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Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows 

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New Philippine law outlaws cybersex 

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In a new legislation recently signed into law by the country’s president, the Philippines has outlawed cybersex and online sex video chat (you might know them as “cam girls”) as part of a comprehensive new anti-cybercrime and libel law.

The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 defines cybersex as “the willful engagement, maintenance, control, or operation, directly or indirectly, of any lascivious exhibition of sexual organs or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system, for favor or consideration.”

According to the law, the maximum penalty for those convicted is a fine of 250,000 Phillippine pesos ($6,000) and prison time of up to six months.

» via ars technica

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Today, the Emoticon Turns 30 :-)
“On this auspicious day, it’s worth stepping back for a moment to consider the birth of the symbol that is, in every possible way, iconic. The emoticon was born on the Internet. And, like many things that sprang to life during the early days of the World Wide Web, it emerged as the result of much deliberation. It emerged, actually, as the result of an extremely nerdy joke about elevators. “
Read more here. 

kqedscience:

Today, the Emoticon Turns 30 :-)

On this auspicious day, it’s worth stepping back for a moment to consider the birth of the symbol that is, in every possible way, iconic. The emoticon was born on the Internet. And, like many things that sprang to life during the early days of the World Wide Web, it emerged as the result of much deliberation. It emerged, actually, as the result of an extremely nerdy joke about elevators. “

Read more here

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@1 year ago with 68 notes

Music Text Composition Generator 

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Songwriters oppose Pandora-backed Internet royalty bill 

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Songwriters and music publishers are entering the battle over royalty payments that has pitted Pandora against recording artists and musicians.

The heads of the National Music Publishers’ Association, Nashville Songwriters Association International and the Church Music Publishers Association on Friday came out against a bill backed by Pandora that would place Internet radio services on the same royalty-setting standard as satellite and cable radio stations. 

» via The Hill’s Hillicon Valley

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Voices of History: Old-Time Radio Shows (mp3 downloads) 

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Google brings new 'e-mail via text message' service to Africa 

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While a huge percentage of Africa’s more than 1 billion residents have cell phones, far fewer have access to e-mail. Google is trying to change that.

According to the Associated Press, the Web giant is embarking on an ambitious endeavor that will let people receive e-mails via text messages. In effect, Google will be giving people access to the Internet with feature handsets. Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya are the first countries to get the service.

» via CNET

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"The textbook in question is a required purchase for a course entitled “Global Visual and Material Culture, Prehistory to 1800.” Any art that would appear in that book would be public domain — it’s all over 212 years old at this point, after all. Still, since the book’s publisher could not get clearance to use the pictures from Stokstad and Drucker Images, a decision was made to print the incredibly expensive art book without pictures of any kind. Students who purchase the book are instead given access to a web resource for viewing the art that should have appeared on the book’s pages."

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