A holiday potpourri of delights: Force blockers; internet famous, cash poor; Elon Musk; Taylor Swift; music windowing; driverless cars; phishing, hacking & drone nets; the fate of Abrams; schadenfreude’n Shkreli; new Yule log v2; Tiffani Amber Thiessen!
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How to Block Tech Rumors and Movie Spoilers on the Web
Force Block: the Star Wars spoiler blocker
Get rich or die vlogging: The sad economics of internet fame
Are The Economics Of Internet Fame Really So Sad?
Massive high school texting scandal results in… sanity!
IN THE NEWS
FBI Says San Bernardino Jihad Messages Were DMs, Not Posts
Say Hello To Uber On Messenger
Ousted tenants sue after their former rent-controlled L.A. apartments are listed on Airbnb
Brazilian Judge Shuts Down WhatsApp And Brazil’s Congress Wants To Shut Down The Social Web Next
WhatsApp Is Back on in Brazil. But Why Was It Blocked in the First Place?
How Elon Musk Plans on Reinventing the World (and Mars)
Lightbulb DRM: Philips Locks Purchasers Out Of Third-Party Bulbs With Firmware Update
Taylor Swift Wants Artists to Stand Up for Themselves. This One Did—Against Taylor Swift.
The Music Industry Just Won a $17 Million Lawsuit Against a Grooveshark Clone
BREAKING: CRB Rate Ruling: $.0017 for Pandora et al, SoundExchange wanted $.0025
Three Simple Steps To Fix The Record Business in 2016… Windows, Windows, Windows…
Musicians Are Attacking The Wrong Enemy
The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage
Humans Are Slamming Into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw
California Puts Driverless Cars Into Reverse
Last-Minute Budget Bill Allows New, Privacy-Invading Surveillance in the Name of Cybersecurity
Hackers actively exploit critical vulnerability in sites running Joomla
Phishing Breach Results in $750,000 HIPAA Penalty
How a Camera Can See Around a Corner
A Secret Catalogue of Government Gear for Spying on Your Cellphone
Tokyo Police Unveil Net-Wielding Interceptor Drone
FAA Announces Drone Owners Must Register by February 19
The Joy of Getting Hacked
Office of Inadequate Security
COMMENT OF THE WEEK
Happiness Doesn’t Bring Good Health, Study Finds
Irish-rock band Ceann re-forms after the tragic loss of its singer
AT THE LIBRARY
Sandworms of Dune
The Rhesus Chart – A Laundry Files Novel by Charles Stross
‘The Force Awakens’ Premiere: Three Theaters, Confiscated Phones & Metal Detectors
Fox Just Snuck Out The First Trailer For ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’
Star Trek Beyond – Trailer (2016)
“Battlestar Galactica” meets “Game of Thrones”: Syfy’s “The Expanse” captivates with mesmerizing detail and human stakes
Apple Gets a Giant Taylor Swift Concert Exclusive (Because It Paid Taylor Swift)
Stop ambushing your fans: Unless you’re Beyoncé, the surprise release lost its charm years ago
‘Twin Peaks’ Teaser: First Look At Showtime Revival Of David Lynch Drama
MORON OF THE WEEK
Martin Shkreli Accused of Being Surprisingly Good at Fraud
Martin Shkreli, the CEO that hiked price of HIV-treating drug, arrested on securities fraud charges
Internet Rejoices as Reviled Pharma Kingpin Martin Shkreli Is Arrested
No, the FBI doesn’t have Martin Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Clan album
THE WEB’S NOT DEAD
A Day in the Life of Americans
Engadget’s guide to the 2016 presidential election
Five hours of Darth Vader’s burning corpse will replace your Yule Log
Cool Video Reveals Why People in Old Movies Talked Funny
Angry Metal Worker Makes Video Debunking ‘Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams’ 9/11 Meme
Sean Bonner’s Newsletter
The Art of Coop
Charles Mingus’ “Top Secret” Eggnog Recipe Contains “Enough Alcohol to Put Down an Elephant”