Twitter sale makes ‘dropout’ a tech millionaire
Shares in the microblogging service Twitter will go on sale to the public next month, earning a fortune for founder Jack Dorsey. How did a scruffy college dropout become a tech millionaire?
‘Shamburger’ row embarrasses UK Chancellor
George Osborne, in charge of Britain’s finances, spent weeks hammering out a plan for UK spending. Now, just at the moment of his success, a rogue hamburger has stolen the limelight.
Teenager escapes prosecution for ‘hate tweets’
Police have decided to drop the case against the 17-year-old whose offensive tweets forced her to resign as the UK’s first youth police commissioner. Does Paris Brown deserve to be vilified?
THE FUTURE: Everyone is connected
Today, 2.4 billion people are connected to the internet: a vast ‘global mind’ of information and ideas. This shared consciousness comes with big opportunities – and profound risks.
Obama claims upper hand in fierce online battle
Viral videos, joke memes, and tens of millions of tweets: the battleground of this year’s US presidential election has been online. A sign that democracy is changing?
Top tweeters find influence in aphorisms
With millions of followers, today’s best tweeters are increasingly powerful cultural figures. Much of their appeal lies in wit and cleverness – but is this really the best form of expression?
Campaign to catch war criminal goes viral
For decades, Joseph Kony has enslaved children and forced them to wreak horror on their communities. Now, Facebook is echoing with calls to bring him to justice – but experts are critical.
Terrorist tweets challenge free speech
Somalian insurgents Al-Shabaab joined Twitter this month. Their account is a powerful propaganda tool – and America is threatening to shut it down.
‘Squeezed middle’ is word of the year, says OED
Word watchers for the Oxford English Dictionary have chosen a phrase that they say perfectly captures the spirit of the moment. But why are terms like ‘squeezed middle’ so quick to catch on?
Facebook’s plan to map entire lives
With the announcement of some radical new changes, Facebook hails a revolution in how we share our lives with those around us. Is the new format the future – or a step too far?
Texting is the new poetry, says UK’s poet laureate
2 txt or nt 2 txt, tht is th Q. According to poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the abbreviated messages shuttling between our mobiles might just be the stuff of Shakespeare.
Q&A: Stars exposed as privacy protection fades
Everyone's talking about privacy. It's a human right. But as super-injunctions are made meaningless by Twitter could the protection of privacy be a thing of the past?
Turn off the technology! says filmmaker
A provocative British intellectual argues that technology is making us slaves. Independent thought, he says, is being destroyed by our love of machines.