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Booting Up: Just Kidding, Some of You Aren’t Getting Google Glass After All

See ya! (Photo: Wikipedia)

How quickly Google giveths, it takes away. The company said it rescinded its Glass offer to some of the #ifihadglass contest winners for not complying with the rules. Bitchy! [CNet]

Sue Gardner, the “driving force” behind Wikipedia’s rapid growth, is stepping down. But don’t edit her page just yet! She isn’t leaving the company for another six months. [NY Times]

Blackberry posted a profit last quarter but Blackberry owners are still waiting for the news to load on their phones. Perhaps BBM it to them? [AllThingsD]

Speaking of not-dead messaging apps, the Wall Street Journal digs into the rapidly growing sector of texting apps that’s siphoned $23 billion in revenue from carriers in 2012. [WSJ]

The BBC has a pretty great feature on the rise of dating websites aimed at people with sexually transmitted diseases, because everyone needs to be loved. [BBC]

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Booting Up: Time to Beam the Racists Out of Reddit, Shatner Says

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There’s no room for bigotry on the bridge … or in online communities, new redditor William Shatner said in a series of comments in the “Star Trek” subreddit: “The fact that someone could come here, debase and degrade people based on race, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference because they ‘have a right’ to do so without worry of any kind of moderation is sending the wrong message, in my humble opinion.” [PandoDaily]

NASA’s rover Curiosity drilled into a rock bed on Mars in search of water-deposited minerals, and there are photos. [Discovery]

Automaker Lincoln spent lavishly to help Beck record an old David Bowie number: “If this is what you guys are talking about when you talk about ‘native ads,’ then okay.” [AllThingsD]

Several journalists who cover Myanmar, including a correspondent for the Associated Press, received warnings from Google that their Gmail accounts might have been hacked by “state-sponsored attackers.” [NYT]

Here is an infographic that wants to help you defuse Internet trolls. Good luck with that. [Mashable]

Are you underwhelmed by the traffic to your carefully manicured Wikipedia page? Two ideas that might help jump your bio to the most widely-read entries: Perform during the Super Bowl halftime show, or drop dead. [Gizmodo]

Stormy Weather

Vine, Seamless, and ‘Say Yes to the Dress': An Internet Preparedness Kit for Snowstorm Nemo

Via Smile, It Looks Good on You

You’d think after Hurricane Sandy, nothing short of the actual apocalypse could rattle New Yorkers. And yet, if Twitter is any indication, it seems there’s a fair bit of panicky flailing happening around the city right now. Well, buck up, because we’ve assembled a complete Internet preparedness kit featuring everything you might possibly need.

Maybe also buy some batteries, though?  Read More

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Booting Up: That Pesky Business Model Edition

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Is Snapchat representative of a new wave of apps that tout privacy as the defining feature? Fred Wilson thinks so. [A VC]

Google’s obsessive drive to quickly index and display as much info as possible on search results pages could diminish Wikipedia’s traffic. [Optimize and Prophesize]

Coursera and other startups offering online classes could totally be the future of education…if only they figured out a stable business model. [New York Times]

Marissa Mayer made a Yahoo employee dance to “Gangnam Style” as cruel punishment for not participating in the employee feedback survey. [AllThingsD]

Is Reddit raising a new round at a $400 million valuation? [TechCrunch]