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I guess it's not Faustian, really. More like pointing out the current state of the loss of privacy rights via a Goodwill donation. Or something. It's Art!
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Oh, man, I followed one too many links, and accidentally read some of the comments on that newspaper's site.

Now I have to go scrub my eyeballs.
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Sophos's Chester W predicts we'll be dealing with this for the next 3-5 years. The first wave of fixes comes in at web servers and online services, but this is old code that will also turn up in places such as older mobile phones, including Android. Keep an eye on your credit reports, keep an eye on whether Facebook et al. say you last logged in from, say, Latvia, change passwords if notified by a legitimate online place you transact with, and do NOT click on password reset links sent via email. No surprise here: Sophos has already spotted fraudulent links trying to exploit password resets in light of Heartbleed and is asking people NOT to include such links in email. 
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I don't think many companies in the Snowden era would feel comfortable were they to be caught bragging about how they exceeded federal requirements to help law enforcement  spy on their customers. Pre-Snowden, in 2012, there was apparently boasting a-plenty. 
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Jerk.com allegedly scraped content from people's Facebook listings (including kids' profiles), put it up on its site, invited the world to throw rotten fruit at others by clicking on a "jerk" or "not a jerk" button, and then had the outrageously uber-jerky jerkiness to charge people $30 to be able to (supposedly but not really) dispute. 
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General Mills doesn't like getting sued. Sued for what? O, for things like, say, making a food-like substance full of high-fructose corn syrup and genetically engineered ingredients (aka "Fruit Gushers" and the like) and then calling such products "natural." So they recently tweaked their legal terms to ensure that you can't sue them if you ever come within a breath of then online, including if you visited a GM website, clicked Like on their page, received their email newsletter, downloaded or printed a digital coupon, entered a sweepstakes or content, or ever had anything at all, really, to do with their cyber properties. Lawyers say other companies are sure to follow suit—hell, why wouldn't they? Goodbye, class action suits, even if companies like GM negligently contaminate food with nuts and endanger allergic people, or, say, if a employee decides to slip crushed glass into your Trix. Hat tip to Tom for posting the NYT article this morning. 
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Today's scavenger hunt: try to find media coverage that doesn't use the term "boob job."
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kittens kittens kittens read me read me LIKE ME share-share-share-share-share WOOOOOOOOOOOOO Hey! Yo! Comment! ... blah blah blah 
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Admits it's got a mess of confused users. 
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Sometimes I get lost in background research, and my head gets tangled in the shiny details so that I can't even remember what I was supposed to be writing about. That happens whenever it comes to Kim Dotcom—SWAT-style raid on a New Zealand mansion, a safe room, seizure of a pink cadillac (over alleged copyright infringement, mind you. Why? Because PINK CADILLAC!), last year's launch of Mega (Son of Megaupload) and the ICE CREAM extravaganza Dotcom threw for his fans to celebrate. I know you're thinking what I was thinking: what flavor ice cream did he get an ice cream chef to create for the event? You have to read the story to find out! O, but wait. This story was actually about Dotcom getting sued by movie studios. See what I mean? PINK CADILLAC! SAFE ROOM! ICE CREAM!!!!!!
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    Creative Writing, 2009 - 2011
  • Emerson College
    Communications/Film, 1983 - 2011
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    Journalism, 1980 - 1983
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