Iran Tensions Increase Social Media Surveillance at the US Border

Iran Tensions Increase Social Media Surveillance at the US Border

Just days after the United States assassinated Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, US Customs and Border Protection reportedly detained more than 60 Iranian Americans and Iranians, including children, at the US–Canada border. Multiple sources present claim that while some of those detained were held, in certain cases for up to 10 hours, CBP confiscated some of…

The Best of CES 2020

The Best of CES 2020

Best Laptop: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Chromebooks are awesome. They only run Chrome and Android apps (and Linux!), but that’s honestly all most people need. Lightweight, powerful, and beautiful Chromebooks are even more amazing (not to mention few and far between), and that’s why Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook is the new standard. It’s the best way to…

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

No, the ratio’s not dead yet. But Twitter is starting to imagine what the world might look like without it.At CES on Wednesday, Twitter revealed a number of experiments that would reshape key aspects of the platform in significant ways. The most impactful of these, at least at first glance—and certainly one that gained the…

How Tweets Could Prevent War, an App Store Dilemma, and More News

How Tweets Could Prevent War, an App Store Dilemma, and More News

Twitter is shocking and Apple is balking, but first: a cartoon about posthumous photo sharing.Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here!Today’s NewsDid Twitter help stop war with Iran?After a week on Twitter that included President Donald Trump’s…

How the US Knew Iranian Missiles Were Coming Before They Hit

How the US Knew Iranian Missiles Were Coming Before They Hit

On Tuesday, Iran launched more than a dozen missiles targeting two Iraqi military bases housing American soldiers. The attack was retaliation for the US drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, a top-ranking Iranian military general. In a televised speech on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said “minimal damage was sustained” during the attack and that no…

U.S. Government Confirms Critical Security Warning For Firefox Users

U.S. Government Confirms Critical Security Warning For Firefox Users

A critical zero-day vulnerability in the Firefox browser has been spotted being exploited in the … [+] wildLightRocket via Getty ImagesThe United States Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a notification that “encourages” users and administrators to update the Mozilla Firefox web browser. This, despite Firefox releasing a significant…

Netflix’s ‘The Circle’ Is the Best TV Show About the Internet

Netflix’s ‘The Circle’ Is the Best TV Show About the Internet

Certain ideas just sound objectively gross. Giving babies cigarettes, for instance, or mayonnaise-flavored Jell-O. The Circle, a US reality television show in its first season on Netflix, has exactly this sort of forthrightly nasty premise. The Circle pushes its contestants to behave as clout-chasing, manipulative shut-ins for the privilege of appearing on a streaming service…