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William Shatner Now Just Arguing With People on Reddit

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William Shatner, the Priceline spokesperson best known for his timeless role as the sexy/fearless/fearlessly sexy Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek, recently joined Reddit. And, as happens with many Reddit newbies, he has been immediately sucked in, perhaps to the point of obsession. In fact, dear Mr. Shatner appears to be spending a not insignificant amount of his precious time arguing with people on Reddit. Stars: they’re just like us!
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Doppelbangher Subreddit Lets Users Submit Porn Star Lookalikes for Women They Know

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It’s no secret that Reddit, the link-sharing site that members tout as a bastion of free speech and creativity, also serves as a seedy showcase of the sexism, racism and misogyny that’s always existed on the web. Reddit has a long history of publicly grappling with its dueling reputations: on the surface, it’s a knowledge-sharing platform that even the President has deemed worthy of his presence.

But the site has also battled to suppress some of its more hateful communities while toeing the free speech party line. Last year’s Violentacrez scandal, in which Gawker outed one of the site’s most notorious trolls for moderating the controversial subreddits r/Jailbait and r/Creepshots, exposed much of what Reddit admins gloss over in favor of inspiring “free and open Internet” rhetoric. In short: Reddit, much like a lot of the Internet, is still a pretty difficult place to be a woman. Read More

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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]

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The Groupon Backlash Backlash

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Groupon has fallen hard since it was the “fastest-growing company in the world” with a valuation of $25 billion, thanks to revelations of accounting discrepancies, revenue numbers, payouts to early investors and a class action lawsuit by employees. Groupon already looks overvalued at its current $10 billion valuation, says Henry Blodget, who estimates a more appropriate valuation would be in the $7.5 billion range in a post titled, “I Wouldn’t Touch Groupon’s Stock At The IPO Price With A 50-Foot Pole.”

Bummerzone for Andrew Mason. But there may be some Groupon backlash backlash. “But just for the sake of symmetry, here’s a simple bull case for Groupon, and for how it could get its really high revenue growth back,” writes the highly-regarded Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon this morning. Read More