In October this year, a case came under legal scrutiny when a DEA agent created a fake Facebook account of Sondra Prince, even using photos of her and her young son and niece to create the digital forgery. Facebook denounced the action as a serious breach of its terms and policies. But Instagram, it seems, is a…
We've seen some pretty incredible ad hoc architecture on China's high-rises—this alpine rooftop mansion should jog your memory—but we may now have a challenger for craziest illegal addition: A bridge built between two different apartment buildings built by and for a lone resident.
Here's a recipe for fun: Go up to the 48th floor of a skyscraper in London. Enjoy a beer at the rooftop bar. Change into your base jumping gear in the restroom. Make a beeline for the balcony and jump into the heart of London. Illegal? Probably. Fun as hell to watch? Absolutely.
The fire hydrant. For decades, it has been feared by any New York City driver who dares to venture out without a tape measure. If your car comes within 15 feet of a hydrant, the next thing you know you may be at the tow pound, picking it up with a several hundred dollar bill.
Let's take a healthy sodium-dose here, but London's Sunday Times is alleging that Facebook has admitted to reading users' text messages. People at Facebook supposedly read the private SMS messages of users who downloaded the Facebook app on their smartphones.
Last summer, Google had to pay $500 million to avoid criminal prosecution by the US government. Using a convicted con artist, the feds caught Google aiding illegal online pharmaceutical drug sales. The operation—as described by the Wall Street Journal—is movie material.
If you think the cell phone explosion of recent years has somehow been kept at bay by prison walls, you would be greatly mistaken. Technology, like water, permeates every crack. Today on Lockdown, we're talking phones in jail.
72 people have been charged with their participation in Dreamboard, a members-only online forum that was created to promote pedophilia and "to encourage the sexual abuse of very young children". What these sick perverts did was absolutely disgusting.
Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old programmer and former Reddit employee, has been indicted on charges of stealing 4 million documents from MIT and JSTOR. He's accused of breaking into a restricted area of MIT to access MIT's computer network.
Only in China could someone build a house directly underneath a highway and have it stand fifteen years before the Government discovers it and declares it unsafe.
Remember the bill that makes illegal streaming a felony? It cleared its first hurdle and was approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today.
The NY Times has a great investigative report on how J.C. Penney became the number one search result for countless search terms on Google. Dresses, bedding, area rugs, skinny jeans, tablecloths and even grommet top curtains and more words popped J.C. Penney up as number one. Not Amazon, not Macy's, not any of the…
In a new turn of events after the judge dismissed Psystar's anti-trust claims, Apple is now on the offensive, accusing them of being associated with a group of shady John Does breaking the law:
Psystar, who's just announced that they're going to sell a $399.99 Mac clone called Open Mac, doesn't care that Apple's EULA prohibits using OS X on any machine not made by Apple. In fact, they say that Apple's terms "violate U.S. monopoly laws", posing the example of Microsoft theoretically saying you could only…
We like our MIRTs here at Gizmodo. A MIRT—Mobile Infrared Transmitter—is a device used by law enforcement and ambulances to turn red lights green. While it would undoubtedly be fun to possess such a device, getting caught with one will turn your world upside down. Not only can Traffic Control register which car the…
A MIRT—Mobile Infrared Transmitter—is a device used by law enforcement and ambulances to turn red lights green. It is very illegal and very bad to have in your possession and if you decide to build one, we take no responsibility for the world of hurt you'll be in if someone finds out. Otherwise, solder way, haXorz!