Rob Beschizza

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Pink Floyd unveils cover art for first studio album in 20 years.


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The internet's population, mapped by nationality

MAP Mark Graham's map reveals that northwestern Europe and Korea are ahead of the pack when it comes to internet penetration, while India, Indonesia and much of Africa lag behind.

The distortion in the map paints a revealing picture about human activity on the Internet. China is now home to the world’s largest Internet population at over half a billion. The United States, India, and Japan then follow as the next most populous nations of Internet users.

Looking at the largest Internet countries, we see two important trends.

First, the rise of Asia as the main contributor to the world’s Internet population; 42% of the world’s Internet users live in Asia, and China, India, and Japan alone host more Internet users than Europe and North America combined.

Second, few of the world’s largest Internet countries fall into the top category (>80%) of Internet penetration (and indeed India falls into the lowest category, at <20% penetration). In other words, in all of the world’s largest Internet nations, there is still substantial room for growth.

Internet Population and Penetration

"Mattress Girl" draws attention to campus assaults

Vanessa Grigoriadis on a student and rape survivor who carries a mattress wherever she goes to highlight the prevalence of campus assault: "pointing a finger not only at assailants but also the American university, the ivory tower of privilege, these survivors have built the most effective, organized anti-rape movement since the late ’70s."

Photo: Jessica Valenti.

Gimp Man gives £1 to charity every time someone posts a photo of him

Photo: BBC

The BBC interviews the "Gimp Man of Essex," whose novel campaign to raise awareness for his flavor of fun has meet with a mostly welcoming response: "the chief executive of Colchester Mind said the charity was thankful for Gimp Man's support."

How to quit your job in style

Proptip: reveal oneself as the subject of the TV segment one is reporting, then declare "Fuck it, I quit."

Public university asked students to report recent sexual history or face punishment

Clemson University has withdrawn its demand, which would have mandated students answer questions on how often they have sex, what sort of sex it was, and the number of partners. The quiz was supposedly anonymous, but required students to use their official IDs and third-party services to complete.

Dumb anti-drug hysteria forced McDonalds to stop giving away decent coffee spoons

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 2.53.46 PM McDonalds used to include this perfectly utilitarian spoon with coffee--perhaps the company's only genuine claim to a design classic. Because it could be used to measure out drugs, though, it was removed from the market at the demand of lobbyists seeking a symbolic victory over drug "paraphernalia."

Amazon pays $4.6m for .buy domain suffix

Amazon beat Google to the new .buy top-level domain, and will be able to sell on domains under it (such as, say, to others. The .tech suffix, though, went for $6.7m...

New UK flag revealed

1280px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg Scotland votes 'No' to independence [BBC]

First person to buy iPhone 6 drops it

Perth, Australia. The first in-store pickup of the long-awaited new iPhone. The glare of the new day. The crush of the crowd. The crack of metal on concrete.


The phone was fine.

Tim Cook on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek


A graphic designer at Bloomberg Businessweek instantly ascends to world grandmaster of not giving a fuck.

Sheep outwits cattle grid

via Nothing To Do With Arbroath

North Korea publishes lengthy report praising own human rights record

Pyongyang's initial response to a UN report on its human rights abuses was anger and outrage. This week, however, it has published a 53,558-word counter-report, described as "a grueling read" by the Washington Post's Adam Taylor, who surely deserves a raise for this.

Joy Division twitter account

There is finally an official Joy Division twitter account, started by the members of New Order. Peter Hook was not informed, and he is displeased.

Kindle Voyage


Amazon refreshed its lineup of Kindles last night, pushing the Kindle Fire for less than $100, where it's easily the best fit for people wanting a good-enough tablet on a budget. But the most interesting thing for me is the latest e-ink model, the Kindle Voyage, which will get much less attention.

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