journalism

Quakebot: An Algorithm That Writes The News About Earthquakes

The first story published about L.A.’s Monday earthquake had an interesting line appended to its end: “This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.”


Don't Believe A Word Of Last Night's US 60 Minutes NSA Interview

Over in the US last night, CBS ran an American 60 Minutes special about the ongoing NSA debacle. It claimed to give “unprecedented access to the agency’s HQ” and “for the first time” explain “what it does and what it says it doesn’t do: spy on Americans.” It was also, incidentally, a pile of steaming bull. Watch…


Some Good Things Drones Can (Actually) Do

While everyone is freaking out about Amazon’s plan to unleash an army of delivery drones on the world, it’s important to remember that these flying robots can do much more than just move packages.


Thousands Of Confidential Bloomberg Terminal Messages Reportedly Found Online

Just the other day, the New York Post outed Bloomberg reporters for monitoring Bloomberg terminals to track Wall Street traders’ accounts. Now, the Financial Times has pointed out another egregious but unrelated security problem: apparently more than 10 thousand confidential terminal records have been on the internet — searchable by Google — probably for years.


Bloomberg Reporters Used Sketchy Terminal Access To Collect Info

Trading on Wall Street is basically a huge game of poker and it would be kind of hard to bluff or cover your strategy if Bloomberg reporters were watching your account to see which resources you were accessing on Bloomberg terminals. So you assume that they are not abusing their company affiliation, because it would be shady and weird. Aka they are definitely doing that.


Journalism Students Are Learning To Operate Drones For...Journalism?

In an attempt to keep pace with rapidly evolving technology, the journalism schools at the University of Missouri and University of Nebraska both offer classes on drone reporting, in spite of the fact that this practice is currently illegal for professional journalists.


The New York Times Messed Up The GIF In Its GIF Trend Piece

Animated GIFs, the New York Times wants you to know, are a thing on the internet. And the Times is always on top of upcoming trends. Unfortunately, the Times‘ GIF in its GIF piece does not loop, making it barely a GIF at all for all practical purposes.


Reporter Who Doesn't Want Her Tweets Published Allegedly Posted Teen's Diary Online

“Investigative reporter” Teri Buhl is running around the internet threatening to sue people for publishing her public tweets. That’s ridiculous in and of itself. But then your head just about explodes when you realise that a few years ago she published a teenager’s private sex diary online without permission.


Chinese Hackers Have Been Hacking The New York Times For The Past 4 Months

Because the NY Times recently exposed China’s Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao, for having made billions of dollars through business dealings, Chinese hackers have been trying to hack and infiltrate the NY Times for the past 4 months. Security experts say the hackers used methods consistent with the Chinese military.


Your Ancient Internet Explorer Is Wasting Everyone's Time And Money

The New York Times’ spectacular multimedia feature, “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, is incredible. The elegant design and tasteful extras only contribute to the gripping narrative. It’s everything we’ve been promised about the journalism of the future. But if you’re looking at it on Internet Explorer 8, you’re doing it wrong.