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acquihire
n. The purchase of a company for the skills and talents of its employees rather than for its products or other assets. Also: acqui-hire, acqhire. [acquisition + hire]
v.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but the pieces fit together like that of a smaller purchase/acquihire: the Directr product will live on (now free) under its own branding, but the team behind it is joining YouTube’s video ad team.
—Greg Kumparak, “Google Acquires Directr, An App For Shooting Short Films On Your Phone,” TechCrunch, August 6, 2014
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defensive architecture
n. Architectural designs and features that aim to deter unsanctioned uses of public or private spaces or buildings.

For more than a decade “defensive architecture” has increasingly been creeping into urban life. From narrow, slanted bus shelter seats — not even suitable for sitting on, let alone sleeping on — to park benches with peculiar armrests designed to make it impossible to recline; from angular metal studs on central London ledges to surreal forests of pyramid bollards under bridges and flyovers.
—Alex Andreou, “Spikes keep the homeless away, pushing them further out of sight,” The Guardian, June 9, 2014
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usie
n. A group photograph taken by one of the members of the group. Also: ussie. [us + selfie]

When you take a photo of yourself, a “selfie” (I really don’t like that word), or with two or more people, an “usie” (I like that one even less), remember to stretch that arm out as far as it will go and hold the phone or camera up so you have to look up. Just don’t tilt your head back, or you’ll have a photo of your nostrils.
—Bonnie Bing, “Bonnie Bing: Forget laugh lines — now, there’s ‘tech neck’,” The Wichita Eagle, July 1, 2014
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connectivity aircraft
n. A drone or similar aircraft outfitted with networking equipment that enables it to provide internet access to the area over which it flies.

The deal would give Google a major boost in its race with Facebook to connect remote parts of the world to the internet. The social network has been working with experts from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center to develop its own ‘connectivity aircraft’ for the purpose.
—Sophie Curtis, “Google boldly goes into space with Virgin Galactic,” The Telegraph, June 13, 2014
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Snowden effect
n. The increased awareness of the extent and scope of illegal or excessive surveillance in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations; the increased desire to be protected from such surveillance.

On Thursday, Microsoft will be the latest technology company to announce plans to shield its services from outside surveillance. It is in the process of adding state-of-the-art encryption features to various consumer services and internally at its data centers.

The announcement follows similar efforts by Google, Mozilla, Twitter, Facebook and Yahoo in what has effectively become a digital arms race with the National Security Agency as the companies react to what some have called the “Snowden Effect.”
—Nicole Perlroth, “Internet Firms Step Up Efforts to Stop Spying,” The New York Times, December 5, 2013

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otherhood
n. The state of being a woman who is not a mother; women who are not mothers collectively.

We have gone without definition or visibility for too long. I am offering “Otherhood“ as a name for our misunderstood group of women doing our best to live full and meaningful lives despite the frustrations of some of our most cherished Iongings. We, the Otherhood, who have yet to find our rightful, equitable, requisite place in society, deserve one. Our otherhood denotes our state. our condition, our character, our nature, and our tribe.
—Melanie Notkin, Otherhood, Seal Press, February 25, 2014
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SWATification
n. The increase in the use and militarization of police SWAT teams.
SWATify v.

SWAT team raids in the US have gone up 25-fold since 1980. Time’s recent article about the militarization of the police reports that “the federal government has funneled $4.3 billion of military property to law enforcement agencies since the late 1990s.”
—Mark Frauenfelder, “10 facts about the SWATification of the US,” BoingBoing, August 14, 2014
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cryptofinance
n. The use of cryptography and privacy techniques to enable financial transactions that are secret and anonymous. Also: crypto-finance. [cryptography + finance]

Harvey has taught cryptofinance as part of an international finance course and has proposed teaching a new course next school year that would be “100 percent devoted to cryptofinance,” including bitcoins.
—David Ranii, “Chapel Hill teen seeks fun and profit mining for bitcoins,” The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), July 12, 2014
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virtual mobbing
pp. Using online media and technologies to attack or gang up on a person.
virtual mob n.

He uses his book to describe how one can die by Twitter. He calls his experience a virtual mobbing.
—Tim Harper, “Tom Flanagan clawing back from a virtual mobbing,” The Toronto Star, April 27, 2014
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pay-as-you-app
n. A mobile phone payment model where users purchase data allowances for a predefined collection of apps.

An under-discussed aspect of the Internet.org strategy — which has already been tried in the Philippines, Paraguay and Tanzania — is the “pay-as-you-app” model, which charges users different rates for data consumed by different apps. Thus, while all apps are equal, some are more equal than others, in that Internet.org will subsidize them, while data consumed by other, “less equal” apps will be charged on an individual basis.
—Evgeny Morozov, “Facebook’s Gateway Drug,” The New York Times, August 2, 2014
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thumbstopper
n. An eye-catching or compelling item that makes a person stop scrolling through a list of posts, particularly when using the thumb to scroll a touchscreen device.

Logic would suggest that thumbstoppers are much easier to accomplish with big consumer brands like Oreos, McDonalds, and Wendy’s because there’s a wider audience of cookie and hamburger lovers than there are krill oil aficionados.
—Bryan Evans, “Fishy Facebook Campaign Gets Users To Stop Scrolling,” Business 2 Community, August 6, 2014
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normcore
n. A fashion trend that features bland, mainstream styles and colors.

Any old trainers, a grey t-shirt, zip-up fleece. Just stuff. Shirts, chinos, jumpers — even if they come from Gap. Nondescript, loosish (but not baggy) blue jeans, deck shoes.

If you wear any of these, then chances are you’re ‘normcore’, and that, peculiarly enough, makes you both a fashion icon de nos jours and probably not remotely interested in fashion.

Normcore has been called the internet meme of 2014.
—Catherine Ostler, “Normcore,‘ Where Being Off-Message Is On-Trend,” Newsweek, April 11, 2014