Here’s our pick of stories that were popular today in Flud and across the web.
CISPA passes the House, what does it mean? (The Verge and ProPublica): The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, would allow companies (ie, Facebook and Twitter) to share your private information (ie, Direct Messages, etc.). The government cannot monitor these services but can insist on seeing anything that might be related to: 1) cyber security purposes; 2) investigation and prosecution of cyber security crimes; 3) protection of individuals from death and bodily harm; 4) child pornography; or 5) protection of the national security of the United States. That’s quite a vague list. Just look at this autocorrect story to see how easily a digital message can be misunderstood on a massive scale.
Next for the bill is the Senate, where it will have difficulty passing, and then on to the White House. Backers think the bill will pass but the Obama Administration has threatened to veto.
Backstory on Twitter’s secret offer to Instagram (VentureBeat): We’re a little in awe of Kevin Systrom right now, as it turns out his huge Instagram payout had a lot to do with his product but also was a result of clever negotiations. First he uses a pending round of investment to get an offer out of Twitter, perhaps half of the billion he eventually took from Facebook, then he took the investment anyway and used Twitter’s interest to close a bigger offer with Facebook — and perhaps Facebook a la Mark Zuckerberg was less worried about Instagram taking market share and this was more about limiting Twitter.
Klouchebag parodies Klout (PC Mag): Some of us are less than motivated with our Klout scores, but this Wired article enraged one hacker enough to create a comparable tool to measure your social media douchebaggery. Our company account, @fludapp, is proud to come in at 53 — “bit of a douchebag.”
Klouchebag is the Onion of social media: it’s both funnier and more accurate than the thing it’s parodying.— Michael Moyer (@mmoyr) April 27, 2012
[best headline of the day] Meth lab explodes in man’s pants: I always thought a meth lab was more of a garage-type operation, like a rock band, but apparently I was wrong.