Spam is back
It seemed like we had defeated electronic junk mail. Then the spammers rose from the dead.
YouTube just took down the creepy kids’ channel Toy Freaks
Toy Freaks, formerly a YouTube-verified channel that had more than 7 million subscribers, “has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”
Two passwords are always better than one
Two-factor authentication adoption rates are low. Is it because cybersecurity experts are making the perfect the enemy of the good?
Is HQ Trivia the future of TV?
An app that broadcasts a gameshow that anyone can participate in 12 times a week has gone viral.
Publishers paying George Takei to promote stories isn’t just weird — it’s an FTC violation
Without disclosure over advertising, news organizations and “influencers” could be in hot water.
Why is this company tracking where you are on Thanksgiving?
A data collection service called SafeGraph collected 17 trillion location markers for 10 million smartphones during the holiday last year.
Twitter parties are Tupperware parties reborn
Twitter parties are a bizarre mix of product zealotry and social bonding.
Not every article needs a picture
It is dumb to keep forcing images into every story online.
Facebook’s idiotic solution to revenge porn
The company’s latest proposal is cruel and potentially harmful to victims.
YouTube is not child abuse
Some videos are bad for kids, but it’s nothing a parent can’t handle.
How a DIY YouTuber became the target of a sexist conspiracy theory
Dale Dougherty, the founder of the “maker movement,” accused a Chinese woman of being a fraud despite having no evidence.
Twitter’s new update leaves accessibility users behind
Twitter neglected to roll out the new 280 character limit for vision-impaired people who use a screen reader.
When disability tech is just a marketing exercise
Companies love to get press for disability tech projects, but they often aren’t all that interested in actually putting real money behind them.
Instagram is loving nature to death
Lesser-known lookouts are suffering under the weight of sudden online fame.
Everyone hates e-bikes
E-bikes could be the future of urban transit, but no one wants to let them on the road.
Remember the Palm Pre?
We’ve been using the sadly forgotten smartphone, and we’re taking your calls about it.
Trump’s first real tweet was on July 6, 2011
Our theory: It was inspired by Obama.
Going rogue in Silicon Valley
Tech companies have a history of giving low-level employees high-level access.
Disinformation is a two-way street
Lawmakers seem to forget that countering Russian influence in future elections will require work at home.
Could Twitter take a page from Something Awful?
We talked to the founder of Something Awful about how it puts banned users on display.