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Why This 14-Year-Old Liberian Ebola Survivor’s Reddit AMA is So Important

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There’s no denying that America has moved on. The fear mongering news segments have subsided, no one in the U.S. is infected and our country is not at risk. Ebola just isn’t on our minds any more.

Yesterday afternoon, a 14-year-old Ebola survivor from remote Libera named Mohamed hosted a Reddit AMA where he bravely discussed the loss of several close family members and his own struggle to survive. Read More

Planet Reddit

Remember Your First Day on Reddit? If Not, This Tool Can Help

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Last spring, People of the Internet became enthralled with First Tweet, the Twitter feature that lets you discover the first message you, or any other user, sent out into the Twittersphere.

Now, you can also travel back in time on Reddit.

Yesterday, user georgehotelling posted a tool that lets you see what the Reddit home page looked like on the day you created your account. Read More

True Crime

Already Miss ‘Serial?’ This Canadian Detective Is Turning to Twitter’s Vigilantes to Solve a Murder

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Most police officers and detectives would be horrified by the idea of the Internet taking a case of homicide into their own hands. One Canadian detective, however, is trust-falling into Twitter regardless.

Toronto detective Tam Bui is enlisting Twitter to put one of his own cold cases to rest. Detective Bui and the Toronto Homicide unit are looking for Read More

Reddit

Reddit is Taking Down Accounts That Publish the Sony Hacks

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Remember when it took nearly a week for Reddit to decide it was time to stop people from sharing stolen photos of nude celebrities? When it comes to corporate secrets, they’re much faster to act.

Reddit confirmed to Business Insider last night that they’ve complied with takedown requests from Sony. The emails went out to Reddit along with a number of news organizations threatening legal action if they continued to publish the leaked information. Read More

In The News

Wiki Co-Founder Creates ‘Wikipedia for News’ to Fight Bias in the Media

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The grand jury decisions for the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases sent the media into a whirlwind. It was difficult to get a good sense of what was going on—with right-winged news outlets pushing one bias, left-winged pushing another, everyone aggregating everything and Facebook friends circulating falsities they read on Reddit. As our country erupted in discussion and protest, information was distributed through a buzzy media and Internet rumors. The “facts” weren’t as readily available.

To rid the public of this type of problem, Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger made Infobitt, a free, open content news resource he’s calling “Wikipedia for the news.” No, it’s not Wikinews; this site grabs facts from news sources, summarizes them and organizes the information to make it a news go-to. Like our beloved online encyclopedia, Infobitt is a collaborative effort. Read More

Crowd Power

‘Serial’-Inspired Vigilante App Will Help the Internet Investigate Unsolved Crimes

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If the idea of a mob of Internet people getting together to fight crime and find the answers to unsolved murder mysteries makes you nervous, you’re going to want to take a seat for what’s coming next.

CrowdSolve is a new Indiegogo campaign to build an app for online crowds of citizen investigators. Inspired by the podcast Serial, the platform would allow users to collect public documents and crack the case where real investigators have allegedly botched the job. Read More

For the Love of God Think of the Interns

Here’s What Tech Companies Pay Their Interns; Prepare to Cry

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When most kids decide on their summer internship, they have to ask themselves tough questions: Can I afford to take an unpaid internship? And which potential offer is most likely going to lead to a job down the road?

Young coders, however, are more likely to wonder if $20,000 for the summer is really that much better than $19,000.

When Jessica Shu, a 19-year-old wunderkind at Cornell, was weighing her options for the summer, she wanted to be damn sure of her options. After digging around Reddit, asking colleagues and messaging around, she compiled a list of what Silicon Valley’s hottest companies are offering their interns — or at least were last summer — and posted it to Hackathon Hackers, a student coder community. Read More

Planet Reddit

Reddit Launches Crowdfunding Site That Basically Just Sells T-Shirts

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Everybody is getting in on the crowdfunding game. In a space previously dominated by Kickstarter and Indiegogo, now everyone who wants to up their ecommerce game is starting their own crowdfunding platforms — just this week, Amazon launched their own crowdsourcing page for book ideas so that they can further erode the American literary tradition.

As of this morning, Reddit launched their own crowdfunding site, called Redditmade, into open beta. It’s a natural extension of the Reddit ethos, given that crowdfunding is basically upvoting with money, and Reddit is the poster child for upvote-driven communities — even if that title should really belong to Imgur. Read More