Dispatches from the front line of the internet


Al Gore, who is definitely not dead.
Nine tweeters who think Al Gore died today
By Alex Hern - 01 August 15:42

Gore Vidal died today. Al Gore did not. Somebody tell these people.

New Statesman
The official Olympics comic strip is marred by the monstrosity of Wenlock and Mandeville
By Alex Hern - 01 August 13:10

If you like stories with strange alien creatures and a violent subtext, have I got the strip for you!

A twitter bird with a skateboard and backwards baseball caps
What happens if Twitter's big gambit fails?
By Alex Hern - 01 August 9:09

Twitter wants to become a media company. If you don't like that, it's time to start looking for an exit.

Spot the difference... A Samsung and an Apple phone.
Samsung v Apple gets contempt of court-y
By Alex Hern - 01 August 8:08

The Korean tech giant released prohibited evidence to the press, angering the presiding judge

Manning ally: "The antics of Assange ... reflect negatively on us all"
By Alex Hern - 31 July 16:17

David House, an ally of Private Manning, speaks out against Julian Assange

Douchebag Twitter.
The #nbcfail isn't about email addresses, it's about corporate cronyism
By Alex Hern - 31 July 9:28

Twitter needs to be clear if they have bent the rules for their commercial partners.

Top five racist Republican dog-whistles
By Alex Hern - 27 July 15:39

Sometimes, there's more to a "gaffe" than meets the eye.

Douchebag Twitter.
Twitter fires first shots against Instagram/Facebook
By Alex Hern - 27 July 12:00

The Great Network Wars of 2012 have begun.

The front page of Steam.
Valve panics as Windows 8 prepares to drink Steam's milkshake
By Alex Hern - 26 July 12:03

Platform owners gear up to leverage their power.

Olympics 2012: Ambush marketing can only be stopped by gagging us all
By Alex Hern - 25 July 16:22

It's going to be hard to say anything at all once the IOC have their way.

Who ever wins, we lose.
Would a pigeon be a better chancellor than George Osborne?
By Alex Hern - 25 July 11:01

Ten chances to change course, ten chances blown.

Mensch's twitter page.
Does Louise Mensch have 80,000 fake followers on Twitter?
By Alex Hern - 24 July 15:04

A Twitter stats website suggests that 97% of her followers are fake. (UPDATE: Someone's messing with Mensch.)

Cassetteboy is back, taking Boris Johnson to new levels of incomprehensibility
By Alex Hern - 24 July 13:58

Boris Johnson on the Olympic Games (sort of): "A kind of cringe-making clash of civilisations"

Lightning is even cooler than you think
By Alex Hern - 20 July 13:50

Just like an iceberg, the visible part of a lightning strike is just a tiny fraction of the whole.

Mitt Bane vs Batman Obama.
US shock jock Rush Limbaugh thinks The Dark Knight Rises is an anti-Romney conspiracy
By Alex Hern - 19 July 11:59

When you name your company "a source of ruin, harm or trouble", these things will happen.

New Statesman
Fact or Fiction: TwentyTwelve or 2012?
By Alex Hern - 19 July 7:56

The Olympics are just one cock-up after the next. But are we in sitcom territory yet?

David House trolls the Wikileaks Grand Jury
By Alex Hern - 17 July 9:29

Programmer invokes the fifth amendment 25 times in 50 minutes

G4S has a theme song. It is as awful as you would expect
By Alex Hern - 13 July 12:05

G4S, securing the world - Nickleback-style.

When life gave O2 network failure, it made networkfailureade on Twitter
By Alex Hern - 12 July 13:47

O2's social media guru is making the most of a bad situation

Hyon Song-wol
Kim Jong-un's alleged girlfriend Hyon Song-wol sings "Excellent Horse-Like Lady"
By Caroline Crampton - 11 July 8:49

North Korean leader's "mystery woman" is a formerly married pop star.

Ballsy spammers
By Alex Hern - 10 July 10:02

If you have to force a site to delete your own spam, you're doing it wrong.

A page from a 1908 biology textbook
The horrifying truth behind the "horrifying clam" video
By Alex Hern - 09 July 17:52

In a shocking twist, it's humans who are the real monsters.

Fifty Shades of Cake
Fifty Shades of Cake
By Caroline Crampton - 09 July 15:00

The sponge-and-marzipan manifestation of a publishing sensation.

A police officer causes a cyclist to fall from his bike.
Why are the BBC acting as stenographers for the police?
By Alex Hern - 09 July 10:38

They shouldn't type up official statements.

Met police statement contradicted by video
By Alex Hern - 08 July 13:31

Does it look like a cyclist "fell off" his bike?

You think the Shard is tall? You don't know tall
By Alex Hern - 07 July 13:26

The Shard may be big for London, but it's dwarfed by really tall buildings.

The iPad mini. Maybe.
Apple working on an "iPad mini"
By Alex Hern - 05 July 12:31

Apple expected to launch a 7-8 inch iPad in the next 6 months

European court rules that downloads are resaleable
By Alex Hern - 04 July 13:45

Licence agreements can't stop your statutory rights, the ECJ rules