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How to Tweet forever!

... Even after you're dead.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  March 08, 2013
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You Are Not Alone: The fight for electronic privacy reaches Beacon Hill

Your tinfoil-hat fears about Big Brother might be justified.

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 18, 2013
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Boyfriend Maker 101: We have met the boyfriend, and he is us

Two weeks ago, references to an iOS game called Boyfriend Maker began flooding my Twitter feed.
Laser Orgy
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 07, 2012

You're famous. Now what?

If you missed last Friday's discussion on "microfame," or if you've ever felt that strange compulsion to get the hell off Facebook, listen up.
Look Here! C'mon, Really!
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 23, 2012
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The Nine Commandments of Covering Anonymous

The first time that I heard about Anonymous was four years ago. I was then a rookie writer at the Phoenix, and our receptionist patched through a cold call from a self-described unmasked hacker named Gregg Housh.
Fawkes news
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 31, 2012

It's an online world now

The Portland Press Herald editorial crew needs some lessons on online communication and Internet copyright law.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 24, 2012


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The new Netroots

The netroots story — lefty bloggers storming the barricades — can seem, well, so 2006. Little wonder, then, that this year's Netroots Nation conference in Providence didn't receive much national press.
Activism 2.0
By  |  June 09, 2012
Review: Diablo 3

Review: Diablo 3(1)

Where is your copy of Diablo 3 ? It's not on your computer. It never will be. It is in the cloud, with all its virtual spoils streaming live over the Internet.
Always on
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 01, 2012
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Rich Juzwiak, the superman of supercuts, waxes philosophical about his métier

I'm not here to make friends. This pithy phrase tidily encapsulates all the bluster, the stiltedness, the underwhelming drama and overinflated breasts of reality TV.
He’s not there to make friends
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 04, 2012
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For Cherie King, paid employment doesn't bring shelter

According to a 2011 survey by the US Department of Mayors, Boston's homelessness rate is in moderate decline. Still, the plight of the working, struggling people on the street remains a real one.
The working homeless
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 09, 2012
TJI: Mass Pirate Party Conference

Putting the 'Arrrr' in DRM

Forget Talk Like a Pirate Day. In the 2012 elections, November 6 will be Vote Like a Pirate Day — if you happened to have joined a growing number of hackers and Internet activists and registered as a member of the Massachusetts Pirate Party (MAPP).
Booty Call
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 09, 2012


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Review: Project X

When you start making negative comparisons to films like Porky's , you know a film has problems.
Done before and better
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012
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Tanja Hollander takes Facebook to the PMA

If you've been buzzing about "Are You Really My Friend?" the new installation of Facebook-inspired portraits by local photographer and Bakery Photo Collective founder Tanja Alexia Hollander, you're not alone.
Friend quest
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 10, 2012
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The battle over internet piracy

The Internet is angry. Perhaps you've heard.
Rhode Island's congresional delegation splits over the issue burning up the netroots
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 20, 2012

White House pans SOPA

Maine's congressional delegation appears to be in a holding pattern while attempting to form positions on two bills that address widespread copyright and trademark violations via the Internet.
Online Freedom
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 20, 2012
Winter Games: Preview

The games of winter

Despite a quiet January, this winter gives gamers much to look forward to: long-awaited sequels, promising original franchises, and even a new handheld system.
Sci-fi, fantasy, and Sony's new handheld
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 30, 2011


Top 20 Memes: 2011

Top 20 memes of 2011

An alphabetical, scientifically accurate list of the year's most pervasive memes.
An alphabetical, scientifically accurate list of the year's most pervasive memes
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011
Memes: Success

Meme forecast for 2012

When evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" in 1976 — meaning "a piece of thought copied from person to person" — he probably didn't realize that, in time, the word would come to be synonymous with cat macros, various advice anima
What pianos will the cats of the future play for us?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011
Tumblr You Should Be Reading Right Now: "Texts From Bennett"

Tumblr You Should Be Reading Right Now: "Texts From Bennett"


This is Bennett. Bennett is a seventeen-year-old white bro who "thinks he's a Crip" and has trouble spelling. Also, he is hilarious. Inexplicably, Bennett has...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 01, 2011
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Stop SOPA

The dinosaurs of the entertainment world ( i.e. , Hollywood movie studios and national music companies) have joined with the Business Software Alliance (which represents tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft, and Intel) to sponsor an insidious piece of l
Old-media corporate giants seek censorship through a web-based blacklist. Plus, #occupy brutality, and D.C. deadlock.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 25, 2011

[the internet ruling] Frank Hurricane raps about a JP pizza shop


The internet is too good today. First we found the SynthCats Tumblr, then Patrick Stickles' new Twitter, then this US Girls cover of "The Boy...
By Liz Pelly  |  November 04, 2011


Providencejournal.com arrives with a thud

The Providence Journal 's much anticipated new web site,  providencejournal.com , made an underwhelming debut this week.
As the ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 21, 2011
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The Providence Journal makes its move

The Providence Journal , in a wraparound on the front section of its September 13 issue, announced in bold print: WE'RE CHANGING.
As The ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 16, 2011
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FairPoint layoffs were always part of the plan

While FairPoint executives are saying that the 400 layoffs the company announced last week are related to "workload" and "competition," they're hoping everyone forgot that their business model — especially in northern New England — requires regular down
We Told You So Dept.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 16, 2011

The Urinal does it again; more on Thayer Street; no joke; fun in the Bucket

Phillipe and Jorge were agitated to see the wrap-around over the front section of our September 13 issue of the Urinal, as we had grown quite fond of finding garish stickers in these parts, informing us what local firms would buy our gold or pursue a per
The whole truth?
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 16, 2011
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Review: Life in a day

Sometimes it seems like universal access to video and the Internet has resulted in just a lot of amateur porn and wearying narcissism.
Amateur filmmakers submit snippets of their lives
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2011


PODCAST: William Gibson on celebrity, technology and top-secret jeans [MP3]


Author William Gibson has been called the father of cyberpunk and coined the term "cyberspace" back when Internet was little more than a twinkle in...
By Katie Lannan  |  August 04, 2011

Google+: Social Minus the Network?


Google's Tuesday launch of its new social network Google+ has had the Internet abuzz (not to be confused with the clunky Google Buzz communication platform...
By Katie Lannan  |  June 29, 2011

Netroots Nation eyes Providence (again)

Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of progressive bloggers, has become a sort of whistle stop on the lefty campaign calendar.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 03, 2011
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Washington gets serious about cybersecurity

With Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, Democrats in control of the Senate, and both parties focusing on next year's election, there's a whole lot of nothing happening in Washington right now.
Lockdown
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 27, 2011