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languagesDriven by the web and Android, Javascript and Java reign. Ruby and C lose ground. PHP lumbers on, impervious. Somewhere in the distance, a Perl script barks mournfully.


The Norse Map is a Wargames-style visualization of ongoing attacks on servers around the world. Though it shows honeypots rather than actual private or government targets, the result is a live snapshot of trends in computer mischief.

New data from Pew Research has found that the proportion of online Americans who use Pinterest and Instagram has doubled since Pew first started tracking social media platform adoption in 2012. Use of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, on the other hand, is now starting to slow.
With rare exceptions, if you Google a political candidate you’ll get a link to his or her Wikipedia page among the top five results. Certainly this is true for the presidential candidates, and certainly we can all understand why they should be extremely concerned about what’s said about them there. And while there is great motivation for candidates to either modify their entries themselves, direct their staff to do so or hire an editorial consultant, all of these actions are frowned upon by Wikipedia’s editorial policy

The End of the Internet Dream: the speech that won Black Hat (and Defcon)

“The End of the Internet Dream,” cyberlawyer Jennifer Granick’s keynote at Black Hat, was all anyone could talk about at this year’s Defcon — Black Hat being the grown-up, buttoned-down, military-industrial cousin to Defcon’s wild and exuberant anarchy.


YouTube Is the Sleeping Giant of Livestreaming

YouTube Is the Sleeping Giant of Livestreaming

YouTube is beginning to take livestreaming seriously, and it could change the Internet.

The history of mosaic — the art of creating a whole picture with shards of glass or other materials, has been around since at least the 3rd millennium B.C., appearing in places like Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and Damascus — is long and storied.

Convert your face into emoji

emojilauraLike most humans with a smartphone and a sense of joie de vivre, I enjoy peppering my communications liberally with emoji. But until today, I could not actually be emoji. All that has changed, thanks to the Emoji Mosaic tool created by Eric Andrew Lewis.

The next time you go to send an emoji to a friend, there may be more options. The Unicode Consortium has accepted 38 new mock-ups as candidates for inclusion — but I accept only 37 of them. There are some cute ones, like a cowboy or a prince.
SwiftKey’s keyboard for iOS got an update today that will show you the emojis you use the most. Yes, it has been keeping track of how many 🙈 you send. In July, people using the iPhone beta version got an update to show their signature emoji – the one they use more than anyone else. With this latest update, all SwiftKey Cloud users on iOS will also be able to see their signature emoji. It’s also tracking which emoji are used most frequently in each US state too, so it’ll tell you where you’d best fit in. No, I’m not joking. SwiftKey…
BuzzFeed said Aug. 18 it secured a $200 million investment from Comcast’s NBCUniversal, the latest major cash infusion into the digital news sector

NYT report: Amazon is hell to work at


The New York Times exposes a brutal, cultlike environment of midnight phone calls, mind-numbing jargon and sadistic management. Bosses encourage workers to tear one another down. Workers cry at their desks.

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Following a New York Times piece on the alleged stifling work conditions at Amazon, a company spokesman forwarded an email to us penned by CEO Jeff Bezos: Dear Amazonians, If you haven’t already, I encourage you to give this (very long) New York Times article a careful read:

Mobile Live Streaming for Business: Periscope and Meerkat

With so many different live mobile video streaming services and apps out there, it’s hard to know which one to use. That’s why we’ve detailed the ups and downs of using Periscope and Meerkat in this post.

A New Kind of Digital Crime: Cyber Flashing

Last year the Internet focused on the much-reported backpack video of a woman being catcalled more than 100 times in three hours of walking around New York City. In that instance, the viral video showed us through digital devices the kind of harassment women–or at least women living in cities– have to deal with every day.
Dhaka police looking for six men over the death of Niloy Chatterjee, after two suspects were arrested on Thursday.

The hit list: Endangered bloggers of Bangladesh

Blogger deaths in Bangladesh intimidate activists and hurt the freedom of speech.

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