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  • Decorated Boston cop in coma after being shot in face Mar 28, 2015 10:13 AM
    Decorated Boston cop in coma after being shot in face; suspect killed, bystander injured

     
  • Angie's List put expansion on hold, citing new Indiana law Mar 28, 2015 10:35 AM
    Consumer review service Angie's List puts expansion on hold, citing religious objection law

     
  • Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Midday' game Mar 28, 2015 10:58 AM
    Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Midday' game

     
  • Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Midday' game Mar 28, 2015 10:58 AM
    Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Midday' game

     
  • Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 5 Midday' game Mar 28, 2015 10:58 AM
    Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 5 Midday' game

     
  • Wiggly words on immigration from potential Republican field Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Wiggly words on immigration from 2016 Republican prospects show volatility of the issue

     
  • After a few stumbles, GOP lawmakers regain footing on budget Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Budget gives congressional Republicans a chance to regain their footing after early stumbles

     
  • GOP-guided budget sets up battles between Congress and Obama Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Congress and Obama to face off over GOP-drawn budget that takes a decidedly conservative bent

     
  • Wiggly words on immigration from potential Republican field Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Wiggly words on immigration from 2016 Republican prospects show volatility of the issue

     
  • Wiggly words on immigration from potential Republican field Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Wiggly words on immigration from 2016 Republican prospects show volatility of the issue

     
  • Nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helped Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Nurse reunited with badly injured Afghan children she helped bring to US for care

     
  • Popular Nevada governor looms over fight for Reid seat Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Popular Nevada governor would be favorite for Reid seat in 2016, but shows little interest

     
  • Back door: Duke bettors win on last free throw after review Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Duke bettors win on final free throw, cover spread thanks to replay review adding 0.6 seconds

     
  • Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran,' directly blaming country for chaos Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran,' directly blaming country for chaos

     
  • Al-Qaida in Syria seizes large parts of northern city Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Al-Qaida in Syria seizes large parts of northern city of Idlib from government forces

     
  • Police on trial: Tears, anger resurge over 2005 French riots Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Police on trial: Tears, anger and unhealed wounds resurface 10 years after French riots

     
  • Uzbekistan to vote to extend veteran leader's rule Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Uzbekistan to vote to extend leader's rule but provides little certainty for the future

     
  • Egypt's president says Arab countries facing unprecedented threat to their stability, identity Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Egypt's president says Arab countries facing unprecedented threat to their stability, identity

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.”)

     
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