Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Spot a Social Bot on Twitter | MIT Technology Review

How to Spot a Social Bot on Twitter | MIT Technology Review

Back in 2011, a team from Texas A&M University carried out a cyber sting to trap nonhuman Twitter users that were polluting the Twittersphere with spam. Their approach was to set up “honeypot” accounts which posted nonsensical content that no human user would ever be interested in. Any account that retweeted this content, or friended the owner, must surely be a nonhuman user known as a social bot.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friedrich Liechtenstein Finds Fame With ‘Supergeil’ Supermarket Ad - NYTimes.com

Friedrich Liechtenstein Finds Fame With ‘Supergeil’ Supermarket Ad - NYTimes.com

Mr. Liechtenstein, 55, is an unlikely candidate for Internet fame. He owns no phone, has no computer and only recently moved into an apartment after spending nearly two years living, rent-free, in the stairwell of an upscale eyeglass company’s Berlin office space, then in its showroom, where he served, in the eccentric 19th-century tradition, as an ornamental hermit.

But after the runaway success of a web-only advertisement for one of Germany’s largest supermarket chains this year, the dapper artist can no longer walk down the street without strangers asking to take his picture.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

They Did This? In Rebel Country, Disbelief - NYTimes.com

They Did This? In Rebel Country, Disbelief - NYTimes.com

In eastern Ukraine, many residents may side with the pro-Russian rebels, but they don’t see the fighters as capable of having taken down the Malaysia Airlines plane with a missile.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014