Nearly 87 percent of American adults now use the Internet, according to new report from the Pew Research Center, up from 14 percent in 1995 when the center first started conducting public opinion polling on the adoption of new communication technologies. While 42% of American adults said they had never even heard of the Internet 1995, Pew’s analysis shows that the vast majority now enjoy its benefits on a daily basis
In the afternoon, the silver-haired, bespectacled Nakamoto stepped outside, dressed in a gray sport coat and green striped shirt, with a pen tucked in his shirt pocket. He was mobbed by reporters and told them he was looking for someone who understood Japanese to buy him a free lunch.
Newsweek estimates his wealth at $400 million.
"I’m not involved in Bitcoin. Wait a minute, I want my free lunch first. I’m going with this guy," Nakamoto said, pointing at a reporter from AP. "I’m not in Bitcoin, I don’t know anything about it," he said again while walking down the street with several cameras at his heels.
He and the AP reporter made their way to a nearby sushi restaurant with media in tow, before leaving and heading downtown."
As the Internet nears its 25th birthday, one thing is certain: Many Americans can’t live without it.
My latest for Al Jazeera America.
If you are one of Twitter’s 241 million active users, there’s one constant to the network: it can be incredibly vast and remarkably small. The social network teems with an incredibly diverse and intertwined group of people — from journalists and activists to government officials and college students — chatting on a range of topics in an often overwhelming ecosystem of cliques, crews, and mobs.
Finally, Twitter has something like a map.
I wrote about the six types of communities that develop on Twitter and what they mean for how information spreads for Al Jazeera America
Kiev’s Independence Square, before and after.
In a sense, there were two dog shows taking place in Madison Square Garden. On the floor of the Garden, I sat and watched the nation’s most efficient hunters and trackers, with keen noses, powerful mandibles, and agile paws, plod across the kennel club’s signature green carpet. But downstairs in the benching area, where dogs and their handlers prep for their performance, these fine specimens are nothing but soft, friendly, and loyal pals waiting for a treat and a pat on the head. Hidden from the stands of the Garden and the viewers at home watching (exclusively) on the USA Network, the dogs are just dogs as most of us know them today.
This is what I discovered while winding my way through the stadium, stinking of fur and saliva and overpriced whiskey: upstairs, the NFL draft; downstairs, the prom for man and his best friend. And people love going to prom.
I went to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for Pacific Standard and it was awesome. Read more.
"I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with."
A “classic” essay, republished today by The Awl.
“For anyone with insomnia in the New York metro area, the ads have become ubiquitous: three middle-aged men dressed in cornflower blue lab coats, holding mysterious technical equipment, and offering the owners of haunted houses (or haunted anything, really) their unique ghost capture and removal services.
I first saw one after falling asleep to the dulcet drawl of Charles Rose on “CBS News Nightwatch.” The spot feels like a parody of those local commercials starring used car salesman and “crazy” warehouse owners. It ends with the team pointing their fingers at the camera, like Uncle Sam in an army recruitment poster, and shouting flatly over the din of passing traffic, “We’re ready to believe you!”
You may know of these men already. They’re the Ghostbusters.”
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.