Last week, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo reportedly quit as director of the company’s U.K. arm. The news comes just days after government regulators forced TweetDeck to dissolve following accounting issues. [Sky News]
Bloomberg is apologizing to its clients after allegations that reporters snooped on client terminals to see their Seamless orders or whatever. [CNN Money]
JackThreads’ recent push into international waters, like Australia and the U.K., is doing well for the company’s bottom line as sales overseas now make up 10 percent of its business. [AllThingsD]
Facebook Home is missing features that Android users love (widgets, docks, oh my!) because all of the developers use iPhones. The lack of “droidfooding” is causing them to scramble to add those features to turn around Home’s slow downloads. [TechCrunch]
Here’s a groovy map that shows you where in the world Wikipedia is being edited right now. [Ars Technica]
Elon Musk and David Sacks have left Mark Zuckerberg’s political action group over growing concerns over the support of certain politicians. [AllThingsD]
How quickly Google giveths, it takes away. The company said it rescinded its Glass offer to some of the #ifihadglass contest winners for not complying with the rules. Bitchy! [CNet]
Sue Gardner, the “driving force” behind Wikipedia’s rapid growth, is stepping down. But don’t edit her page just yet! She isn’t leaving the company for another six months. [NY Times]
Blackberry posted a profit last quarter but Blackberry owners are still waiting for the news to load on their phones. Perhaps BBM it to them? [AllThingsD]
Speaking of not-dead messaging apps, the Wall Street Journal digs into the rapidly growing sector of texting apps that’s siphoned $23 billion in revenue from carriers in 2012. [WSJ]
The BBC has a pretty great feature on the rise of dating websites aimed at people with sexually transmitted diseases, because everyone needs to be loved. [BBC]
If you can’t clean up all the dirty oil your tankers have dumped into the ocean, what’s the next best thing? Cleaning up your Wikipedia page, naturally.
Before the dawn of the Internet, when libraries were places where people read and not just a bathroom for the homeless, young people used to seek out their elders for advice on life’s important questions. “How is babby formed?” they wondered. “What’s it like being an old person?”
Oh, the curious case of Gibraltarpedia.
Last September, CNET reported that a well-placed Wikipedian named Roger Bamkin was using his influence at nonprofit Wikipedia to promote the British territory of Gibraltar—whose government was the client of a public relations firm run by Mr. Bamkin.
The upshot was, Gibraltar was showing up an awful Read More
There’s no room for bigotry on the bridge … or in online communities, new redditor William Shatner said in a series of comments in the “Star Trek” subreddit: “The fact that someone could come here, debase and degrade people based on race, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference because they ‘have a right’ to do so without worry of any kind of moderation is sending the wrong message, in my humble opinion.” [PandoDaily]
NASA’s rover Curiosity drilled into a rock bed on Mars in search of water-deposited minerals, and there are photos. [Discovery]
Automaker Lincoln spent lavishly to help Beck record an old David Bowie number: “If this is what you guys are talking about when you talk about ‘native ads,’ then okay.” [AllThingsD]
Several journalists who cover Myanmar, including a correspondent for the Associated Press, received warnings from Google that their Gmail accounts might have been hacked by “state-sponsored attackers.” [NYT]
Here is an infographic that wants to help you defuse Internet trolls. Good luck with that. [Mashable]
Are you underwhelmed by the traffic to your carefully manicured Wikipedia page? Two ideas that might help jump your bio to the most widely-read entries: Perform during the Super Bowl halftime show, or drop dead. [Gizmodo]
You’d think after Hurricane Sandy, nothing short of the actual apocalypse could rattle New Yorkers. And yet, if Twitter is any indication, it seems there’s a fair bit of panicky flailing happening around the city right now. Well, buck up, because we’ve assembled a complete Internet preparedness kit featuring everything you might possibly need.
Maybe also buy some batteries, though?
Homeopathy, an alternative form of medicine employed by free-spirited aunts everywhere, has just made a very potent enemy. On his newly-minted Quora blog, Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales voiced his disapproval for the method, which has been systematically proven to be an ineffective pseudoscience.
Ever wish that Wikipedia was more easily searchable from your old cellphone, or that the site’s mobile page came in more languages? Perhaps not, at least if you’re a smartphone-carrying, English speaking citizen of the capital-w West. On the other hand, if you’re one of the millions of people coming online via more Read More
The Future Will See You Now
In order to pass the Turing Test, a computer must display both emotional and intellectual behavior that’s almost indistinguishable from that of humans. IBM’s most famous supercomputer, Watson, is close, but first he must emulate one of humanity’s finer inventions: crazy Internet slang. YOLO!