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  • House Rep. Zoe Lofgren wants to make sure SOPA never happens again

    Remember that one time when our internet freedom was about to be severely stifled by the government, but then pretty much the entire internet rallied against it? House Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) remembers, and she wants to make sure the government will never create a law that will interfere with a free internet again.

    The Global Free Internet Act of 2012 is a bill introduced last Friday by Lofgren that would create a task force to protect the internet-savvy from the people in charge who are not so internet-savvy.

    Last year's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) aimed to put a stop to copyright infringement on the internet, but at the cost of restructuring the way the internet works by allowing the government to enforce strict penalties for what they considered violations such as movie and music streaming. "The Internet is a thriving and vibrant engine for cultural and economic growth because it empowers people to connect and share information globally with limited restrictions," Lofgren

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  • Interesting enough, there may be a benefit to having a little bit of man in your head

    We already know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but there are a lot of similarities between the sexes, too. Earlier in the year, we learned that women are affected by testosterone similar to how men are: It makes them egotistical jerks that don't want to cooperate with each other. Now, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have made a startling discovery: Most mature womens' brains are filled with male DNA left over from childbirth.

    Scientists studied the brains of a number of women, aged between 32 and 101. Approximately 63% of test subjects had male DNA in their brains, a phenomenon termed "male microchimerism." The results support the theory that fetal cells can cross the blood-brain barrier.

    It was also discovered that women with an increased prevalence of male DNA in their brains are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. Due to the small number of subjects present in the study, however, more research is needed to confirm whether having a

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  • Facebook, Social Media, Social Networking, Internet, Gifts, Shopping

    Most of us who have Facebook accounts are no strangers to wishing our friends a "happy birthday" on the site — after all, since the creepily omniscient site tells you who's celebrating what, it really is the least we can do. But if a simple birthday or congratulations message is no longer enough, Facebook is launching Facebook Gifts, a new service where you can send a friend a present almost as easily as clicking Like.

    When a friend of yours is celebrating a birthday, marriage, engagement, or any other celebratory life event, a new gift icon will appear next to their name in the right-hand notification corner of your screen. Clicking that icon will bring up a menu of fun gift items, ranging from delicious edibles to fun toys — you can even buy a Starbucks gift card. It may be the perfect way to reward the two or three Facebook friends you have left who don't drive you crazy with their updates.

    If you haven't seen the new icon show up yet, it's on its way — Facebook has begun (slowly)

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