Criminally Dumb Criminal of the Day

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Criminally Dumb Criminal of the Day
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20-year-old Michael Baker of Jenkens, Kentucky, was charged last month with stealing gasoline from a police cruiser after he posted photographic evidence of the theft -- complete with grin and bird-flip -- on Facebook, where it was passed around town and eventually seen by local police.

The photo has since been taken down, but Baker's Facebook page is still up. On his wall, he told a friend, "yea lol i went too (sic) jail over facebook."

Baker posted bail yesterday.

[22words.]

Facebook Timeline of the Day

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Facebook Timeline of the Day
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Ernie Smith, the founder of ShortFormBlog, a breaking news website, stole a (Facebook) page from the New York Times and its terrifically detailed timeline, spending a month or so with illustrator Ben Claassen III to create a backstory for the "face" of the blog, Julius the laid-off RSS robot. Says Smith: "It's as though Julius is at the forefront of publishing, even if he kind of fails along the way."

Not to be missed: Julius gets scooped by Drudge in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

[shortformblog]

Follow-Up of the Day: Facebook Defends Its Support of CISPA

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Follow-Up of the Day: Facebook Defends Its Support of CISPA
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Prompted by widespread Internet outcry against Facebook's support of CISPA, Joel Kaplan, the site's VP of U.S. Public Policy, has taken to the Facebook blog to defend his company's position, exlaining the difference between SOPA and CISPA and why the latter would help protect Facebook.

"One challenge we and other companies have had is in our ability to share information with each other about cyber attacks. When one company detects an attack, sharing information about that attack promptly with other companies can help protect those other companies and their users from being victimized by the same attack," Kaplan writes. "Similarly, if the government learns of an intrusion or other attack, the more it can share about that attack with private companies (and the faster it can share the information), the better the protection for users and our systems."

Kaplan made sure to address Facebook users' worries about privacy: "The concern is that companies will share sensitive personal information with the government in the name of protecting cybersecurity. Facebook has no intention of doing this."

CISPA will likely go to a full vote on the House floor later this month.

[mashable]

Follow-Up of the Day: Internets Revolt as Facebook Backs CISPA

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Follow-Up of the Day: Internets Revolt as Facebook Backs CISPA
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Facebook (and also Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T, Intel...) has come out in support of CISPA -- SOPA's evil twin that essentially would obliterate online privacy -- and the wrath of the web has reached a fever pitch.

What's the best way to fight back?

Sign the petition by Demand Progress:

"Internet users were able to push GoDaddy to withdraw its support of SOPA. Now it's time to make sure Facebook knows we're furious."

And/or share your opposition on Facebook, natch.

[knowyourmeme]

Weekend Read of the Day

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Esquire columnist Stephen Marche investigates how Facebook and social media have made us more densely networked -- and more lonely -- than ever.

Within this world of instant and absolute communication, unbounded by limits of time or space, we suffer from unprecedented alienation. We have never been more detached from one another, or lonelier. In a world consumed by ever more novel modes of socializing, we have less and less actual society. We live in an accelerating contradiction: the more connected we become, the lonelier we are. We were promised a global village; instead we inhabit the drab cul-de-sacs and endless freeways of a vast suburb of information.

[atlantic]

Tags To Riches of the Day

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Tags To Riches of the Day: Graffiti artist David Choe is no slouch when it comes to getting his hands dirty for big names: His artwork covers Jay-Z and Linkin Park's Collision Course; he's provided set decorations for Juno; an

Dislike of the Day

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Dislike of the Day: Known gang member Jason Valdez holed up in his Ogden, Utah, motel room with a hostage and engaged police in a 17-hour standoff, all while providing his Facebook friends with up-to-the-minute status updates on the unfolding situation.