Dispatches from the front line of the internet


Facebook introduces icons for same-sex marriage
By Alex Hern - 04 July 10:18

The rollout happened quietly over the weekend

The Twitter logo, manipulated.
Twitter doesn't like you avoiding ads
By Alex Hern - 03 July 15:59

The social network has announced tough new restrictions on how third-parties can build apps.

Former News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks
Phone-hacking, then rate-fixing – which industry is next?
By Alex Hern - 02 July 16:40

The anatomy of a modern-day scandal.

New Statesman
Obamacare ruled constitutional; Twitter doesn't know what everyone is yelling about
By Alex Hern - 28 June 15:43

A complicated ruling pushed the social network into chaos.

Selling out journalistic credentials has never been this adorable.
Can churnalism be so bad when it looks so cute?
By Alex Hern - 20 June 11:52

Bandai hires cat as security guard; we fall for their ruse hook, line and sinker.

The scoring system explained. Screenshot via Techcrunch.com
Louise Mensch invents Twitter; shame Twitter already did it
By Alex Hern - 19 June 15:47

Will you Menshn? Probably not.

Football: Fanatics and the rest of us
By Alex Hern - 19 June 14:22

40% of us don't give a toss about football. Another 35% only care a bit.

Jimmy Carr has been accused by the Times of avoiding tax.
Jimmy Carr's accountant responds to allegations
By Alex Hern - 19 June 9:00

The Times has accused the comedian of avoiding tax

A drone for every home
By Alex Hern - 14 June 14:46

Drones are becoming the latest military technology to find a home as consumer technology.

Australian electronics retailer institutes "Internet Explorer tax"
By Alex Hern - 14 June 11:41

Using IE7 will cost you 6.8 per cent more.

Internet gold rush: Amazon wants .mail, Guardian wants .observer and S.C. Johnson wants .mrmuscle
By Alex Hern - 13 June 15:56

As new top level domains go on sale, companies bid for the land rush.

Sweden's official twitter account just got freaky
By Alex Hern - 12 June 11:39

Thank you, Sonja Abrahamsson, for being just a bit weird.