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Thanks to the DEA, Facebook’s controversial real-name policy might actually come in handy

Facebook’s real-name policy has found little love. But it might find new support after the company invoked it in a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration, warning the agency that using someone’s name and photos to create a fake account, even as part of an investigation, will not be tolerated. The letter follows a BuzzFeed [...]

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Trouble magnet MeUndies signs shoplifting NFL player to endorsement deal

MeUndies is no stranger to controversy. The irreverent apparel basics company and lifestyle brand – or as it’s often more pejoratively described, an underwear delivery startup – was one of the first mainstream consumer brands to advertise alongside porn. Later, the company made social ads so risque they were banned from Facebook – a fact that it [...]

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BBC’s Whatsapp Ebola alerts are more proof that tech can help save the world — it just can’t do it alone

In an effort to help combat the spread of Ebola, the BBC has created a new service that sends “audio, text message alerts and images” in both French and English to subscribers in West Africa via WhatsApp, the messaging service Facebook acquired for $22 billion in September. It’s an interesting counterpoint to the idea that [...]

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Facebook’s Safety Check is the best thing the company has done in months

Facebook is adding a feature to its mobile applications that allows users in areas affected by earthquakes, tornadoes, and other calamities to tell their friends they’re safe. It’s called Safety Check, and it’s the most self-aware feature Facebook has announced in a long while. It’s not unusual for tech companies to make unpopular decisions. People [...]

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Clickhole brilliantly sends up Ello with its ad-less, colorless, wordless social network Zylch

Columbia Journalism Review? Nieman Lab? David Carr’s Times column? You’re all on watch. Clickhole has become the best media criticism site on the planet. The subsidiary of the Onion began by largely lampooning the clickbait listicles and quizzes of sites like Buzzfeed and its Expanded Universe of copycat sites like Viralnova and Distractify. Recent highlights include “How [...]

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Watch our full PandoMonthly fireside chat with Bessemer Venture’s Jeremy Levine

Jeremy Levine has invested in some of the biggest consumer hits of the Web 2.0 era, including LinkedIn, Yelp, and Pinterest. He’s also refreshingly humble and honest about some of his biggest misses — In 2004, Levine brushed off a relentless kid named Eduardo Saverin, telling him, “Kid, haven’t you heard of Friendster?” That mix of [...]

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Let’s all calm down about Vivian’s Schiller’s exit — Twitter was never a “news” site, and that’s okay

Over the weekend, the Guardian’s Jane Martinson had some things to say about the recent management shakeup at Twitter. If you haven’t been following along, the company merged its news, government, and elections team under one roof which resulted in some redundancies. The most notable exit was Vivian Schiller, the ex-NPR and NBC executive brought [...]

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SnapSaved tries to defend itself after allowing thousands of private images to be made public

The website from which thousands of Snapchat images were taken said in a statement on its Facebook page that the photos were swiped from an index it created when its service shut down. Someone else claims that the index was made available to them after the website suspended its service, however, making it unclear who’s to [...]

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Watch the full fireside chat with Whisper CEO Michael Heyward

2014 has been the year of anonymity. It’s been one of the hottest sectors over the past few months, with Whisper and Secret leading the pack with $60 million and $35 million in venture funding, respectively. Even Facebook is launching an anonymous app. But not all anonymity services are created equal. Sarah Lacy and Paul Carr have closely [...]

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Facebook’s dual-minded approach to identity shows the risk of trying to be all things to all people

Facebook is working on an application that allows anonymous communication. The specifics are unclear — some have thought that the app will emulate Secret and Whisper, a claim which Facebook product manager Josh Miller denied in a series of tweets — but the general idea isn’t. The company that has always based its success on [...]

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