Russia Blocks Shutterstock Website Over Photos of Russian Flag in Dog Poo

The Russian government has blocked the stock photography website Shutterstock, according to the English-language news site Meduza. Russia’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor, explained that Shutterstock was blocked for “insulting state symbols”, a likely reference to photos on the site showing miniature Russian flags planted in dog poo. Read More >>

That Time Animators Brought a Guillotine to the Disney Labour Strike in 1941

Today, we often think of labour strikes as fairly mundane affairs. But there was a time when labour actions were much more intense. Like in 1941, when animators supporting the strike at Disney’s studio in the US city of Burbank, California brought a guillotine to show just how upset they were with Disney management over low wages at the studio. Read More >>

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This Wired Article From 2007 About Throwing Away Your Mobile Phone Makes Some Good Points

Everyone gets frustrated with their mobile phones at some point, leading many of us to fantasise about throwing our shit into the ocean and just living without one. And back in the ancient world of 2007, that was a much more reasonable possibility. A Wired article from July 31, 2007 made the case that there were plenty of good reasons to ditch your phone. Many of those reasons still apply today. Read More >>

Baby Yoda GIFs Are Back Online and Giphy Has Apologised to Disney For Some Reason

The adorable green character that people are calling Baby Yoda (they don’t actually have a name yet) has become a breakout star of the new Disney+ streaming show “The Mandalorian.” But last week, cute Baby Yoda GIFs started disappearing from Giphy, one of the most popular animated GIF sites on the web. The good news: The GIFs are back. The bad news: It’s still unclear why the Baby Yoda GIFs disappeared in the first place. Read More >>

Uber Loses Operating License in London (Again) Over Safety and Security Issues

Uber has lost its operating license in London yet again. According to Transport for London (TfL), the company has shown a “pattern of failures,” including “several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk.” Uber says it will appeal the decision. Again. Read More >>

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Will Elon Musk’s Cybertruck Arrive Before the Flying Car?

Building the future is hard. And nowhere was that more evident than at Tesla’s grand unveiling of the Cybertruck in Los Angeles last night. But if anyone can do it, Elon Musk can, right? Right? Read More >>

Chinese State Media Runs Facebook Ad With Bill Gates Talking About How Great China Is Doing

Xinhua News, China’s largest state-run news agency, is currently buying ads on Facebook that feature a video of Bill Gates talking about China. The video ad is a fascinating example of the ways in which the Chinese government is using Facebook, which is banned in mainland China, to spread propaganda online while headlines around the world are more focused on Beijing’s horrifying human rights abuses. Read More >>

Iran’s Internet Has Been Shut Off For 4 Days and No One Knows When It’s Coming Back

The government of Iran shut off the internet for virtually everyone in the country on Saturday as protests over fuel prices turned violent. The internet in Iran has now been inaccessible to the general population of 81 million for almost four days, and it’s not clear when the government will turn it back on. Read More >>

Facebook Exec Defends Breitbart’s Inclusion in News Tab, Says Facebook Also Has ‘Far Left’ News

Facebook recently announced that white supremacist propaganda site Breitbart would be considered a “high quality” news source on its platform, leading to complaints that Facebook was legitimising hate. But it’s fine, according to one Facebook executive who gave an interview at the Code Media conference in Los Angeles on Monday, because Facebook also includes the “far left” in its News tab. Read More >>

How to Watch the Trump Impeachment Hearings Today on YouTube, Facebook, and More

The impeachment hearings against US President Donald Trump start today in Washington, D.C. at 10 am local time, which is 3pm for us. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we can watch it all unfold on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more, with our links below. Read More >>

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Labour Party Hit With ‘Sophisticated and Large Scale’ Cyber Attack During Election Campaign

The Labour Party announced on Tuesday that it’s been hit with a “sophisticated and large scale” cyber attack on its digital platforms but suggested that all of its data was secure. Read More >>

Uber CEO Says Murder of Journalist By Saudi Government Was ‘Mistake’ That Can Be Forgiven

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is facing harsh criticism after he defended the Saudi government, one of the largest investors in Uber, on a TV news show that aired Sunday night. Khosrowshahi was asked about the 2018 murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which the CIA believes was ordered by top Saudi officials. Khosrowshahi downplayed the murder, calling it a “mistake” and saying that even Uber makes mistakes. Read More >>

Netflix CEO: We’re Not Trying to Do ‘Truth to Power’

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings defended the streamer’s decision earlier this year to censor an episode of “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj,” during an interview at the New York Times DealBook Conference on Wednesday. The episode, which criticised Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi investment in Silicon Valley, was pulled for users in Saudi Arabia after the Saudi government complained. Read More >>

Let’s Talk About the Big Social Media News of the Month

It’s been an absolutely bonkers month for social media companies like Facebook and Twitter, with Facebook admitting that they allow politicians to lie in ads on the platform and Twitter opening the floodgates to show users more ads than ever. Just yesterday, Twitter even announced that it was banning all political ads, something that Facebook has refused to do. Read More >>

Here’s the Internet’s ‘Birth Certificate’ From 50 Years Ago

Fifty years ago Tuesday, on 29 October 1969, the internet was born. It was a humble beginning – a single login from a computer terminal at UCLA in Los Angeles to the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in the US state of California's Bay Area. But it was a tiny baby step that would eventually catapult the world into the information age. Read More >>