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Reddit provides cancer sufferer with early showing of Star Trek: Into Darkness
By Alex Hern - 07 January 8:00

"The last thing he got to do that gave him pleasure was watch the new Star Trek movie."

Pinterest acquires and shutters Punchfork
By Alex Hern - 04 January 17:22

The mayfly life of a 2010s start-up.

Instagram's ToS
Instagram backs down, won't use photos in adverts
By Alex Hern - 19 December 8:53

Despite legal language used, "we do not have plans for this" says Kevin Systrom.

Instagram asserts the right to sell your photos
By Alex Hern - 18 December 8:39

You are not the customer, you are the product.

New Statesman
Don't boycott Google because it's evil. Boycott it because it's terrible
By Alex Hern - 13 December 14:10

Google's dodging taxes. But its worst crime is messing around with search results.

New Statesman
Mogulgeddon: Alan Sugar and Donald Trump compete to be most childish tycoon on the internet
By Alex Hern - 07 December 10:32

It's mogul v mogul on the highways of the internets.

Invasion of the cyber hustlers
By Steven Poole - 06 December 6:31

From Jeff Jarvis to Clay Shirky, a class of gurus are intent on "disrupting" old-fashioned practices like asking us to pay for valuable content. Meanwhile, web giants like Google and Apple jealously guard their profitable secrets.

A shop in Tahrir Square is spray painted with the word Twitter
Do my tweets really matter?
By Talitha Stevenson - 29 November 8:10

The pathologies of modern life.

Is Venus the two-faced cat really a chimera?
By Alex Hern - 28 November 11:26

Genetics explained, with added kittens.

New Statesman
Edward Saatchi: "It’s a statement of the obvious, whoever is prepared to look at the latest technologies will win"
By Charlotte Simmonds - 26 November 18:21

An interview with the Obama campaigner behind the social network that's changing politics and big businesses.

New Statesman
Tech has a white dude problem, and it doesn't get better by not talking about it
By Alex Hern - 19 November 13:41

The organisers of the British Ruby Conference have cancelled the event due to their failure to invite a diverse speaker line-up.

New Statesman
From high-brow to hi-tech: Shakespeare on the iPad
By Kamila Kocialkowska - 01 November 13:22

The launch of a new literature app sees the world's most famous playwright re-invented for the digital age.

The trolls we despise are our own creation
By Tauriq Moosa - 17 October 8:49

To kill off the poisonous notions of celebrity, we have to stop giving it our attention and act civilly to each other.

As Facebook turns off facial recognition in Europe, is this the start of a change for the company?
By Alex Hern - 15 October 16:18

Meet the new social network, not quite the same as the old social network.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Grant Shapps is... Michael Green
By New Statesman - 21 September 21:14

Photo emerges of new Tory chairman wearing a "Michael Green" name badge at a Las Vegas conference.

The AntiSec logo, in ASCII-art form.
One million and one Apple device IDs leaked
By Alex Hern - 04 September 10:53

AntiSec – part of Anonymous – obtained the data by hacking an FBI agent's laptop.

Apple: reporting on drone warfare is "objectionable and crude"
By Alex Hern - 31 August 9:16

The company has blocked "Drones+" from its app store.

Instagram's homepage.
Business quote of the day
By Alex Hern - 30 August 12:44

Silicon valley business models edition.