Dispatches from the front line of the internet


Felix Baumgartner the moment before beginning his freefall to earth
Man jumps from space: giffed
By Alex Hern - 14 October 20:05

Today, a man jumped off a balloon 36km up in the air, freefalling from space for almost four and a half minutes.

This is really all you need to see to understand that.

Amazon launches yet another loss-leader, but what is its plan?
By Alex Hern - 12 October 14:32

The Kindle Owners Lending Library will sell a lot of Kindles – but Kindles don't make money.

Colbert knows I'm miserable now
By Alex Hern - 11 October 16:13

Stephen Colbert interviews Morrissey.

The front page of r/politics
Reddit blocks Gawker in defence of its right to be really, really creepy
By Alex Hern - 11 October 12:09

Links from Gawker are banned from /r/politics, after journalist threatens to reveal the identity of the man running Reddit's "creepshots", "beatingwomen" and "jailbait" forums.

Rob Liefeld's Captain America, an infamous example of 90s excess.
Run your business (into the ground) the Marvel Comics way
By Alex Hern - 10 October 11:30

The collapse of Marvel comics in the 1990s is legend – one everyone can learn from.

New Statesman
Julia Gillard tells opposition leader: calling me a bitch shows you're a misogynist
By Alex Hern - 09 October 11:08

The Australian PM is angry. You wouldn't like her when she's angry.

"The Intruders" hand bottle of Bollinger to Barclays for "innovation in interest rate manipulation" (Video)
By Alex Hern - 09 October 7:31

The group gatecrashed Investment Banking Awards in Mayfair to present the fake prize.

Rutger Hauer, in the film Blade Runner.
New web security system tests computers' emotions
By Alex Hern - 08 October 11:18

Sorting the men from the replicants.

A new iTunes streaming service could be a disaster for songwriters
By Alex Hern - 05 October 14:22

Two rumours in short succession have hinted that the digital music scene is moving firmly away from the buy-to-own (or rather, pay-to-permanently-license-with-terms-just-short-of-ownership) model – of iTunes, the Amazon MP3 Store and Bandcamp – towards the model which services like Spotify and i

The crashing insensitivity of Kay Burley [UPDATE]
By Alex Hern - 05 October 11:12

Update Via @johnestevens, a new video shows the full context of Kay Burley's breaking news. 


EastJet Orange.
EasyJet's linking policy bans you from using the colour orange
By Alex Hern - 04 October 16:46

Luckily, we don't link to easyJet.

Ed Miliband delivers his conference speech, Tuesday
The "one nation" supercut
By Alex Hern - 04 October 13:28

Ed Miliband's conference speech in 90 seconds.

Tumblring the presidential debates
By Alex Hern - 03 October 16:00

A gifessay.

When Louis asked Jimmy about being a paedophile
By Alex Hern - 03 October 12:12

A scene from the 2000 interview shows the allegations were a long time coming.

Michael O'Leary thinks he works fifty times harder than his employees
By Alex Hern - 02 October 16:12

I'm paid about 20 times more than the average employee and I think that gap should be wider. I probably work 50 times harder. I was paid €1.2m last year for carrying 80 million passengers. Aer Lingus's boss [Christoph Mueller] got €1.3m for carrying nine million passengers.

US runs out of coral snake anti-venom
By Alex Hern - 02 October 15:31

Either big government bureaucracy, or big pharma greed, has gone mad. Or both.

A self-portrait by Chris Ware. Image courtesy of Jonathan Cape
Review: Building Stories
By Alex Hern - 01 October 16:38

87 billion novels in one.

Apple's apology would have happened under Steve Jobs, too
By Alex Hern - 28 September 14:18

Tim Cook's Apple isn't that different.

Apple's maps compared to reality.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook apologises for shoddy Maps
By Alex Hern - 28 September 14:07

A rare public apology from the company.

A sad Mac
Bad chart of the week: Onswipe
By Alex Hern - 28 September 12:14

The award for worst data visualisation goes to...

New Statesman
Why Apple had to change its maps
By Alex Hern - 27 September 12:54

They may not be great, but they were inevitable.

Kelvin MacKenzie, this is why the Sun is "picked out" over Hillsborough
By Alex Hern - 26 September 15:55

Comparing the tabloid's front page with the other papers that day.

New Statesman
The £2 broadband tax echoes Canada's 30¢ tax to save music
By Alex Hern - 24 September 15:39

"Boy, hurting that new industry to save this dying one; that definitely won't backfire!" - Nobody, ever.

James Delingpole running as an anti-wind farm candidate in constituency with no wind farms
By Alex Hern - 06 September 15:25

Corby might have five wind turbines in the future though.

Democratic National Congress thrown off YouTube for copyright infringement
By Alex Hern - 05 September 16:24

Michelle Obama's speech infringed copyright, some robots believe.