news
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung Volcano Erupted Today and the Photos Are Spooky as Hell

The photos and video emerging from the Indonesian island of Sumatra right now are absolutely terrifying. Thankfully, no one has been hurt, but the smoke and ash bubbling from Mount Sinabung after an eruption earlier today is like watching some kind of mythical monster slowly taking over the sky. Read More >>

robots
I Can’t Stop Laughing at These Ski Robots Falling Down

If you saw that video of a robot skilfully opening a door yesterday, you might think that the robot uprising is just around the corner. But this new video of skiing robots falling on their faces might help you sleep at night. Or at least give you a good laugh. Read More >>

amazon
Amazon Rumoured to Launch National Delivery Service to Send More Than Just Amazon Packages

According to a new report, Amazon has plans to launch a new delivery service, first with its third-party merchants, then expanding nationally across the USA. And executives at companies FedEx and UPS are no doubt waking up to frantic phone calls about what their industry might look like in five years. Read More >>

twitter
US NSA Sent Coded Messages From Its Official Twitter Account to Communicate With Foreign Spies

During the first Cold War, American and British spies would sometimes place coded messages in newspaper classified ads to communicate with each other. And depending on how you interpret a new report in the New York Times, the National Security Agency (NSA) has possibly updated the tactic, using its public Twitter account to send secret messages to at least one Russian spy. Read More >>

security
Russian Hackers Tricked the Keepers of US Drone Secrets Using the Oldest Trick in the Book

A new investigation by the Associated Press has revealed that a whopping 40 per cent of 87 American defence contractors who were recently targeted by Russian hackers clicked on fake links sent to them via email, possibly exposing classified information in the process. Read More >>

internet
John Perry Barlow, EFF Cofounder and Author of 1996 Cyberspace Manifesto, Dies at 70

John Perry Barlow, cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and author of the 1996 manifesto, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, has died. He was 70 years old. Read More >>

twitter
Twitter Made a Profit for the First Time Ever

Twitter, the social media service that gave us a Trump presidency and a potent weapon of the New Cold War, has announced that it turned a net profit for the first time in the company’s history. Twitter’s stock rose in pre-market trading. Read More >>

julian assange
Julian Assange Loses Bid to Have Warrant Dropped, Will Still Be Arrested If He Leaves Embassy in London

A British court has just ruled that the arrest warrant for Julian Assange, first issued when he skipped bail in June of 2012, is still valid. Assange will be arrested if he steps foot outside of the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he’s claimed asylum ever since. Assange’s lawyers will continue to argue other technical points about the case throughout the afternoon. Read More >>

hacking
British Hacker Won’t Be Extradited to the US Because American Prisons Are ‘Medieval’

The ruling came down today after Love’s attorneys argued that he suffered from depression and was at risk of dying by suicide if he were placed in solitary confinement in the US, a disciplinary tactic seen by most of the developed world as torture. Read More >>

animals
Nigel the Bird Found Dead Next to The Concrete Partner He Tried to Woo For Years

Twenty years ago, conservationists in New Zealand placed 80 fake gannet birds on Mana Island in an attempt to attract some real-life gannets. But only one bird finally showed up in 2015. That bird, which locals named Nigel, spent years in a futile effort to woo a mate who was made of concrete. But sadly, Nigel has been found dead next to his stone cold partner. Read More >>

cryptocurrency
19-Year-Old Bitcoin Millionaire Says ‘It’s Your Own Fault’ If You Don’t Become a Millionaire Within the Next Decade

Erik Finman, a 19-year-old from Germany, got rich from cryptocurrencies after his grandmother gave him €1,000 (£876) to invest. He now has roughly $1.5 million (£1.1 million) in bitcoin, and he’s got some harsh words for the rest of us suckers. Finman says, “if you do not become a millionaire in the next 10 years, then it’s your own fault.” Read More >>

nuclear war
Employee Who Triggered Bogus Missile Alert in Hawaii Has Been Fired

The unnamed state government employee who caused a panic after sending out an alert that missiles were about to strike Hawaii has been fired. Three more staff, including the head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, have also resigned, but the case of the Missile That Wasn’t There still leaves people with plenty of questions. Read More >>

wtf
Politician Names Boat ‘Ferry McFerryface’, Blames It On the Public When They Actually Voted For Something Else

When Sydney, Australia decided to have a public vote to name a new ferry, there were worries that residents might choose something ridiculous. So when the winning name was announced as Ferry McFerryface, most people (including us) assumed that it was just another stupid vote gone wrong. But that’s not what happened at all. Read More >>

wearables
Fitness App’s ‘Anonymised’ Data Dump Accidentally Reveals US Military Bases Around the World

People around the world use the app Strava on their smartphones and Fitbits to track how far they run. But researchers have discovered that an “anonymised” data dump released by Strava last year has accidentally revealed sensitive locations, including US military bases around the world. Read More >>

politics
Doomsday Clock Moves 30 Seconds Closer to Midnight Because The World Is Getting More Dangerous

It’s two minutes to midnight. And that’s really bad news if you’re a fan of planet Earth. Read More >>