Instagram’s Explore Tab: Now Tailored to You

Instagram has made a small but significant change to its app that makes photo and video discovery a more personal experience. The company has tweaked the algorithm that determines what posts appear under the app’s Explore tab — so that the tab displays photos and videos specifically suggested for each user. Previously, the Explore section only displayed posts that were popular among all Instagram users See also: Fall in Louvre Read More...

Gillmor Gang Live 04.23.14

 Gillmor Gang – Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Michael Arrington, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 5pm Pacific. Click here for the Friendfeed chat Read More

Vevo Releases New iOS App With A Real-Time Feed And Live Vevo TV Streams

 Music video distributor Vevo just launched an “>update to its iOS app today, providing users a new, regularly updated home page, as well as access to the company’s live, programmed music channels. The new version of the app, which the company showed to some reporters at SXSW, follows a major redesign to its website that Vevo launched last fall. Read More

tUnE-yArDs – Water Fountain

In a perfect world, you’d get an extended cut of this new tUnE-yArDs video, and watch it after you’d eaten a bunch of psychoactive drugs. This is what you get when kids who were raised on Pee-wee Herman grow up and become artists. And it’s no accident. Read more…

10 Careers Barbie Should Tackle in Her Movie Debut

Come on, Barbie, let’s go filming. Sony Pictures and Mattel announced plans today to bring Barbie to life in her first-ever live-action movie. The blonde bombshell has already compiled an impressive résumé over her many years on the toy shelf. With careers ranging from photographer to United States President, a release for the film confirms that Barbie’s Renaissance woman characteristics will be showcased in the comedy, “utilizing her personal and Read More...

The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules Will Brutalize The Internet

 The FCC will propose new net neutrality rules that at once protect content from discrimination, but also allow content companies to pay for preferential treatment. The news, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, would in fact create a two-tiered system in which wealthy companies can “better serve the market” at the expense of younger, less well-capitalized firms. Read More

Venezuela Arrests U.S. Citizen for Arms Dealing, Tweets He Is a ‘Mercenary’

Venezuelan authorities have arrested an allegedly heavily armed American citizen on Tuesday, accusing him of being a “mercenary,” according to multiple news reports. Todd Michael Leininger, 32-year-old U.S. citizen from Florida, is accused of attempted murder and arms dealing. Venezuelan authorities arrested Leininger after a raid on his house in San Cristobal, the capital of the state of Tachira, close to the Colombian border, where they found three rifles, two Read More...

How to Make a Drill-Powered Pepper Grinder

If you’ve ever cooked pepper steak, you know the feeling of your forearms cramping up after what seems like hours of twisting. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were just a machine that did all the hard work? Lucky for you, there is, and it’s probably in your garage. That is, if you still have film canisters lying around for some reason. Read more…

Abu Dhabi’s New Park Will Hide a 30-Acre Oasis Below the Desert

The United Arab Emirates has been overrun with a surge of costly and extravagant developments over the past decade including the Palm Islands and Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Now, a 125,000 square-meter park in Abu Dhabi will join them—but this isn’t your average mega-development. Read more…

FCC Proposal Would End Net Neutrality as We Know It

The FCC has announced that it will propose Internet regulations that would allow online content providers to negotiate for preferential treatment from Internet service providers, potentially undermining the principles of net neutrality. The FCC’s statement is vague but leaves open the possibility that companies could pay Internet service providers (ISPs) to get better access to consumers. Net neutrality regulations previously required that all Internet traffic be treated equally but was struck Read More...