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The Shutdown of ERT and Greece's Media Landscape: a Modern-Day Wild Wild ... - Truth-Out

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Facebook Donates $10,000 To Politician Fighting Gay Marriage

Facebook Donates $10,000 To Politician Fighting Gay Marriage | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
Facebook made a $10,000 donation in May to the reelection campaign of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has received national attention for fighting a court ruling that would make gay marriage legal in the state.

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There's Nothing Selfish About Suicide

There's Nothing Selfish About Suicide | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
The trouble with suicide is that no one knows what to say. No one knows how to react. So they smile and wave and attempt distraction... but they never ever say the word. The survivors, it seems, are often left to survive on their own....
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How Obama Helped Extremism Grow in Iraq

How Obama Helped Extremism Grow in Iraq | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
The American administration has been reluctant to get involved in the Middle East again. But that has only allowed extremism to grow in Syria and Iraq.
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How Can Congress Sue the President?

How Can Congress Sue the President? | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
The vote marked the first time in American history that a chamber of Congress has approved a lawsuit against the president.
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Three Types of Data That Can Help You Connect With Leads

Three Types of Data That Can Help You Connect With Leads | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
Sales - Improve your marketing and turn leads into customers by focusing on the following three types of data.
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Rand Paul a Hit in Silicon Valley?!

Rand Paul a Hit in Silicon Valley?! | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
Cavuto: The traditionally liberal-leaning community in Silicon Valley is embracing a well-known Republican. 
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Location-based services: Controversy at every level | NetworkWorld.com

Location-based services: Controversy at every level | NetworkWorld.com | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it

Jody Stevenson doesn't know she's been using location-based technology -- and doesn't care.


"I've been having a ball for almost a year," says the New Jersey homemaker. She enhances her shopping experiences with a service called Shopkick, which gives her loyalty points (convertible to gift cards and cash) just for walking into a participating store.


Any meaningful retailer has some effort in this space underway. Charles Golvin, retail analyst.


Or, rather, an app on her smartphone (if she has remembered to invoke it) decides that it is inside a participating store, and rewards her with loyalty points (called "kicks"); the amount varies by individual store and the promotional policies of that store. She also gets varying points for scanning bar codes of specific merchandise, whether she buys the items or not.


Overall, location-based services use three different levels of accuracy -- vicinity to within a block or two (derived from GPS coordinates), presence (establishing that you are inside a given building or store) and department (pinpointing your location within a given store).


Shopkick makes use of the presence level, primarily; it's also the level that's demonstrating the most commercial success and producing the most fears about Big Brother-style surveillance.


With modern smartphones able to locate themselves using the GPS satellite network, applications that allow multiple users to compare their locations for specific purposes are becoming well established.


Here on Biz, a mobile app, locates nearby business people one might be interested in meeting, based on their social media entries.


"I was in Chicago for a client meeting and was interested in meeting with the people in a large firm located there," recalls Garen Mareno, director of strategic partnerships for a design firm in Los Angeles. So he consulted his Here On Biz app, which locates nearby businesspeople he might be interested in meeting, based on their social media entries.


"When I got there, many people from that firm popped up on my Here On Biz radar. I was able to set up drinks and make that first step. Another time I was in Russia and was able to reach out to colleagues I did not know were there," Mareno recalls.


The main controversy at the vicinity level appears to involve the question of whether to display the results on a map, since doing so would seem to allow, or even promote, stalking.


"We refuse to do mapping; we think it's a security issue," says Nick Smoot, one of the founders of Here On Biz.


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Rebels Say They've Found MH17 Black Box, Begin Loading Bodies Onto ... - Slate Magazine (blog)

Rebels Say They've Found MH17 Black Box, Begin Loading Bodies Onto ... - Slate Magazine (blog) | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
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'Keep Mexicans in Mexico' comment stirs up controversy at rally - KATU

'Keep Mexicans in Mexico' comment stirs up controversy at rally - KATU | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
'Keep Mexicans in Mexico' comment stirs up controversy at rally
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SALEM, Ore. -- It's exactly 1,050 miles from the Northeast Center St. overpass along Interstate 5 in Salem to the Mexican border.
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Jason Biggs Apologizes for Jokes About Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash, Deletes Insensitive Tweets

Jason Biggs Apologizes for Jokes About Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash, Deletes Insensitive Tweets | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
Jason Biggs' tweets are often controversial, but his jokes about Thursday's tragic Malaysia Airli...
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Hillary Clinton talks Gaza, media scrutiny on Daily Show

Hillary Clinton talks Gaza, media scrutiny on Daily Show | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton joked about an office with “fewer corners” and said she’s surprised at the “cottage industry” of interest in her but got serious talking about the violence in the Mideast on Tuesday in an interview with “The Daily Show” host Jon...
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Israeli pilots and blind obedience? That’s nonsense - Opinion

Israeli pilots and blind obedience? That’s nonsense - Opinion | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
Gideon Levy should be careful about the way he criticizes our pilots and other troops. After all, we’re fighting for our lives here. (Israeli pilots and blind obedience?
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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Seen Smiling With Taliban Leader in New Twitter Pic

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Seen Smiling With Taliban Leader in New Twitter Pic | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
Recently freed U.S. P.O.W. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl appears smiling with a Taliban commander in a previously unseen photograph posted to Twitter by his captors.
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Strip Clubs and Pot Dispensaries Need Loans, Too

Strip Clubs and Pot Dispensaries Need Loans, Too | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
A merchant cash advance company targets strip clubs, pot dispensaries, and head shops
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It's Time To Stop Vacation-Shaming Our Presidents

It's Time To Stop Vacation-Shaming Our Presidents | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama has received a lot of flak for his annual summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard. Critics claim that he's ignoring America's problems, global chaos and the plight of people who can only dream of a two-week stint on a famously exp...
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Obama Flip-Flopped On This Issue And It’s All On Video [VIDEO]

Obama Flip-Flopped On This Issue And It’s All On Video [VIDEO] | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
In a press conference Friday President Obama expressed support for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, but video from 2008 shows then-presidential candidate Obama singing a different tune.
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Dear America, Would You Please Give Edward Snowden His Medal Of Freedom Already? | TechCrunch

Dear America, Would You Please Give Edward Snowden His Medal Of Freedom Already? | TechCrunch | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
2013: "A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Face­book and Google to enable law enforcement officials to..
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The Right's Strange New Hero: Gavin Newsom

The Right's Strange New Hero: Gavin Newsom | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
Former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is known to most of the nation as a pioneering advocate for marriage equality, having supported same-sex unions back in 2004. But now his ideas are attracting attention from conservatives who think his critique...
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Eight Ways to Rock Your Media Marketing

Eight Ways to Rock Your Media Marketing | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
Public Relations - Accessibility to media, and how technology has changed what that looks like, is something many marketing organizations are not taking into account. Here are ways to take advantage of the ...
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Denver headed into center of undocumented immigrant minors ...

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Denver headed into center of undocumented immigrant minors controversy. Published time: July 19, 2014 03:49. Get short URL. A Honduran child, who will be accompanied by his family when they travel to reach northern Mexico or the U.S. ...
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Is it right to jail someone for being offensive on Facebook or Twitter? - The Guardian

Is it right to jail someone for being offensive on Facebook or Twitter? - The Guardian | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
Is it right to jail someone for being offensive on Facebook or Twitter?
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What follows is offensive. The facts are unattractive and there is no hero in this story.
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Iraq forces preparing for counter-offensive: officer - South China Morning Post

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Sky News Australia Iraq forces preparing for counter-offensive: officer South China Morning Post Iraqi security forces readied a counter-offensive against militants north of Baghdad on Saturday, an army colonel said, after the prime minister...
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Israel resumes air strikes after Hamas ceasefire rejection kills civilian

Israel resumes air strikes after Hamas ceasefire rejection kills civilian | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
First Israeli killed in conflict by one of 50 rockets fired from Gaza during halt in Israeli bombardment, which has killed almost 200 (Israel resumes air strikes after Hamas ceasefire rejection kills civilian: First Israeli killed in con...
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Why there is no room for diplomacy in Gaza | +972 Magazine

Why there is no room for diplomacy in Gaza | +972 Magazine | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
With or without a ceasefire, the brutality of the last week will be revisited upon the Palestinians of Gaza – a fact that, unsurprisingly, leaves no room for diplomacy.
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Witnesses Testify Against Ex-Blackwater Colleagues in Case of 2007 Iraq Killings

Witnesses Testify Against Ex-Blackwater Colleagues in Case of 2007 Iraq Killings | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
In a federal courtroom in Washington, former Blackwater employees confronted their one-time colleagues standing trial for a shooting that left 17 Iraqis dead.
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