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Smoke Fairies

Listen to this. Because it's damn good.


Seems we're now selling one of the most powerful known natural toxins over the counter, mostly unregulated. In packaging that's attractive to children for good measure. Poison centres are issuing warnings.

Whilst e-cigarettes may help some to quit conventional cigarettes, it seems the law of unintended consequences has also kicked in

"E-cigarettes are likely to be gateway devices for nicotine addiction among youth, opening up a whole new market for tobacco," says lead author Lauren Dutra, a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSF's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

General Internets

Rather than copying Facebook and buying something called Octopus Raft or similar, Twitter is taking a different approach. Photo tagging is being rolled out. Because everybody loves being tagged in photos, and those trendy startups like Secret and Whisper aren't all about anonymity (real or imagined).

Fortunately the Wire has put together a guide showing how to turn the damn tagging off. Take that, taggers!

Retweet may be becoming share. To retain users who were having great difficulty figuring out what retweeting did.

Regarding Oculus Rift, Rusty Foster summed it up rather nicely

It was initially underwritten by thousands of suckers via Kickstarter, who got oculus stiffed by this deal and who are, to put it mildly, oculus miffed. "Where's our stockulus!?" they wail. "This is just a big oculus grift!"

via Today In Tabs

Lithium Technologies has acquired Klout. Remember Klout? When people's Klout score was going to determine whether they were hip enough to be allowed into clubs or influential enough to deserve discounts? Good riddance.

Local Edition

Actually not so local any more. The Garda whistleblower / bugging / ombudsman / call recording / resigning commissioner / stubborn Minister affair is now getting international coverage. The Guardian mentions what the most Irish media hasn't, the work of Gemma O'Doherty on the penalty points story and her subsequent dismissal.

Foreign attention has a knack of moving these kind of things on from the heel-dragging stage. Fun times ahead for Minister Shatter.


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