Every so often, the great Internet resource that everyone uses Wikipedia starts asking people for donations. This year a gigantic morning pee-colored banner pops up asking for a few bucks so the lights can stay on and we can all get free information. It's a great cause! Can you imagine the internet without Wikipedia?…
Wikipedia is an amazing website. In fact, it's probably become such an integral part of your life that you hardly give it much thought except for when messages start popping up at the top of the screen, asking for your financial aid.
President Obama wants to get re-elected! No surprise there. He also needs your money! Big whoop. He's going to use Square to get those donations! Hey now, that's pretty convenient. According to Politico, campaign personnel for Obama are being issued Square credit card readers
One of the easiest things to do to help people in times of disaster is to give donations by texting. This system worked really well for Haiti, people gave over 25 million dollars and the carriers handed off the money to Haiti immediately. But for Japan, the money might not get there until three months later. Why?
A few weeks ago, embedded with a patrol in Afghanistan on assignment for the New York Times, photojournalist Joao Silva stepped on a landmine and lost both his legs below the knees. He kept taking photographs the whole time.
Obama dominated the tech angle of the '08 election with his smartphone packing social media swagger (his opponent not knowing how to use a computer helped too). But The Economist says some in the tech business now feel abandoned.
Activated display phones in AT&T stores are fun. You can send dirty text messages to strangers or make long-long-long distance calls. What this individual did is far better than any prank though: He donated money to Haiti on AT&T's behalf.
John Scalzi is matching any donations to StrangeHorizons until midnight tonight — up to $500 total. He writes:
Though The Pirate Bay suffered a defeat last week, the founders' latest statement is anything but defeated. They've started the years-long appeals process, and urge TPB users to download and seed as much as possible.
I hate having change in my pockets. It's clutter. Besides, I rarely carry any cash nowadays—the almighty debit card tackles all transactions. So whenever I see a Salvation Army Santa endlessly tingling his little bell, I keep on marching 'til I'm out of earshot. But those days are over. The Salvation Army is loading…