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Huge Chunk of the Internet Goes Offline Thanks to One Company

Large chunks of the internet were offline starting shortly before 6:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, including everything from CNN to the British government, in an outage being blamed on Fastly, a content distribution network used by hundreds of high-profile websites. Gizmodo was also down during this morning’s outage.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Technology, Pinterest, Internet, Social Media, Cnn, Ransomware, Computing, Gizmodo, Twitch, Science and Technology, Real Time Web, Outage, Martin Lewis, Fastly


Here Are the Possible Criteria You’ll Have to Meet to Charge for Super Follows on Twitter

It appears that not just anyone will be able to make bank for the time they spend on Twitter. If you’re looking to get people to pay you for your “exclusive” Twitter content and become your Super Followers, you might have to meet a certain set of criteria and fill out an application.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, South of Market San Francisco, Facebook Like Button, Jane Manchun Wong, OnlyFans, Technology Internet, Super Follows


Nigeria Will Arrest and Prosecute Users That Try to Get Around Its Twitter Ban

One day after it banned Twitter, Nigeria announced that authorities would arrest and prosecute users who attempted to use the social network, whose app and website were still available to some in the country on Saturday despite the ban. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Science, Nigeria, Amnesty International, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Muhammadu Buhari, Abubakar Malami, South of Market San Francisco, Twitter Nigeria, Nigerian People, Nigerian Muslims, Olumide Akpata


Apple Employees Ask Tim Cook to Support Those Who Want to Continue to Work Remotely

A group of Apple employees has written an internal letter to CEO Tim Cook and the company’s executive leadership team asking them to support employees that want to continue to work remotely or in location-flexible ways. The employees stated that many of them have thrived working outside the office and urged Apple…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Science, Microsoft, Labor, Companies, Tim Cook, Apple Store, Apple Inc, Telecommuting, Working time, Economy Of The United States


Square Will Invest $5 Million to Build an Open-Source, Solar-Powered Bitcoin Mining Facility

Square, the digital payments firm led by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, is teaming up with blockchain technology provider Blockstream Mining to build an open-source, solar-powered bitcoin mining facility at one of Blockstream’s U.S. sites. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Elon Musk, Science, Environment, Articles, Tesla, Bitcoin, Solar Power, Sustainable Energy, Jack Dorsey, Cryptocurrencies, Carbon Footprint, Blockstream, Blockchain, Decentralization, Digital Currencies


Trump Deplatforms Himself

The media layoffs continue unabated. The former president’s blog, From the Desk of Donald J. Trump, has ceased all editorial operations, deleted its website and all existing posts, and let go of what was presumably its only staffer (Trump).Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Software, Computing, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Trumpism, Trump, Donald J Trump, Jason Miller, South of Market San Francisco, QAnon, Universal Windows Platform Apps


Elon Musk Is Indeed Pissing the SEC Off With His Tweets

Regulators at the Securities and Exchange Commission have sent Tesla two separate warnings about CEO Elon Musk being on thin ice for his tweets in recent years, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, cautioning that the entrepreneur’s recent posts were in violation of a 2018 settlement agreement mandating that…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Elon Musk, Science, Cars, Tesla, SEC, Wall Street Journal, Hyperloop, Securities And Exchange Commission, Tesla Model S, Businesspeople, Tesla Inc, The Boring Company, Car Classifications, Criticism Of Tesla Inc


Twitter May Start Labeling Your Tweets Based on How Wrong You Are

Twitter is one of many social media companies that’s struggled to keep misinformation from running rampant on its platform over the years. Its latest attempt to move the needle looks to be a tiered warning label system that changes based on how wrong you are, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Articles, Human Behavior, Gizmodo, Text Messaging, Misinformation, Deception, South of Market San Francisco, Fake News, Jane Manchun Wong, QAnon, Jane Manchun Wong Read, Birdwatch, Pseudohistory, Covid 19 Misinformation


Backpedaling, WhatsApp Says It Won't Lobotomize Accounts That Refuse Privacy Policy Update

WhatsApp initially threatened to revoke core functions for users that refused to accept its controversial new privacy policy, only to walk back the severity of those consequences earlier this month amid international backlash, and now, it’s doing away with them altogether (for the time being, at least). Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Whatsapp, Software, Computing, Telegram, Operating Systems, Mobile Applications, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Will Cathcart, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet, Private Message


WhatsApp Won't Limit Functionality if You Don't Accept Its Controversial New Privacy Policy

WhatsApp initially threatened to revoke core functions for users that refused to accept its controversial new privacy policy, only to walk back the severity of those consequences earlier this month amid international backlash, and now, it’s doing away with them altogether (for the time being, at least). Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Whatsapp, Software, Computing, Telegram, Operating Systems, Mobile Applications, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Will Cathcart, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet, Private Message


Twitter Says No More Blue Checkmarks for You

Well, that was fun while it lasted. Just a little over a week after reviving its public verification process for the first time in almost four years, Twitter has already pulled the plug. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Technology, Identity Management, Social Media, Computing, Gizmodo, Internet Culture, World Wide Web, Twitter Verification, Verification, Systems Engineering, Computer Access Control, Account Verification


If You’re Reading This, You’re Not Welcome on the Elizabeth Holmes Jury

On Thursday, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes filed a 112-question survey for potential jurors for her fraud trial, which is set to begin in August. Presumably, it seeks to weed out people who would love to take time off work to watch this thing.Read more...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Science, Jury, Articles, The Wall Street Journal, Breitbart News, Wall Street Journal, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, Breitbart, Kara Swisher, Ramesh, Businesspeople, Mass Media In The United States, Law Crime


A DARPA Sarcasm Detector Is Good

Members of the media are sarcastically complaining about a sarcasm detector developed by researchers partnering with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Using sarcastic language, they indicate that it is a stupid killjoy only useful to GOP politicians. Before eye-rolling on Twitter, hear me out. An…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Psychiatry, Autism, Humour, Gop, Autism Spectrum, Daily Express, Darpa, Sarcasm, Rhetoric, Irony, Huffington Post, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Robert Walker


Twitter's App Store Listing Shows Rumored 'Twitter Blue' Subscription Service for $2.99 Per Month

Twitter may have accidentally spilled the beans on its rumored subscription service Twitter Blue thanks to an update to its App Store listing. As you can see in the screenshot below, “Twitter Blue” is now listed as Twitter’s sole in-app purchase for $2.99 per month, though the feature doesn’t seem to be fully enabled…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Software, Itunes, App Store, Jack Dorsey, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, South of Market San Francisco, Jane Manchun Wong, Scroll, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet, Twitter Blue


Florida Is Already Getting Sued for Its Probably Illegal Social Media Ban

Lest you miss out on the delightful goings-on in U.S. politics these days, picture this: A politician passes a draconian, poorly thought-out, maybe illegal regulation, designed mostly as a symbolic gesture to his base but that will likely help none of his actual constituents. Then, a pro-business lobby jumps in to…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Florida, Science, Ebay, Disney, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Trump, Ron DeSantis, Computer and Communications Industry Association, Big Tech, Computer Communications Industry Association


Twitter 'Spaces' Are Coming to a Desktop Browser Near You

Beginning Wednesday, Twitter’s Spaces will be available to peruse via desktop and mobile browsers, in addition to the iOS and Android apps that the audio-only chat rooms were previously exclusive to.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Software, Computing, Internet Culture, Operating Systems, Clubhouse, Text Messaging, Spaces, South of Market San Francisco, Google Spaces, Playstation Home, Collaborative Software


Snap Announces Spectacles 4.0 with Built-In AR Displays That Aren't for Sale

Snap continues to forge ahead with its line of techy camera glasses despite previous generations largely proving unprofitable and/or unpopular. But hey, fourth time’s the charm, right? On Thursday, Snap announced its newest Spectacles smart glasses with built-in AR displays, but don’t expect to get your hands on them…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Glasses, Science, Technology, Snapchat, Eyewear, Augmented Reality, Evan Spiegel, Magic Leap, Science and Technology, Mixed Reality, Spectacles, Snap Inc, Smartglasses, Wearable Computers


Looks Like Twitter May Be Working on a Subscription Service Called Twitter Blue for $2.99 per Month

Twitter hasn’t released many details about the paid subscription model it’s cooking up, but thanks to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong we may have some clues about what it will cost and be called. On Saturday, Wong tweeted that the subscription service Twitter Blue will cost $2.99 per month and allow users to undo…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Software, Computing, Jack Dorsey, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Wong, South of Market San Francisco, Jane Manchun Wong, Scroll, Technology Internet


Ireland Shuts Down Hospital Computer Systems Nationwide After Ransomware Attack

Ireland’s public health care system, known as the Health Service Executive or HSE, shut down all of its computer systems nationwide Friday after hospital administrators became aware of a cyberattack late Thursday. Read more...
Tags: Security, Twitter, Science, Crime, Ransomware, Cybercrime, Cyberattack, Ireland, Health Service, Rotunda Hospital, Paul Reid, Health Service Executive, Health Medical Pharma, Fergal Malone


Apple Faces Employee Backlash for Hiring Antonio García Martínez Over His Views on Women, People of Color

Apple employees circulated a petition on Wednesday to express concern over a new hire and his apparently problematic views on women and people of color. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Labor, Software, Computing, Silicon Valley, Operating Systems, Apple Inc, Antonio, Antonio Garcia, Antonio Garcia Martinez, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Chaos Monkeys, Apple Faces Employee Backlash for Hiring


Apple Employees Petition New Hire Over Views on Women, People of Color

Apple employees circulated a petition on Wednesday to express concern over a new hire and his apparently problematic views on women and people of color. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Labor, California, Computing, Silicon Valley, Apple Inc, Antonio, Antonio Garcia, Antonio Garcia Martinez, Chaos Monkeys


UK to Ban Big Tech Companies From 'Discriminating' Based on Political Views

The UK’s conservative government will ban technology companies from “discriminating” against particular political viewpoints, according to a press release about the country’s new proposed Online Safety Bill. The anti-censorship clause is just a minor part of a much larger draft bill, but will likely get attention from…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, UK, Science, Social Media, Software, Computing, Boris Johnson, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, South of Market San Francisco, Alex George, QAnon


Twitter Censors, Then Uncensors, Palestinian Journalist's Account

Twitter said Tuesday night that the abrupt suspension of a Palestinian journalist’s account had been in error, but refused to clarify what content its system flagged as a violation of its policies.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Science, Software, Hamas, Operating Systems, Marwan Barghouti, Holocaust Denial, War Conflict, Israelipalestinian Conflict, Israeli Operation In The Gaza Strip, Palestinian Terrorism, Antisemitism In The Middle East, Gazaisrael Conflict, Mariam Barghouti


Mark Zuckerberg Reveals Goat Named Bitcoin but Will Zuck Kill and Eat His Crypto Creature?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo of his two goats on Monday, and the crypto world got pretty excited after hearing the names of Zuck’s four-legged friends: Max and Bitcoin. But are Max and Bitcoin pets or something a bit darker?Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Science, Film, Cryptography, Bitcoin, The Social Network, Jack Dorsey, Cryptocurrencies, Goat, Decentralization, Digital Currencies, Max, Zuck, Human Interest


Trump Is a Low-Ratings, Computer-Blogging Loser

Did you know that former edgelord president Donald J. Trump is now an edgelord blogger? Most people do not, evidently. Operation: Blog, aka “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” launched last Tuesday. In the meantime, Trump has posted 19 times, beginning with an Armageddon-inspired trailer ending with the message “SAVE…Read more...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Science, Pinterest, Software, Donald Trump, Kourtney Kardashian, Operating Systems, Text Messaging, Trumpism, Trump, Buzzsumo, Donald J Trump, Beast, Liz Cheney, South of Market San Francisco


Facebook Would Also Like to Annoy the Misinformation Out of You

Following the lead of Twitter, Facebook may now also prompt users to double-check whether they have actually read the goddamn article before potentially passing on hoaxes to some of their less discerning friends.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Joe Biden, Software, Computing, Pope, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Twitter Facebook, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet


Elon Musk on SNL: I Post Bad Tweets Because 'That's Just How My Brain Works'

Elon Musk’s bad tweets have gotten him into plenty of trouble over the years, costing him his position as Tesla chairman and landing him in federal court on more than one occasion. But during the Tesla CEO’s much-discussed appearance on Saturday Night Live last night, he offered a truly compelling reason for his…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Cars, Tesla, Hyperloop, Tesla Model S, Wario, Joe Rogan, Businesspeople, Vernon Unsworth, Views Of Elon Musk


Hacked Verified Twitter Accounts Are Spamming Musk Fans With Bitcoin Scams Ahead of SNL Debut

Several verified Twitter accounts strangely started flooding the replies of Elon Musk and his followers with bitcoin spam on Saturday. The apparent hacks come just hours before the Tesla CEO’s much-discussed hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Cryptography, Bitcoin, Miley Cyrus, Cryptocurrencies, Dogecoin, Businesspeople, Paralympic, Tesla CEO, Drafthex, Jamaica At The Winter Olympics, Jorge Taiana, Shelly Woods


7 'biohacks' founders and execs have used to try to boost their energy at work, from wearing electrodes while they sleep to drinking bone-broth breakfasts

Transcranial Electrical Stimulation therapy uses electrodes to try to induce deep sleep Getty Images Some CEOs and founders use "biohacks" to boost workplace productivity and their overall health. These range from enzyme injections to $300 sleep rings. Many biohacks are based on limited scientific evidence. See more stories on Insider's business page. Iterable CEO Justin Zhu was recently fired for "micro-dosing" LSD, a psychedelic drug, to improve his focus, he told Bloomberg last w...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Science, Washington Post, New York City, Time, Trends, Bloomberg, Healthcare, Delta, Peter Thiel, Nba, Silicon Valley, Harry, Jack Dorsey, Bumble


Billboard Is Partnering With Twitter to Rank Music in a New, Fun Way

Billboard — the music industry’s stalwart chart resource — announced plans on Wednesday to team up with Twitter to give the people what they want: more charts.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Santana, South of Market San Francisco, Julian Holguin, Sarah Rosen, Entertainment Culture, Record Chart, New Fun Way



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