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While most 15-year-olds are happy playing video games, Parker Liautaud is on an expedition to reach the North Pole, where he will check in with Foursquare and earn a specially-created Last Degree badge on the network. The expedition is aimed at raising awareness about the Arctic. Read more »

AOL, a little over two years after paying $850 million for social network Bebo, has admitted in an internal memo to employees that the business is “declining” and that it will sell or shut down the unit by the end of May. Read more »

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Facebook is still trying to clarify recent changes to its privacy policies and guidelines, after receiving more than 4,000 comments from users, regulators and privacy advocates. A Facebook spokesman says that many of the comments either requested features that already exist or misunderstood the site’s policies. Read more »

Will the iPad help or harm media companies? Early indications are that iPad users prefer downloading free media apps to paid ones, with a few notable exceptions. Some publishers are also reticent about the device because they are nervous about how much control it gives Apple. Read more »

Google is rolling out a confirmation screen where Buzz users can check who they are following and see whether they are displaying that information publicly. The service has seen a number of changes as a results of privacy concerns raised after it went live in February. Read more »

Clay Shirky says large media entities are like ancient societies such as the Mayans and the Romans, in that they have grown so complex that they are no longer able to function in any other way. The media theorist says that could cause their eventual collapse. Read more »

O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly wrote a post recently looking at the state of what he calls an “Internet Operating System.” But does such a thing even exist? And if so, what does it look like, how does it function, and what does it mean? Read more »

Yahoo has been on a media hiring spree, snapping up journalists from existing traditional and online outlets to ramp up its original content efforts. But that sounds a lot like the strategy Yahoo pursued just a few years ago, and that didn’t turn out so well. Read more »

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As the launch of the Apple iPad approaches, media outlets from Conde Nast and the New York Times to Associated Press and Bloomberg have been releasing screenshots of their media apps. Unfortunately, most appear to be quite boring, and few really take advantage of the device. Read more »

A researcher who had collected and was analyzing public data from more than 210 million Facebook profiles has deleted his entire database after he was threatened with a lawsuit by the social networking site. Peter Warden says he couldn’t afford to fight the case. Read more »

If you couldn’t make it to Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley’s presentation at the Where 2.0 conference, here’s a selection of the most interesting tweets posted by attendees who were watching the presentation. It’s just a sample though – Crowley went through 70 slides in 15 minutes. Read more »

In its first-ever State of the Internet report, the Mozilla Foundation says that the Firefox browser has close to a 30 percent share of the browser market around the world, with usage growing most strongly in Russia. Firefox has been under increasing pressure from Google’s Chrome. Read more »

With the launch of the Apple iPad just days away, magazine and newspaper companies are putting the finishing touches on their apps for the tablet, hoping to lure both new and existing readers. What magazine and news apps are you are looking forward to the most? Read more »

The idea behind Unvarnished, a new web service that launched this week, is that your online reputation is already being crowdsourced via the web and various social networks, and that you need the tools to manage it better than you can through sites such as LinkedIn. Read more »

Plenty of authors take to Twitter to promote their new books, but few of them have the stature of Margaret Atwood — and even fewer of them take to it the way the Canadian fiction writing legend has. She says it’s like “having 33,000 precocious grandchildren.” Read more »

The world of digital content is in a state of almost continuous upheaval, but a new report from GigaOM Pro analyst Paul Zagaeski estimates that the worldwide market for digital goods will grow to $36 billion by 2014, up from $16.7 billion in 2009. Read more »

Some younger Facebook users are changing their names — using their middle name instead of their last, and so on — to try and keep their profiles hidden from prospective employers. But that could play havoc with Facebook’s claims about the verified identity of its users. Read more »

Google’s mobile services are at least partially blocked for users in mainland China, according to the page that Google set up recently to track which of its services are available to users in that country. Read more »

Random Guardian is an app that Guardian developer Chris Thorpe and a colleague came up with after an offhand remark during a Clay Shirky presentation about “ChatRoulette for news.” But while it may be trivial, it taps into a powerful force — a desire for serendipity. Read more »

Last year was the worst year since 1986 for newspaper ad revenues (unless you use inflation-adjusted numbers, in which case it was the worst since 1963). Some papers are looking to pay walls as a solution, while others are hoping the Apple iPad will save them. Read more »

In a blog post on its updated privacy policies, Facebook dropped some hints about what the social network has in mind in terms of future location features. But will they co-exist with Foursquare and Gowalla, or will Facebook become the one ring that rules them all? Read more »

While Demand Media and AOL’s Seed get all the press, Associated Content has been around longer and is larger than either one, with 250,000 contributors and two million pieces of content. But CEO Patrick Keane denies that it is running a “virtual sweatshop” or “content farm.” Read more »

Wikileaks, the crusading non-profit web site that publishes documents companies and governments don’t want released, is alleging that the U.S. State Department and possibly the CIA have been spying on the group, following them on airplanes and even monitoring their meetings in an Icelandic fish-and-chip restaurant. Read more »

Wikipedia says it is close to rolling out a new design for the site that it hopes will make the encyclopedia easier to use for new visitors and will encourage more contributions. The new design, code-named Vector, will start to be rolled out in April. Read more »

The ongoing battle between Google and China sometimes reads like a spy novel, featuring a giant tech company clashing with totalitarian overlords and cyber attacks by shadowy forces. Here’s our take and what you really need to know about this epic confrontation. Read more »

Crowdcast, which offers what it calls “collective intelligence tools” for businesses that are based on crowdsourcing ideas from employees, has launched a new executive dashboard that allows a company to track the predictions that have been made by staff and compare those against official corporate targets. Read more »

A British public health official has blamed Facebook for a rise in cases of syphilis, in the latest example of a wave of stories blaming social networks such as Twitter and Craigslist for most of the evils of mankind, regardless of a lack of evidence. Read more »

Building a business that is largely based on user-generated content seems like a great idea, until those users decide to post what they want instead of what you want. Amazon and Yelp are two of the most recent companies to experience the downside of user-generated reviews. Read more »

Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre auditioned singers via YouTube video clips for a performance of a piece called Lux Aurumque, and then stitched together 185 of the clips that were submitted in order to create a virtual choir composed of individual singers from a dozen countries. Read more »

Swiss and German privacy regulators say they are taking a close look at the practice by Facebook and other social networking sites of allowing users to upload photos, email addresses and other information without the consent of all the individuals who own or appear in them. Read more »

Technology blogger Amit Agarwal has launched a Twitter-based application called Sleeping Time, which interprets a user’s tweets in order to estimate when they are usually asleep. The service joins a growing number of similar “lifestream analysis” applications such as Please Rob Me and Hunch’s Twitter Predictor.TW Read more »

Mensa, the exclusive society aimed at the super-smart, has come out with a list of the top 50 web sites in different categories, as voted upon by the group’s members. The list includes some fairly prosaic choices, including I Can Has Cheezburger and How Stuff Works. Read more »

A European Union court decision says that Google can continue to sell trademarked terms as advertising keywords, but the EU’s highest court left the door open for future lawsuits against the search company — if it’s found to have encouraged trademark infringement through its AdWords service. Read more »

Twitter, which just celebrated its fourth anniversary, has grown to become a significant part of our lives online, with over 10 billion tweets posted and more than 50 million a day being added to that number. How did it get to this point? By being simple. Read more »

Thanks to World of Warcraft and social games on Facebook, gaming is becoming a bigger part of our culture than it has ever been. Web sites like Wikipedia and Slashdot use game-style principles to control behavior, and some see these principles moving into education and the workforce. Read more »

Craig Newmark talks about how he thinks the web needs to develop a “distributed trust network” to allow users to monitor and manage their own reputations and the reputations of others online. He says this is the next big problem that the Web has to solve. Read more »

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has launched a new startup called Jumo, which he says is creating “an online platform to connect individuals and organizations working to change the world.” In addition to co-founding Facebook, Hughes orchestrated the social-media efforts during Barack Obama’s presidential bid in 2008. Read more »

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