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On Saturday, the prototype of the Cooper Lumen, a solar-powered wi-fi hotspot and mobile device charging station, will be set up for public demonstration on the corner of Second Avenue and St. Mark’s Place as part of the the Cooper Square Committee’s Second Ave. Festival, the Villager reports. The Cooper Lumen was devised by Paul […]

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Fed up with the tyrannical monopolies and shoddy service provided by Time Warner, Comcast, and Optimum, a group of geeks have banded together to make their own citywide, community-owned wi-fi network; an indienet, if you will. The network, called NYC Mesh, links together routers, aka “nodes,” set up in apartments all over the city to […]

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Why would anyone go to an adult theater in the age of internet porn? So wonders culture site Hopes & Fears, noting how the latter has skyrocketed into a multi-billion dollar industry. Most mom-and-pop XXX shops have been cleansed out of the city by city regulations or the consumers, the majority of whom now watch […]

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This past weekend, over 80 coders, developers and comedians hunkered down for a weekend of hacking, all with the intent of mocking American culture and our increasing reliance on technology for even mundane tasks. The event led to the creation of websites like FeminizeIt, a website that searches for the female version of products; Mansplainr, […]

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Turkey has blocked Twitter and YouTube, along with hundreds of other sites, following a court order. Graffiti is fighting the block by giving instructions on how people can update their DNS to use Google’s DNS at 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. The block was ordered because pictures of terrorists and their hostage were being shared on social […]

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If the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is approved, the two worst-rated internet service providers in the country will join forces to become the “largest media, cable, and internet company in the world,” warns City Public Advocate Letitia James. In New York, it could mean that low-income New Yorkers, who already have […]

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Team Internet, champion of Net Neutrality, is a loose coalition of internet enthusiasts who often seem to have nothing more in common than a basic level of common sense. It is a coalition that consists of a majority of the population as well as prominent voices ranging all the way from establishment figures like Barack […]

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A strong blow was struck in the Battle for the Net on Wednesday. In an op-ed for Wired, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed that he is seeking to preserve net neutrality, the belief that all data on the internet should be treated equally. He wrote: After more than a decade of debate and […]

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Craigslist ads seem to be at least partially to blame for an increase in HIV cases around the country. A recent study by professors Anindya Ghose of NYU and Jason Chan of the University of Minnesota has linked the rise of HIV cases in 33 states to people hooking up via Craigslist. From the New […]

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If news of Snowden’s exile or Chelsea Manning’s arrest has you too spooked to run away with that CD of government secrets you cunningly labeled “Ke$ha Mix,” then get hyped for Slur. Developers claim that Slur is an open source, decentralized, anonymous bitcoin market for the express purpose of selling secrets. From the site: Slur […]

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