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NPR to drop comments from its site

Starting tomorrow, NPR’s dropping comments from its site. NPR made the announcement last week, stating that while they want interaction with their users, very few people visiting their sites bothered to comment. They also noted spam and trolling, plus that most conversations about stories are taking place via social media.

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B from "Total Drama: Revenge of the Island"

Minorities in cartoons: “B” (“Total Drama”)

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “B,” a character on Teletoon’s “Total Drama” series.

B debuted during the series’ fourth season, “Total Drama: Revenge of the Island,” which featured a new batch of contestants competing for the show’s $1 million (Canadian) prize. B’s main two traits are that he doesn’t speak even once (and thus has no voice actor), and is an engineering genius.

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Gawker bought by Univision for $135 million

On Tuesday, Univision won the right (at a bankruptcy auction) to buy Gawker and its related sites (including Gizmodo and Lifehacker) for $135 million.

While Univision’s mainly famous as the US’ dominant Spanish-language broadcast TV network, it’s been on a big buying spree lately. Univision wants to expand its reach into English-language media; as such, it owns the online site Fusion, as well as its recent purchases of The Onion and The Root.

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How I switched my site from HTTP to HTTPS

If you’ve been reading my site over the past few days, you’ll notice one new change. I’ve moved the site from HTTP to HTTPS, thus giving the site a nice green lock icon next to the URL in your browser.

As Wikipedia summarizes, HTTPS is a secured, encrypted protocol for serving web pages, and a fundamental part of what makes online commerce possible. Regular HTTP pages aren’t secured, so information passed between your computer and its server can be more easily read by a third party.

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The Lego Batman Movie

Marvel’s films outgross DC’s; Batman’s films are the most popular

For decades, fans have debated who the most popular superheroes are. The “Big Two,” DC and Marvel, are more than glad to feed into this with constant crossovers, heroes fighting other heroes (see “Batman V Superman”), or whatnot. One popularity gauge might be who brings in the most money. While Marvel’s comics these days outsell DC’s, how do the companies’ superhero movies compare?

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