Medvedev Tweets

By Joshua Keating. Twitter Communications Director Matt Graves writes:  It’s been an exciting morning at Twitter HQ. Russian President Dimitry Medvedev just visited to meet our co-founders, Ev Williams and Biz Stone, launch two official Twitter accounts for the Kremlin (@kremlinrussia in Russian, and @kremlinrussia_e in English), and send his inaugural Tweets. The English account … Continue reading

Google Voice makes its (US-only) public debut

By Jacqui Cheng. Almost three years has passed since Google bought the voice communications company Grand Central, and now the Google-branded version of the product is finally open to everyone in the US. The company announced that Google Voice had gone public via a blog post Tuesday, noting that the service already has over a … Continue reading

Traveling abroad with a cell phone? Do these things first

By Matthew Lasar. It’s the first day of summer, and if you’re planning on exploring the world, you should start thinking about your wireless phone options now. You can get help from two sources: the Federal Communications Commission and CTIA – The Wireless Association. The FCC has declared this "Wireless World Travel Week" and has … Continue reading

Language in space: language and orientation skills correlate

By John Timmer. Navigating through a potentially complex landscape is an ability that could easily make the difference between life and death, so it’s one that you’d expect would have ancient evolutionary roots. But a number of studies have indicated that, in humans at least, our ability to perform spatial orientation tasks is tied in … Continue reading

Australia makes fiber official: no more copper wires, ever!

By Jacqui Cheng. Australia’s going all-in with its government-run fiber network. The government has now convinced the country’s dominant telco, Telstra, to sign on with the scheme, get rid of its copper and cable lines, and transition its subscribers to the open-access national fiber program. When the project is complete, Australia will have taken an … Continue reading

Neda Lives

The little-known story of Iran’s other Neda Soltani and how a picture changed her life forever. By Cameron Abadi. Until last year, Neda Soltani was a teaching assistant for English literature at Tehran’s Islamic Azad University, where she was doing graduate work on feminine symbolism in the work of Joseph Conrad. She wasn’t a supporter … Continue reading

Internet chain letter paths may not be so unique after all

By Casey Johnston. The diffusion of most things, from information to disease, can be described by a 140-year-old rule discovered by two Victorian researchers: if an item, like an infection, is passed to less than one person on average, it will peter out, usually rather quickly. If it’s passed to more than one person on … Continue reading