Famed billionaire and wannabe space cadet Elon Musk took to Reddit to do a surprise AMA yesterday. It was supposed to be a follow-up to SpaceX’s recent announcement about how it plans to return Elon Musk to his place of birth, and also create a permanent Mars colony along the way.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up each morning? You grab your iPhone or Android phone, of course, and you check for the latest posts on Twitter. Next, maybe you dig into Reddit to see what happened overnight. Then you hop in the shower and stream some music from Spotify. Except on Friday morning, you had trouble doing any of those things. In fact, you might still be having trouble doing any other those things right now.
Want a quick fix? Turn the Wi-Fi off on your phone and try again using cellular data. An unknown person or group launched a major DDoS attack on a major DNS host in the early hours of the morning, and it’s impacting a number of popular websites and services that people are trying to access through their ISP. More →
Trying to scam someone on the internet is always a bad idea, but if that someone turns out to be the head of a security research company, you’re in for a whole world of hurt.
Christian Haschek is an Austrian security researcher who was trying to sell $500 in US Apple gift cards on Reddit, since they’re a pain to use from overseas. He thought he had struck a deal with a buyer, but that buyer turned out to be less than honest.
Look, Reddit is great. I spend too much time on it. The cat pics are a good way to balance out the evil inherent in the internet. But as good as its communities can be, it’s an objectively terrible place to train a supercomputer. But that’s what Elon Musk, a car salesman who apparently wants to build the ultimate internet troll, is trying to do.
As MIT Technology Review reports, OpenAI, a Musk-backed non-profit working on machine learning, is training its new supercomputer about conversation using Reddit threads. When the robot apocalypse comes, our only warning will be in doge memes.
What do your nose, the heel of your foot and left nipple all have in common? Well, according to this Reddit thread, they will all work on an Apple Touch ID sensor. The same can’t be said for right nipples, unfortunately.
Highly reputable Reddit source “A_Gigantic_Potato” published his “comprehensive” list of different body parts that will work with a Touch ID sensor. For a part that was only meant to recognise fingerprints, it turns out that the Touch ID sensor is surprisingly versatile.
Future Galactic President Trump is currently hosting an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. Once the preserve of celebrities trying to schill their new movie, Reddit AMAs are seemingly a rite of passage for internet-concious public figures, with President Obama famously using the site to help get re-elected.
This AMA is promising to go a little differently, though. It’s being hosted on /r/The_Donald, a rabidly pro-Trump subreddit that doesn’t really allow dissent of the great and glorious leader.
Reddit, the self-proclaimed “front page of the internet,” is a stupendously popular online community. It also makes very little money, despite that user base. So in an effort to do a Facebook and turn karma into money, the site is going to start allowing companies to sponsor user-submitted posts.
In an interview with AdAge, Reddit cofounder Steve Huffman confirmed that starting on August 4th, Reddit will debut a new type of ad called Promoted User Posts.
Brace yourself, internet-dwellers: Donald Trump is coming to town. According to a press release emailed to journalists and a post on the controversial /r/The_Donald subreddit, everyone’s favorite Republican candidate will be conducting an AMA this Wednesday at 7:00PM ET.
Trump’s AMA isn’t unusual, since prominent entertainers do frequently visit the platform to plug their latest movie or concert tour. Even President Obama has stopped by once or twice. But there’s a few details that may make this AMA one to remember.
What do you get when you combine the functionality of Facebook groups, Twitter hashtags, the e-commerce options of a site like PayPal and the communities like those at Goodreads and allrecipies.com, to name a few?
The answer is Imzy, a Salt Lake City-based startup as well as a new whimsically named platform for communities built by a team that includes a band of Reddit veterans. Its CEO, in fact, is Dan McComas, who previously led product at Reddit and who says he was dismissed not long after the user revolt that plagued the site last year. More →
Reddit is famous for harboring some less-than-legal communities. Given the anonymity the site affords its users, it’s also not surprising to hear that people talk about drugs on the site, but this study shines a light on the level of discussion taking place.
Reddit’s Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) sessions can be very entertaining as a variety of people hold these digital meetings where they would answer questions from curious Reddit fellows. But Henry Flescher’s AMA is a heartbreaking one, detailing some of the cruelties of the second World War.
Flescher, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, hosted the Reddit AMA session in early April with the help of his grandson, who insisted that he share his Holocaust survival story with the world. More →
On Thursday, Google thought it would be a good idea to host a Reddit AMA (Ask-Me-Anything) session about the Pixel C. In case you don’t know what a Pixel C is, it’s Google’s response to the Microsoft Surface and the Apple iPad Pro. The Pixel C is an Android-based convertible tablet that received pretty bad reviews, which makes Google’s appearance on Reddit AMA even more surprising. As it turned out, Google found itself ambushed by fans who had some serious questions that remained unanswered. More →
One way to go about building a company, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone once told me, is to start by creating something fun. If you do that, he said, more people are likely to flock to it – and if lots of people flock to it, it has the potential to be not just fun, but important.
Image hosting site Imgur is one example of a company that’s more or less following that same blueprint. It started out, of course, as a hub of memes, funny Gifs and cat pics, and it’s still that – but it’s also maturing as a company and content platform, in ways big and small. More →