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Pinterest and Path Attempt to Out-Douche Each Other Over the Letter ‘P’

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There are thousands of startups out there solving important, systemic problems that have been plaguing communities for years. Pinterest, a social network for sharing pictures of butts, and Path, a social network for sharing pictures of your butt with an elite circle of friends, are not two of them.

Now, Techcrunch reports that the platforms are dueling over the letter “P.” This is where tech is today, everyone. Soak it up. Read More

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How Is Anonymous Going After The French Co. Trying To Trademark Its Logo? Let Us Count The Ways

No, seriously, you should expect this.

Earlier we learned a French retailer, E-Flicker, has sought to register both Anonymous’s well-known question-mark/empty suit logo and the activist collective’s tagline, “We are anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”

Anonymous responded with the video below but in poking around Pastebin.com we found a few pages intended to assist Anons in their next move against E-Flicker. One examined server vulnerabilities behind one of the company’s websites and the paster’s conclusion is that E-Flicker, in trying to monetize Anonymous–in the collective’s words, make it “the whore of the world”–is vulnerable to at least one particular kind of hack attack: Read More

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Some Genius at a French Retailer Wants to Trademark the Anonymous Logo

Screencapped from the filing.

In a perfectly reasonable move that definitely won’t come back to bite them in the ass, a French retailer is attempting to register Anonymous’s logo and tagline with INPI, France’s trademark agency. Good luck with that, guys!

TechDirt (with a hat tip to Asher Wolf) reports that the company, called “Early Flicker” and which seems to exist largely as an Ebay storefront, has filed an application that, if granted, will make the retailer the legal owner of both (in France, anyway).

Anons have, naturally, already released a video response that looks like something out of Babylon 5. The masked man proclaims with a computer distorted voice that that their logo and tagline have been “defiled” and promises retribution. You know, the usual: Read More

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Proudly Flout Twitter’s New Brand Guidelines With This Single-Serving Site

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If there’s one thing citizens of the Internet despise, it’s being told what to do. Look no further than the rise of hacker collectives and anti-SOPA protests for confirmation on that. That’s why when Twitter changed its logo and instituted strangely strict guidelines surrounding what you can and can’t do with it (“Don’t manipulate the bird!”), some were a little taken aback by the company’s sudden decision to go trademark trigger-happy. Read More