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  1. Anonymous Hacks North Korea’s Official Twitter and Flickr, Posts Bizarre Images

    As North Korea continues to bolster its threats against the United States, it seems they've got some social media issues to deal with. The official Twitter and Flickr accounts of the North Korean government have been hacked, and hacktivist group Anonymous is taking credit. The Twitter account seems to mainly be posting about other sites that are being hacked, but the Flickr page has some pretty bizarre pictures of a half-pig half-Kim Jong Un creature.

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  2. Flickr Looks to Snag Instagram Deserters With Free Pro Accounts

    When Instagram announced some policy changes that made it look like they would be selling user photos to advertisers, a lot of people got upset. Some even jumped ship and deactivated their accounts. Flickr is hoping to swoop in and pick up those shutterbugs left behind by offering three free months of their Pro level account. The Pro account lets users upload an unlimited number of photos to Flickr. Why not sign up and see how many pictures you can upload in three months?

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  3. New Insect Species Discovered on Flickr

    The Semachrysa jade, a type of lacewing indigenous to the jungles of Malaysia, was only recently confirmed to be an entirely new species. The story of how scientists came to find the insect, first published in the newest issue of academic journal Zookeys last month, explains that the little bug wasn't actually discovered in the wild -- but on the Internet.

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  4. Flickr Adds Pinterest Blocking Code to Protect Its Images

    The content sharing site Pinterest has experienced a meteoric rise in the last few weeks, making it the hot new social media platform to watch. Along with that success have come mounting concerns over copyright violations on Pinterest boards, which the company addressed by introducing a line of "no-pin" code which blocks the Pinterest bookmarklet on websites which implement it. A few days after the code's release, the venerable photo storage and sharing site Flickr has locked down all of its copyrighted images.

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  5. Artist Prints Out 24 Hours of Flickr Uploads, Over One Million Photos

    A new installation at the Amsterdam Foam gallery by Erik Kessels takes a literal look at the digital deluge of photos online by printing out 24 hours worth of uploads to Flickr. The result is rooms filled with over 1,000,000 printed photos, piled up against the walls. There's a sense of waste and a maddening disorganization to it all, both of which are apparently intentional.

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  6. Glitch Goes Live, You Should Check It Out

    Glitch went live today at 1pm EST, and having played the beta, I'm going to say that you should check it out. What is Glitch you ask? Well, if you're asking that, you must have missed out on this lovely little trailer (which you should watch immediately and then walk around singing for the rest of the day) so I'll give you the skinny as best I can. Glitch is a lot of things.

    First of all, Glitch is a browser-centric, Flash-based, social MMORPG developed by Tiny Speck (aka those guys from Flickr) and Keita Takahashi (aka that dude from Katamari Damacy). Weird combination, I know. Glitch has a strong social gaming influence. You can taste the FarmVille if you're trying to, but there's also considerably more depth. Learning skills involves the standard "click the learn button, wait X hours" behavior common to browser-based games, but there is also a strong avatar-based world. In the world, you run around doing bizarre things like nibbling piggies (both of those words are specific, technical terms; I'm not trying to be cute) milking butterflies, playing music for crabs, and squeezing chickens as well as more conventional things like making food, earning money, mining minerals, and saving up for a house.

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  7. Manchester Police Turn to Twitter and Flickr After Riots

    While the UK government considers the possibility of restricting social media during crises, the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have embraced it as a tool to prosecute, and publicize the prosecutions, of those involved with the recent London riots. The GMP's approach seems to be two-fold: First, the police are tweeting out the name, date of birth, and neighborhood of residence of those they've arrested. This might seem shocking to American audiences, but the GMP are adamant that they are simply fulfilling their legal obligation to publish the information of those found guilty. They maintain that the date of birth and home information is intended to prevent confusion between people with the same name as those who have been arrested. Quoting from their Twitter feed, the police say, "Lot of debate about publishing details - courts very clear, justice should be done publicly." Their second social media prong is a Flickr account with photos of unidentified suspects from the riots.

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  8. Flickr's 6 Billionth Photo is Classy, Somehow Not a Picture of a Cat

    Photo sharing service Flickr recently had its six billionth picture uploaded to the site. Uploaded by user eon60, the photo is that of a Montbretia flower. Flickr points out that over the last five years, uploads have been increasing 20 percent year-over-year. They reached out to eon60 about having uploaded the six billionth photo:

    I have been posting to Flickr for about four years. I use two cameras a Nikon D70 and a Panasonic LX3 and have been taking photographs as a hobby for about 40 years. As you can see from my postings there is no one thing I like to photograph, anything goes. I also enjoy looking at other peoples efforts on Flickr, some are stunning. The photograph is of a Crocosmia ( Montbretia ) taken in my garden, in some parts of the world they are treated as weeds as they are very invasive, but I like them for the colour and shape.

    For reference (and fun), here's Flickr's two, three, four, and five billionth photos. Don't they kind of make you wonder why some silly meme or cat picture didn't end up as the milestone picture instead?

    (Flickr Blog via Techmeme)

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  9. Humans Stop Nature: Pics Surface of Dewatered Niagara Falls

    If there's anything I've learned from family vacation, it's the impact of "ooooh, ahhhhhh." Niagara Falls, one of the world's natural wonders, is sometimes regarded as a cheesy tourist spot, but if you've seen it up close, you know it's no Madame Tussaud's (which does happen to be in Niagara Falls, but moving on...). Now Flickr user Russ Glasson has shared some previously unseen pictures of Niagara Falls taken in 1969, when the Falls were dewatered for maintenance. Meaning: They turned off the Niagara Falls. Whoah.

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  10. Geekolinks: 11/6

    There Will Be Blood for the SNES (Tomfoolery Pictures) Robot Lincoln. Nuff Said. (Disney Parks Blog) How to Make a Wireless Router Out of a NES Cartridge (The Unconventional Hacker) First Tiny Look at the New Muppets Movie (Wired) Google/Facebook Data Throughdown (Reuters) Fossilized Dinosaur Poop, This Year's Go-to Stocking Stuffer? (Flickr) Darth Vader's Hawaiian Vacation (Hawaiian Seamonkey) (Fail Whale Hat via Geeks are Sexy.)

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