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Teen Sentenced To 11 Years In Jail For Tweets Supporting ISIS

An American teenager was sentenced to 11 years in prison today for providing material support to terrorism. But Ali Shukri Amin, just 17 years old, never committed violence in the name of radical Islamic terrorism. His crime was running a Twitter account that celebrated the terrorist group and taught others how to send money through Bitcoin.


Pornhub Wants Us To Pay For Porn Now?

Finding porn on the internet is not hard. Literally type “porn” into the search engine of your choice and bada bing, bada boobs — you’ll get yourself some T&A&whatever other genitalia your freaky heart desires. Which is why Pornhub’s latest service — paid porn — is a bold move.


Apple Will Pay $US450 Million For Conspiring To Fix Ebook Pricing 

Apple violated federal antitrust law in a conspiracy with five book publishers to fix ebook prices, according to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ended a long-running legal battle with a big blow to Apple, calling its ebooks price-fixing scheme “the supreme evil of antitrust”.


Twitter's Secret Project Lightning Sounds A Bit Like Snapchat

Twitter has a secret. The microblogging service will soon release a “major new feature” called Project Lightning that will bring human-curated content based on live events to one user-friendly place. BuzzFeed’s Mat Honan recently got a sneak peek, and you know what? Project Lightning is kinda like Snapchat.


Facebook Now Puts Full Articles From Big Publishers In Your News Feed

Facebook has just launched a new service called Instant Articles, which allows media organisations to create interactive pieces hosted on Facebook’s servers and embedded in your news feed.


The Dress And #Ferguson Are The Two Sides Of Social Media Explosions

To understand the mass hysteria around The Dress last week, you can’t compare it to other memes. You have to compare it to political events like #Ferguson, which are its diametrical opposite. Except in one way.


WNYC Explains Why It Deleted A Controversial Podcast On Women In Tech

Earlier this month, we asked a question: Why did WNYC delete an episode of its internet-focused podcast TLDR that criticised Vivek Wadhwa, a professor frequently quoted as an expert on the issue of women in technology? The updated episode is now available online, complete with a painfully tense interview between host Meredith Haggerty and Wadhwa.


VLC Is Getting Chromecast Support

Google’s Chromecast is cheap and awesome and it’s about to get even better. The latest changelog posted by VLC — which mentions a “Chromecast output module” — suggests that the Swiss Army-knife of media players will finally get Chrome support.


I Was A Snapchat News Whore

For the past ten days, I’ve been getting my news from Snapchat. I’ve learned stuff about internet dating, celebrity plastic surgery, Ukraine peace talks, and Bitcoin mines. But mostly, I’ve learned what old media thinks app media really wants. And it’s not pretty.


Hulu's Former CEO Launches Subscription-Based YouTube Rival

YouTube pretty much won the video war years ago, but there are still plenty of people vying for some of the action. Remember Viddy? Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar thinks that his new startup video site, Vessel, offers a unique subscription-based model ($US3/month) that can pull YouTube stars over to a new platform. Long story short: Vessel will pay them more.


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