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Your Mobile Phone can Detect Earthquakes

Was it just you or did the ground really shake? Your iPhone, iPad and most newer mobile phones can work as basic seismometers, the same instrument that is used to measure the magnitude of earthquakes and volcanoes. You don’t need to install any apps, just the built-in web browser would suffice.

A Response to the Kremlin-Bot Skeptics

Image by Kevin Rothrock.

Image by Kevin Rothrock.

Earlier this month, Internet researcher Lawrence Alexander published a network analysis on thousands of seemingly automated Twitter accounts, pointing to extensive information manipulation attempts on the RuNet. After the analysis garnered massive attention from Russian media and social networks, Alexander now addresses some of the skepticism about the bot networks and their provenance.

Founding members of Zone9. Left to right: Endalk Chala, Soliana Shimeles, Natnael Feleke, Abel Wabela. Befeqadu Hailu, Mahlet Fantahun, Zelalem Kiberet,  Atnaf Berahane.

Founding members of Zone9. Left to right: Endalk Chala, Soliana Shimeles, Natnael Feleke, Abel Wabela. Befeqadu Hailu, Mahlet Fantahun, Zelalem Kiberet, Atnaf Berahane.

You can gain competitive advantage in your advertising by understanding how Facebook really works. Algorithms do all the magic under the hood, so today, let’s start with Facebook’s budget pacing algorithm. When combined with the Vickrey–Clarke–Groves mechanism that Facebook uses in the auction, the best value is generated for advertisers.

2015: The Year We Saved the Internet

2015: The Year We Saved the Internet

We’ve gracefully sidestepped not one but two potential online dystopias, and it’s not even May.

The post 2015: The Year We Saved the Internet appeared first on WIRED.

The European Commission filed anti-trust charges against Google on Wednesday. The search engine operator is abusing its market dominance to the disadvantage of its rivals, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said yesterday. The lawsuit sets an important precedent for online business, some commentators write approvingly. For others, the anti-trust battle against Google is just a sideshow.

google project fi mobile network
The Google mobile network is at last official: The company has launched its Project Fi service in the United States exclusively for Nexus 6 owners. Detailed in a blog post, Google said Project Fi will cost $20 a month for the basic plan (talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering and coverage in 120+ countries), with an additional $10 monthly fee for each 1GB of data you desire.

1Q2015RevenueMobile continued to move the needle at Facebook, as the social network reported robust gains in mobile monthly and daily active users as part of its first-quarter financial results.

As you know, Google has announced that as of today, the algorithm will be expanding its use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal for mobile searches. The majority of websites that will suffer from this update will be the ones that only feature a desktop-oriented design.

Wondering how big you should make that catchy image or how long your text should run in your Facebook ad?

Salesforce, a Facebook Marketing Partner, has put all of the information into a handy infographic you’ll want to bookmark and share.


Twitter on Tuesday broadened its abuse policies and rolled out new tools for combating what it calls “violent threats.” – Mike Isaac – Apr 29 – Last summer, employees at the start-up Secret gathered in their new offices in downtown San Francisco, waiting for the founders to address the company. Secret had recently raised $25 million to work on its smartphone app, which lets users…

Commandline writes, “Dr. Pamela Gay is the principal investigator on a fantastic citizen science project, Cosmoquest, that sadly has been a casualty of reduced funding for NASA and for space science generally.” Read the rest


A group of Internet companies have withdrawn support from, the buzzy Facebook-backed service that aims to bring people in developing countries online, following a backlash in India over net neutrality.

Brief History of Political Wikipedia

Social Election Prediction on 16 April 2015 at 13:28PM

The European Union accused the search engine Google on Wednesday (15 April) of cheating competitors by distorting Internet search results to favour its shopping service, and launched another antitrust investigation into its Android mobile operating system.

EU Formally Accuses Google of Antitrust Violations

EU Formally Accuses Google of Antitrust Violations

The EU will finally charge Google in antitrust investigation.



Chelsea Manning posted a handwritten note to her Twitter account on Thursday, thanking the tens of thousands of accounts that now follow her and providing insight on how she’s tweeting from behind bars.


Sony’s biggest drama of last year is getting a wider release — and the company is less than thrilled.

Wikileaks on Thursday published a searchable database of more than 30,000 documents and 173,000 emails from Sony Pictures, all part of the trove of leaked files from the Sony hack last year, which rocked the company’s leadership and nearly scuttled the release of The Interview.

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