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NYC Renters Can Find the Worst Landlords on Craigslist

Not even 48 hours ago, your author completed one of the most arduous, mind-and-body-destroying adventures any New Yorker can undertake: moving within the five boroughs. With space at an ongoing premium, the city's horrid rental reputation is well-earned and frankly nightmarish. (I actually had one landlord show me a place without a sink. He did, however, argue that the bathtub is a great place...

Craigslist Founder Starts CraigConnects, a New Site for Non-Profits

Craig Newmark, the pioneer behind Craigslist (and the bane of every newspaper's classifieds section) has just launched his latest project, CraigConnects.org. The site is dedicated to highlighting "good, effective nonprofits" and connecting them with other organizations, donors and volunteers. The site will also serve as a watchdog, identifying fake non-profits and scams. The site is live now,...

Oodle Says Craigslist Is a 'Cesspool of Crime,' Craigslist Explains What Oodle Is

There's a nasty war of words brewing between Craigslist and Oodle, a rival classified ads site. Yesterday, Oodle posted a report claiming that last year, 330 crimes (including 43 violent crimes) were connected to Craigslist, which the company described as a "cesspool of crime." The report, which Oodle put together with research firm AIM Group, also featured an infographic titled 'Mayhem on...

BlackBerrys, Facebook Have Changed the Face of Prostitution, Sociologist Finds

Today's high-end prostitutes book their own appointments on BlackBerrys and rely on Facebook, rather than pimps or madams, for self-promotion. That, in a nutshell, is what Columbia sociology professor Sudhir Venkatesh discovered while doing research for a Wired report on New York's sex workers. Venkatesh spent a full year following some 290 sex workers in the city, and made careful observations on...

The Web's Biggest Scams: From 419 to the Hitman

Share The Web is awash with bad seeds who want your money, your data and your sweet, sweet identity. We don't want to scare you -- since these people are the exception, not the rule -- but they are out there. Crafty buggers who prey on trust and carelessness, scammers are not only persistent social engineers, but also skilled hackers who take over Facebook accounts, break into bank databases and...

Craigslist Removes Ads for Caffeinated Booze Four Loko

Here in New York, Four Loko has become a hot commodity. The highly caffeinated and alcoholic malt beverage has been the target of nationwide concern, but, in New York, the sale of the drink has been banned by the state Liquor Authority. With Four Loko recently banished from store shelves, some enterprising individuals took to Craigslist to sell the booze-laden energy drink on the black market....

Thieves Find Unsuspecting Victims on Craigslist

For some reason, people don't often apply the same cautious approach to purchasing things off Craigslist as they do to, say, meeting a potential partner off Craigslist. Well, they should. Oakland police have issued a warning after a recent spate of robberies; people who had arranged to meet a seller from the classifieds site were instead held up at gunpoint. The police have offered advice to...

Craigslist Shuts Down 'Adult Services' Section Across the World

In September, Craigslist decided to permanently shut down its 'Adult Services' section in the U.S. after coming under fire from American lawmakers. Now, the controversial section has been removed from the company's international sites, as well. It's still not clear what prompted the move, but Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Craigslist contacted his office on Tuesday to...

'Scrabble' App Lands on Kindle, 10 Years of Apple Product Design

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. 'Scrabble,' the first paid app for Kindle, is out, and has graphics on par with a SkyMall 5000-in-one gaming machine. [From: DVICE] Behold 10 years in Apple product design, from the Bondi Blue iMac to the iPhone 4, visualized. [From: TUAW] Tim Carmody's guide to the Kindle 3...

Craigslist Permanently Shuts Down Adult Services Section

When Craigslist suddenly decided to block its adult services section earlier this month, many speculated that the site was only trying to draw more public attention to its legally protected right to host such activity. As it turns out, however, Craigslist wasn't bluffing, and has now decided to permanently close the controversial section. During a hearing on sex trafficking of minors held by...

Upperville Racing, the Craigslist-Built Horse-Racing Group

We're pretty confident in assuming that most of you, our dear readers, do not own racehorses. It's a tough and high-stakes industry that requires a significant investment of both time and money. Usually horses are owned by small groups of friends and colleagues who pool their funds to spread out the risk. Karl Nobert already had one partner, but was looking for others to help purchase a pair of...

Nokia E7 Phone Debuts, Microsoft's Surface in Homes in Three Years?

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines... Nokia's sleek E7 QWERTY slider phone finally got an official announcement this morning at the Nokia World event. [From: Engadget and mocoNews.net] Microsoft's Bill Puxton claims that Surface, the multi-touch tabletop that has largely been confined to hotels and casinos, will be in homes within three years. [From: Engadget] Last night,...

Craigslist Censors Adult Services Section in U.S.

Practitioners and patrons of the world's oldest profession will no longer be able to conduct business on Craigslist, as the classifieds site has now censored all of the pages under its famed 'Adult Services' section in the U.S. On Friday, pages offering or seeking adult services were suddenly replaced by a giant 'CENSORED' bar. The site still has yet to comment on the decision. A group of 17...

MySpace Preps for 'Full Relaunch,' PlayStation Android Device Coming Soon?

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... MySpace continues to roll out site alterations in preparation for its "full relaunch" this fall, and the latest upgrades include a streamlined home screen and a more pronounced user stream. But will all this be far too late? [From: Boston.com] Sony Ericsson may drop the essential mobile for gamers this fall -- in the body of an...

Teen Barters Old Cell Phone on Craigslist to Eventually Land a Porsche

Share Steven Ortiz, like most high schoolers, used to rock an ancient cell phone. But, in the span of just two years, the teenager magically turned his raggedy old burner into a sleek Porsche Boxster S... with, of course, a little help from Craigslist. As the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports, Ortiz began scouring through Craigslist's barter section when he was just 15, looking for anyone...