Twitter's decision to ban archiving of politicians' deleted tweets is a mistake

Twitter’s commitment to transparency appears to end when it makes the powerful uncomfortable.

Back in 2012, Twitter decided to allow the Sunlight Foundation to collect and curate deleted tweets from lawmakers and people seeking public office in order to hold them accountable by preserving their public statements on the record. That behavior was in-line with a company whose founders constantly sold it as the nexus of free speech. “We are the free speech wing of the free speech party,” Twitter’s former CEO Dick Costolo famously said that same year.

But in June of this year, Twitter shut down the deleted tweet project in the US under the guise of “honoring the expectation of user privacy.” Then, this Sunday, Twitter dealt the final blow,…

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Author: T.C. Sottek

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Microsoft celebrates Windows 95’s birthday with a free Rolling Stones song

Windows 95 launched 20 years ago today to the beat of “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones. It became the theme tune of a massive launch that saw thousands of people lining up at midnight to purchase a copy of Windows 95 on a CD-ROM. Microsoft spent millions on Windows 95 advertising, and “Start Me Up” featured in most TV commercials at the time. Flash forward 20 years, and Microsoft is giving the song away today to commemorate the launch of Windows 95. If it was good enough to make former CEOs Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates dance (terribly) on stage 20 years ago, it’s good enough for your music collection. You can download it until 11:59PM PT tonight from the Windows Store.

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Author: Tom Warren

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GTA V's in-game video editor is coming to PS4 and Xbox One

When Grand Theft Auto V launched on PC after numerous delays, it came with a number of great features that weren’t available to console gamers, including an editor for making your own in-game videos. That’s set to change next month, however — Rockstar announced that the editor will be on its way to both Xbox One and PS4.

The tool, known as the Rockstar Editor, lets players record in-game footage, and then customize it with different camera angles, sound effects, and music, and then share them online. The director mode lets you cut up gameplay clips to create your own mini-movies — its even been used to make music videos. The console version appears to be largely the same as on PC, and come September all three versions will be…

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Author: Andrew Webster

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Motorola's new camera is a massive upgrade over anything it's done before

For all its leadership in making Android phones more accessible and affordable to the masses, Motorola has never been able to count itself among the best cameraphone makers. The Chicago-based company has made an unfortunate habit of making really great phones with truly terrible cameras. This year, however, Moto promised — nay, guaranteed — that things would be different as it introduced a new 21-megapixel camera in its top-tier Moto X Style / Pure and Moto X Play devices. Having spent a day shooting with this new camera, I can say with certainty that this is indeed the best imaging equipment to have ever made its way inside a Moto smartphone. It’s too soon to pass sound judgment on how it compares against the leaders in the field — like…

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Author: Vlad Savov

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Ashley Madison owners promise $379,000 bounty for information about hackers

Avid Life Media is offering a CA$500,000 (around US$379,000) bounty for information on the hackers behind its massive security breach, which Toronto police now say could have resulted in two suicides. As reported by the BBC and Reuters, police acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans announced the bounty at a press conference this morning. Evans also said that the police had two unconfirmed reports of suicides tied to the leak of customers’ account data, without giving more details.

“Today I can confirm that Avid Life Media is offering a $500,000 reward to anyone providing information that leads to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the leak of the Ashley Madison database,” said Evans,…

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Author: Adi Robertson

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Carly Rae Jepsen is an actual vampire: an investigation

This week, Carly Rae Jepsen released her third studio album, E*MO*TION, to critical acclaim and widespread popular interest. But while the album purports to be a collection of exuberant yet thoughtful synth pop tunes, it’s actually something much more revealing: Jepsen is giving us an unprecedented exploration into the occult forces that have given her both pop stardom and eternal life at the cost of her immortal soul. Below, I will detail these forces as E*MO*TION describes them, painting an unsettling portrait of the undead souls that live among us.

(Style note: I have used full capitalization for emphasis below, as befits the urgency of the subject matter.)

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Author: Russell Brandom

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