Arcade Fire, Google Make Internet Even More Ridiculous

Arts, Culture & Media

HTML5is here, and if you’re like me you have no idea what that means. Thankfully, (and in a sentence I never thought I’d write),Arcade Fireand Google are here to help. The indie band and the internet behemoth teamed up to make a music video called ‘The Wilderness Downtown‘ with HTML5, showing just what the internet […]

Google’s Street (Art) View

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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

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The Google Maps Ms. Pac-Man feature is superimposed on top of maps, allowing the user to play the game anywhere. Above, Ms. Pac-Man is outside the WGBH offices in Boston.

We asked our staff about the craziest intersections in the world and then played Ms. Pac-Man in Google Maps

UNC professor Zeynep Tufekci says Facebook is offering the news equivalent of Halloween candy.

How to stop Facebook when its newsfeed ‘serves Halloween candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner’

Havana resident Kevin Lachaise watches a recorded TV show on a computer screen in the living room of his home.

Renewed diplomacy still leaves Cubans stuck in a dial-up world


Cuban hopes for high-speed Internet connections remain on hold, stalled by outdated infrastructure and authorities worried about losing their grip on power. But Cubans still find plenty of ways to work around their scant online connections.

Zoe Keating

Is Google playing hardball with indie artists?


It’s a classic David and Goliath story, with a twist: An indie musician is wrangling with an Internet giant on behalf of indie artists everywhere. But Goliath in this case is Google, and the tech company is squirming a bit in this unaccustomed role. But maybe we all need to rethink how we value the music that animates our lives.