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If you didn't know what HTTPS was two-years-ago, chances are you're familiar with it now. Ever since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on NSA spying, the world has gradually been improving its efforts to to protect its data - either at the user or government level. Last fall, Google said that it was going to begin preferring websites that use HTTPS, and if there was any doubt that HTTPS was important, even the US government has made it clear that its own websites need to have secure connections across the board. It looks like social site reddit is... Read more...
Reddit regrets the way it handled "The Fappening" (or "Celebgate," if you prefer), the name given to the incident in which hackers plucked hundreds of nude celebrity photos from iCloud and made them available for posting to public sites. While it's too late to go back in time and take a mulligan, Reddit is making changes to its privacy policy to prohibit posting nude and sexual photos and videos without the subject's consent. Posting sexually explicit images and videos without the subject's knowledge or permission is part of a growing trend called "revenge porn." In many cases, there's little recourse... Read more...
Whether you love it or hate it, Reddit has a large audience that continues to keep the popular networking and sharing service growing to the point where it can give away 10 percent of its ad revenue to charity and purchase an app start-up developer. But now Reddit is relying on its audience to help jumpstart its own crowd funding site called Redditmade. “Redditmade is a new place to turn the best designs and products by the community into reality,” reads an official post on Reddit. “Redditmade gives you the flexibility to create almost anything you want, easily raise money, and... Read more...
If you're familiar with reddit, the self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet," there's a good chance you've at least heard of Alien Blue, the best third-party client for iOS users to browse reddit's daily content with. Wait, did we say "third-party" client? As of now, that's old news -- reddit went out and acquired Alien Blue, which is now an official reddit app! Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, though reddit did state in a blog post that it's bringing Alien Blue's sole developer and former owner, Jason Morrissey, on board in an official capacity. Prior to the buyout, Morrissey... Read more...
On September 10th, several of the popular websites you visit may appear to have trouble loading content, but that won't really be the case. All those slow loading animations are actually widgets, banners, and animated images provided by BattleForTheNet, a coalition of companies, organizations, and people who have come together to oppose changes to net neutrality rules and show what the web might look like if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allows cable companies to charge for Internet fast lanes. Sites like Mozilla, Kickstarter, Reddit, Etsy, Foursquare, Vimeo, iFixIt, Tumblr, and many... Read more...
During an "Ask Me Anything" chat session at Reddit yesterday, Internet Explorer's developers took to answering a bunch of questions from their adoring fans. Well - "adoring" might not be the best word. Judging by the thread's title, "We build Internet Explorer. I know, right?", it's almost like the developers knew that a can of worms was about to be opened. While the Reddit thread contained its expected share of haters and trolls, a couple of great questions were asked, such as the one from user asianorange, "How you ever consider rebranding and changing the name of Internet Explorer?" The response... Read more...
One of the downsides (or upsides, depending on your point of view) of Internet memes is that they're ephemeral. Once-popular touchstones like "All your base," or "Hamster dance" have slunk off to the Island of Forgotten Internet Cliches. But there's one meme -- more of a rule, really -- that continues to wreak havoc on companies and lawyers who don't pay attention to it. We're talking, of course, about the Streisand Effect -- the phenomenon whereby (according to Wikipedia) "an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information... Read more...
Props go out to Reddit, the popular social news and entertainment website comprised of user-submitted content, for deciding to donate 10 percent of its advertising revenue in 2014 to charity. In keeping with the spirit of the community, Reddit's users will be the ones who determine which 10 non-profits receive a slice of the pie. "Whether it's a large ad campaign or a $5 sponsored headline on Reddit, we intend for all ad revenue this year to benefit not only Reddit as a platform but also to support the goals and causes of the entire community," Reddit stated in a blog post. Reddit users will be... Read more...
Have you ever done a secret gift exchange and had a fantasy that your secret Santa would be a billionaire and shower you with gifts? One Reddit user who participated in a massive Reddit Secret Santa 2013 gift exchange knows how that feels. Well, sort of. Reddit user Rachel (NY1227)’s secret Santa was none other than Bill Gates. Being that the exchange was supposed to be secret, she didn’t realize the kindly “Bill” who gave her a little stuffed cow, a donation in her name to Heifer International, and the National Geographic book Journeys of a Lifetime was the billionaire... Read more...
When Google made the seemingly inevitable move of merging YouTube and Google+ accounts together, it seemed that much of the Web was displeased. Out of nowhere, people began losing their usernames, replacing them instead with their real names. Anonymity was out the window, unless you were willing to sign up for a new account and effectively lose everything you've done on the previous one. Last week, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim spoke out about Google's decision, stating: "Why the [bleep] do I need a Google+ account to comment on a video?" That might be a less than eloquently stated, but it's hard... Read more...
In the latest Kickstarter update sent out by Replay Games to backers of Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded, it was revealed that Larry creator Al Lowe will be participating in another Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Saturday, July 6th (that's today!) at 1:00 PM Eastern (10:00 AM Pacific for you folks living on the west coast). He'll discuss the making of Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded as well as the whole Kickstarter experience. Al Lowe needs no introduction among old school adventure gamers, who know him well as the original creator of Larry Laffer back when Sierra was owned by Ken and Roberta Williams.... Read more...
As we reported on earlier, geek super hero Bill Gates took to Reddit's AMA section to tackle as many questions from users as possible in the span of just a single hour. In the end, he did quite well, answering a total of 35 questions tackling a wide-range of different subjects. One question that just has to be asked during any Bill Gates interview has got to be "What type of computer are you using right now?". After all, wouldn't we all love to know if he just so happened to be using a Mac at the time? Alas, that wasn't the case this time, but I am not sure anyone would have guessed appropriately.... Read more...
Billionaire, Genius, Playboy, Philanthropist - these are terms you may have heard in reference to the fictional Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. In reality however, super heroes these days come from all walks of life, including Super Geek Heroes like Bill Gates. There's little question, few people have done more to shape the face of the modern computing than Mr. Gates. In his earlier days, the man was either revered, feared or loathed (competitively) for his business prowess, creativity and analytical foresight.  These days, the Bill Gates is a shining example of what it means to give back to your... Read more...