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Privacy concerns make facebook the new bad guy

There was, for a time, a pretty clear moral hierarchy in the tech sector. Microsoft was the evil overlord, Apple the virtuous underling.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 28, 2010
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Lee’s Store and Bakery

I’ve long relied on Web sites like Chowhound and Yelp for tips on new restaurants.
Another worthy source for one of Boston’s best budget sandwiches
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 14, 2010
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Facebook fracas

Sooner or later, Facebook had to figure into the sports-crime scene. There are at least two cases now of pro football players getting arrested for assault in fights resulting from their wives looking at their Facebook friends lists.
Clinton Hart has one too many friends; plus, a pack of ’Dawgs starts chasing the Ducks
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 07, 2010
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Review: Life 2.0

Jason Spingarn-Koff’s unsettling film explores the online game Second Life, in which players create avatars to live in a virtual world.
A disturbing deconstruction of 21st-century culture
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Lightfoot lives!

Last week, the world was gripped in the terror of a GORDON LIGHTFOOT death scare when a realistic-looking Twitter obit was picked up by several Canadian papers.
Plus Weezy tweets and Mayer backpedals
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 05, 2010
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Going for 'Distance'

To get an idea of the remarkable sprawl of supplies, clutter, and chaos involved in SPACE Gallery's forthcoming exhibit by Swoon and guest collaborators, "Distance Don't Matter," there are two good places to look: the gallery itself, and SPACE Executiv
From the Dumpster to the Gallery
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 16, 2009


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Hacking into pie

John Duksta's latest bit of high-tech wizardry — a machine that would aid in the creation of circuit boards — fell a bit short.
Circuitry
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  September 11, 2009
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Hammer swings through Harvard

When he was known as MC Hammer, the man born Stanley Burrell famously sold consumers Rick James samples and parachute pants.
Ad lib department
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 04, 2009
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Wandering stars

The line between art and entertainment gets thicker and darker every time someone opens a Facebook account. Most of us music types are entertainers, because entertainers just want attention.
Humanwine's mysterious substance
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 26, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Jacko solvent! Boyle swelling! Lupus dissed!

If you had your heart set on picking up a gently used chimp tuxedo or a suspicious child skeleton, you're outta luck
MJ's ranch, Hoppus and Wentz on Twitter, and Susan Boyle
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 01, 2009
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Keepin' it real . . . sort of

The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival (April 24–May 10) includes a handful of shows that focus on computer-simulated environments, both real and imaginary.
Virtual reality at the Boston Cyberarts Festival
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 17, 2009


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Fabulous fakes

The e-mail from "Craig Cook" arrived on March 2. It directed me to a Facebook page pretending to be Greg Cook's, and a YouTube video. I was busy, so I watched only the beginning of the latter.
'Me' and the Miracle 5
By GREG COOK  |  April 10, 2009

Earth Hour

At 8:30 pm this Saturday, the world will go dark. Or so we hope.
City will participate — what will you be doing?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2009
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Unveiling the new (old) Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood wants abortions for everyone! Well, not exactly.
Rebranding the Branded
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 25, 2009
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Digital language at the PRC

How important would you say Ansel Adams is to the modern trends of digital art? If your first inclination is to answer, "Not at all," you're probably right.
"Syntax," at Boston University's Photographic Resource Center
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 11, 2009
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OMG the DTR

I'm obsessed with talking about sex and dating. You're obsessed with it too, whether you like to admit it or not.
Field Notes: Obeservations and stories about sex and dating in the 21st century
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  March 04, 2009


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Live Blogging the Oscars 2009

The Boston Phoenix's Chris Faraone and Sara Faith Alterman go blow-for-blow -- and shot for shot -- as the 2009 Academy Awards unfold live. Plus, follow real-time feedback from fellow viewers on our live #Oscars Twitter feed!  
Follow the Academy Awards in real time with our #Oscars Twitter feed and talk back live!
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN AND CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 24, 2009
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Facebook for life

Facebook users have been notably vocal about their privacy concerns, and last week's blow-up over the change in the site's contract produced an outpouring of suspicion, recrimination, and protest.
Facebook is giving away your personal information and at least one data-miner is nervous about privacy.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 24, 2009
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Lily Allen | It's Not Me, It's You

On her 2007 debut, this young British MySpace sensation came across like that rare thing — a natural.
Capitol (2009)
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 09, 2009

A fusillade of tweets ring in the new year in RI

The feed is like a collective stream of consciousness, served up in tidbits of 140 characters or less (this sentence, for perspective, is 100).
New Media
By MARION DAVIS  |  February 04, 2009
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The kult of Al Kaprielian

It's the coldest day of the winter so far and Al Kaprielian is excited.
HIGH PRESHA!
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 04, 2009


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Short and bitter words of love

People sum up grand concepts, thoughts, and plans in six words or fewer every day — in Facebook status updates, text messages, text-message novels , iPhone or Blackberry e-mails, Twitter posts, or analog Post-Its.
Six Little Words
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 28, 2009
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Are you a retrosexual?

A few months back, one of my best friends from high school slept with the guy to whom, years earlier, she had lost her virginity.
Facebook's latest erotic application
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 21, 2009

Fretrosexuals

Some people really enjoy the potential of reconnecting with folks from the past, and I'm usually one of them.
Reconnecting can be fraught with peril
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 21, 2009

Battle stars

Has the Phoenix lost its collective mind?
  January 23, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 21, 2009
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Novel idea: Twitter fiction

Inauspiciously, Tom Scharpling began his Twitter novel with a typo.
Post-modernism, post by 140-character post
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009


All a-Twitter

Seven microblogging books worth scrolling upward for
Seven microblogging books worth scrolling upward for
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009
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You say what?!

When Professor Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof created the language called Esperanto in late-19th-century Poland, he envisioned a world unified under a lingua franca.
On American campuses, Esperanto is an extracurricular language
By EVA WOLCHOVER  |  January 08, 2009
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Clicking is caring

The war in Israel and Gaza has quickly expanded to Facebook, where backers of both camps are using many of the social networking site's features to voice their opinions in graphic and sometimes absurd ways.
Facebook becomes an Israeli-Palestinian 'battleground'
By PETER PIATETSKY  |  January 07, 2009
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The Year of the Nerd

Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 23, 2008