Trump gets flamed: robot prints and burns president’s tweets

Twitter users warm to a robot that replies to presidents tweets by replying with a clip of his thoughts printed and set alight


A robot that prints out Trumps tweets and burns them has caught the imagination of Twitter users.

The account @burnedyourtweet appeared on Tuesday, first responding to a Trump tweet about Fox and Friends:

Burned Your Tweet (@burnedyourtweet)

@RealDonaldTrump I burned your tweet. pic.twitter.com/AfXAGudig8

March 28, 2017

The robot prints off a tweet, cuts it and then drags the paper over to a lighter before discarding the ashes. Since it began tweeting, it has amassed almost 20,000 followers.

From yet another swipe at the New York Times

Burned Your Tweet (@burnedyourtweet)

.@RealDonaldTrump I burned your tweet. pic.twitter.com/oOkFcSOGir

March 30, 2017

to rants about fake news:

Burned Your Tweet (@burnedyourtweet)

.@RealDonaldTrump I burned your tweet. pic.twitter.com/B0f1v0FkEb

March 28, 2017

No Trump tweet is safe. It has has had the seal of approval from Simone Giertz, the queen of shitty robots, who tweeted: This is the most amazing thing Ive ever seen.

Simone Giertz (@SimoneGiertz)

THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING I’VE EVER SEEN https://t.co/oEhrRGQPe0

March 29, 2017

The jury is out on whether the robot is some sort of publicity stunt. New York magazine noted the robot followed some accounts of people working in creative and advertising agencies.

As of yet, the robots creator has not come forward. The Guardian has contacted @burnedyourtweet for comment.

The replies to Trumps tweets have become prime social media real estate. And @burnedyourtweet follows a tradition of automated accounts based on his 140-character outbursts although these tend to be Twitter bots rather than feats of mechanical engineering.

Earlier this year, an advertising company created the Trump and dump bot, which automatically trades stocks based on his negative tweets about companies.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/30/trump-gets-flamed-robot-prints-and-burns-presidents-tweets

Singapore teen blogger who criticised government wins asylum in US

Amos Yee left the city state with the intention of staying in US after being jailed for several weeks in 2015 and 2016

A teenage blogger from Singapore whose online posts blasting his government landed in him jail has been granted asylum to remain in the United States.

Amos Yee, 18, had been detained by federal immigration authorities since December when he was taken into custody at Chicagos OHare International airport.

But on Friday immigration judge Samuel Cole paved the way for his release, which attorneys said could come as early as Monday.

Yee has met his burden of showing that he suffered past persecution on account of his political opinion and has a well-founded fear of future persecution in Singapore, Cole wrote in a 13-page decision more than two weeks after Yees closed-door hearing on the asylum application.

Yee left Singapore with the intention of seeking asylum in the US after being jailed for several weeks in 2015 and 2016. He was accused of hurting the religious feelings of Muslims and Christians; Yee is an atheist. However, many of his blog and social media posts criticized Singapores leaders. He created controversy in 2015 as the city-state was mourning the death of its first prime minister and he posted an explicative-laden video about prime minister Lee Kuan Yew just after his death.

Such open criticism of political leaders is discouraged in Singapore. The case, which raised questions about free speech and censorship, has been closely watched abroad.

Cole said testimony during Yees hearing showed that while the Singapore governments stated reason for punishing him involved religion, its real purpose was to stifle Yees political speech. He said Yees prison sentence was unusually long and harsh especially for his age.

Officials at the Singapore embassy in Washington DC have not addressed the case and messages left Friday were not immediately returned.

Yees attorney Sandra Grossman said her client was elated with the news.
Hes very excited to begin new life in the United States, Grossman said.

Yee said in a phone interview from jail this month that he feared returning to Singapore. But he said he would continue to speak out and had already planned a line of T-shirts and started writing a book about his experiences. I have an infinite amount of ideas of what to do, he said.

Department of Homeland Security attorneys had opposed the asylum bid, saying Yees case did not qualify as persecution based on political beliefs. It was unclear whether they had appealed the decision or if Yee would have to remain imprisoned if they did. Attorneys have 30 days to appeal.

Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said he hoped the US government would let the ruling stand, saying that Yee had been a marked man in Singapore since criticising the government.

Singapore excels at creating a pressure cooker environment for dissidents and free thinkers who dare challenge the political, economic and social diktats from the ruling Peoples Action Party. Its clear the Singapore government saw Amos Yee as the proverbial nail sticking up that had to be hammered down.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/25/singapore-teen-blogger-who-criticised-government-wins-asylum-in-us

GoDaddy Buys WordPress Services Startup WP Curve

Web-hosting firm GoDaddy is beefing up its services after it acquired WP Curve, a bootstrapped startup offering services and support for WordPress websites. The deal is undisclosed, but it will see NYSE-listed GoDaddy pick up WP Curves customer base, assets and a few dozen of its 39-person team, the firm told TechCrunch.

WP Curve was founded three years ago by Australia-based Dan Norris and Alex McClafferty to give WordPress customers a centralpoint of call for a range of services, like security, design, SEO, traffic growth, conversion and more. Basically, anything that can help sustain and grow a website and online business. The site offers various membership tiers starting from$79 per month. Itclaims over 1,000 paying members and more than 44,000 jobs completed since June 2013.

GoDaddy isnt saying too much about how it plans to use WP Curve after the acquisition. A statement fromSVP of Global Customer CareKevin Pigman suggests that it will join GoDaddys other services and largely continue to exist within the company:

 

With this acquisition, GoDaddy will provide best-in-class, 247 WordPress support, ranging from quick content changes, installing plugins, and security/back up. WP Curve aligns perfectly with our GoDaddy Pro strategy supporting the WordPress community and fills a critical gap between standard customer care and the fully custom WordPress developer that GoDaddy Pro or Professional Web Service offers.

WP Curve said in a blog postthatthe deal came together this summer when its team first met with GoDaddy and identified synergies. Following the acquisition, existing WP Curve customers will be transitioned over to GoDaddy in order to continue their WP Curve membership. Norris, who runs a number of other projects, including a craft beer business, wont be moving over, butMcClafferty will join GoDaddy to lead the WP Curve product.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/05/godaddy-wp-curve/