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  1. A Few Londoners Accidentally Signed Away Their First-Born Children for Free WiFi

    Did they get the kids back if they guessed that the password was "Rumpelstiltskin"?

    Digital security firm F-Secure gave a big F-you to EULAs with a WiFi hotspot publicity stunt that allowed for free WiFi access as long as users agreed to its terms and conditions, which included giving away the rights to their first-born children. A few users agreed, possibly proving they didn't read the agreement, they're not that interested in kids, or they had some really important tweets to send.

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  2. Evolutionary Anthropologist: Misogyny Not An Inherent Human Trait, Online Harassers Are “Bitter Baboons”

    Sorry, baboons. No offense.

    In his Slate article "Misogyny is Not Human Nature," evolutionary anthropologist Eric Michael Johnson quotes a Reddit user's excuse for the recent nude picture leaks: "[there is] something inherent about human nature that makes this kind of thing inevitable.”

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  3. Serious 1981 News Report About the Internet Is High Comedy 33 Years Later

    It's a series of neon tubes!

    Ahhh, the '80s. Neon, power ballads, and the Internet. Oh, you don't remember the Internet from the '80s? Get learnt about this here newfangled contraption by taking a trip through time with a vintage tech news segment. Look at those two guys manually typing printed news stories into computers. One day, someone just like them will type the words "you won't believe" in a headline, and their whole industry will be revolutionized.

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  4. 4chan Responds To Emma Watson’s U.N. Speech With #RIPEmmaWatson, Threats To Leak Nude Pictures

    I'm too sad for a Harry Potter reference. Way to go, Internet.

    This weekend, UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered an eloquent speech in support of the HeForShe campaign, a solidarity movement spreading the message that feminism is a human rights issue requiring the participation of all genders--and in a textbook example of why feminism isn't just a women's issue, 4chan's response to Watson's words was unsurprisingly terrible. Trigger warning for threats and general idiocy.

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  5. Creator Of Celebrity Nude Reddit Section Boo-Hoos Over Invasion Of His Privacy

    Careful! If you roll your eyes too hard they'll fall out of your head!

    Yesterday the human backwash that started TheFappening subreddit devoted to sharing nude photographs stolen from female celebrities hosted an "Ask Me Anything" to apologize for his egregiously shitty invasion of women's privacy whine over imagined free speech violations in an attempt to extend his fifteen minutes of Internet shame fame.

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  6. [UPDATED] Female Game Journalists Quit Over Harassment, #GamerGate Harms Women

    "Ethics of game journalism" my ass.

    It's heartbreaking that another article about harassment in the gaming community is necessary, but the escalating and ongoing vitriol being spewed against women and their male allies who dare to criticize gamer culture or work in video games is continuing to take on new and disappointing forms.

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  7. [UPDATED] A Disheartening Account Of The Harassment Going On In Gaming Right Now (And How Adam Baldwin Is Involved)

    AKA, an actual depression quest.

    This month has been terrible in every concieveable sense of the word, in some part due to the rapidly escalating harassment of prominent feminists in gaming. Every time you think it's at its peak and things might start to cool down, jerks on the Internet ensure that it all ramps right back up again, to the point where we weren't sure how to cover the story because we didn't even know where to start. In case you haven't been following, here's what's been going on.

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  8. Time Warner Cable Subscribers Suffer Huge Internet Outrage Outage

    TIL the human brain automatically replaces "outage" with "outrage" when it's next to "Time Warner Cable."

    Time Warner Cable narrowly avoided bringing on the wifipocalypse this morning when service to their customers went down nationwide. Somehow, the people managed to band together in the dark and make due for a few hours without the Internet, but they're not happy about it.

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  9. Yo, Film Nerds. You’ll Want to Watch This Video on Depicting Texting and the Internet On-Screen

    CINEMATOGRAPHYYYYYYYY

    I'll include "TV nerds," too, because the conclusion Tony Zhou comes to is that, at least as far as the aesthetics of on-screen texting is concerned, Sherlock pretty much nails it. Filmmakers have not, however, cracked how to depict the Internet on-screen. It's all incredibly interesting, at least if you're me.

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  10. Google Is Trying to Stop Sharks From Eating the Internet

    Repeat after me: "The Internet is friends—NOT food."

    Undersea fiber optic lines keep the Internet humming along at a steady pace, but that humming has apparently been attracting sharks. Now, Google has to go back and reinforce some if its more than 100,000 miles of fiber optic cables so that sharks don't eat the Internet.

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