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First POST: Arithmetic

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, September 7 2012

Around the web

  • David Parry details how an online running community helped to reveal the apparent discrepancy in Paul Ryan's statements about his marathon time.

  • The Obama campaign bought the promoted hashtag #Forward2012, while the Washington Post noted that the Obama campaign also appears to have bought ads for the keyword "literally," which was used frequently by Vice President Biden in his speech and mocked by political observers on Twitter.

  • In time for Barack Obama's acceptance speech, the Obama campaign revamped its Facebook application which had been non-functional and then almost dormant for several months. With the social sharing app, the idea seems to be that supporters would automatically share some content pages they view on the campaign website unless they turn sharing off. Supporters also now have the option to indicate that they commit to vote for Barack Obama.

  • According to CNN, Bill Clinton's speech was more popular on Facebook than Wednesday night's NFL season opener.

  • Michelle Obama's speech seems to have gone viral in China.

  • A New York Times article on Malia and Sasha notes that Malia may use her cell phone only on weekends, and that the sisters can't watch TV or use a computer for anything but homework during the week.

  • The Secret Service arrested a man in Charlotte for allegedly making death threats against Obama on Twitter.

  • Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales told British legislators that the encyclopedia would encrypt all its connections if Britain enacted its planned online surveillance proposal.

  • The World Wide Web foundation has launched a web index detailing the impact of the Internet in 61 countries. The current top five countries are Sweden, the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Finland.

  • The Obama administration argued in federal court that members of the public have “reasonable expectation of privacy” in cellphone location data, Wired reported.

  • MPAA head Chris Dodd criticized Ron Paul's vision for Internet freedom.

  • The Creative America group, which advocates the position of content industries like the film industry, praises the Democratic platform for advocating Internet freedom and innovation, but also for protecting intellectual property.

  • The Economist looks at examples of new copyright laws that reflect the digital age.

  • Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) have authored a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative asking for more transparency about the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, specifically as it relates to intellectual property.

  • ICYMI: Several Members of Congress have sent a letter to administration officials raising questions about recent domain seizures.

  • The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has found that at least for the moment, Uber can't legally operate its taxi application in the city.

  • WNYC looked at an apps contest aimed at helping homeless veterans.

  • After a recent NPR report that explored what happens to supporters' money when Kickstarter projects fail, the company responded with a blog post outlining accountability on the platform.

  • MoveOn has recently been circulating a clip from the HBO series The Newsroom in which anchor Will McAvoy describes the Tea Party as the American Taliban, and the link has received 20,000 likes or shares on Facebook.

  • The International Herald Tribune spoke with the founder of the University of the People, which offers a four-year U.S.-style undergraduate education for free online.

  • The International Herald Tribune looked at how free Wi-Fi offerings in London that were established for the Olympics played out.

  • The Atlantic has begun a cooperation with Tea Leaf Nation, and in a first post showed how Internet memes help the Chinese circumvent censorship.

  • Taiwan plans to increase its cyberwar capabilities.

  • The director of Israel Electric Company says the country is attacked 1,000 times a minute by cyber-attacks targeting water, electricity and communications

  • Britain has told Ecuador that Julian Assange would not be extradited if he would face the death penalty.

  • A new interactive database containing thousands of documents from Scottish medieval history has gone live.

  • A graveyard in Denmark has QR codes on the gravestones.