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YouTube to wipe site clean of 'fraudulent' video views

It isn't exactly a secret that with a certain amount of cash, people can pay for views, followers, and likes on their accounts and profiles on social networks. This is something Facebook and Twitter have battled for years. Now, YouTube is cracking down too.

The video-hosting service announced Tuesday that it is carrying out periodic audits of videos in an effort to rid its site of "fraudulent views."

"YouTube isn't just a place for videos, it's a place for meaningful human interaction. Whether it's views, likes, or comments, these interactions both represent and … Read more

'Twin Peaks' returns? David Lynch seeks waitress for promo

Do you think you have what it takes to serve a damn good cup of coffee and a slice of cherry pie in a universe where owls are not what they seem and customers range from a quirky FBI agent to a woman who talks to a log?

Then you might want to audition for director David Lynch who is on the lookout for a brunette or red-headed waitress for a "Twin Peaks" promo.

According to ProjectCasting.com, this open call for an upcoming promo for "Twin Peaks" was posted by Sande Alessi Casting:… Read more

The 404 1,350: Where we go full on with David Koechner (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Check out "Full On Koechner," David Koechner's comedy series on YouTube.

- Follow David Koechner on Twitter.… Read more

Review: AuditForm streamlines audit creation and syncing on your iOS device

Audit Form is a Web-based iOS app that allows you to create and fill out audits that you can then sync to a server for access elsewhere. The app allows you to log in to the service with a demo account to get a better understanding of how it works; but for full personalized access you'll need to set up an account for yourself on the company's Web site. The app's setup time is extensive and cumbersome, but there are some good tools in here for those that frequently use auditing software on other platforms.

After logging … Read more

Review: iAuditor creates easy-to-use iOS audits and surveys for use in the field

iAuditor provides a plethora of tools in a streamlined, mobile-friendly interface to manage audits in a number of different fields. Using predesigned templates and offering a library of new templates you can download and implement on the fly, iAuditor is a powerful tool for almost every type of business that performs regular audits, whether in-house or on the go.

Audits are a part of doing business in dozens of industries, many of which require being in the field, constantly taking notes and answering questions. Instead of carrying a bulky clipboard, iAuditor has presented a very viable mobile solution. With prepopulated … Read more

Review: Mangofile organizes all your files in configurable filing cabinets

Mangofile offers an all-in-one file management system that can turn a long and painful process of searching through tons of paperwork into a breeze. Even though the program is on the large side, the installation was easy.

The installation wizard takes the user quickly through the setup process. The user is first asked to choose a directory location where Mangofile will store files. Another window prompts the user to set up the administrative account by choosing the username and password. After the user logs in, they can set an additional security question and answer. Although the program is free, you'… Read more

The Audiophiliac's top music tracks for testing speakers and headphones

Readers have from time to time requested a list of the "test" tracks I use to evaluate gear. It's a long list, mostly recordings I've used for many years and heard on hundreds of products, and recordings I made myself or from sessions I attended. They work for me, but wouldn't necessarily help you. More than any specific tracks, I recommend starting with music you know best, favorite tunes you've listened to for years, and then listen to how the speaker, headphones, etc., you're considering changes, improves, or degrades the sound of your … Read more

See Wes Anderson's 'Star Wars: Episode VII' audition tape

Conan O'Brien recently had a little fun on "Conan" trying to envision what one notable director's interpretation of the recently announced "Star Wars: Episode VII" might look like. The director in question? Wes Anderson. I think you can tell where this one is going...

Han still shoots first! The tongue-in-cheek sketch was posted to YouTube by Team Coco, who comments: "Mos Eisley has never looked so cozy and artisanal." … Read more

Mozilla gets lucky, settles IRS audit for $1.5M

A nearly four-year tax audit of the Mozilla Foundation is finally over. And it looks like the foundation got off easy by handing over just $1.5 million to the U.S. government.

Mozilla Foundation Chair Mitchell Baker announced in a blog post today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) closed its audit and agreed to settle with the company.

"I'm happy to note that we've settled the issues raised and the IRS recently closed the audit," she wrote. "We entered into a settlement, under which the Mozilla Foundation paid the IRS US $1.5 … Read more

Facebook scores points in Europe after disabling facial recognition

Facebook has finally satisfied the European Union by disabling facial recognition tagging.

Facebook, which was subjected to an audit by Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), was under pressure to implement a variety of changes in Europe, mostly dealing with privacy and security issues. Last December, Facebook had promised to make the changes outlined in the audit document in order to comply with European regulations.

One stumbling block was facial recognition tagging, which prompts your Facebook friends to "tag" or identify you in photos in which you appear.

Facebook has now turned off the feature for European users. … Read more