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Don’t Tweet Pictures of Standardized Tests, Even If Your Essay Answer is ‘YOLO :)’

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Goofing off on standardized tests can be a high school rite of passage, but we don’t recommend publicizing photos of your test answers unless you want to end up in the principal’s office. Kyron Birdine, a junior at a high school in Arlington, Texas learned this the hard way when he tweeted a photo of his essay for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Read More


Booting Up: Top Operating Exec Says Goodbye to Square

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Aleksey Vayner, the Yale grad who gained Internet infamy in 2006 for his video resume, “Impossible is Nothing,” is dead at 29. [Motherboard]

Square COO Keith Rabois is leaving the San Francisco-based payments company; Kara Swisher says disagreements with CEO and founder Jack Dorsey are at least partially behind the departure. [AllThingsD]

The latest petty sleight in the high-school style feud between two social media giants: Facebook has cut off access to Twitter’s new video-sharing service, Vine, preventing the app from using Facebook to find new friends. [AllThingsD]

What asshole decided to name a smartphone made for the African market YOLO? [Mashable]

A French court wants to force Twitter to reveal the identities of users who author racist tweets in violation of the country’s hate-speech laws. Twitter is deciding whether to fight the ruling. [NYT]

Gif It To Me

GIF Beats Out YOLO to Become the Oxford American Dictionary’s 2012 Word of the Year

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2012, it seems, is the year the GIF finally receives the recognition it deserves. Long had the short animated images languished on 4chan and Reddit before transitioning over to Tumblr and BuzzFeed. 2012 was the year of the reaction GIF blog, where everyone from law students to editors filled Tumblrs with GIFs meant to capture (and laugh at) the human condition. Then came an avant-garde form of election coverage, where stables of live-GIFers fought with Photoshop to bring their devoted audiences the funniest, most compelling GIFs of the presidential candidates.

Now, the GIF has received the ultimate sign of zeitgeisty approval: “GIF” (the verb) is officially the Oxford American Dictionaries’ 2012 word of the year. Read More