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Pot Smoking Comes to the Social Web, Neuroscience Battle Between The Atlantic and NYTimes

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There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web.
  • What was that media truism about everything that's fringe eventually moving toward the center? Perhaps we're too baked to remember. Which reminds us, there's now a social media site for pot smokers called Leaf.ly (which, Jason Kottke points out, is similar to Cork'd for oenophiles) that allows users to keep track of strains, post thoughts on new varietals and even win Foursquare-style badges. [From: Kottke]
  • The miscreants over at Reddit (which is owned by publishing powerhouse Condé Nast) were recently told by their parent company that they could not sell ads on the site in support of Prop 19, California's measure to legalize marijuana. After being told that Condé didn't want to financially benefit from such ads, Reddit declared, "Since we're not allowed to benefit financially, Reddit is now running the ads for free." Way to stick it to the man! Let's see how hard Condé retaliates against the link-happy upstarts. [From: Gawker]
  • Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic takes issue with Matt Richtel's New York Times article about the brain and gadget overload, which has been making the rounds this week. "Only two studies are cited, and each gets just a few sentences and no caveats. No specific publications are given," says Madrigal. Neuroscience journalism war! [From: The Atlantic]
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