The Queen Sends Her First Tweet

Briefly: Pray silence… for the Queen’s first tweet. Queen Elizabeth II sent a message from the royal @BritishMonarchy account this morning to mark the grand opening of the Science Museum’s new Information Age Gallery. Bless.


The Best Worst Product Reviews On Amazon

Last week, we asked you to hunt down some of the most absurd, least helpful, and (consequently) absolutely wonderful product reviews that Amazon has to offer. And we are proud to say that you, dear readers, delivered in droves.


Tell Us Your Online Dating Success Stories

Everyone has online dating horror stories. The stories of people actually meeting and falling in love, however, are a lot more rare. But we love love, so if you have an online dating success story, we want to hear it.


Use IFTTT To Supercharge Your Twitter Alerts

IFTTT, one of our favourite apps for doing just about anything, just got updated with a bunch of new Twitter triggers — if you want to stay on top of tweets that mention your name, you now have a much wider choice of ways to do it. These same alerts can also be set up for tweets from a particular @name or using a specific hashtag.


The Horrifying Job Of Facebook Content Moderators

Isn’t Facebook great? (It’s not.) But isn’t it nice and clean and kid friendly? This is true for a very specific reason: the social media giant outsources the gnarly task of finding and deleting inappropriate content. In the November issue of Wired, Adrian Chen offers a peek into the darkest corners of the industry. It’s only slightly horrifying.


Google's Search Changes Are Reportedly Destroying Top Pirate Sites

Last week Google announced that it would be rolling out changes to its search algorithm to significantly demote sites that receive a large number of valid copyright takedown requests. Now TorrentFreak reports that top sites have taken tremendous hits in traffic coming from Google.


Global Incident Maps Tell You How Screwed The World Is In Real Time

You are looking at the current disease outbreaks in the United States, as displayed in real time by Global Incidents Map. They have many more, including forest fires, hazardous materials accidents, amber alerts, border security, drug interdictions, gang crime and now two new ones: human trafficking and food/medicine incidents.


Thanks, ACCC: Ticket Prices For Concerts, Sports Are Going To Become Clearer

The ACCC has been targeting drip pricing, the practice of online booking sites adding additional fees and charges insidiously throughout your purchasing process, since February this year. There’s finally some movement on this — Ticketmaster and Ticketek are being forced to clean up their act when it comes to online ticket prices.


Cybercriminals Are Using Cloud Storage To Hoard Stolen Files

Cybercriminals: They’re just like us! At least, their choice of cloud storage isn’t so far off from your average non-despicable data thief. Instead of using dedicated servers to hoard stolen data, hackers have taken to using popular consumer products like Google Drive and Dropbox.


How To Make Sure You're Visiting The Real iCloud Page

Following yet more privacy concerns over iCloud, Apple has decided to spell out very clearly how to ensure you’re visiting the genuine iCloud page. Here’s what you need to know.


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