The Great Web 1.0 Revival

The booming size of today’s mainstream social networks and the constant level of noise we have to deal with has inspired a sudden return to a time when the internet was quieter, safer and more intimate: the Web 1.0 days. Like artisanal hipster nostalgia for a time when men were men, shoes were handmade, and everyone pickled their own vegetables, the internet’s vanguard is pushing for a return toward a simpler digital era.


Malcolm Turnbull Is Introducing Australia's Data Retention Legislation To Parliament Today

Get ready, Australia. We’re about to get our first look at data retention legislation, with Malcolm Turnbull slated to introduce the Bill to Parliament in the next few minutes.


Airbnb Australia To Offer Free Accommodation To People During Emergencies

Australia is a land of extremes. From floods through to bushfires: there’s no telling what’s coming for your house next. In a bid to help people displaced by extreme weather events, Airbnb Australia has stepped in and signed an agreement with the Victorian Government which would see families put up in the company’s rental listings during times of strife.


FBI Turned Off Hotel Internet, Impersonated Cable Guy To Catch Gamblers

It is not a good week for FBI undercover sting operations. After yesterday’s revelation that the FBI planted a phoney, malware-loaded Seattle Times article, we’re now getting wind of another FBI scheme in which agents impersonated internet repairmen. As if we needed another reason not to trust the cable guy.


Reddit Starts Crowdfunding Site To Fill The World With Reddit Baubles

Reddit just launched a crowdfunding platform called Redditmade so moderators can enlist their fellow redditors to fund projects. Why ask outsiders to do something for you when you have your own in-house cabal at your disposal?


The Guardian's First Redesign In Years Actually Reads Like The Internet

The internet changes fast, but The Guardian‘s website hasn’t budged in seven (!) years. Today, it sheds the old cluttered look for a badly needed design refresh that will make its front page easier to read across mobile devices and your desktop.


Happy 45th Birthday, Internet!

Happy birthday, internet! You may be turning 45 today, but we swear you don’t look a day over 30. And not to embarrass you, but we thought we’d celebrate by sharing some of your baby photos. Or, more accurately, perhaps some of your sonograms.


Report: The White House Hacked By Russians

The Washington Post reports that computers at the White House were hacked recently by people possibly working for the Russian government. The NSA and FBI are investigating the attack, which we only found out about thanks to information from an “ally”.


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