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How Cheezburger survived 3 years of turmoil to create a platform for remixing funny images (Ben Huh/Backchannel)

17 hours 47 min ago

Ben Huh / Backchannel:
How Cheezburger survived 3 years of turmoil to create a platform for remixing funny images  —  Rewriting Cheezburger Saved My Life  —  Please You Download It … I want to tell you the entire story of how this app came to be, with all the guts and gore.

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Passwords don't just protect data, they reveal our hopes, dreams, secrets, fears, and memories (Ian Urbina/New York Times)

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:35pm

Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Passwords don't just protect data, they reveal our hopes, dreams, secrets, fears, and memories  —  The Secret Life of Passwords … Play Videos  —  Howard Lutnick, the chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world's largest financial-services firms, still cries when he talks about it.

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Internal NSA debate led Obama to consider plan to stop gathering US phone records in 2009 (Ken Dilanian/Associated Press)

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 7:10pm

Ken Dilanian / Associated Press:
Internal NSA debate led Obama to consider plan to stop gathering US phone records in 2009  —  AP Exclusive: Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency …

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How Twine, a creation tool for text-based video games, brought more diverse voices to gaming (Laura Hudson/New York Times)

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 3:45pm

Laura Hudson / New York Times:
How Twine, a creation tool for text-based video games, brought more diverse voices to gaming  —  Twine, the Video-Game Technology for All  —  Perhaps the most surprising thing about “GamerGate,” the culture war that continues to rage within the world of video games, is the game that touched it off.

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Behind PayPal-owned mobile payments app Venmo, which processed $700M in payments in Q3 2014 (Felix Gillette/Businessweek)

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:40pm

Felix Gillette / Businessweek:
Behind PayPal-owned mobile payments app Venmo, which processed $700M in payments in Q3 2014  —  Mobile Payment Startup Venmo is Killing Cash  —  Kristen Geil, a writer for an Internet marketing firm in Chicago, heard about Venmo for the first time two summers ago.

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The Oral History of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop to America) (Lauren Schwartzberg/Fast Company)

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 9:05am

Lauren Schwartzberg / Fast Company:
The Oral History of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop to America)  —  Everyone's favorite emoji began in Japan.  But without Google, it may have stayed there.  —  If the story of the poop emoji's rise were told in emojis, it would look like this:

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Full disk encryption on Nexus 6 leads to 62.9% drop in random read performance (AnandTech)

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:30am

AnandTech:
Full disk encryption on Nexus 6 leads to 62.9% drop in random read performance  —  Encryption and Storage Performance in Android 5.0 Lollipop  —  As alluded to in our Nexus 6 review, our normal storage performance benchmark was no longer giving valid results as of Android 5.0.

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