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Posts Tagged ‘Kashmir Hill’

Facebook Street Artist Astonished by Poster Response

Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill has an interesting update today about the fortunes of 2Wenty, the anonymous LA street artist who created a commotion at the beginning of the year with posters equating today’s pandemic use of Facebook to a nicotine addiction.

He works for a media organization, but not in a reporter capacity. He turns 30 this month. And, thanks to the attention his street art has garnered on local blogs like Melrose and Fairfax, he just had his first art show! Per Hill:

2Wenty created three-dimensional versions of his Facebook cigarettes [poster], complete with a surgeon general type warning (“Facebook may cause loss of time, poor work ethic, obesity, social disorder and possible interference of destiny. Use at your own risk.”). Another gallery in the UK asked him to ship them a box of the cigarettes. (They’re priced at $10/pack at the moment.)

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Here’s Looking at YouPorn, Kids

Just in case the average red-blooded American male needed another reminder of the hard drive and sex drive hazards of looking at online porn, today comes news from CNET of an action by two Newport Beach men against top-ranked naughty Netherlands purveyor YouPorn.

First off, kudos to the OC pair for being willing to put their names to this lawsuit, and to CNET for the cheeky headline (pictured). On the other hand, and we’re not trying to be crude here, CNET may have erred this morning by allowing a reporter with the last name of Shankland to byline the news item. The veteran reporter explains the phenomenon of “browser sniffing:”

Web browsers generally keep track of the websites a person has visited, showing the links in different colors depending on whether they’ve visited or not. Browser sniffing essentially asks the browser what color should be used for various links; the answer can reveal that person’s browsing history.

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New Hires At Forbes, Including Jeff Bercovici

Forbes has now officially announced that Jeff Bercovici, formerly of Aol’s Daily Finance blog, has joined their editorial staff to cover tech, media and advertising.

Additionally, Kashmir Hill is joining Forbes to write about the intersection of law, technology, consumer information and social media.  She will also provide support and guidance for staffers as they focus more of their efforts on social media, and help build the new front of the book section of the magazine. Hill joins Forbes from “Above the Law,” where the worked as editor.

Another blogger joining Forbes‘ staff is Nicholas Sabloff, who will help run the home page and help guide breaking news efforts. Sabloff was previously the Huffington Post’s world editor.

Zack O’Malley Greenburg returns from writing about Jay-Z  to work as a staff writer for Forbes, covering finance and entertainment. He’ll write “The Beat Report” blog on the business of music (so he can write even more about Jay-Z! One hopes).

Halah Touryalai is also joining as staff writer, covering investments. She previously covered Wall Street and the brokerage and financial advisor industry for Registered Rep.

The Story Behind the RadarOnline Roberts Story

So apparently the hot exclusive – way out of their normal beat – story yesterday on RadarOnline about Chief Justice John Roberts retiring came from a law prof trying to make a point. Kashmir Hill at True/Slant reports:

We found out from a few first-year students at the Georgetown University Law Center that a criminal law professor had taught them a lesson that morning on the validity of informants not explaining their sources. Professor Peter Tague started the class by saying that he knew John Roberts would soon be retiring for health reasons, but that he could not tell his students who had told him this. Thanks to our living in the wired age, at least one student texted, g-chatted, or emailed someone outside of the class. Somehow that news made its way to someone at Radar, who jumped on the story.

Midway through the class, Professor Tague revealed that the Roberts information was not true. That he was teaching them a lesson! I’m not sure what he intended to accomplish exactly, but I doubt he wanted it to spread like wildfire through the blogosphere. Still, teaching lesson FAIL.

That’s just embarrassing dude.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Does RadarOnline Have a Super Exclusive on Chief Justice Roberts?
  • Charged With Child Labor Law Violations For Filming Babies