As Russia transitions into an internet dystopia, it appears that Snapchat has been dragged right in. Today, Snapchat’s parent company Snap was registered as an “information distribution organizer.” And by July 1st, 2018, an amended law will require “information distribution organizers” to store months of user data,…
Reddit, the “front page of the internet,” is about to catch up with the rest of the internet with a slick redesign, thanks to $200 million in new venture funding.
A nationally-representative study on online harassment released by Pew Research today confirms what most of us already know: the internet is absolutely chock full of abusive shitheads.
In the same hotel where Alexander Graham Bell once demoed coast-to-coast telephone calls, Microsoft will announce plans for a new white space internet service on Tuesday. This ludicrous technology sends broadband internet wirelessly over the unused channels of the television spectrum. It’s also ingenious.
Venture out beyond the reach of your safe, familiar home wi-fi network and getting online can sometimes be a challenge. Here’s how to seek out the strongest and most well-protected wireless networks in the terrifying cold of the real world.
Eero knocked our socks off last year, when the small startup proved that wi-fi routers didn’t need to be ugly, impossible-to-use gadgets. And now, with its second generation of mesh-networking devices, Eero looks like they’ve changed the game again. Not only are the new Eeros faster. They’re friggin’ tiny!
In the 15 years I worked at Toys “R” Us, I sometimes leaked information about video game sales and posted them on message boards. I even took games home early to try them and then post impressions, which was very much against the rules. I did this because I’ve always been excited about video games and because,…
Oh good, someone’s decided to make a show out of the comments section. And Twitter. And Reddit. You know what? Basically the internet itself.
There’s a memorable gag from the (unfortunately revived) Arrested Development that goes like this: A character sees a brown paper bag labeled “dead dove, do not eat,” opens the bag anyway, reacts in disgust, and then remarks, “I don’t know what I expected.” It’s a pretty good approximation of how the bone hurting…
Haha, just kidding. Well, not about the prize part. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, just won the ACM Turing Award and the $1 million purse that comes with it. The sum seems menial for such a world-changing contribution, but seriously, Sir Tim will be fine.
Whether it’s a winter storm on the East Coast, or tornadoes in middle America, or just some simple rain in California, sometimes your power goes out and takes your internet with you. Any way you look at it, when the internet is down your life is effectively on hold until it’s back up again.
It’s come to our attention that Martin Shkreli, the dagger-faced pharma bro who won’t leave the world alone, is buying up domains for the names of journalists who have written about him. He even targeted Gizmodo writers. Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
On Thursday, Verizon proudly announced that it would begin offering “data-free streaming,” joining a growing number of carriers that are letting customers stream videos and music from specific services without it counting against monthly usage caps. That might sound like a sweet deal, but it also undermines the basic…
In Japan, there is an infamous gay porno called A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream. The flick has spawned seemingly endless memes online in Japan. It appears like one of its stars is in the Nintendo Switch’s Photo Album set-up screen.
Roughly 48 hours after its major service outage, Amazon is admitting what caused the problem. Apparently, some poor engineer at Amazon Web Services (AWS) did an oopsie and brought the internet to its knees. Oopsies are the worst!
Do you know what your internet service provider is doing with your data? You probably know that it can see the sites you’re visiting, but have you ever thought about whether it’s selling that information to advertisers? Anti-regulation officials are planning to make sure your ISP never has to tell you.
In what feels like a death blow to everyone’s early-Aughts nostalgia, it looks like AOL will soon cut off third-party access to its famous Instant Messenger service. The service turns 20 years old this year, and at this point, it’s unclear if it will see its 21st birthday.
Faster internet is coming to your phone in the form of tech with fancy names like 5G and LTE-U. But just what that tech will look like and how good it will be remains to be seen.
The fact that Amazon controls a vast swath of cloud computing services became dreadfully clear on Tuesday afternoon when a string of errors brought countless websites to their knees. This consolidation of power is, perhaps suddenly, a very big problem.
Today, the FCC voted 2-1 to roll back enhanced net neutrality reporting requirements for smaller internet service providers. Previously, ISPs with less than 100,000 subscribers were exempt from reporting requirements; now, that number is 250,000.