And Then He Pinned Me

Cops Now Pinning Mugshots to Pinterest Because the Police Can Be Aspirational Too

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Few social networks are as adroit at triggering man’s aspirational impulse as Pinterest. Of course, different people covet different things. In the case of police departments in fourteen cities–including Pottstown, Penn., Kansas City, Mo. and now Philadelphia–Buzzfeed reports that cops are using Pinterest to advertise what want to catch: criminals. Read More

Meanwhile Back at the Valley

Palo Alto PD Plans to Live-Tweet a Friday Night, Because of Course

Palo Alto's finest. (Photo: flickr.com/neeta_lind)

Is there any place more constantly connected than Silicon Valley? The latest illustration: The Palo Alto Police Department is doing a “virtual ride-along,” on Friday night, via Twitter (of course.)

Is anyone else now picturing Jack Dorsey inviting himself along, providing design tips and suggestions for simplification as Palo Alto’s finest attempt to do their Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Day After iPhone Christmas Edition

Today even perfectly functional iPhones look like this. (Photo: flickr.com/jocke66)

Don’t look now, but is that the University of California doing a spot of patent trolling? This august institution has just sued Facebook, Disney, and Wal-Mart for infringing on patents related to browsers running interactive applications. [PC World]

In which Apple presentations are compared to Victorian magic tricks, as explained in Christopher Nolan’s 2006 classic, The Prestige. [TechCrunch]

This list of 11 things you can do with your old iPhone strangely omits an important option: Sacrificially burning it under a full moon in a midnight ritual to propitiate the great gods of technology in the hopes of receiving NFC in the next update. [USA Today]

Brits discover the world’s oldest color film footage “gathering dust in a tin.” [The Verge]

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street’s Web Team Finds Anarchy Ain’t Easy

The Internet Committee at Occupy Wall Street

This is a guest post from Melissa Gira Grant.

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“Hi, everyone. I’m Drew. With the Internet.”

It’s midway through the General Assembly down at Occupy Wall Street. Radiohead failed to show up and overrun the revolution, but the park is still packed. Two rows of people behind me echo Drew’s words – “with the internet” – serving as a human mic, as cops have forbidden the protestors the use of amplified sound. Liberty Plaza is allowed a generator, which runs the laptop and webcam that’s livestreaming the Assembly.

Now that he’s been introduced, Drew continues for us and the cameras, pausing after each few words to give the human mic a chance to keep up: “Right now. Our website. Is having some problems. If you know how to fix those kinds of things. Come find me. After the GA.” The General Assembly crowd is thick, and as soon as he’s done speaking, Drew is lost within it. One night he gives his report back on the Internet Committee while wearing a hideous holiday-inspired sweater, so he’s easier for potential volunteers to spot.

For a protest movement born of the internet, Occupy Wall Street’s technical situation is at times precarious. Read More

Privacy Police

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is Looking on Facebook for a Big House Party

If you’re advertising your summer jam through Twitter or with public event page on Facebook, chances are the NYPD is planning to crash.

“We look for house parties all the time,” said Commissioner Ray Kelly, speaking at a press conference after a recent “Freaky Friday” event in Brooklyn turned into a deadly shooting. “We look at social networking. We’re very much focused on weekend parties.”

The sentiment from the man on the street seemed to be, that if the police are posing as an old 8th grade buddy in order to see the event, that’s an invasion of privacy. Parties listed as public events, on the other hand, are fair game for the boys in blue.