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OR Books Tests Name-Your-Price eBook For ‘Hacking Politics’

OR Books has a new eBook available called Hacking Politics: How Geeks, Progressives, the Tea Party, Gamers, Anarchists and Suits Teamed Up to Defeat SOPA and Save the Internet and appropriately, the publisher is selling the eBook through a name-your-price model.

The book explores the history of the fight against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. It includes essays by: Aaron Swartz, Larry Lessig, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Masnick, Kim Dotcom, Nicole Powers, Tiffiny Cheng, Alexis Ohanian, and Cory Doctorow.

The publisher suggests that customers pay $10 for the download, but there is a drop down option to pay other amounts including: nothing, $2, $5, $25, $50 or $100.

When OR Books put out Julian Assange’s book  Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet back in December, they skipped Amazon and released it through eKiosk, a site that creators sell eBooks and music outside of major online marketplaces, through a network of smaller online shops.

Reddit’s Internet 2012 Bus Tour Stops in Gateway City of St. Louis

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The Internet 2012 Bus tour pulled into the gateway city of St. Louis on Tuesday spreading the message of an open and free Internet–and highlighting tech startups along the way who are taking advantage of all that the web has to offer. The bus tour is the brainchild of Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian. We had a chance to talk to him about entrepreneurship outside of Silicon Valley and what the open Internet movement wants from Washington.

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Facebook For iOS App is Now 2X Faster: Quicker Launch, Photos, Feed and Built-In Messenger (TechCrunch)
Version 5 of Facebook’s iOS app is two times faster and built on Objective-C, not HTML5. The navigation is mostly the same, but the new app launches, photos load and the feed shows new stories twice as quickly. The New York Times/Bits Blog The other changes are subtle but significant. The code from Facebook’s standalone Camera and Messenger apps has been tucked into the Facebook app, replacing the older photo and messaging tools. That makes these tools look and act a bit different, but most importantly, messaging and posting photos are much zippier. ars technica Facebook’s previous app — particularly the version just before this, 4.1.1 — did not have a good reputation. Ratings on the App Store hovered around the two-star mark, and on any given day, a search on either Facebook or Twitter would yield hundreds of complaints about the mobile app’s slowness or bugginess. PC Magazine The Facebook Android app also got an update Thursday, but with different features. According to Google Play, the Android app now lets users: easily create events, share photos faster with a new upload flow, and add photos and emoji to messages. The Washington Post Here are some key developments in the eight years since Facebook’s creation. Read more

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Facebook Investigating Email Synching Problem (PC Magazine)
Facebook said Monday that it was investigating reports that its recent @Facebook.com email change altered email addresses within a user’s contact list. At issue is a recent update that switched the email address listed by Facebook users on their Timelines to an @Facebook.com address by default. ars technica
The change’s consequences have now carried over to any users who allow Facebook to sync contact info from their friends’ accounts. For many users, friends’ real email addresses have been replaced with @facebook.com ones. As a result, users have been sending emails to their friends’ Facebook inboxes. The Verge It’s unlikely that the company will undo its actions to hide all of your email addresses by default, so everyone will need to unhide email addresses manually. To unhide your email addresses, click “About” underneath your profile picture, then click “Edit” in the Contact Info box. From there, click the drop-down menu next to an email address to edit its visibility. MSNBC.com/Technolog Developers who installed beta iOS 6 to test on iPhones and iPads are most likely to experience the contact problems, but that’s what beta testing is all about — dealing with bugs. Apple and Facebook will likely fix this and many other problems by the time iOS 6 is released — probably this fall. Mashable Facebook said it is working to fix the glitch: “We are in the process of fixing this issue and it will be resolved soon,” the spokesman said. “After that, those specific devices should pull the correct addresses.” AllFacebook Facebook’s first earnings call as a publicly traded company will be held Thursday, July 26, at 5 p.m., according to an entry on the Facebook Investor Relations events list, which provided no other details. VentureBeat The law may not recognize them, but in the eyes of Facebook, all marriages are equally worthy of a status update. Shortly after Facebook’s co-founder Chris Hughes posted news of his marriage to longtime partner, Sean Eldridge, the social networking giant released new marriage icons for same-sex couples. Read more

Reddit Co-founder Steve Huffman Sheds Light on the Early Days

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Today Reddit is one of the largest online communities for content sharing and discovery, but have you ever wondered about how they got there? How did they go from a brand new website with zero members to a thriving online community? In a video lesson from Udacity, Reddit’s Steve Huffman reveals how he and fellow cofounder Alexis Ohanian grew Reddit into the popular website it is today.

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