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News, The Snitch Is This Disgraced Tech CEO the Facebook Enemy of District Attorney George Gascon?

Is This Disgraced Tech CEO the Facebook Enemy of District Attorney George Gascon?

Gurbaksh Chahal (pictured) has a major beef with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. It all started somewhere around the time Chahal, then the 31-year-old CEO of digital advertising firm RadiumOne, worth over $100 million, and the kind of guy…
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News, The Snitch Silk Road Shut Down: Drug Marketplace Founder Arrested at SF Public Library

Silk Road Shut Down: Drug Marketplace Founder Arrested at SF Public Library

$1.2 billion in sales and hundreds of kilograms of drugs later, Silk Road is closed. The alleged founder and operator of Silk Road -- the Deep Web marketplace where illegal drugs were bought and sold using Bitcoin -- was…
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News, The Snitch Silk Road, Bitcoin-Fueled Drug Marketplace, Still Eluding Authorities

Silk Road, Bitcoin-Fueled Drug Marketplace, Still Eluding Authorities

Thanks to the Internet, buying drugs is as easy as buying a pizza. Provided you use Bitcoins and buy them from online illegal drug superstore Silk Road. The website -- hidden on the Deep Web and accessible only using anonymity…
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News, The Snitch Fake News About Google Purchase Bounced Around Internet Echo Chamber

Fake News About Google Purchase Bounced Around Internet Echo Chamber

It was early Monday morning when people first started thinking that Google purchased ICOA Inc., a WiFi hotspot company based in Rhode Island. A headline on PRWeb, which businesses use to post press releases, read: "ICOA Inc. Acquired by Google…
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News, The Snitch Amazon Welcomes Back California Bloggers, Keeps Some Money They Earned

Amazon Welcomes Back California Bloggers, Keeps Some Money They Earned

In June 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring that out-of-state retailers with an in-state "nexus" collect state sales tax from California residents. At that point, Amazon.com extinguished its in-state nexus -- thousands of California bloggers and website owners…
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News, The Snitch Odd Internet Fact: Cowboys.com Is About Gay Men, Not the Dallas Football Team

Odd Internet Fact: Cowboys.com Is About Gay Men, Not the Dallas Football Team

Type 49ers.com into a browser, and the Internet takes you to the San Francisco 49ers' official website. Same story for raiders.com, as well many other teams, including the Bengals, Steelers, Seahawks, Patriots, Packers, and Redskins.But type in bears.com and the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Social Networking Before Your Mom Found It: <i>Connected</i> Looks at SFnet

Social Networking Before Your Mom Found It: Connected Looks at SFnet

In its most basic form, SFnet was a network of computer terminals in coffeehouses throughout the Bay Area on which, provided you kept putting in quarters, you could chat with up to a couple dozen other people at any given…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cory Doctorow Wages War Against Computers

Cory Doctorow Wages War Against Computers

Much of the war against computer freedom has centered on things like copyright, net neutrality, and SOPA, but Cory Doctorow argues that this isn't a war at all. It's a skirmish, the opening salvos in what could soon be…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cookie Monster Makes Everything Better -- Even Terrible Pop Song "Call Me Maybe"

Cookie Monster Makes Everything Better -- Even Terrible Pop Song "Call Me Maybe"

Cookie Monster, everyone's favorite carb-loving Muppet from Sesame Street, sure is busy these days. When he's not questioning the political correctness of antiquated terms like "monster" or providing thoughtful and astute breakdowns of the Occupy movement, he's also making pop…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Rules of Facebook Photo Tagging

The Rules of Facebook Photo Tagging

My girlfriend recently uploaded a picture of us on Facebook and tagged me without telling me first. I think the picture looks terrible. My eyes are half-closed and I look stoned, so I untagged myself, but that really pissed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Porn Producer and Performer Courtney Trouble Defies Body-Type Norms in Her Work

Porn Producer and Performer Courtney Trouble Defies Body-Type Norms in Her Work

I met Courtney Trouble in Las Vegas during the Adult Video News Awards. She was on a sex-positive panel discussing a number of queer-porn related topics. I knew she was up for some awards and I was curious about this…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist How to Resist Drinking the Internet Haterade

How to Resist Drinking the Internet Haterade

Lately I have seen more and more rudeness online -- or let's call it socially inappropriate or rude remarks, name calling, denigrating, lying -- that is personally offensive. When the Internet first became open to the public, there were chat…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist You're Not a Cyberstalker -- Here's How to Be

You're Not a Cyberstalker -- Here's How to Be

I have read all this stuff about stalkers regarding Facebook. If someone makes you a Facebook friend they are offering you an invitation to view their activity on this social network. I'm not really a big Facebook person but I…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Too Much G-Chat Can Hurt Your Relationship

Too Much G-Chat Can Hurt Your Relationship

Let me preface this by saying that the "relationship" I'll refer to is f*ed up in it's own right -- a kind of "friends with benefits" situation I've somehow ended up in, where both parties are afraid to commit to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist How Not to Kill Your Roommate Over Her Lovey-Dovey Skype Sessions

How Not to Kill Your Roommate Over Her Lovey-Dovey Skype Sessions

Normal 0 0 1 456 2600 21 5 3192 11.1539 0 0 0 I'm a freshman in college, staying in the dorms. My roommate and I get along pretty well for the most part, except when it comes to…
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News, The Snitch

Anonymous Attempts to "Bring Down" Facebook

A day without Wikipedia was one thing, but can you imagine your life without Facebook? That's one way to test your allegiance to Anonymous, the online hacktivist group, best known locally for revealing personal information of BART police officers. The…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist So You're Famous and You're Single -- It's Still OK to Date Online

So You're Famous and You're Single -- It's Still OK to Date Online

I'm recently single. Given that I run a pretty successful website and I've got a pretty recognizable face around town, does it make sense for me to do online dating? It seems like that's what people are doing these days.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist You Look Nothing Like Your Online Dating Photo

You Look Nothing Like Your Online Dating Photo

Should you ever confront a person who looks nothing like their online dating pictures or who has otherwise distorted the kind of person they are? This has happened to me twice on recent dates, and both times I've cut…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Why You Should Fake It on Facebook

Why You Should Fake It on Facebook

I went out on a first date with a girl who is also a recently added Facebook friend. During dinner she kept bringing up things I had already read about on FB, but I lied and pretended like I didn't…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Stalk That Co-Worker on Twitter -- Then Cover Your Tracks

Stalk That Co-Worker on Twitter -- Then Cover Your Tracks

Let's say I have a coworker/dude who I am sort of (okay totally) stalking. I don't really have to "stalk" because we have each other's numbers and e-mails and we text each other occasionally, if not often. But I still…
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