And you definitely shouldn't have used your .gov email address to do it.
It happens once every few months. A business or media reporter writes a breathless profile of some previously unknown web native who has “cracked the viral code.” We’ve been treated for years to the adage that you can’t engineer viral, but this social scientist, through the clever use of headlines and listsicles and blatant Reddit theft, has finally reverse-engineered the process that delivers millions of pageviews to a single aggregated post.
A guy pretending to be Bill Murray has amassed half a million followers on Twitter. And Twitter as a company has done nothing to stop him.
Yes, the reason you should be opposed to net neutrality is because President Obama is in favor of it.
Here's a crapload of obvious lies from a sitting U.S. senator.
At several points along the way, his face literally turns several shades of purple as he belches through what sounds like the last remaining shreds of his sand-papery vocal cords.
If Apple is smart, they'll turn this bug into a feature and release an iBrazilian app to take advantage of the new phone's depilatory properties.
Where were you the day the music died?
Larry Lessig's Mayday PAC is claiming that it will end all Super PACs and win the battle over campaign finance reform for good. Google helps us explain how they'll get there...
Whoever made the malware wasn't looking to steal bank credentials or credit cards. Instead, they turned Glenn Beck's readers into a gigantic "ad banner clicking machine."
We are more honest with search engines than we are with our friends, families and possibly even ourselves. The data we give away every time we type a request into is soft-belly data. It’s the data of our fears, our dreams, our fantasies, our cheats, our ugly pride, our failings and our, all too human, shame. Does the government have a right to know all of this?
Have I tried turning everything off and on again, Time Warner? Why yes. Yes I have. Maybe you could do the same with your entire company.
Yesterday morning, Adam Kushner welcomed us to PostEverything, the newest section of the WaPo website, which he would be in charge of running. You might know Kushner as the now former editor of National Journal. But this new website, PostEverything, is supposedly something new entirely.
In early 2013, before Glenn Greenwald was convinced that Edward Snowden, who assumed the pseudonym "Cincinnatus," was who he said he was, Snowden evidently created a video tutorial in order to coach Greenwald through the process of installing encryption software on his computer so NSA files and other messages could be securely shuttled between the two. (FULL VIDEO)
Scrappy: "a meaningless, arbitrary, clichéd adjective that sportswriters use to describe baseball players they like. Often, these players are small, white, terrible at baseball, David Eckstein, or all four of the above."
Happy Wednesday! Like a glass of day old milk being half full! Here's what's happening on the interweb:
It appears that Christ has become incredibly industrious in the last few years, given the ramped-up number of blessings people cite on Facebook daily. Does being backstage at the Oscars really qualify as a religious experience? Even a celebrity favoriting a person's tweet is enough to trigger thankfulness to Jesus these days.
WorldPayZinc just realized a data visualization which shows just how much revenue and profit tech companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook make per second, and just like looking up at the stars at night, it's a great reminder of how relatively inconsequential we and our petty dreams really are.
Since Bill Gates has already started making substantial headway in revolutionizing the condom, he and his foundation have begun trying to save the world in a new way. Their latest idea: Mosquito Week.
Thanks to a new graph courtesy of the Washington Post, the first ramifications of this new era of post-net neutrality are hard to miss...
They kind of look like something out of one of those Japanese invention books, but despite blogger snickering and criticism that the cyborg glasses developed by a professor at the University of Tsukuba are creepy as all hell, they could become frighteningly useful in the future.
Using the handle @ThinkAgain_DOS, the State Department has been using a few of the million dollars they had allotted for just such occasion to "find users sympathetic to enemies of the state, and troll them until they see the error of their ways."
Think Progress attacked Brad Pitt's proposed movie about the Steubenville/Anonymous rape case. When the film hasn't been made yet, is it fair to criticize it?
Yes, it's an actual hat however, no, it's not made of tinfoil. The Justice Cap contains a series of LED lights on the brim which the manufacturer claims will white-out your face when it's captured on a surveillance camera.
Happy Thursday! Just a few deep breaths and stiff drinks away from Friday! Here's what's happening on the interweb:
Happy Wednesday! The exclamation points make it feel like it's real. Here's what's happening on the interweb:
While most of our collective American-red blood is currently boiling because of our old nemesis Russia and the relatively new dictator on the block, Kim Jong Un, there's a sleeping giant on the interweb, and Michelle Obama is preparing for the digital world to shake when it wakes up.
There's an infamous saying that goes, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." Unfortunately, outrage comes with a lot of annoying side effects -- wrinkles, grey hairs, a break in communication from your redneck family who destroys your very soul with their ignorance -- but most commonly headaches.
Happy Tuesday. Let's do this. Here's what's happening on the interweb:
"Not exactly the most important company in the world, true. Not even the company that inflicts the most damage on the planet. They don't produce products that people will die without, or rig the entire global economy with fiscal nitroglycerine for the lulz. But when it comes to the sheer pathological hatred they can invoke in their ostensible customer base, it's very difficult to top..." Electronic Arts.
"Real reading didn’t understand time restrictions, it wasn’t something done in haste so that a to-do box could be checked. It was meant to be done deliberately and patiently."
Happy Wednesday. How full is your glass? Here's what's happening on the interweb:
The new "Bros-Before-Hos' app can apparently detect “noBro zones,” such as the wifi in your girlfriend's apartment, and won't send automated texts while you're there. It also shuts itself off if you've sent her any real-time texts too short a time ago, lest it arouse girlfriend suspicion. Sounds ridiculous, but it is even real?
Happy Wednesday. Hope you're not caught in a polar vortex. Here's what's happening on the interweb:
It was reported that in the wake of new net neutrality laws, Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast to ensure that its movies and TV shows stream more quickly. We interviewed Google to figure out what this means and who the big winners/losers are.
Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment claimed, “Breaking through the clutter has never been harder.” But Netflix has done it.
This is the world you really live in...
The internet is buzzing with the recently published Google's 'How To' manual on Glass, it's fancy eyewear product that allows you see the world wide web on your lenses. They aren't being entirely honest with their customers about how not to come across as a douche. So in the interests of the public, if you are an 'Explorer', here's our 'Do's and Don'ts' guide on how to wear (or not wear) Google's latest gizmo.
Why is that offline we understand the need to reach out and help those that are mentally ill, but online we not only ignore those that exhibit disturbing behavior, but leave them to their own devices and occasionally make fun of them?
We've all heard the old wives tale warning about getting your wife a vacuum cleaner. It may be a practical gift, but its lack of empathy will most likely have you sleeping on the couch for the better part of a week. Apparently Goldman Sachs never got the message...
Most of the East Coast is covered in snow and terrified. Here's what's happening on the interweb:
Thanks to a biotechnologist named David Taylor, there's a handy interactive graphic that illustrates how common and deadly various types of cancer are.
You had brushed off previous declarations about this friends’ new occupation because of the excessive inebriation of those who had originally told you, but an accompanying image of said friend at his computer making it rain with a struck of $1 bills was enough proof to convince you that this is, in fact, a reality.
Having waded through a few of Friedman’s pieces (all equally banal and meaningless), we compared them to the hilarious ‘Tom Friedman Op/Ed Generator’ website, a creation of developer Brian Mayer that allows readers to randomly create Friedman columns with the click of a button. Here’s what came up:
Happy middle of the week day! Here's what's happening on the interweb:
In 1996, the alternative rock band The Butthole Surfers released a song called, "Pepper," which presented one very important universal truth: "You never know just how you look through other people's eyes" But that might not be entirely true anymore...