Cyberculture agenda: KickassTorrents has to move to… “DARPA’s Memex for searching the deep Web…


With millions of unique visitors per day KickassTorrents (KAT) is one the most used torrent sites on the Internet.

DARPA’s Memex for searching the deep Web

untitledDARPA’s “Memex” program is developing new search tools for the vast majority of the Web that isn’t indexed by Google and other commercial search engines. Read the rest

Images edited by Kevin Rothrock.Images edited by Kevin Rothrock.


Twitter today released its first biannual transparency report for 2015, enumerating government requests for user data. The company saw a 40 percent increase in data inquiries by governments over the second half of 2014. Globally, the company received 2,871 requests spanning 7,144 user accounts, and released some information for 52 percent of them. Twitter notifies its users of information requests except in cases of national security. The vast majority of these (56 percent) came from the United States. Twitter received 1,622 data requests from the US government covering 3,299 accounts over the report’s period, and provided some information for 80 percent of these. Russia went…

AddShoppersWhatExactlyIsAShareWorth650Sometimes calculating a tangible return for social media investment isn’t as simple as it seems, especially when analyzing the return acrossdifferent media channels. A report from Addshoppers provides insight into how ROI can vary greatly across different social networks, which sites generate most revenue per share and which drive the most traffic.

Twitter’s growth problem is well-established. In the fourth quarter of 2014, the platform added just 4 million more monthly active users, which equates to growth of just 1.4 percent.

Over that same period, Facebook, which is already four times the size of Twitter, grew 3.1 percent.


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Twitter pulled the covers off a new tool during the News:Rewired Conference in London last week. It’s called Curator.

pirate bay

The Pirate Bay has been back online for a week and millions of users have been finding their way back to the popular torrent site.

demoniiThe Internet is littered with torrent indexes and search engines, all offering a wide range of media content and other entertainment to their visitors.

For this content to travel from one part of the world to another, the BitTorrent ecosystem needs reliable trackers. Unfortunately, reliable public trackers are much harder to find.


Q&A: Steven Chu

The former energy secretary, who has begun chasing emerging technologies again, looks back on his successes and failures in government.

What left you the most frustrated or disappointed at the Department of Energy?


When a 17-year-old from New York City was arrested and charged last month with making terrorist threats, the primary focus of the charge was two emoji.

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