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 >>

design
RIP Robert Blakeley, Designer of the Fallout Shelter Sign

Designer Robert W. Blakeley isn’t a household name, but every American has seen his work. No, he wasn’t employed by Coca-Cola or Ford or Disney, but instead worked for the US government. Blakeley’s most famous design? He came up with the yellow and black fallout shelter sign. Sadly, he died last week at the age of 95. Read More >>

apps
AIM Will Finally Die its Last Death Later This Year

On Friday, AOL announced its Instant Messenger will die on December 15th. It was 20 years old. Read More >>

twitter
Here Are the Latest Very Bad Things to Happen to Twitter

The Death of Twitter has be proclaimed over and over in some form since 2009. Eulogies ramped up over the last year, when its monthly active user count stalled, its executives left en masse, and the prospect of changes led users to revolt with the hashtag #RIPTwitter. Read More >>

guns
Mikhail Kalashnikov, Inventor of the AK-47, Has Died

Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, passed away yesterday morning at the age of 94, according to the BBC. Read More >>