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Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

In a sign that the internet is indeed the end of all good and rational thoughts, The Washington Post has thrown in the towel on its "What was fake on the Internet this week" column. In what it said would be its final column Friday, columnist Caitlin Dewey revealed that, as with many things online these days, the internet has …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Dec 2015

'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post has become the largest newspaper to refuse to serve readers who filter out advertisments. The Post described it as “a short test” to gauge what users who use blocked blockers will do next. “Often, we run tests like this not in reaction to a problem, but to learn,” said the paper in a …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Sep 2015
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Snowden: 'I am still working for the NSA ... to improve it'

Edward Snowden believes he is “still working for the NSA right now” and that his actions in recent months don't constitute treason but an effort “to improve the NSA”, according to an interview in The Washington Post. Snowden's thinking is that he did not set out to “bring down the NSA” but that his theft of and distribution of …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Dec 2013

Snowden latest: NSA stalks the human race using Google, ad cookies

The already strained relationship between Google and the NSA has got a little bit worse, after claims in the latest Snowden leak that intelligence agencies are using the Chocolate Factory's cookies to track targets. Documents seen by the Washington Post show that the NSA and the British snoops at GCHQ have found a way to …
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2013
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Washington Post officially sold to Amazon's Bezos for quarter of a Tumblr

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos last night completed his bargain-basement takeover of the Washington Post, which he bought for $250m in cash. When the buyout plan was announced in August, 49-year-old billionaire Bezos said of the bold move: "This will be uncharted terrain and it will require experimentation." While other internet …
Kelly Fiveash, 2 Oct 2013

Amazon founder Bezos snaps up Washington Post

Along with funding the creation of a clock that will run for 10,000 years, recovering the rockets from the first moon mission, and trying to shake up the commercial space industry, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos today put his dosh into another tricky, long-term enterprise: a print newspaper. The $250m cash acquisition for The …
Jack Clark, 5 Aug 2013
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'Most stupid criminal ever' blew cover on Facebook

A man who stole a laptop, then used it to post a gloating self-portrait of himself on the victim's Facebook page is challenging for the title of the world's thickest criminal. Last December, Rodney Knight Jr, 19, broke into the house of Washington Post journalist Marc Fisher and lifted "a bunch of stuff", including cash, a …
Lester Haines, 24 Feb 2011
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McCain gets pair of personal cellphone towers

USA '08 Verizon and AT&T have both located temporary cell sites near presidential-candidate John McCain's Arizona ranch, to better connect the good Senator, his supporters and security staff. The news comes from the Washington Post, which established that Cindy McCain, the senator's wife, offered some land on the ranch to Verizon …
Bill Ray, 16 Oct 2008
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US politicians back Act to save internet radio

A law that could save internet radio stations from having to make payouts they claim will cripple them has been approved by the US House of Representatives and is expected to pass into law. Internet radio stations had mounted a public campaign, claiming that new fees for playing music online set by the Copyright Royalty Board …
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Sep 2008
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Iridium flares for another $500m

Iridium, the satellite-phone operation that went bankrupt back in 1999 and has been quietly turning a profit since 2005, is to be merged with an investment bank affiliate in a deal that gives the company $500m in cash to play with. The deal "ensures the future of Iridium", according to chief executive Matt Desch. "We won't …
Bill Ray, 29 Sep 2008
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Bush makes last-minute grab for civil liberties

US citizens could be investigated without just cause under a new plan from the Justice Department, while those who choose to leave the country will have their records kept for 15 years and available to any litigious attorney. The Justice Department plan won't be unveiled in detail until next month, but the New York Times is …
Bill Ray, 21 Aug 2008
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Pandora prepares to join titsup.com club

This weekend saw a cry for help from personalised web radio outfit Pandora. It blubbed that music industry royalties are too high for it to survive on meagre web 2.0 advertising revenues. In a Washington Post confessional, the firm's founder and CEO Tim Westergren said: "We're approaching a pull-the-plug kind of decision. This …
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Senator slams DHS boss over border laptop searches

A US senator has accused the head of the Department of Homeland security of “blatant mischaracterization” over the searching of laptops at US borders. Following an article by the Washington Post, America suddenly realised last week that border agents were pretty much free to sequester and rummage around their laptops when they …
Joe Fay, 8 Aug 2008
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Microsoft 'proves' six degrees of separation theory

Microsoft researchers claim to have proved the pop-social-psychology shibboleth that we are no more that six degrees of separation removed from any other human being on the planet. The six degrees of separation theory first espoused by Stanley Milgram has given students and newspaper columnists something to talk about since …
Joe Fay, 4 Aug 2008
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$5.8m payout draws line under FBI's anthrax screw-up

When the US Department of Justice agreed to pay Steven J. Hatfill $5.82 million in damages for trashing his life and reputation late last week, it was another big low in the mess that's been the Amerithrax 2001 case. With the de facto exoneration of Hatfill, who had been dubbed a "person of interest" by the FBI, bystanders can …
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DoJ to probe Google Yahoo! deal

The US Department of Justice is to open a formal investigation into Yahoo!'s partnership with Google, fearing it will reduce competition in the online advertising market. The DoJ is preparing demands for information for executives at both companies and also from rival online advertising firms. The department was already …
John Oates, 2 Jul 2008
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US hackette ponders jub-powered iPod

NSFW It's hats off this sunny Friday to US hackette Adrienne So of Washington Post tentacle Slate, who earlier this week pondered the delicious possibility of the jub-powered iPod. As Adrienne points out, there's an awful lot of mammergy going to waste as sporty girls' chesticles resist the restraining force of sports bras and so, …
Lester Haines, 27 Jun 2008
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Mozilla phancies doing a Phorm

The Phorm bug is spreading. The idea of collecting a user's browsing history and flogging that data doesn't just appeal to ISPs. The Mozilla Foundation, the people behind the Firefox browser, want some of that action too. The Foundation is officially a tax exempt non-profit - but still manages to pay its chairperson $500,000 a …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 May 2008

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