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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.