The 'Selfie Factory' Is Not the End of the World

For £19.99, you can spend an entire day taking photos of yourself in front of pink elephants, sunflower walls and neon ball pits.

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The People Paid to Dox Airbnb Addresses

In response to a need to enforce short term rental legislation, an industry of companies has popped up tasked with finding the real addresses of Airbnbs and other properties.

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Europe's Space Agency Wants People to Live Inside Moon Caves

The agency wants input on how to send robots to the Moon to explore the virtually unseen caves, which could one day shelter humans.

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The Perils of Livestreaming on Reddit

Reddit is trialling a livestreaming service. Two social media and online community researchers ask what impact it may have on moderators.

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The DM That Changed My Life: Domino’s Will Send Me Promotional Texts Until I Die

The sad fact is that outside of family and close friends, I think Domino’s might be my longest running correspondence.

'Feral Hogs' Was Made for Weird Twitter

An unwitting tweet about "30-50 feral hogs" felt destined to go viral. But why?

Remembering Instagram Before the Influencers

Artists like Audrey Wollen, Alexandra Marzella and Arvida Bystrom moved to Instagram from Tumblr in the early 2010s. But the past few years have seen the platform shift.

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Here’s How Big Far Right Social Network Gab Has Actually Become

Gab has experienced a huge growth spurt in the first half of 2019, a worrying sign of the spread of hateful ideologies and radicalisation online.

Amazon’s Creepy Twitter PR Army Is Growing

Amazon now has dozens of apparent employees tweeting about how much they love the company. But even former employees are suspicious of the accounts.

The 'Selfie Factory' Is Not the End of the World

For £19.99, you can spend an entire day taking photos of yourself in front of pink elephants, sunflower walls and neon ball pits.

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How a Group Of Gamers Tracked Down a Quadruple Murder Suspect

When one of their friends said he killed three people and was about to kill another, the members of a gaming forum sprung into action. But they were faced with a terrible situation – the clock was ticking and they had no idea where the alleged killer was.

Twitch Sues to Identify Users Who Uploaded Christchurch Video and Porn to Its Platform

Users posted the violating material to the section of Twitch for Valve-developed game 'Artifact' at the end of May.

Welcome to 'Borderlands 3', Where You Can Shoot a Brain in a Jar With Legs

The latest iteration of the Gearbox shooter offers a billion guns and a slew of ludicrous things to shoot them at.

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The Amazon Is on Fire and the Smoke Can Be Seen from Space

The Amazon has been burning for weeks amid increasing deforestation. The intense smoke was detected by NASA and plunged São Paulo into darkness on Monday.

Good Job, Humans: Arctic Snow Contains Rubber and Varnish

Microplastics and fibers in the Arctic snow likely came from pollution in the atmosphere, scientists say.

Humans Have Done 50 Million Years of Damage to New Zealand’s Birds

It would take longer than humans have been on this Earth to recover the number of bird species lost in New Zealand.

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Should We Be Worried About the Rise of a Cashless Society?

Money money money, it’s so funny, in a cashless world!

A Deep Dive Into 'Cherry Emoji Twitter'

Everything you need to know about Twitter's horny, nostalgia-obsessed and morally depraved socialite subculture.

Who Kept Buying the Mac Pro Everyone Hated?

As the 2013 Mac Pro ages out and its long-awaited replacement enters the frame, the trash-can-era Mac Pro will probably be remembered by most professional users as a bad memory. But it won’t disappear completely.

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