Susan G. Komen Foundation suffering from a backlash over decision to drop donations to Planned Parenthood.

It’s hard to say how much damage they’ve done to their own reputation with this, but it’s good to see so many people standing up for Planned Parenthood. The Koman Foundation bowed to political pressure from Christian zealots and a lot of folks just don’t appreciate that. #seb #politics #backlash

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Angry Reviewers Sink Susan G. Komen Foundation’s GuideStar Rating
As you’ve probably read about in the last few days, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (also known as Susan G. Komen for the Cure) decided to stop funding breast exams and mammograms at Planned Parenthood locations. This has obviously not gone over well with a number of people who view the decision as a capitulation to Christian conservatives. So in response, some of them have taken to the non-profit world’s equivalent of Yelp to voice their disapproval.

GuideStar is probably the bi…

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Angry Birds CEO sees opportunity in piracy

There is a growing number of people in the various entertainment industries that are calling for a different approach to dealing with piracy other than trying to nuke it from orbit. There will always be a certain amount of piracy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make money from your products. Especially if you can come up with new ways to turn pirates into customers. This is a problem that requires innovation, not legislation. #seb #piracy #videogames

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Angry Birds CEO: “Piracy May Not Be A Bad Thing”
While lawmakers and Hollywood execs try to come up with ways to combat piracy in ham-fisted, knee-jerk ways that punish everyone, the CEO of Rovio Mobile — better known as the company that makes Angry Birds — has joined his voice to more sensible suits who see online piracy as an opportunity to learn and grow.

While admitting that his company has issues with piracy and unlicensed products that make money off the wildly popular game, Rovio Mobile CEO Mikael Hed said earlier this week, “We c…

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10-year-old comes up with a novel new chemical

That’s pretty cool in its own right, but the best part is that it sounds like it may have sparked an interest in science for the young girl. #seb #science #discoveries

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5th Grader Accidentally Makes Explosive in Class, Gets Co-Authorship on Subsequent Paper
Kenneth Boehr wasn’t expecting more than the usual from his ten-year-old students when he started a lesson on the Periodic table and handed out the molecule modeling kits. Then Clara Lazen handed him a model constructed from oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon atoms, and asked if she’d made a real chemical or not. Boehr found himself stumped. So he took a cellphone picture of the whole deal, and sent it to an old college buddy: Robert Zoellner , professor of chemistry at Humbolt State University.
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I’ve had this conversation a few times with believers

And it pretty much goes just like this. #seb #religion #Webcomics #humor

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Redbox decides it won’t bow to Warner Bros rental delay demands

We’re pretty heavy Redbox users in my house so this is very welcome news. Of course it could result in another rental price bump, but even if it does it’s still one of the more affordable rental options around. Netflix could learn a lesson or two from these guys. #seb #Movies #Rentals #Redbox

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Red Box To Warner Bros: Shove That 56-Day Rental Delay Up Your Ass!
The sale of physical movies is way down, as a result: some of the movie studios have been acting irrationally — forcing delays on physical rental services like Netflix, Blockbuster and Redbox. Because if customers aren’t buying your movies anymore, they must be punished.
Earlier this month it was announced that Warner Bros would no longer sell their DVDs and Blu-rays to rental services unless they adhere to a 56-day delay. This move forces film fans to pay full retail to see a new DVD/Blu-ray…

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The Creationists are still trying to get their nonsense into science classes

Six states have bills similar to the Indiana one in the process of winding their way through the legislative process. It's a sad statement that in the 21st century we still have people trying to take our science classes back to the 18th century. And we wonder why so many of our fellow Americans are idiots. #seb #Creationism #Science #Politics #Religion

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Indiana Senate passes bill putting religion in science class
Yesterday, after almost no debate, the Indiana State Senate approved a bill that would allow its schools to teach the origin stories of various religions when a class touches on the origin of life. It now moves on to the state's House, where one of its cosponsors is currently the Speaker of the House.

Although the bill as written could be used to create a comparative religion class, its sponsor, Senator Dennis Kruse, has made it clear that he hopes to see it foster the teaching of creationis…

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President Obama hangs out with plain old people on Google+ Hangouts

Missed this at the time and haven’t had a chance to watch this yet, but I plan to. That said, I’m very impressed not only that the +The White House and +Barack Obama are on Google+, but that they’re using its features to interact with ordinary Americans. This puts the office of the President within reach of so many more people than at any time in the past. Maybe it’ll mean our voices are heard at least a little bit more. #seb #Politics #Obama #Google+

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Missed the Hangout with President Obama? Check out the full video here and let us know what you thought.

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The MPAA: Clueless and built to stay that way

It’s clear that the present leadership in the MPAA is part of the problem. They don’t understand the Internet, they didn’t take the time to understand it, they just rushed out and started trying to legislate it. Not to mention they didn’t even try to develop for it until file sharing was already deeply entrenched. It’s going to take a new generation of Internet savvy people moving up into the leadership roles before it’ll get any better. #seb #MPAA #Internet #piracy

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MPAA’s number two admits industry “not comfortable” with the Internet
A great Mike Masnick Techdirt editorial deals with MPAA second-in-command Michael O’Leary’s statement that, “[the Internet is] a platform we’re not at this point comfortable with.”

The MPAA’s O’Leary concedes that the industry was out-manned and outgunned in cyberspace. He says the MPAA “is [undergoing] a process of education, a process of getting a much, much greater presence in the online environment. This was a fight on a platform we’re not at this point comfortable with, and we were goi…

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EA expands "Online Pass" punishing used game buyers from multiplayer to…

EA expands “Online Pass” punishing used game buyers from multiplayer to single player.

Imagine the outcry if Hollywood tried this sort of thing with used DVDs. Key scenes from the movie are missing on used copies unless you pay ten or fifteen bucks extra to see them. Or perhaps none of the extras are available on used discs unless you’re willing to pony up the cash. Yet the games industry seems hell bent to lock more and more content away if you bought the game used.

Again, this doesn’t affect me as much as I don’t tend to buy used games, but I sometimes receive them as gifts and not everyone can afford to shell out the $60 most new games cost these days. #seb #videogames #EA #Stupidity

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Kingdoms of Amalur’s “Online Pass” continues a slippery slope for used games
Review copies of Electronic Arts’s Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning are starting to reach critics, who have made a surprising collective discovery: an insert containing a code to download a “House of Valor” content pack featuring “seven additional single player quests.”

EA has confirmed to Ars Technica that this downloadable content will be included free with all new copies of the game, including digital copies purchased on the PC through Origin, Steam, or other services. Players who would rath…

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Government continues to drag its feet on FOIA requests

Of course it’s hard to say if the feet dragging is intentional or a result of incompetence or lack of resources to fulfill the request, but it still damages the reputation of the government. Especially when they supposedly have such a tight deadline to respond, but no repercussions for not doing so. #seb #FOIA #Government #Politics

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You Have The Right To Know . . . Eventually
by Stuart Shapiro
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows citizens to request information from the government. The government doesn’t necessarily have to provide the information (there are a dozen categories of exemptions to FOIA) but it does have to respond to the request within 20 days. How close does the government get to meeting this requirement?
On Jan. 4, The New York Times received a final response from the Defense Department to a FOIA request made on June 1, 1997. The department …

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