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Kennel-Cam Apps Let You Spy on Spot (Video)

So you think Fido wouldn’t dare jump on your bed? There’s only one way to find out …

Unprecedented Censorship

A congressional “tech mandate” on search engines to delete a domain name from search results does not result in the website disappearing. Users can and do today find their way to these websites largely without the help of search engines. Relative to the questionable efficacy of this proposed remedy, requiring search engines to delete a domain name begins a worldwide arms race of unprecedented “censorship” of the Web.

— From a letter written by Vint Cerf to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the House Judiciary chairman and author of SOPA, warning of the dangers of the bill

Copiers vs. Innovators

What’s happening is that we might, in fact, be at a time in our history where we’re being domesticated by these great big societal things, such as Facebook and the Internet. We’re being domesticated by them, because fewer and fewer and fewer of us have to be innovators to get by. And so, in the cold calculus of evolution by natural selection, at no greater time in history than ever before, copiers are probably doing better than innovators. Because innovation is extraordinarily hard.

Mark Pagel, fellow of the Royal Society and professor of evolutionary biology, in conversation with

Mea Culpa

A collection of over 8 million followers is not to be taken for granted. I feel responsible to deliver informed opinions and not spread gossip or rumors through my twitter feed. While I feel that running this feed myself gives me a closer relationship to my friends and fans I’ve come to realize that it has grown into more than a fun tool to communicate with people.

— Ashton Kutcher, posting on his blog about turning over administration of his Twitter account to his staff after making an uninformed tweet about Joe Paterno’s firing from Penn State

Old-Fashioned Journalism

We really look for reliable sources — we’ll say, for example, that just because someone wrote something in a blog somewhere, that doesn’t mean it’s a reliable source. We need to get sources, you know, that are quite old-fashioned about it.

— Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, to Foreign Policy’s Blake Hounshell

De-Beatification. Is There An App For That?

I liked Steve Jobs better before he was a saint.

ProPublica Editor of News Applications Scott Klein @kleinmatic, via Twitter

Turning Ourselves in to the ICO Right Now

Between 8:58 and 10:20 BST this morning we sent an email to 3,521 of you that contained the names and email addresses of 46,524 of our readers. Obviously, this was an error. The two-stage send process that is the norm for all of our mailers was over-looked because someone was in a hurry. We would like to offer our genuine and humble apologies for the error.

From the Register Web site

Just Your Run-of-the-Mill Hyper-Intelligent Alien

I mean, imagine what it would be like to start off as an incredibly smart person, arguably a first-class genius, and then somehow wind up in a situation where you have a general’s view of the industry battlefield for ten years. Not only do you have more time than anyone else, and access to more information than anyone else, you also have this long-term eagle-eye perspective that only a handful of people in the world enjoy.

A description of Jeff Bezos by Steve Yegge, the Google (and ex-Amazon) engineer who accidentally posted an internal rant to an external audience on Google+ the week before last

What Should I Study Next? Oh Wait, iKnow! (AsiaD Demo)

iKnow’s services aim to get users learning as efficiently as possible by figuring out what to teach, what to review, and when an individual learner is ready to learn.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik