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Twitter & Maltese Falcon Take Flight on Same Day

Did anyone else notice that San Francisco’s two favorite birds both got hawked yesterday? SF-based Twitter flew the coop with its soaring IPO while the Maltese Falcon, the titular bird in Dashiell Hammett’s novel and John Huston’s big screen adaptation, went on the auction block. “The infamous black bird prop from the 1941 Humphrey Bogart […]

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Culture

Twitter & Maltese Falcon Take Flight on Same Day

Did anyone else notice that San Francisco’s two favorite birds both got hawked yesterday? SF-based Twitter flew the coop with its soaring IPO while the Maltese Falcon, the titular bird in Dashiell Hammett’s novel and John Huston’s big screen adaptation, went on the auction block. “The infamous black bird prop from the 1941 Humphrey Bogart […]

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Culture

Unplug

The Wisdom of Plugging into #Unplug There was a time when the notion of “unplugging” meant you were either euthanizing someone or going acoustic, or, in the case of Korn, both. These days, unplugging most often refers to turning off one’s various devices, signing off of social networks and generally diverting one’s stream of consciousness […]

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Media Critique

Is Starbucks? Adoption of Square a Conflict of Interest for Jack Dorsey?

“This fall, Square will begin processing all credit and debit card transactions at Starbucks stores in the United States,? reports the New York Times, referring to the small mobile payments device that allows credit cards to be swiped by smartphones and tablets. Now, coffee behemoth Starbucks will help kill off cash registers (and perhaps cash) […]

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Media Critique

Why Do Men Put Their Penises Online?

?To tweet or not to tweet?? ? that should have been the question for former U.S. representative Anthony Weiner whose infamous social media snafu made him and his briefs-ensconced boner a household name synonymous with ?moron.? Not only did Weiner?s foray into softcore porn (and subsequent revelations about ?sexting? with numerous women) provide a wide […]