America has seen a steady increase in broadband connection, but one in five Americans still live without faster internet speeds. Read more »
What role does social media have in protecting its users from questionable content? Utilizing the Instagram API and popular hashtag lists, The Data Pack uncovered a large NSFW list of hashtags banned from the platform’s search. They range from inappropriate (#porn) to potentially destructive (#proanorexia), but some simply provide little value to the site, like #photography. Instagram is obviously preventing a role in facilitating porn or abusive subcultures, perhaps to morally police its users for the greater good.
A DDoS attack in China early Sunday morning is the “largest ever,” according to the nation’s government. Read more »
Citi Bike is overwhelmingly popular and turning New York into a biking-oriented city. But the side effects aren’t pretty, and they expose the problems that collaborative consumption services will face as they grow. Read more »
In honor of Steve Ballmer’s announcement that he will soon retire from Microsoft, here are a few of his must-watch videos. Read more »
Disappear quickly from social media with Justdelete.me — but don’t be surprised if some of your information is not erasable. Read more »
Facebook has partnered with Shutterstock to bring good-looking stock images to its flagging ad stacks. Read more »
Photo sharing app Cluster is releasing a new look and a new cash flow to fight for the right to get on your phone. Read more »
Apple’s iCloud service is causing trouble for a pocket of users, affecting iMessage, Photo Stream and backup capabilities. Read more »
For the first time since May 2011, Yahoo tops the list of most trafficked websites in ComScore’s Media Matrix. Read more »
Some of your most private and important information could be on the black market for less than a tank of gas. Read more »
One Laptop Per Child’s newest offering, a low-cost tablet, will get an Internet boost thanks to a crucial partnership with Open Garden. Read more »
Has social media made the news toothless? That’s the charge made by Time reporter Eliana Dockterman in conversations with Buzzfeed’s Jack Shepherd and Upworthy’s Eli Pariser, both of whom preside over overwhelmingly positive news sites and stress the importance of upbeat news. While MIT research shows positive influences make news go viral, social media is only part of the feel-good echo chamber of the online news cycle — as publications jockey for news scoops, a positive angle sure helps the chance for an earlier embargo.
European gaming show Gamescom 2013 is in full-tilt in Cologne, Germany, and some big news about hardware has already filled the show floor with buzz. Read more »
Despite the slow growth of this quarter, seventeen of the largest broadband companies have added 295,000 net subscribers. This brings overall U.S. broadband subscribers to 82.7 million. Read more »
If you could print every article on Wikipedia and bind them into books, how big would the collection be? Using a simple calculation, an article on the website (updated this month) shows that the English Wikipedia alone would have 1908 volumes of text only — no pictures. While the 4.3 million articles would occupy 10 library stacks, it’s not a major increase from 1907 volumes in 2010. The completion of just a single book in two years indicates that Wikipedia has already catalogued most of our communal knowledge.
YouTube is unveiling a fresh new mobile look on Android, complete with playlist compatibility and better broadcasting features. Read more »
After a year of hype, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson is abandoning his latest project, 0x10c. But the game may be saved in the hands of fans. Read more »
Real estate search and listings juggernaut Zillow has made some big moves over the weekend, acquiring NYC startup StreetEasy and applying for more stocks. Read more »
Not interested in “traditional” video games? These four independent titles eschew the gameplay experience for more interesting tales that will challenge your mind and your morals. Read more »
With Time Warner Cable and CBS engaging in endless bickering, Verizon has the opportunity to swoop in and make gains — if they’d just roll out to needed places already. Read more »
In the wake of the Washington Post’s revealing look into routine violations in the NSA, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is pulling no punches on the branches of the U.S. government. In its statement, the EFF calls for a “truly independent investigatory body” to look into the NSA’s dealings. Transparency has been limited, so an NSA-driven group like the 9/11 commission could give citizens a more thorough report of what was going on behind closed government doors.
When a PhD student charted his Macbook Air’s battery for its first year of life, the level of decay he saw surprised him. Read more »
In order to extend its life, BetaWorks has given its smash hit Dots a few new platforms and a new new modes for play. Read more »
The video streaming revolution is going to gain even more momentum in coming years, with Parks Associates projecting that there will be 300 million streaming devices in U.S. homes by 2017. That sounds like good news for Roku and Netflix, don’t you think? Read more »
I know this is crazy, but women don’t need a place “for women” to read on the internet. They just need good writing. Read more »
From Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, Slack is a tool to help bring tools and chat to one area of the workplace. Read more »
The folks at Twitter UK have done a thorough study of its users habits while on holiday — and it shows that vacations aren’t the time for stopping tweets. Even while they’re relaxing, three out of four users still have the time to use Twitter, and 59% post updates once per day. More than half of them use it to tweet how the holiday is going — perhaps the ultimate in #humblebrag is just too good to pass up.
Google’s Project Loon is getting some serious practical help from a plastics company in developing their internet balloons. Read more »
New Zynga CEO Don Mattrick has decided partake in the company tradition of restructuring: All Things D reports that Chief Operating Officer David Ko, Chief People Officer Colleen McCreary and Chief Technology Officer Cadir Lee are out, a big maneuver in Mattrick’s first 90 days.
The Pirate Bay’s censor-dodging browser, PirateBrowser, has made a strong start since its release three days ago. Read more »
It’s snarky, but the “Xbox 180″ talk about Microsoft’s policies regarding its newest console is a perfect crystallization of their behavior. Read more »
Despite its availability just hours after (and, in one case, hours before) the U.S. premiere, Breaking Bad’s latest episode is on par trump the series’ piracy record. Read more »
Leap Motion has already seen its millionth download, just weeks after the controller hit the market. Read more »
One of Apple’s most famous noises got its start 15 years ago as a hobby project from one of its whip-smart engineers. Read more »
Automatic app facilitator IFTTT just got a big media boost with new functionality from the New York Times. Read more »
The team at Kim Dotcom’s Mega believe their iteration on encrypted email will fill the vacuum left by Lavabit and Silent Email — but not until next year. Read more »
The average mobile page loads in 7 seconds, and that just doesn’t cut it for users. Google, thankfully, has developed tools to get your website speedy and efficient. Read more »
With both Lavabit and Silent Mail shut down, we wondered if there were any other options for those seeking secure email? Here is a handy list of some that are still open for business. Read more »
It turns out for all the democratization of the web, a mob mentality of sorts still exists. An MIT study shows that early positive recommendations for articles lead to more likes and upvotes. Read more »