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Make America Kittens Again

It’s been a weird week. Back in February, someone* asked if I could do a Trump version of my UKIP blocking plugin. About five small code changes later, I had one in the Chrome store: By request: MAKE AMERICA KITTENS AGAIN: https://t.co/Gg7mg3KGKL pic.twitter.com/wf5swmbtzT — Tom Royal (@tomroyal) February 27, 2016 Since then it’s been ticking […]

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What the Robot Reporter learned from 10,000 news tweets

In January 2015 I put together a simple twitterbot called Robot Reporter. The idea was to see if I could keep track of breaking news by monitoring Twitter for the journalists who use it as a way to find images of newsworthy events. It works a little like this. Something happens, and a user photographs it: Fire […]

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The Buzzfeedification of Bullshit

Hey, heard the one about the Ugandan President’s daughter? She’s trending on Twitter, and for the best possible reason – right after her father backed some really hideous homophobic laws, she came out as gay. Except, you know, she didn’t. Ten seconds on Google tells you that Diana Kamuntu is, or at least was, married […]

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When bad news makes money, making up bad news is good business

The other day a message scrolled past in my Twitter feed: Which made me think: if the sea off Fukushima really were boiling, I’m pretty sure we would have heard about it. Except if there were some sort of amazing cover-up, in which case why would NHK (which is, essentially, the Japanese BBC) be showing […]

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On moving on

Today I’m sad to announce that I’m leaving Computeractive – a great magazine that’s brilliantly focused on the needs of its readers, produced by a fantastic team with whom I’ve enjoyed working immensely. However, I’m also excited to announce my new role as CTO* at the brand-new Apptitude Media. Apptitude is a new company that we’ve […]

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