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Flash Just Patched a Huge Security Flaw, Go Update it Right Now!

David Smothers July 8, 2014

Adobe just patched up a gaping security flaw that could affect anyone who logs on to eBay, Tumblr, Instagram, or other popular sites. If you’re a person who visits any of those domains (or really, any website out there that might use Flash), you really should update your stuff right now. Basically, the flaw—which security… Continue Reading »

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Twitter Tweets That It’s Going Public

David Smothers September 12, 2013

Twitter has announced, via Twitter, that it has filed the paperwork for its long-anticipated initial public offering: We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale. — Twitter (@twitter) September 12, 2013 Neither the news, nor how it was announced,… Continue Reading »

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Yup, the NYTimes and Twitter Outages Started With Simple Phishing

David Smothers August 28, 2013

As we strongly suspected earlier, the hackers that briefly took over the Twitter and New York Times domains yesterday didn’t use brute force or fancy hacks to get in. The LATimes reports that the Syrian Electronic Army used phishing emails to get username and password credentials for several employees Melbourne IT, the registrar for both… Continue Reading »

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Check Out How Much Better Twitter Could Look (and Work)

David Smothers July 30, 2013

In the early days, Twitter was famous for its dead simple design: a box, some text, a button. But over the years, it’s gotten busier with the hashtags and the @ mentions and the retweets. Some might say say too busy. So why not just start over and rebuild this thing from the ground up?… Continue Reading »

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Teen Threatens to Kill His Little Sister If J. Cole Doesn’t Retweet Him

David Smothers June 19, 2013

In a sick twist on the classic National Lampoon magazine cover, a craze J. Cole fan threatened to kill his little sister if the North Carolina rapper didn’t retweet him. “Retweet me and I’ll buy Born Sinner,” said Twitter user That Aint My Kid, referring to Cole’s latest album. “Don’t retweet me and I’ll kill my lil sister.” To show he… Continue Reading »

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Pets Who Are Famous On Twitter, Facebook & YouTube

David Smothers March 25, 2013

If you have a pet who likes to watch you tweet and update your Facebook status, you might consider letting him or her get an account on a social media site. Back in 2011, Mashable reported that one in ten pets in the UK has a social media account of some kind. That is an astonishingly high… Continue Reading »

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A Shimmering, Tweet-Based Langauge Map of NYC

David Smothers February 21, 2013

If you’ve ever wondered which languages are spoken where in NYC, here’s the map for you. This visualization shows exactly which languages are used in tweets across the city. Put together by James Cheshire, Ed Manley and Oliver O’Brien from University College London, the map builds on 8.5 million tweets, captured between January 2010 and February 2013,… Continue Reading »

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Report: This Is the Site Hacking All Those Companies

David Smothers February 19, 2013

This might be a clue about the hacking going on the past week or so. According the All Things D, a site called iPhonedevSdk (do not visit this site; it’s malicious), is responsible for the hacks of Facebook and Apple. The site reportedly used a Java vulnerability, using code built into the HTML of the site…. Continue Reading »

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Deal of the Day: 25GB of Free Cloud Storage from Box

David Smothers February 7, 2013

Dropbox gives you 2GB of storage when you sign up. iCloud offers 5GB. While there are plenty of reasons to prefer those services, the storage space they offer is way less than what you can get with Box today. Usually Box only gives you 5GB of storage for free, but if you sign up with a new… Continue Reading »

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