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  • Questionable tweets by new ‘Daily Show’ host Noah draw fire Mar 31, 2015 1:41 PM
    A day after Trevor Noah was declared the new host of “The Daily Show,” complete with the blessing of the exiting Jon Stewart, graphic tweets targeting women, Jews and Middle America are causing a social media backlash. By Tuesday, Trevor Noah was a trending topic on Twitter as he drew fire for jokes described as tasteless, hateful — and unfunny. Roseanne Barr was among those calling out the 31-year-old South African comic, who has an international following and two million Twitter followers.

     
  • How the golden age of domain trolling was born Mar 28, 2015 7:38 AM
    The 2016 race has scarcely begun, and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz already has an image problem. Typing tedcruz.com into your URL bar returns a black page that says “SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA” in unequivocal all-caps. Tedcruzforamerica.com redirects to Healthcare.gov. TedCruz.ca confirms that the U.S. senator from Texax was, indeed, born Canadian. Tedcruz2016.com is pretty harmless -- a carousel of scenic photos, with the promise that a real site is “coming soon” -- but its owner has nothing to do with the Cruz campaign, and who knows what he or she is actually up to. Never fear, Cruz fans: Your champion did eventually find an open domain name, in the cold and less-trafficked waters of the .org domain. But the fact that his trolls conquered so much ground speaks to how popular this type of Internet tomfoolery has recently become. And in two short months, it’s going to get even worse: That’s when three of the most controversial new top-level domains -- .porn, .adult and .sucks -- are released to a merciless public. Taylor Swift already snapped up Web addresses on those domains to make sure no one uses them against her. But as ICANN, the group that oversees and regulates domains, continues to make more of them available, the Internet is only getting bigger and more troll-able. New domains -- .singles, .holiday, .guitars, .buzz, .gripe -- have rolled out almost every week since ICANN began this latest round of domain expansion in October 2013. If you’re trying to protect your brand or reputation, good luck: T. Swift may have taylorswift.porn, but that still leaves taylorswift.sexy and taylorswift.pizza. What is domain trolling, exactly? And how is it even legal? Given the strong anti-impersonation protections that most social networks supply, the ability to register an entire website in someone else’s name seems kind of ... medieval. And yet, there’s very little stopping jokesters, investors or less scrupulous entrepreneurs from buying up desirable Web addresses and either holding them for ransom or using them to straight-up troll. “You can register anything you want in a domain name,” sums up Karl Kronenberger, a partner at the Internet law firm Kronenberger Rosenfeld. Ihatethewashingtonpost.com? Yep. Caitlindewey.sucks? Unfortunately. These rules can vary by domain, of course, since each domain is managed by a different company. (Monolith Registry, the company that manages .vote and .voto, bans deceptive names and swears to vet all site registrants diligently.) And, to be clear, a lot of so-called domainers have legitimate business motives: They buy, develop and “flip” domains the way you would any other asset. But even when domainers aren’t quite so upstanding, using their domains just to harass or troll, there’s not too much their victims can do. Kronenberger says that if a domain name contains a registered trademark, like Kleenex or Crock-Pot or “I’m Lovin It,” the trademark holder can file a lawsuit for infringement. But there are several variables you have to prove, and that process is expensive. Plus, since individual names are very rarely trademarked, litigation doesn’t help actual people. Not even famous ones. (Except, naturally, Donald Trump.) And thus domain trolling proliferates unchecked. The 69-year-old owner of Nets.com has used that domain to tease the basketball team. JebBushforPresident.com is owned by a pair of self-described “bears” who use the site for pro-LGBT messaging. Surprisingly few trolls have gotten in on the Obama game -- though you can sign up for a vanity inbox on obama.email. (Obama URLs that are still available, as of this writing: obama.cash, obama.zone, obama.reviews. Someone get that last one, the potential is huge.) Clearly the moral of the story here is that there’s nothing like a good offense; if you want to save yourself future pain and annoyance, better buy up your domain names before someone else. Alas, that’s getting more and more difficult as the 500+ new domains roll out. But Ted Cruz is running for president. He might wanna lock tedcruz.sucks down. • Dewey writes The Post’s The Intersect web channel covering digital and Internet culture.

     
  • Is the Internet giving us all ADHD? Mar 28, 2015 7:36 AM
    It’s no secret that the Internet presents a bevy of distractions. Many of us have grudgingly accepted perpetual scatterbrain as a hallmark of modern life, as unavoidable as Facebook and the Kardashians. But in a lecture at SXSW last week, University of Chicago psychologist Michael Pietrus floated a provocative hypothesis: Maybe these aren’t just Internet-age annoyances but something approaching an actual pathology. Maybe the Internet is giving us all the symptoms of ADHD.

     
  • App reviews: Meerkat, Crossy Road Mar 28, 2015 7:37 AM
    Meerkat Every year, the buzz at the technology and artistic confab known as South by Southwest seems to crown an unofficial app of the year. This year, that app is Meerkat — an app that lets you live-stream whatever you want over your Twitter account. The app is easy enough to navigate, and a breeze to set up. So if you want to share your spot at the concert or want to tune into someone else’s broadcast, you can do it with very little instruction. Obviously, if you’re at all uncomfortable with the idea of letting people watch you or what you’re doing, this app is not for you. It needs access to your camera, asks for access to your location and, well, streams what you’re doing publicly and in real time. But if you have an experience to share — or just want to try out the latest fad — then give it a shot. Free, for iOS. Crossy Road Why did the chicken cross the road? Because you tap-tap-tapped him across the highway. Crossy Road is a sort-of update to the old game Frogger. You’re put in the “shoes” of an animal or person who has to cross the road by dodging vehicles, jumping on logs and avoiding trains at all costs. And if you stay in one place for too long? Let’s just say the game doesn’t like it. As you play, you unlock more characters that take you quickly beyond the default chicken avatar. A black sheep, wizard and duck add their own flavor to otherwise identical game play. You can buy different characters, but that’s an aesthetic decision only. The real joy is in playing, and Crossy Road definitely has the mix of fast fun and addictive play that could tide you over for a few minutes or suck you in for an hour. Free, for iOS and Android.

     
  • Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ seeks to fix problem social media created Mar 28, 2015 7:33 AM
    Facebook is the latest to get into the nostalgia game; on Tuesday, the company announced a new feature called “On This Day,” which will surface past status updates, photos and posts you’ve been tagged in to a designated page that only you can see. The feature is rolling out gradually, and not all users have access yet. (If you don’t want access, too bad: There’s apparently no way to entirely opt out of it.)

     
  • What you don’t know about Internet algorithms is hurting you Mar 28, 2015 7:34 AM
    Algorithms are now so widespread, and so subtle, that some sociologists worry that they function as a form of “social control.” (That is, at least, the title of a keynote at an upcoming academic conference called Theorizing the Web, where technologists and sociologists will discuss “algorithms as a type of social engineering.”)

     
  • Manners matter: 3 apps to help your kids Mar 27, 2015 6:00 AM
    There’s more to being polite than just saying, “please” and “thank you.” Here are three apps that will teach your child about good manners.

     
  • ‘Resident Evil Revelations 2’: The series that just won’t die, but should Mar 22, 2015 7:00 AM
    “Resident Evil: Revelations 2” is a sequel to a 2013 spinoff that’s been split into four unique episodes, each culminating in a cliffhanger reveal meant to keep players lumbering forward for another few hours. From the outset, “Revelations 2” creaks with age. The series has gone through so many permutations its heroes are now children of side characters.

     
  • Larry King: The broadcast legend who just can’t retire Mar 22, 2015 7:00 AM
    Each weekday morning, legendary broadcaster Larry King, 81, wakes up and takes his 14-year-old son to school. Then he drives to a Beverly Hills salon to have his hair washed and combed before heading to a bagel shop, where he and his friends solve the world’s most pressing problems. He’ll tape an edition of one of his two online talk shows or call in for a guest spot on a sports radio program. He’ll record his monthly L.A. Dodgers radio show or draft a speech for an upcoming event. And he’ll definitely tweet — just not the way anyone else in the world does it.

     
  • Live-streaming apps dominate buzz at South By Southwest Mar 16, 2015 6:31 AM
    A live-streaming app called Meerkat, calls to online activism and pedicabs with a “Game of Thrones” Iron throne seat were the top topics of conversation at South By Southwest over the weekend, as 33,000-plus members of the technology, marketing and media industries poured into Austin, Texas.

     
  • ‘Republique Remastered’: A game that taps into our police-state anxieties Mar 16, 2015 6:36 AM
    We are still learning to live with our digital shadows. With “Republique Remastered,” Camouflaj, a small developer based in Bellevue, Washington, has created an episodic video game that taps into these anxieties.

     
  • Americans are moving faster than ever away from traditional TV Mar 14, 2015 7:42 AM
    Traditional television viewing is declining faster than ever as streaming services become a mainstream feature in American homes, according to new research by Nielsen. At the same time, more homes turned to online video, with 40 percent of U.S. homes subscribing to a streaming service such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu, compared with 36 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Nielsen.

     
  • Constable: Long, strange trip for Grateful Dead relics Mar 10, 2015 5:30 AM
    Tickets for the sold-out Grateful Dead concert in July at Soldier Field list online for a couple of grand. But how much would someone pay for Jerry Garcia's old file cabinet? We'll find out in April when Donley Auctions in Union sells a host of ecclectic items during the Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction.

     
  • PlayStation network debuts ‘Powers’ scripted series Mar 10, 2015 6:00 AM
    The new series "Powers" is the latest blossoming of scripted TV fare from unexpected sources: Home base for the 10-episode show is the PlayStation network. Starting Tuesday, it will be free to PlayStation subscribers, with the first episode free to anyone for streaming through the PlayStation Store web site (a PlayStation console is not required). “Powers” focuses on a pair of homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who investigate cases involving those people of disruptive privilege known as Powers.

     
  • ‘Rainbow Curse’ lets you artistically help Kirby Mar 8, 2015 6:15 AM
    Discounting Pac-Man, no iconic video game character has the raw simplicity of Kirby, the pink blob with the red shoes and chipper attitude. As someone who had only a passing familiarity with “Kirby’s Adventure” I had no expectations when I began the game’s twenty-eight stage story mode. “Kirby and the Rainbow Curse” requires players to use a stylus to control Kirby. Up to three other players can more easily appreciate the game’s claymation-inspired graphics on larger screens by tagging along as Kirby’s helper, Waddle Dee, who can be guided using any Wii U supported controller.

     
  • The week ordinary users beat the Internet Mar 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    In the space of three breakneck days, the Internet saw three reforms that users had rallied for forever, but that seemed — until last week — like remote, unlikely dreams.

     
  • ‘Saul’ better than any ‘Breaking Bad’ fan could have imagined Mar 6, 2015 6:00 AM
    In five short weeks, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul,” already has established itself as one of the best shows on television. If it's a rousing success, what other improbable spinoffs await us?

     
  • Reddit’s new privacy policy bans sharing nude images without consent Mar 1, 2015 7:00 AM
    Reddit, the site that just last fall hosted a trove of stolen nude images of celebrities in its forums, banned “involuntary pornography” from its site on Tuesday in an update to its privacy policy, which goes into effect in early March.

     
  • Inside Tumblr's teen suicide epidemic Mar 1, 2015 12:19 PM
    In the past two months, at least three transgender teenagers have committed or attempted suicide after scheduling suicide notes on the blog platform Tumblr. Public health experts fear that the spread of the notes -- and their attendant memes, photo collages, and highly idealized portraits -- could actually present a very warped, romanticized narrative on suicide to the exact group of kids who need to hear the opposite.

     
  • Love a man in uniform? Online dating scammers hope so Feb 28, 2015 7:32 AM
    Despite being happily married for 13 years, Ray Chandler is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. Single women can find him on the dating site DateMeMateMe.com, where he confesses to being “Very new to this dating thing and am looking to see where this takes me.” He is on Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook. Literally hundreds of dating profiles and social media accounts are illustrated with photographs of the same handsome salt-and-pepper-haired military man.

     
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