UK Gov Changes Mind on Idiotic Social Media Crackdown

British leadership has realized that banning citizens from using certain websites will not fix rioting, the Guardian reports. Accordingly, they're ditching their ill-conceived, ill-advised proposal to block suspected rioters from Twitter, Facebook, BBM, and other equally stupid, pretend security measures. » 8/25/11 2:40pm 8/25/11 2:40pm

A TV That Knows When The Gun You're Waving Around Is Causing a Panic

The London Riots caused so much havoc that they continue to spook British officials. So much so that they're thinking of implementing so-called "Smart CCTV" that can track potential subjects and their behavior. Cue the requisite 1984/V for Vendetta comparisons. » 8/23/11 12:40pm 8/23/11 12:40pm

MI5 Is Now On the Hunt For British BBMers

As the saga of London rioting and social media blocking continues, the British government is calling in the spooks. They're now summoning MI5 and GCHQ to help not block but track the messages that might be the root of the trouble. Christ. » 8/16/11 1:20pm 8/16/11 1:20pm

London Looting Victim Inspires The Internet

Aaron Biber is an 89-year-old barber from Tottenham. He lost his wife in 2010 and, in 2011, he lost his livelihood to rioters. His story made headlines when a striking image of his ransacked barbershop hit the Internet. » 8/11/11 10:00pm 8/11/11 10:00pm

UK Prime Minister's Anti-Tech Crackdown: Stupid, Useless, and Wrong

England's youths are angry and rioting. And, because it's 2011, they're using technology to organize. Well, as much as a violent mob can be organized. But British Prime Minister David Cameron wants to cut them off. He's very, very wrong. » 8/11/11 11:00am 8/11/11 11:00am

Phones Stolen In the UK Riots Will Be Blocked From Networks

Just in case you were thinking of buying one of those 40 iPhone 4s that were most likely looted in the UK riots and put on Craigslist, don't—UK networks are blocking all stolen phones, so they'll be worthless. » 8/11/11 10:50am 8/11/11 10:50am

Are Rioters Already Trying To Sell Their Stolen Shit On Craigslist?

Last night, an ad displaying 40 boxed and sealed iPhone 4s popped up on Craiglist's London website. First a shameless Twitter stolen swag pic and now this? That's totally not suspicious at all. » 8/09/11 4:33pm 8/09/11 4:33pm

Liverpool Apple Store Takes Products off Display

Terry Allen, chronicling the riots in Liverpool, UK, came across something pretty interesting: the local Apple Store has taken all of its products off of the shelves. » 8/09/11 2:41pm 8/09/11 2:41pm

UK Riot Destruction: Before and After

As mobs run the streets of London (and elsewhere) breaking glass, faces, and other various objects, Google might for some time be the best image of the pre-rampage city. Street View provides this incredibly striking comparison. » 8/09/11 2:20pm 8/09/11 2:20pm

If You're Looting in the UK Right Now, Please Keep Tweeting Pictures of…

I thought this would be obvious but if you're looting stores right now, don't post a picture of you and your stash on Twitter. The police will hunt you down and the Mango Body Butter won't seem as worth it anymore. » 8/09/11 1:20pm 8/09/11 1:20pm

Sales of Aluminium Baseball Bats Up 5,000% on Amazon After UK Riots

Aluminium baseball bats aren't the only weapon of defence that's proven popular on Amazon UK—wooden baseball bats are also up by 3,600 per cent; military police batons up by 5,000 per cent and the Zumba DVD workout set is up 342 per cent, which probably isn't related to the UK riots of the last few days. [Amazon UK » 8/09/11 12:20pm 8/09/11 12:20pm

BlackBerry's Site Hacked After RIM Vows to Help Bring BBM-Using Rioters…

There's been talk over how the UK rioters have been using BBM as a means to organize the troublemaking that's plagued London and UK cities the last three nights. In an act of retaliation, RIM's Inside BlackBerry blog's been hacked. » 8/09/11 10:50am 8/09/11 10:50am

Teenager Arrested for Inciting Riots on Facebook

A 16-year-old's been arrested in Glasgow, Scotland, for attempting to kickstart a riot via Facebook, to match England's riots. While it's not yet known if his/her efforts will spark any trouble, Facebook has at least taken the page down. [TheDrum] » 8/09/11 9:42am 8/09/11 9:42am

Scenes from a Riot: Electronics Stores Sacked by British Looters

While the majority of the damage caused by rioters and looters was contained to London, the madness spread to Liverpool, Birmingham and other English cities, with electronics chains being the worst hit. » 8/09/11 6:45am 8/09/11 6:45am

Can You Identify Any of the London Rioters?

A website's sprung up in the wake of the London riots appealing for people to upload photos of the rioters and looters, plus identify others. It's a little buggy, but with any luck through the power of social media, these people can be brought to justice. [London Rioters via @Jopkins] » 8/09/11 5:40am 8/09/11 5:40am

Looters Set Fire to Sony Distribution Center

At midnight, the mob rule that's descended over London and parts of the UK decided to attack the Sony distribution center in Enfield, North London, with local Tommy Thompson telling the BBC how looters stole items including "Wii consoles." » 8/09/11 4:30am 8/09/11 4:30am

Video: Hackney Woman Stands Up To London Rioters In Stirring Speech…

A Hackney woman stood up to rioters and gave them a piece of her mind in a video shot by Matthew Moore. In her own way, she told the small crowd to get off the streets and stop the rioting. [Matthew Moore via Good] » 8/09/11 12:24am 8/09/11 12:24am

A Map of Every London Riot Zone

Bad things are happening in England. Angry kids are smashing, burning, and bottle-throwin' their way through London and its suburbs. Right now. Are you in London? Are you near London? Are you worried about London? See where the trouble's percolating. » 8/08/11 7:25pm 8/08/11 7:25pm

6 Tools to Help You Survive a Riot Mob

London is burning right now as a result of riots. Someday, by some twist of fate, you might find yourself heading towards, or trying to escape from, a riot. Either way, here are 6 tools to help you survive. » 8/08/11 7:00pm 8/08/11 7:00pm