A Tweetbot Caught the Russian Gov't Editing Flight MH17 Wikipedia Info

Remember @CongressEdits, the tweetbot that alerts whenever a Wikipedia article is edited from a government IP address? There's a Russian version now, and it just uncovered some pretty drastic edits to a Wikipedia article that mentions Flight MH17, originating from a Russian government IP address. » 7/18/14 6:44pm 7/18/14 6:44pm

The Secretive Experiments That Could Make Twitter So Much Better

If you ask someone who works at Twitter about the company's experiments, you won't get an answer. Company policy is no comment. That doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of novel updates and strange new features brewing in San Francisco. You might have taken part in Twitter's tests without even realizing it. » 7/14/14 11:05am 7/14/14 11:05am

Tracking the Bizarre Edits Congress Makes to Wikipedia

The elected representatives you chose to represent you in the legislative branch of the United States of America aren't just making modifications to national law. They're also editing the Wikipedia pages for "Horse head mask" and "Step Up 3D." Or at least their staffers are. And thanks to @congressedits, you can keep… » 7/11/14 12:40pm 7/11/14 12:40pm

Fan Pirates Game, Accidentally Tells Developer About It

When fighting game fan "Dan Hibiki" got a strange message while playing Skullgirls, he did what anyone with a Twitter account might do: he contacted the game developers to ask what was going on. Little did he know that the message, pictured below, was something that only those who pirated the game could see. » 7/09/14 4:17pm 7/09/14 4:17pm

The Clever Reason Flag Emoji Count as Two Characters in Twitter

With World Cup fever in full swing, people have finally found a use for the flags tucked in the far corners of emoji keyboards. But patriotic tweeters can only fit at most 70 little flag icons in a 140-character tweet. What gives? Turns out, each flag emoji counts as two characters—and there's a clever reason why, as… » 6/24/14 10:10am 6/24/14 10:10am

The British Government Just Set a Dangerous Precedent for Online Spying

Today, the British government revealed its justification for surveilling its citizens' every move on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. UK citizens communicating using the aforementioned services are considered to be using "external communications," as the companies are not based in the UK. It's a… » 6/17/14 7:20pm 6/17/14 7:20pm

Should You Go to Jail For Making Threats on Facebook?

The Supreme Court announced that it will hear the appeal of Anthony Elonis, a man convicted and sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for making threats over Facebook—threats that were often in the form of rap lyrics—according to The Morning Call, the local newspaper covering the case. » 6/17/14 12:20pm 6/17/14 12:20pm