The Daily Northwestern

Hey, WhatsApp.

Sofia Rada, Columnist

February 26, 2014

Facebook announced Wednesday that it purchased the mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion. As I read about it, I realized most people here don't even know what WhatsApp is. The purchase seemed random and absurd to...

iMissYou: The struggles of keeping in touch with friends, family abroad

Sofia Rada, Blogger

February 2, 2014

The Internet has been the savior of anyone spending time abroad. Imagine having to rely on crazy expensive phone calls and mail that arrives months after it's been sent to communicate with friends and family back home. Luckily,...

Plugged In: Bitcoin controversy

Morgan Kinney, Columnist

November 19, 2013

After nearly five years of unencumbered commerce, the U.S. Senate is moving to regulate Bitcoin, a digital currency conceived in 2008. In the simplest of terms, Bitcoin exists as a bunch of ones and zeroes with a value determined...

Plugged In: No more anonymous YouTube comments

Morgan Kinney, Columnist

November 14, 2013

Ignoring the depths of Reddit and 4chan, YouTube comments are perhaps the cesspool of the Internet. Below every Rickroll, Khan Academy tutorial and flashmob wedding proposal lie a string of inane word vomit. Contrived combinations...