
    
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How charming is this?

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Two Cheers for the Comcast-Time Warner Deal

Two Cheers for the Comcast-Time Warner Deal | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Don't worry about the Comcast deal. Be happy
Yes, the cable giant's $45 billion bid to take over Time Warner makes an uncompetitive cable industry worse. Yes, Comcast will now have a disproportionate control of Internet service in major U.S.
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This is a real "making lemonade from lemons" piece.  Hope the author is right about Google fiber, 'cause the only cable service provider worse than Time Warner is Comcast!

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Cereal Prize

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Actor Topher Grace has gone from battling a web-slinging hero in 2007's Spider-Man 3 to being a different kind of web slinger himself Thursday — when he launched a video discovery website.

Dubbed Cereal Prize, Grace's site is a hodgepodge of sketch comedies, revamped movie trailers and un-aired pilots, among other hilarious "sh*t" that Grace gathers to share with viewers.

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"I’m the guy that when you come over to my house to hang out, I always want to show people some weird video I found on the Internet," Grace told Mashable.

 

Source: http://mashable.com/2014/02/06/topher-grace-cereal-prize-website

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Sherlock Isn't the Fan-Friendly Show You Think It Is

Sherlock Isn't the Fan-Friendly Show You Think It Is | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

Via The Digital Rocking Chair
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As friendly as that fan-creator relationship may seem, it’s actually a delicate thing. And in the end, Zubernis and Larsen say, it’s mostly artifice. “[The relationship] seems a lot more reciprocal and closer than it is, which is an artifact of the way social media, especially Twitter, makes fans feel,” says Zubernis. “I always stay on Twitter when a Supernatural episode is airing, and the actors and the writers and directors are usually on [Twitter], and I see what it does to fans when somebody answers their tweet. There’s a need, I think, to feel like, ‘They’re listening to me; I’m important.’ That’s a normal psychological response, but it’s not actually true; it’s wishful thinking. It’s a constructed intimacy that’s not really intimate at all.”

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, January 24, 3:14 PM


Devon Maloney:  "Regardless of how much influence fans may seem to wield or how close the fans and creators may seem in a today’s era of meet-and-greets and panels, a chasm still exists between the people who make shows and the people who ardently love them."

Laura Brown's comment, January 26, 4:23 PM
It's all about sales. In the end it is phoney and leaves me feeling it was all meaningless, empty and that I have just been used. Selling autographs is just one tiny step away from the social media puffing up being done these days.