Dispatches from the front line of the internet


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The Home Office wants immigrants to be afraid
By Alex Hern - 04 July 12:07

The most authoritarian of the government departments also has an authoritarian twitter account.

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Apple needs to court gamers with the iPhone
By Alex Hern - 01 July 18:14

The company is clearly proud of the power of the iPhone 5; so why ignore the apps which can show that off best?

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Google Reader is dying. Here's where to go next
By Alex Hern - 01 July 12:42

Don't bury your head in the sand, switch to one of these services.

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Pocket Spacecraft wants you to put a thing on the moon, for science
By Alex Hern - 28 June 16:09

A thing. On the moon. For less than the price of a PS4.

Crossrail prepares for renationalisation (by other countries)
By Alex Hern - 25 June 11:55

Over half of the bidders to run the new railway are foreign nationalised rail firms.

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By Alex Hern - 24 June 13:58


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The art of the non-apology: Serena Williams
By Alex Hern - 19 June 15:54

How to sound sorry without saying "sorry".

Kickstarter apologises for publishing "seduction guide", donates $25,000 to charity
By Alex Hern - 19 June 13:12

"This material encourages misogynistic behavior and is inconsistent with our mission of funding creative works."

Are there ethical lapses in the Times' story on William's "Indian ancestry"?
By Alex Hern - 14 June 11:02

Turning a front page story into an advert for Times+ is concerning.

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Completing the PRISM jigsaw puzzle
By Alex Hern - 13 June 14:16

The NSA takes such great quantities of data legally that it has built a system to manage it.

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WATCH: John Oliver hosts the Daily Show for the first time
By Alex Hern - 12 June 15:33

As first days go, it could have been quieter…

The three most important things you missed in the Apple keynote
By Alex Hern - 11 June 10:38

The signals sent below the watermark.

The creeping redefinition of violence
By Alex Hern - 06 June 13:41

Alex Hern speaks to David Graeber about the liberal abandonment of Occupy New York.

Kate Winslet is defined by her career not her children
By Alex Hern - 06 June 12:07

Obvious headline is obvious.

Farmville, Zynga's first addiction farm.
Former Zynga employee takes to Reddit to deal dirt
By Alex Hern - 05 June 16:57

Gives them "10:1 odds" on lasting more than three years.

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Developers of Draw Something, worth $180m in 2012, now worth $0m
By Alex Hern - 04 June 16:11

Can you hear the bubble pop? Can you hear it OMGPOP?

Over Bike-Share Schemes, The Wall Street Journal Loses the Plot
By Alex Hern - 04 June 14:41

“Do not ask me to enter the mind of the totalitarians running this government.”

Grant Morrison's Zenith returning to print in December
By Alex Hern - 29 May 12:02

Lost classic being reprinted in a limited run of 1000 copies.

Anita Sarkeesian thanking her Kickstarter backers.
Anita Sarkeesian's new video explores "dark and edgy" abuse of women, gets pulled from YouTube
By Alex Hern - 29 May 9:57

The Men Who Get Unbelievably Angry At A Woman Critically Analysing Videogames just will not let up.

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Moon dust found in storage in a California lab
By Alex Hern - 24 May 16:02

The dust, gathering dust. But the wrong sort of dust.

Ilford police seize property of rough sleepers
By Alex Hern - 24 May 12:07

A shocking story from East London.

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A Marvel comic shows the true face of Britain
By Alex Hern - 23 May 15:49

Faiza Hussein is the new Captain Britain.

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New browser plugin stops people bamboozling you with numbers
By Alex Hern - 16 May 8:45

Dictionary of Numbers provides that much needed context.

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Does the New York Times actually want anyone to read Angelina Jolie's piece?
By Alex Hern - 14 May 11:19

If the NYT wants to ensure its pieces are never sullied by the corrupting eye of a reader, it can lock them in lead-lined boxes and drop them in the Hudson. But if it wants to help Angelina Jolie in her mission to spread awareness about breast cancer, it

Amazing colour footage of London in the 1920s
By Alex Hern - 13 May 16:29

"They built an arch of marble, and called it Marble Arch."