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TECH ROUND-UP: INTERNET BREAKS, FACEBOOK WANTS, HAPPINESS METER

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Sure your camera can see around corners, but can it see why kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch?

Or maybe why Facebook keeps popping up on the radar. Seriously, this is ridiculous.

FACEBOOK WANTS YOU TO WANT THEM
I think I’d be rich if I had a nickel for every time somebody on Facebook said “there needs to be a love button,” or rather “dere needz 2 b a luv btton.”

That may be closer than you think, since it was reported on Inside Facebook that the social networking site may be testing a “want” button. According to the article, a developer discovered a “< fb:wants >” tag inside of the Javascript code, and would only work with objects marked as “products,” meaning it would be used as a shopping feature rather than a social one.

This isn’t surprising considering that Facebook has been trying to get more into advertising and other business ventures.

However, Facebook stated that there was “nothing new to announce” in the way of new features in response to the article. We all know of course that whenever Facebook wants to roll out a new feature, they’ll announce it where everybody can see it.

POPULAR WEBSITES GO DOWN, WORLD ENDS IN ALTERNATE TIMELINE
Okay so maybe the world didn’t end, but considering that those websites affected included Reddit, Instagram, and Netflix, I wouldn’t be shocked if it did.

Over the weekend, a combination of huge storms and the leap second caused a number of websites to experience technical problems.

A massive storm on the East Coast left millions without power and knocked out the centers that powered the Amazon Cloud. The leap second—or the extra second that was added to the world’s clock on Saturday—messed with a bunch of websites that single-handedly run the Internet for many people.

Honestly, nothing is more terrifying than seeing this.

Remember when the Y2K bug was a big deal? People should have been worrying about the leap second it seems.

MIT CREATES MOOD METER
You know, sometimes when I’m on the T or walking in Cambridge, I’ll often stop and think about the people around me. How is that straight-laced guy with the briefcase feeling today? I hope he is super swell. Or what about the woman pushing the whiny kid in the stroller? How is she feeling on this lovely summer day? Why am I such an observant creeper?

Well the MIT Media Lab has created facial recognition technology that will allow users to judge the moods of people in a crowd. Dubbed the Mood Meter, it was designed to gauge the “overall mood of the MIT community by putting cameras at four different locations.”

The technology judges mood by people’s smiles and assigns them a mood based on that evidence.

This experiment was put into place during the Festival of Art, Science and Technology to see people’s moods in real time.

Cameras are no longer running on campus, so you can finally relax those facial muscles. No need to pretend anymore.

FUNNYJUNK HOLDS CHARITY MONEY HOSTAGE WITH RESTRAINING ORDER
A few weeks ago, I reported that FunnyJunk’s lawyer was suing Matthew Inman, the creator of The Oatmeal, for comments Inman made on his website. The fact that this legal shitstorm is still going on only shows that some people just can’t take a joke.

So he said your mom fucks bears. Big deal. I get told that about my mother every week.

Well now the lawyer, Charles Carreon, has filed a restraining order against Inman, disallowing IndieGoGo from transferring the estimated $220,000 Inman raised in his Bearlove campaign.

“If IndieGoGo pays Inman the money in the Charitable Fund, and Inman personally donates the money to NWF and ACS, he will be unjustly enriched by receiving a large tax write-off that should properly be allocated pro-rata to the 14,406 small donors who contributed to the Charitable Fund,” Carreon writes.

In response to the lawsuit, Inman stated on his website: “My advice: take a few weeks off, stop saying crazy shit to journalists, and come back when you’ve calmed down. Write an apology to whomever you feel is appropriate, or just don’t write anything ever again.”

I may be a bit biased because TheOatmeal is one of the best comic sites on the Internet, but at the same time, this seems to come off more like a turf war instead of a federal lawsuit nobody wants to deal with.


About CARLI VELOCCI

I would like to thank the Academy, and my parents for never buying me a gaming console when I was younger.
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