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Fake news: Why does this simple Google search autosuggest a neo-Nazi site?
Google is very quick to autocomplete search results from rather innocent searches in a way that leads to murky white supremacist sites, and also places them high in search results. Why? It’s not clear,...
Founded in Germany way back in 1988, 1&1 is now Europe's largest web hosting provider, handling a mammoth 19 million domains spanning 70,000 servers in data centres across Europe and the US. 1&1 offers...
Fireside Fiction Company is science fiction’s best-kept secret
Enlarge / Galen Dara's illustration for Stephen Blackmoore's short story, "La Bestia," published in 2015 by Fireside. Illustration by Galen Dara reader comments 7 Share this story You may not have heard...
The best WordPress plugins 2017
WordPress pluginsWordPress is a fantastic platform for building your own blog, portfolio, or ecommerce site. It's packed with tools to help you create a professional-looking site and monitor its performance,...
Looks like there's a Fitbit Alta HR in the works
A new leak suggests the Fitbit Alta is about to be upgraded with a heart rate sensor on the rear.Fitbit’s range of trackers are slowly being upgraded with the latest tech - for example, the Charge 2 and...
Breitbart gets to keep using Shopify to sell its merchandise
Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke said the Canadian e-commerce company won't bow to pressure to kick the far-right Breitbart News site off its platform. He wrote in a Medium post Wednesday that he believes refusing...
Playpen moderator sentenced to 20 years in prison
EnlargeFlorian Gaertner/Getty Images reader comments 14 Share this story Further ReadingTop admin of Tor child porn site gets 20 years in prisonA Kentucky man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison...
How Google fought back against a crippling IoT-powered botnet and won
EnlargeAlex Eylar reader comments 20 Share this story OAKLAND, Calif.—In September, KrebsOnSecurity—arguably the Internet's most intrepid source of security news—was on the receiving end of some of the...
1000 year-old Native American structure was designed using sophisticated math
reader comments 14 Share this story This is a satellite photo of the Sun Temple archaeological site in Colorado with illustrations demonstrating its geometrical properties. Sherry Towers At Pueblo Bonito,...
Ars announces HTTPS by default (finally)
Enlarge reader comments 32 Share this story We are excited to announce that Ars Technica has made the jump to greater security: we now have HTTPS browsing by default. The switch to encryption will help...
LinkedIn Integrating Mobile App Look to Desktop Experience
LinkedIn, now owned by Microsoft, gives its web app a look and feel that's similar to its mobile counterparts. Using LinkedIn on a desktop browser is a very different experience than using the professional...
Google Refresher For Optimizing Sites For Web Crawling Posed on Blog
Google is letting webmasters know that there are multiple factors can affect how efficiently Googlebot crawls a site, company says. Efficient crawling improves website indexing and a site's visibility...
The best free website builder 2017
The best free website builderCreating a website used to be the domain (geddit?) of professional designers and coders, but these days it is something anyone can tackle. The problem is that there are so...
Perhaps best known for its site unblocking SmartDNS service, UK-based OverPlay also offers a premium SmartDNS+VPN package for a chunky $9.95 (£8, AU$13.20) a month, falling to an equivalent of $8.33 ($6.70,...
Contamination from Ivy League lab animals worries neighbors
HANOVER, N.H. — Neighbors of Dartmouth College property where for years the Ivy League school disposed of mice and other small animals used in science experiments say they fear pollution from the site...
Ancient solstice "sun trap" might be modern invention
Every year at the winter solstice, people gather at Newgrange, an ancient Irish round tomb that dates back to the Stone Age, to watch the first sunrise of winter stream through an opening in the site’s...
The DDoS vigilantes trying to silence Black Lives Matter
EnlargeSean Rayford/Getty Images / Aurich reader comments 1 Share this story “Through our e-mails and our social media accounts we get death threats all the time,” said Janisha Gabriel. “For anyone who’s...
Black Death "plague pit" with 48 skeletons unearthed
A 14th-century mass burial pit full of victims of the Black Death has been discovered at the site of a medieval monastery hospital, according to archaeologists.Researchers uncovered 48 skeletons — 27 of...
YouTube to lose its biggest star
PewDiePie said he will leave YouTube Picture: Youtube kristinpix YOUTUBE personality PewDiePie has vowed to delete his account in protest to recent changes made by the video sharing site. The Swedish vlogger...
AngelList buys Product Hunt
AngelList, a popular website for young technology startups to raise capital from wealthy investors, said it’s acquiring Product Hunt, a must-read site for many entrepreneurs wanting to keep up with the...
Viking King’s ancient site unearthed
The Norwegian town of Trondheim where a Viking king burial site has been uncovered. ARCHAEOLOGISTS in Trondheim, Norway have unearthed the church where Viking King Olaf Haraldsson was first enshrined as...
World’s largest music torrent site goes dark after French police seize servers
reader comments 13 Share this story It took nearly 10 years, but authorities have finally targeted and taken down what.cd, which had risen to become the Internet's largest invite-only, music-trading torrent...
Twitter suspends 'alt-right' Trump backers
Richard Spencer, director of a white nationalist think tank, accused the social media site of "corporate Stalinism" after his personal account was terminated, along with those associated with his magazine...
AdultFriendFinder hacked: 400 million accounts exposed
Enlarge reader comments 25 Share this story AdultFriendFinder has been hacked, revealing the account details of more than 400 million people who would undoubtedly prefer to keep their identities private...
Social Media Bug Creates #FacebookRapture
Many Facebook users have been discovering a new problem with their accounts — a banner on the top of their homepage, telling people they are dead. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was one of the victims of...
FBI operated 23 Tor-hidden child porn sites, deployed malware from them
EnlargeThomas Trutschel / Getty Images News reader comments 19 Share this story Further ReadingJudge: child porn evidence obtained via FBI’s Tor hack must be suppressedAs Ars has reported, federal investigators...
Google Begins Shift to Mobile-First Indexing for Search
Google's algorithms will use websites' mobile versions, rather than their desktop versions, for ranking sites in searches. . Google has begun testing the use of the mobile version of a website's content...
4K game analyzers say YouTube isn’t good enough, unveil new video site
If you want to display every pixel in a 4K video test, a streaming platform may not be ideal, according to some of the industry's biggest video analyzers.Nokia / Sam Machkovech reader comments 10 Share...
Facebook faces allegations of rule-bending for Trump, announces guideline changes
reader comments 12 Share this story Facebook's guidelines visually sum up "offensive things" with this blue text balloon. Meaning, it doesn't resemble a "fully exposed buttock."Images and posts of cultural...
Mars orbiter spots new crater that may be ExoMars’s lost lander
The lander may have been lost when it released its parachuteESABy Lisa GrossmanThere it is. New pockmarks on the surface of Mars appear to be related to the ExoMars Schiaparelli lander, which was lost...
Mars Probe Crash Site Photographed
The European Space Agency says it has found the crash site of its ill-fated Schiaparelli probe on the surface of Mars. "I believe we have found where Schiaparelli landed,” said ExoMars Flight Operations...
Backpage.com CEO fights pimping charges, says 1st Amendment protects him
EnlargeIan Waldie/Getty Images reader comments 7 Share this story Carl Ferrer, the embattled CEO of Backpage.com, filed papers Wednesday demanding that a local judge dismiss pimping and other charges...
Hacked Republican website skimmed donor credit cards for 6 months
Enlarge reader comments 27 Share this story A website used to fund the campaigns of Republican senators was infected with malware that for more than six months collected donors' personal information,...
Google Offers Free Version of Its Optimize Site Usability Testing Tool
Google Optimize will make it easier for site owners to identify and implement features for delivering a more personalized experience for users. Google has introduced a free version of a tool designed...
14,000-year-old campsite in Argentina adds to an archaeological mystery
Enlarge / Humans living in Argentina 14,000 years ago were hunting giant armadillos. This one looks especially grumpy.Heinrich Harder reader comments 16 Share this story For more than a decade, evidence...
Report: North Korea flub reveals its entire internet
Too much choice may be a bad thing at times, but evidently that’s not a problem for North Korea’s internet users.Thanks to (presumably) a higher-up in the country making a horrible mistake, the e-sleuths...
North Korea accidentally lets world access its internet and it only has 28 websites
Someone in North Korea is in a lot of trouble. The secretive state somehow accidentally opened access to all the websites hosted on its servers, revealing that it only has 28 registered domains. On Monday...
Did FBI cross the line with ‘Playpen’ porn site?
The FBI took control of ‘Playpen’, a notorious child porn website operating on the dark web. THE line between good and bad — right and wrong — can be hard to define. What the FBI did during February and...
Creepy website dedicated to celebrity feet
Welcome to ‘WikiFeet’, the creepy site dedicated to famous women’s feet. AS WE speak, a fierce debate is currently underway over whether Hillary Clinton is competent enough to handle the White House. No,...
Explosion At SpaceX Rocket Launch Site
Elon Musk's firm was carrying out a routine test firing of its unmanned rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station when the explosion happened.SpaceX said no-one was injured in the blast, and blamed an...
Microsoft just made SharePoint Online a much more attractive proposition
Microsoft has revealed several enhancements to SharePoint Online team sites, one of which is tighter integration with the Office 365 suite.If you're not familiar with the concept of SharePoint's team sites,...
Free online games luring kids to porn sites
The Funny Games website looks innocent enough, but look a little deeper and it’s every parent’s worst nightmare. UNSUSPECTING children are being lured to play explicit, animated sex games through a website...
Schoolgirl porn ring back online
Tiahna Prosser was unaware she was hot property on an Australian online pornography sharing site. THE disgusting pornography ring targeting Australian schools and universities has re-emerged online just...
Twist in Nazi gold train dig
Heavy machinery begins the search, the work of explorers hoping to find a legendary Nazi train laden with treasure and armaments in Walbrzych, Poland, on Tuesday Aug. 16, 2016. Picture: Dariusz Gdesz....
US unveils charges against KickassTorrents, names two more defendants
Enlargeportal_gda reader comments 3 Share this story US prosecutors have now named a total of three men said to be operators of the defunct file-sharing site KickassTorrents (KAT). The new allegations...
The porn site saga isn’t over
An international porn ring targets Queensland women and schoolgirls. Courtesy: 7 News Queensland Can a porn ring sharing pictures of schoolgirls really be shut down? A PORN ring targeting more than 70...
Aussie schoolgirl porn site removed
An international porn ring targets Queensland women and schoolgirls. Courtesy: 7 News Queensland The porn ring targeted unwitting underage girls at more than 70 Australian schools. Picture: David Clark...
‘I’m scared my boss might see’
An international porn ring targets Queensland women and schoolgirls. Courtesy: 7 News Queensland A victim of the porn sharing ring wonders if it will take someone taking their life for action to be taken....
Secret US military base revealed
An ariel shot of the camp that was designed to test whether a missile could be fired from the Artic during the Cold War. Picture: Image: U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory via University...
AFP to investigate school porn ring
Hundreds of explicit images of young girls have been shared online without their knowledge. STATE and federal police will investigate an online porn sharing site where men have shared hundreds of explicit...
Download guide: Download this free toolkit and build your own website in a weekend
Website in a weekendBuild a free website in a weekendA personal website lets you share your passions with the world. It could be a hobby (photography, writing, cooking and travel are all popular topics),...
Census site ‘now available’
A caller to 2UE radio says they knew the Census was going to fail on Census night. Courtesy: 2UE It was a massive fail including how it was communicated to the public. THE Census site that spectacularly...
Hackers attack census site
Australian Census website outage apology. THE census website was shut down after being attacked by foreign hackers, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed. “It was an attack,” chief statistician...
Site of lost Spanish fort found on South Carolina coast
PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Archaeologists have found the location of a long-sought Spanish fort on the South Carolina coast at the site of what was once the first capital of Spanish Florida.A release from...
Welcome to the new, new Ars Technica!
reader comments 172 Share this story A few weeks ago, we launched an ambitious new redesign aimed at improving the site's functionality and performance while putting in place the building blocks for new...
Four centuries of Polynesian trade moved stone tools over 2,000km
University of HawaiiBy the time European explorers reached the islands scattered across the vast distances of the Pacific Ocean, most of the voyaging done by the Polynesians was among local island groups....
YouTubers under fire for promoting their own CS:GO gambling site in videos
Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty ImagesUntil yesterday, if you were to browse the video pages of popular gaming YouTubers Trevor "TmarTn" Martin and Tom "Syndicate" Cassell, you'd have found a string of videos...
Error Message for Nigerians Trying to Apply for Government Jobs
Nigeria's government has launched a mass online recruitment drive to offer training and employment opportunities to young people. The initiative has been met with enthusiasm, and a fair bit of frustration...
Proof piracy is on the rise
You mean, more people are turning to piracy? I thought the war was won. AS THE most notorious Game of Thrones pirates in the world, Aussies are more than aware the practice of illegal downloading content...
Gawker files for bankruptcy, Ziff Davis is probable buyer
Gawker Media is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will pursue a sale, strained by a jury’s verdict that that it must pay $140 million to pro wrestler Hulk Hogan in an invasion-of-privacy...
New iPad 9.7 deals: where to pre-order Apple's new tablet
We've been waiting for some time for a new iPad, and Apple surprised us all a few days ago by announcing just that. So, if you're looking for somewhere to pre-order your new iPad 9.7, you're in the right...
New iPad: everything you need to know
Update: The new iPad from Apple is out today. You'll be able to order from around the world by the end of the day, and we expect to see if appear on the Apple website at 8AM PT (11AM ET, 3PM GMT) .Apple...
This patent for Apple Watch could cut down on distracted driving
Using mobile devices while driving tends to be a dangerous-at-best, deadly-at-worst combination, one that's compounded even further when said mobile device is strapped to your wrist.To potentially help...
Apple just bought an amazing app, here's what you can do with it
Apple just acquired Workflow, a small company that develops an app that allows you to automate certain actions. Using an iOS device, maybe you want to tap a single button to request an Uber at a predetermined...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark