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“Google Xistence: Because life is too short for social interaction”

About a week ago, I ran across a hilarious prank called Google Xistence that offered people to take care of the time consuming social media “stuff” by sending out randomly generated status updates and tweets for you, so that you would have time to get some work done. The site even bolstered the brilliant slogan: […]

Denmark ditches Microsoft

This Friday morning it has been announced by the Danish government, that the Danish state administrative body will adopt the open format ODF as its sole document standard from April next year. This means that the Danish state will now ditch Microsoft’s proprietary document formats. Below is a translation of the article just published by […]

The Apple Paradox, Closed Culture & Free-Thinking Fans

Now this is something that I, as a complete Apple-o-phile, have also often pondered: How does Apple manage to retain it’s image as the favorite hard- and software provider for the world’s creative open culture community while being such a proprietary-centered business? It’s an immense paradox – which is highlighted in this interesting article from […]

Mass photography event in London today: I’m a photographer, not a terrorist

From Boing Boing: “A reminder for Londoners: there’s a mass photo shoot-in at midday today in Trafalgar Square, to protest English cops’ continuing harassment of photographers under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act.” Read the original post here – or visit the official website of the campaign.

Hiding from Google

From Slashdot: “Google offers Web users a simple trade-off: Let the search giant track a substantial portion of your comings and goings around the Web, and it will offer you a free, superior online experience. Now independent security researcher Moxie Marlinspike is making Web users a counter-offer: take Google’s giveaways and keep your privacy too. […]

Internet Survival Guide for Traveling Where Privacy Isn’t Respected

The brilliant LifeHacker blog has posted an interesting article on privacy and protection against identity theft when backpacking – or simply travelling abroad. The author – who wishes to remain anonymous – explains how he keeps a tight leash on privacy when traveling in a country where the government actively monitors online communication. Excerpt: “Internet […]

Update on the Facebook vs. Suicidemachine issue

After the story came out about how Facebook is trying to tyranize a small Dutch web-service, that helps people disconnect from social media services, quite a lot of attention has been drawn to the case. Especially on the wonderful Nettime-mailinglist where people gather to discuss issues of net criticism. One of the most interesting posts, […]

Facebook tyrannize ‘social media suicide’ website

Facebook (FB) strikes hard on anyone who facilitate users to unhook themselves from the grip of the social media titan. The Guardian has an article on how the world’s largest social network, Facebook, has been bullying a small Dutch web-service that enables users to systematically delete their profile on social networks including FB – in […]

New York urban art chair-tracking experiment

Check out this funny urban experiment: You (that would be Blue Dot Studio) put out design chairs in the street at random sites in New York city, then trace them with GPS and video cams. Blu Dot Real Good Experiment from Real Good Chair on Vimeo.

Homeless people relocated out of Whister, Canada, ahead of Olympics

Taken from BoingBoing, where  reader Jeremy Gruman says, “Last month, homeless people started showing up in droves in towns 100 miles or so outside of Vancouver. They had been given one-way bus tickets and were forced onto the busses. Local shelters in those communities have been completely overloaded. All so that the world can see […]

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