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  • 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

     
  • Post office named for prominent Champaign County attorney Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Post office named for Champaign County's 1st black state's attorney, former US prosecutor

     
  • Illinois historic site to commemorate Lincoln's death Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Illinois historic site to mark anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death

     
  • Midwest travel: Hyatt makes a splash with Shedd package Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Hook overnight accommodations and special VIP tickets for priority entry to Shedd Aquarium with the Hyatt Regency Chicago's newest package. Plus, if you find that a handcrafted truffle or a bar of single-origin cacao rocks your world, get to the Chicagoland Artisan Chocolate Festival & Wine Tasting in Evanston April 11-12. These and more adventures await. And they're all close to home, too.

     
  • 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

     
  • Fraud raises question of whether Apple Pay is secure Mar 28, 2015 7:29 AM
    A sharp rise in reports of fraudulent Apple Pay transactions is now raising questions about the security of the first mobile payment system to find a measure of popular success. One payments analyst, Cherian Abraham, estimated that as many as 6 percent of Apple Pay purchases are completed with stolen credit cards, or 60 times the rate of the old-fashioned plastic swipe.

     
  • Here’s why the Apple Watch won’t free you from your iPhone Mar 28, 2015 7:31 AM
    If the Apple Watch turns into a device primarily used to subtly glance at phone notifications, it will have failed. Think of our devices as roads for information. The transition from desktops to smartphones was like the transition from two-lane roads to highways. Adding a smartwatch is like adding a lane.

     
  • 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.)

     
  • Painstaking recovery mission at treacherous Alps crash site Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Painstaking recovery mission at treacherous Germanwings crash site in the French Alps

     
  • 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.”)

     
  • 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.

     
  • Police: Masked man invades mother's home near Peoria Mar 28, 2015 2:49 PM
    Police: Masked man invades mother's home near Peoria, attempts robbery at knifepoint

     
  • Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict Mar 28, 2015 2:27 PM
    Experts: Silicon Valley gender bias case will inspire women despite jury verdict

     
  • Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour Mar 28, 2015 2:31 PM
    Eiffel Tower goes dark for 5 minutes for Earth Hour, months before Paris 2015 climate summit

     
  • Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict Mar 28, 2015 2:27 PM
    Experts: Silicon Valley gender bias case will inspire women despite jury verdict

     
  • Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city Mar 28, 2015 3:02 PM
    Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize Idlib city from government forces

     
  • Afghan court sentences AP journalist's killer to 20 years Mar 28, 2015 2:39 PM
    Afghan police officer sentenced to 20 years for killing AP photographer and wounding reporter

     
  • Aurora police seek man charged with attempted murder Mar 28, 2015 4:05 PM
    Aurora police need help finding a man wanted for attempted murder after a shooting critically injured another man this weekend. Police say Enrique B. Jaquez, 35, whose last known address is the 300 block of Pearl Street in Montgomery, has been charged with multiple felonies as a result of with what they called a domestic-related shooting Friday on Aurora’s west side.

     
  • Cardinal George readmitted to Loyola University Medical Center Mar 28, 2015 2:19 PM
    Cardinal Francis George has been hospitalized again for treatment of “hydration issues and pain management,” an Archdiocese of Chicago spokeswoman said Saturday.

     
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