sciencehabit writes: Why did The Avengers blow the roof off the box office, while Battleship sank to the bottom of the sea? Blame internet chatter. The number of times a film is mentioned in blog posts and social media strongly reflects how much money it is pulling in at the box office, according to a new model developed by Japanese physicists.
benfrog writes: "No more AC. Sounds like a good thing, until you hear about the chilling ban that proposed New York legislation would impose on all anonymous online speech (at least, on New York-based web sites). Sites would have to remove comments unless posters attach their names."