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Morning After Mess Cleanup Jul 05, 2015 Volunteers can help clean up Mission Beach the morning after July 4th festivities before the excess litter reaches the ocean. Volunteers will meet at Belmont Park in Mission Beach. 70 other events on Sunday, July 5
 
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Monday, July 28,2014
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What I brought back from Comic-Con 2014

Frazier in ‘The Fantastic Four,’ all the dogs and a deeper suspicion of AIs

By Dave Maass
I know, I've talked about this a dozen times in this column, but for those of you just tuning in: Last year, I bought a Playstation 4 after Ubisoft entranced me with the preview of its hacker video game, Watch Dogs.
Monday, July 7,2014
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The year in San Diego cybercrime (so far)

African witchcraft, a scary clown and board shorts that aren’t really board shorts: crimes on the Internet are weird

By Dave Maass
From Ghanaian witchcraft to scary clowns, cybercrime is as weird as anything in the real world.
Monday, June 16,2014
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First impressions of ‘Watch Dogs’

Ubisoft’s game of hackers has some problems

By Dave Maass
Last summer, at San Diego Comic-Con, I was exposed to the preview of a video game called Watch Dogs, an open-world adventure where you play a gray-hat hacker with Chicago's entire technological infrastructure literally at his fingertips.
Wednesday, June 4,2014
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San Diego Grand Jury’s grand illusion

Citizen panel whitewashes deaths and pepper-spray abuse in county lockups

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass
The San Diego County Grand Jury is a body of 19 citizens tasked with investigating public complaints about government and inspecting the county’s correctional facilities. But its latest report on the local jail system, filed on May 19, reads more like a press release than a watchdog report.
Tuesday, May 27,2014
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Privacy, Bitcoin and Soundcloud’s role in the election

Looking at privacy, money and sound in politics

By Dave Maass
The impact of campaign donations remains a hot issue, but this cycle, two candidates are exploring novel ways of leveraging money in their favor.
Monday, May 5,2014
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The four ways I deal with TV spoilers on the Internet

It all depends on the show

By Dave Maass
Spoiler alert: Do not read this if you haven't watched every television series since the 1939 New York World's Fair.  
Monday, April 14,2014
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Before you start up in San Diego

Some unsolicited advice on building the next tech giant in our city

By Dave Maass
Here are a few tips for tech companies (whether you're a brand-new startup a migrating giant) to live in harmony with San Diego.
Monday, March 24,2014
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Why take Buzzfeed’s quizzes...

… when you can just become a human guinea pig?

By Dave Maass
Buzzfeed's "Which [character / celebrity / inanimate object] Are You?" online quizzes—oh, these just suck. It used to be that with a quiz like this, there'd be some—well, not scientific, but at least logical reason why I'm Barf from Spaceballs.
Monday, March 3,2014
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Trolling on autopilot

An interview with the 'coward' who built all those fake San Diego GOP Twitter accounts

By Dave Maass
Last October, Fox 5 San Diego began covering the "Twitter War," as they dubbed the slapstick back-and-forth between supporters of the various candidates for mayor. 
Monday, February 10,2014
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I <3 spam

Answering the sexy emails I found in my junk box

By Dave Maass
These days, the XXX spam has dropped off significantly, and I can't tell whether that's because of the chilling effect of powerful email filters or if their big-data analytic systems have somehow discovered I'm off the market.
 
 
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