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Stop Pretending There's a Line Dividing Politics and Tech — "Silicon Valley is a place where seemingly impossible problems are solved every day," Ezra Klein writes in a new post for The Verge. "...while Washington is a place where solvable problems prove impossible to do anything about." Klein presents a huge chasm dividing the worlds of technology and politics.

Twitter's New BotMaker Cut Spam On The Network By 40 Percent — If you think you're getting less spam on Twitter, you're right. Twitter has just unveiled BotMaker, a system that lets the social network create anti-spam bot code on the fly. BotMaker can automatically take down pesky spammers, block suspicious links, and flag shady behavior - sometimes, even before the accounts in question have had a chance to send out a single tweet.

How Twitter Could Beat the Trolls, And Why It Won’t — Twitter has a troll problem. It has from the beginning, really. But it's been particularly loud this month, thrown into sharp relief with the sickening attacks on Robin Williams' grieving daughter, Zelda. Twitter's response has been tepid at best-and as far as squashing trolls goes, it's the most we can ever expect.

Report: 30 Percent Of All Mobile Spam Is Sent Through iMessage — It's not like we need more reasons to hate iMessage. But we don't really have to look very hard. A security researcher has claimed that Apple's messaging service is used to send over 30 percent of all mobile spam out there. — Google is reportedly processing a million takedown notices from various copyright holders every single day. This is apparently up from just a few dozen notices a year a couple of years ago. TorrentFreak quotes RIAA executive Brad Buckles saying: "Every day produces more results and there is no end in sight.

Our Hot, Bright Cities Are Spawning Gigantic Spiders — File this one under: Oh HELL no. While we know that our ever-industrializing lifestyles make survival tough for animals like birds and mountain lions, in at least one case urbanization is helping a species to thrive. Thanks to the artificial conditions we create, our cities are growing ultrafertile megaspiders.

Will Autonomous Cars Kill the Traffic Light? — The first electric traffic light blazed to life a century ago this month, transforming the way our cities managed vehicular flow. But this icon of the automobile age could become a rarity on our American roads, thanks to the advent of autonomous cars.


The Horrors of Unpoppable Bubble Wrap — There are few things in life more satisfying than a bubble wrap pop, the very definition of tension released. It follows, then, that bubble wrap that cannot be popped is the antithesis of satisfaction, a new form of pure tension, forged deep in the belly of Mount Cringe.