Dispatches from the front line of the internet


Yahoo! tilts its logo for added whimsy. But how much is too much?
By Alex Hern - 06 September 10:20

Groundbreaking studies in exclamation mark sciences.

Batwoman writer quits over DC Comics' gay marriage ban
By Alex Hern - 05 September 12:49

Latest high-profile departure from DC cites editorial interference in storylines.

Apple's iOS 7 isn't for you. But you should upgrade anyway
By Alex Hern - 05 September 9:55

The secret target of Apple's new iOS releases is developers. But that doesn't mean users don't get benefits.

Chelsea Manning gets put back in the closet by Wikipedia
By Alex Hern - 04 September 11:56

Admins reverted last week's move, arguing that it lacked consensus.

New Statesman
Amazon offers free ebooks to owners of print books
By Alex Hern - 03 September 16:05

Keeping up the fire metaphors, the programme is called "MatchBook".

Penny Arcade reopens the "dickwolves" controversy
By Alex Hern - 03 September 13:06

Mike Krahulik: "I think that pulling the dickwolves merchandise was a mistake".

What happens if you visit NYTimes.com
Twitter.com, NYTimes.com and more taken down in Syrian hack
By Alex Hern - 28 August 9:18

The SEA strikes through DNS servers.

Chelsea Manning's Wikipedia page.
Behind the Wikipedia wars: what happened when Bradley Manning became Chelsea
By Alex Hern - 23 August 14:15

Abigail Brady, who edits the site as Morwen, explains the polite notes and not-votes behind the scenes.

A game to hammer home how broken London house prices are
By Alex Hern - 21 August 16:08

That'll be £150,000, if y… oh, you're in London? Make it £1.5m.

Kepler, the planet-hunting space telescope, is dead
By Alex Hern - 16 August 16:06

3,000 potential exoplanets later, a failed reaction wheel means the end of the Kepler mission.

Redditors find the future in the present
By Alex Hern - 09 August 11:03

What are the most mindblowing recent advancements most people still don't know about?

Bebo to relaunch with fewer pics of crudely-drawn penises
By Alex Hern - 08 August 15:54

Did AOL balls it up for good?

New Statesman
Female web developer wanted. Must love shoes and nail varnish
By Alex Hern - 08 August 10:00

Some developers are being sexist. It must be a Thursday.

What could a Jeff Bezos Washington Post look like?
By Alex Hern - 06 August 15:42

There will be changes afoot at the venerable institution.

What's the difference between r/creepshots and a national newspaper?
By Alex Hern - 02 August 11:37

400 words of "news", apparently.

New Statesman
Forget the Sun, this is OUR Britain
By Alex Hern - 31 July 11:57

What if other papers followed up on the Sun's front page?

Google Chromecast's secret weapon: piracy
By Alex Hern - 29 July 11:58

The new device from Google makes watching fringe-legal content a dream.

Hundred-thousand dollar Kickstarter cancelled amid threats and anger
By Alex Hern - 26 July 14:25

Do we have to get used to the occasional failure?

Does the 485th richest person in Britain really need to crowdfund a mobile phone?
By Alex Hern - 24 July 14:40

People get fanatical about open-source software, but Canonical Inc. is not a charity, writes Alex Hern.

The Home Office continues scaring the shit out of immigrants
By Alex Hern - 22 July 15:51

"Go home or face arrest", says a new poster campaign.

Would the Daily Mail website fall foul of the online porn filters it has championed?
By Alex Hern - 22 July 11:20

Ban this sick filth. No, not THIS sick filth, obviously.

Don't stop donating blood just because the government's sold the plasma service
By Alex Hern - 19 July 9:15

The company doesn't have anything to do with UK donor blood.

New Statesman
If there's no god, how come Reddit just downgraded the atheism subforum?
By Alex Hern - 18 July 12:50

Reddit steps up its editorial role. But will it have to take responsibility for what goes on within its walls?

Women offered as perks in a job ad
By Alex Hern - 16 July 11:39

Geek misogyny, take a bow. Then leave.

New Statesman
The panopticons of Cuba
By Alex Hern - 16 July 9:27

In a few places, Bentham's vision was realised. Then it became commonplace.

New Statesman
Terrifying bipedal robot walks, climbs, dances to EDM
By Alex Hern - 15 July 14:59

Meet ATLAS, source of your eventual doom.

New Statesman
@pippatips facing legal action from Pippa Middleton
By Alex Hern - 15 July 11:37

Someone is sore about being outsold by their parody.