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Booting Up: Buyer Beware Happy Feedback Edition

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You might want to cast a more skeptical eye on online reviews, because it turns out a lot of them are fake. [New York Times]

Flipkart, an Indian ecommerce company, just raised a $150 million round. Now that‘s a series awesome. [The Next Web]

Big data could completely revamp the social sciences, thereby leaving the basement stacks free for trysts. [Edge]

Computers without digital processors? If anyone can do it, DARPA can. [Wired]

Strangely, this hacker calendar looks absolutely nothing like the geek chic calendar from The IT Crowd. [Boing Boing]

We miss Neil Armstrong already. [Wall Street Journal]

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In Happier News, It’s the 43rd Anniversary of the Moon Landing

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So: Today’s been pretty crap, huh? The news is depressing; the weather is miserable. However, in the spirit of last night’s event at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, we’d like to take this moment to remind everyone that today is, in fact, the 43rd anniversary of humanity taking its first steps on the moon.

Naturally, there are many celebrations scattered about the Internet. At 11:51 p.m, tonight, Kottke will rebroadcast Walter Cronkite’s coverage of the historic event. Here’s a nice personal remembrance of the Apollo 11 program. Here’s a listicle of moon-related iOS games, because why not. In the event you’d like to feel a uneasy combination of compassion and respect for Richard Nixon, here’s the speech he planned to give if Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin hadn’t made it back. Read More