Dominic Callaghan

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Germans try to get their tongues around gender-neutral language

<i>Der</i>, <i>die</i> or <i>das</i>? For centuries, the seemingly arbitrary allocation of masculine, feminine and neutral gender articles in German has driven non-native speakers to despair. "In German, a young lady has no sex, while a turnip has," the American writer Mark Twain once complained. "Think what overwrought …

Turkey Blocks Google DNS, YouTube Could Be Next

The social media crackdown in Turkey continues, as the country has moved to block backdoor access to communications services like Twitter through Google DNS. YouTube, another service offered by the global search giant, might be next after refusing to remove videos alleging government …

Gravitational waves discovery: 'We have a first tantalising glimpse of the cosmic birth pangs'

The sighting came from a small telescope on the roof of a laboratory sat on the ice sheet three quarters of a mile from the geographic South Pole. First came the rumours. But then researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics went public. Their telescope had spotted indirect …

Venezuela protest death toll rises to 33 | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - Two Venezuelans died from gunshot wounds during protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, witnesses and local media said on Saturday, pushing the death toll from almost two months of anti-government demonstrations to 33.<p>Anti-government protesters clash with riot …

After WhatsApp: An Insider’s View On What’s Next In Messaging

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ted Livingston is the Founder and CEO of Kik, a mobile-first company with over 120 million registered users all over the world. Ted started working in mobile in 2007, while he was still studying at the University of Waterloo.</i><p>I was driving to a meeting in San Francisco when I got the …