The US tech start-up scene is often associated with glamour, cash and companies with astronomical valuations. Just look at the multibillion dollar flotations of Facebook and Twitter. But according to some of the US's leading tech investors, a darker side of the dream may now be emerging.
In this infographic, we explore a series of famous Internet firsts, including the first spam email, the first item purchased online, and some of the first social media updates. We'll also show you how these famous firsts have grown over the years.
If the Facebook ‘like’ is a cultural icon then the ‘dislike’ button is pure internet myth. Thousands have petitioned for it, millions have felt an unconscious itch for it and yet Facebook are as likely to introduce one as they are a ‘middle finger’ button.
73% of adult internet users have seen someone be harassed in some way online and 40% have personally experienced it. Respondents who have personally experienced online harassment were asked to elaborate about their most recent incident in their own words.
Add a group of Oxford business students to the list of people who kept Thom Yorke's new solo album a secret from the world. MBA candidates at the prestigious university worked with the Radiohead singer's management team on the experimental set, titled Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, which was released Sept. 26 via peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent.
Nathan Jurgenson: Big Data research cannot be understood outside the powerful nexus of data science and social-media companies. It’s where the commanding view-from-nowhere ideology of Big Data is most transparent; it’s where the algorithms, databases, and venture capital all meet.