Arizona Considers Anti-Gay Bill and Other News You Need to Know

Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you updated on what’s happening in the world. Here are the stories we’re reading today. After Arizona’s legislature passed a bill allowing business owners to deny service to LGBT customers on the grounds of religious beliefs, the decision rests in…

Political Committees Can Accept Bitcoin Campaign Donations, FEC Rules

Image: Mashable composite. iStockphoto dino4 The Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted unanimously to allow political committees — and, indirectly, the politicians they support — to accept donations in the form of Bitcoin on Thursday. The decision is not an official rule or regulation, but it opens the door for other federal political committees to accept…

North Korea’s English Propaganda Broadcast Now Online

If you wanted to listen to North Korea’s English-language propaganda in the past, your only option was to buy a shortwave radio or listen to edited clips on the Voice of [North] Korea website. Now, according to North Korea Tech points out, you can listen to the full hourlong daily broadcast streaming on the WRN…

China’s Sina Weibo Targeted 100,000 Accounts for Violating Government Rules

Authorities in China issued new rules this summer in order to tidy up online discourse in the country. These new guidelines are called the Seven Bottom Lines. Today, state news agency Xinhua reports that more than 100,000 accounts on Sina Weibo have been closed or in some way punished for flouting these rules. As outlined…

5 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts For The Latest on Thailand’s Coup

Thai soldiers secure the bus stop area to prevent the anti-coup demonstration at Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand May 29, 2014. Image: Wason Wanichakorn/Associated Press Bangkok is the number one global tourist destination of 2013. The tourism industry accounted for 16.7% of the country’s GDP in 2012. Since the military coup that overthrew the Prime…

Somali Olympic Team Gains the World’s Support on Facebook

Most attention the east African nation of Somalia gets from outsiders is for the dire situation of its citizens, who have been ravaged by famine and civil war. Thanks to Facebook, the country’s two Olympic athletes are gaining supporters from across the globe and bringing hope to the country in need. Fans from around the…