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The dark side of ‘Plane Bae’ and turning strangers into social media content - The Verge
"Creating threads of content based on the lives of average people, particularly with photos, has the potential to summon panoptic interest in the form of millions of eyes whose gaze weighs terribly on a person who is unused to a life of celebrity, as the vast majority of social media users are. We should be thinking more seriously about the ethics of live-tweeting: when is it appropriate? When it is, what should and shouldn’t you do? In Blair’s case, she seemed to think that lightly obscuring the faces of the two people she surveilled was enough to be ethical. (One face, that of a small child looking over her seat two rows ahead, was not obscured at all.)"
society  privacy  technology  behaviour  norms  planebae  theverge  sousveillance 
10 days ago by danhon
The feds are killing off Clearview, the new highway sign font - The Verge
“Clearview also made legibility worse on signs with what’s called negative-contrast color orientations — dark letters on light backgrounds — like speed limit or yellow warning signs. As such, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is killing off Clearview after 12 years, and all new highway signs again be labeled in Highway Gothic, the old standard font.”
fonts  typefaces  2016  theverge  signage  highways 
12 days ago by handcoding
How to take the perfect selfie - The Verge
This isn’t a bad intro-to-selfies post—and it isn’t too sexist either.
selfies  tutorials  photography  2017  theverge  canonical 
13 days ago by handcoding
Instagram announces IGTV, a standalone app for longer videos - The Verge
Instagram today announced IGTV, a standalone app for watching long-form vertical video that will also have a tab inside the flagship app. When you log in to IGTV, it will automatically begin playing vertical videos from people you follow, along with personalized recommendations from elsewhere in Instagram. The app is now available on iOS and Android.
IGTV  Instagram  launch  mobilevideo  TheVerge  2018 
24 days ago by inspiral
How Fortnite is transforming the gaming industry - The Verge
Fortnite’s free-to-play model, combined with the inherent popularity of the battle royale genre and Epic’s breakneck update cycle, has turned Fortnite into a mega-hit. Now, nearly every big publisher is looking for ways to capitalize on the trend while trying to adapt at the same velocity as Epic.
Fortnite  gaming  trends  battleroyale  review  TheVerge  2018 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
I tried leaving Facebook. I couldn’t - The Verge
Everyone is on Facebook because everyone is on Facebook. And because everyone is on Facebook, even the people who aren’t are having their data collected in shadow profiles. My inaction affects even the people who have managed to stay away. I know this, I barely use Facebook, I don’t even like Facebook, and I find it nearly impossible to leave.
facebook  theverge 
10 weeks ago by Cervus
Designing for the Crackdown
An investigation of LGBT-oriented dating apps and the price and peril of queerness in the Middle East.
humanrights  TheVerge  lgbt  tragicdesign  news  worldnews  middleeast  apps  ux  article  journalism  design  rights 
12 weeks ago by nullptr
Russia’s Telegram ban is a big, convoluted mess - The Verge
Brute enforcement has taken major banks, online stores, and Viber calls offline
Telegram  mobilemessaging  censorship  review  critique  Russia  TheVerge  2018 
12 weeks ago by inspiral
Inside Microsoft's '90s chat war with AOL - The Verge
Microsoft might have killed off its Messenger service in favor of Skype recently, but back in 1999 it was the centerpiece of a heated war between the software giant and AOL. At the time, Microsoft had just introduced its MSN Messenger Service as a direct rival to AOL's popular AIM instant messenger. David Auerbach, a former Microsoft engineer who worked directly on MSN Messenger, recounts his unusual role in a chat war with AOL. Auerbach had reverse-engineered AOL's chat protocol to allow MSN Messenger to sign into AIM, a process that AOL wasn't happy with when Microsoft first released its instant messaging client in July 1999.
AOL_TimeWarner  TheVerge  Microsoft  MSN  AIM  Chat 
april 2018 by GameGamer43

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