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The Best Buildings Of The Year, According To The Internet 

The people who get to dole out awards to architects each year are normally critics and panels of experts who know exactly what goes into designing a building. But what would normal people — or even the internet at large — choose?


Mark Zuckerberg Is Just Plain Bad At Net Neutrality

Mark Zuckerberg means well. Or at least the billionaire says he does in a recent blog post about net neutrality and the Facebook-backed nonprofit Internet.org. Long story short, publishers in India are pulling their content from the Internet.org app over apparent net neutrality violations, and well, Zuck’s reaction is pretty much: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


The Plan To Build An Undersea Cable Around The US -- And Why We Need It

There’s a new undersea cable in the works, unlike any system that’s been built before. It is almost 10,000 miles long. It winds under the Arctic Ocean, from the United Kingdom, over Canada, and down to Japan, offering the fastest possible route between London and Tokyo. It stops on icy Canadian shores along the way, providing internet access to small communities entirely dependent on spotty satellite connection. And what’s really new: the cable is made possible only by climate change. Melting Arctic ice is making way for giant cable ships.


Yelp Vigilantes Are Organising Against Businesses In The Name Of Justice

After the owner of a pizzeria said last week that he wouldn’t cater a gay wedding, a group of Yelpers took action, using their reviews to bring down the business. Not customers unhappy with the service, but social justice protesters reviewing the business based on ideology. And it’s not just an isolated case.


Guys I'm Not Sure This US Senator Knows How The Internet Works

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.) wants to remove The Anarchist Cookbook from the internet — you know, that notorious DIY bomb-making manual that has been around since the 1970s, is still available in print, the one you can buy on Amazon and find literally thousands of places online and offline for a pittance.


Of Course Japan Has An Island Where Cats Outnumber People

This short film documents life on Tashirojima, a tiny island off the Oshika Peninsula in Japan. It’s home to 800 cat overlords, and the 100 or so humans who slavishly feed their feral masters.


What It's Like To Work For Putin's Internet Troll Army 

The Guardian has a doozy of a report on Russia’s secret troll army: hundreds of bloggers and commentators paid to flood the internet with pro-Kremlin posts. Two former employees gave the paper a rare glimpse inside the troll army’s headquarters.


The EU Is Planning Antitrust Charges Against Google

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the European Union is preparing to level antitrust charges at Google “in the next few weeks”.


Censorship Order That Threatened Websites And Message Boards Overturned

Our right to express opinions online — for instance, to criticise copyright trolls and their demands for money in hopes of scaring them away — are protected by the First Amendment. The Georgia Supreme Court correctly underscored these protections in a ruling late last week about the state’s anti-stalking law. The panel overturned a trial judge’s astonishing order directing a website owner to remove all statements about a poet and motivational speaker who had a sideline business of demanding thousands of dollars from anyone who posted her prose online — a practice that had sparked plenty of criticism on the web.


Study Shows Internet Access Inflates Your Sense Of Internal Knowledge

If you don’t know something, you Google it. Of course you do. But researchers suggest that the digital fast track to knowledge can inflate our sense of how much information is actually stored away in our brain.