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

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

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 via … » 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