Video: There are so many great aerial shots of China in this video by Stef Hoffer that I think my mind just teleported there. It isn't just the pretty stuff either; the video is especially great because it shows many different sides of China, from the natural beauty of the country to the smoggy life in the cities and all that's in between: Sand dunes, solar panels, rice terraces, ghost cities and shanty towns.
Do you feel like you're currently being inundated with too much information? People have been warning about the threat of "information overload" for decades. But a new poll by Pew Research Center shows that most Americans don't feel overloaded at all. Unless you're elderly or make very little money. Which, at the end of the day, makes the threat of information overload a workers' rights issue.
Video: Stephen Colbert has a message for the "subreddit sub-geniuses" propagating the ridiculous Pizzagate conspiracy theory: "Grow the f**k up."
In the latest iOS update, Twitter killed the last feature that made the platform usable — the @-reply. Goodbye, "don't @ me." Hello, "literally can't @ me." Your replies to someone's tweets no longer factor into character count, which is good, but removing the @ all together makes your feed look confusing as hell.
Earlier this week YouTube's Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl penned a sunny blog post applauding his platform's payouts to musicians — $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) derived from advertising in the past 12 months alone. That's an objectively large sum. It's also a devastatingly low figure compared to pretty much every other online music service.
Marc Andreessen is under fire after playing both sides of an important decision made at Facebook earlier this year. A new Bloomberg report cites recently unsealed court documents from a lawsuit filed against the company's board of directors. In the suit, shareholders accuse Andreessen of advising CEO Mark Zuckerberg when he was supposed to be representing the interest of investors.
Facebook is doing a big public relations push today to promote its "Year in Review" lists of the top topics and videos on the platform, and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg appeared on the Today Show in the US as part of the festivities. During her interview, Sandberg dodged questions on fake news and failed to provide any meaningful information about its spread on the platform in the lead up to the US election. Though she was happy to announce that the US election was indeed the most discussed topic globally on Facebook this year.
A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for hacking celebrities, social security numbers, nude photographs and trying to sell scripts for popular movies and TV shows. As The New York Times notes, his five year sentence is almost twice the length suggested by US federal sentencing guidelines for hacking.
By now the mannequin challenge — the latest teen meme which is in no way challenging and does not involve any mannequins — has been attempted in just about every configuration. It swept high schools, wormed its way into late night TV and even graced the hallowed halls of professional wrestling. As of yesterday, the mannequin challenge is also responsible for sending two people to gaol.
We live in an age of fakes. But it seems that all those fake stories and photos that we see swirling around the internet are somehow getting even worse. Did you hear about the guy who brought a gun to a DC pizza shop because of a conspiracy theory he read online? Yes, the internet's fakes bleed into the "real world" all the time. Here are just a few of the fake photos you may have seen circulating recently.