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    Yahoo! the Trailer Trash of the Web, Cans Voices

Yahoo! the Trailer Trash of the Web, Cans Voices

In 2010 Yahoo! bought the open content platform Associated Content for $100 million and then called it 'Voices'. The CEO at the time, Carol Bartz, called the move "a game-changer... we'll create more content around what we know our users care about." Then, four years later, Yahoo! gave the thousands [...]

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    Donald O’Donovan’s Night Train Tunnels Through the Belly of the Great American Beast

Donald O’Donovan’s Night Train Tunnels Through the Belly of the Great American Beast

ADAM MICHAEL LUEBKE Los Angeles Within the first few weeks after I’d moved to Los Angeles, I was sitting outside at a coffee shop on Wilshire and Western, and an older gentleman in argyle-patterned socks and scuffed sandals high-stepping by on the sidewalk stopped and asked what I was writing in my [...]

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    Petty Plagiarism: BuzzFeed Might As Well Hire A Robot Writer

Petty Plagiarism: BuzzFeed Might As Well Hire A Robot Writer

Why is it so pleasurable when an organization like BuzzFeed gets blasted for plagiarism? The website's Viral News editor, Benny Johnson, is being investigated on plagiarism charges as vigilant Twitter users found many instances of the garish editor lifting passages from less-than-discreet sources like the NY Times, Yahoo! News, and The Heritage [...]

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Walking the 405 Freeway; How A Good Pair of Shoes Can Make You Faster

  Walking the 405 Freeway; How A Good Pair of Shoes Can Make You Faster

ADAM MICHAEL LUEBKE Los Angeles I don't know about the actual laws on the books, but supposedly it's forbidden to take a walk on the 405 freeway. Yet someone had dared do [...]

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Underdogs No More! Calls to Fully Arm Palestine Disrupt Local Bake Sale

  Underdogs No More! Calls to Fully Arm Palestine Disrupt Local Bake Sale

**In an increasingly polarized nation with an established surveillance state and an invisible enemy lurking throughout the globe, you shouldn't be surprised to discover that even the most unlikely places [...]

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Switching Out One Robot for Another: Billionaire CEO Looks Forward to Lame Future

  Switching Out One Robot for Another: Billionaire CEO Looks Forward to Lame Future

I won't tell you which private security firm the man with a limp was from, as I am not one to inflict unnecessary harm on any undeserving entity. It doesn't [...]

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Your Approval Rating is Plunging, Barack Obama: You Should Grow A Beard

  Your Approval Rating is Plunging, Barack Obama: You Should Grow A Beard

editor's note: Upon hearing John Zogby say Obama's presidency is all over after the latest round of polls showing the president's plunging approval rating, I thought I'd send him a [...]

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Hard Days Atop the Hyatt Hotel: Hillary Clinton’s Book Trashed

  Hard Days Atop the Hyatt Hotel: Hillary Clinton’s Book Trashed

ADAM MICHAEL LUEBKE Under a peculiar set of circumstances that need not interest you much, I found myself at the 40th floor atop the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego. I [...]

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Fiction & Poetry
    How to Get By in Life

How to Get By in Life

JOHN BENNETT (originally sent to Bennett's email list -- sign up below for more like this) When you don't know which way to turn, force the issue. When you suddenly sense you're absolutely [...]

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