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Pinterest starts testing promoted pins

Pinterest is taking a step toward making itself a lasting business by testing promoted pins. It will experiment with "promoting certain pins from a select group of businesses," CEO Ben Silbermann wrote...

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Turkish pianist sentenced to 10 months for tweets against Islam

Fazil Say, a renowned Turkish pianist and composer, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for a series of tweets he posted in 2012, criticizing Islam. “I am not sure if you have noticed, but where...

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Terrorist group behind Westgate shooting livetweeted the attack

An estimated 59 people have been killed and 49 are unaccounted for in an ongoing terrorist attack at Nairobi, Kenya’s Westgate Premiere Shopping Mall, NPR reported. Al Shabaab, the Somali-based, Al...

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Twitter vigilantes tried to dox a racist, but they got the wrong company—twice

What do you do when someone blames your renovated cotton mill for something it didn't do? Do you deny everything and blame the other cotton mill down the street? In the curious case of a Facebook...

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The most annoying new Twitter spam trend is now targeting 'Breaking Bad' fans

After its most highly rated episode, Breaking Bad has not just inspired fan art, watercooler conversations and a spike in pork pie (the hat, of course) sales. It’s also produced a new Twitter spam...

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Conner O'Malley confronting strangers is the best thing on Vine right now

New York comedian Conner O’Malley is all over the Web—he’s one half of sketch duo Coozehound and boasts a reliably hilarious Twitter account—but where he really shines is on Vine, where he...

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Translate anything into a message only you and Cher can understand

Music icon Cher has a signature voice, and also a signature way of typing on Twitter. She uses a lot of ellipses, misplaced commas, and incorrect capitalization. But so what? She’s an artist. She can...

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'Lord of the Rings' makes @Horse_ebooks fun again

Today, an amazed Internet learned that mystery YouTube phenomenon Pronunciation Book and iconic Twitter supposed-to-be-a-bot @horse_ebooks are not only both run by real people, but have been in...

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Inside Reddit's thriving anxiety-support community

X_hale, 21, apologizes for the wall of text, but she needs to talk to someone who might understand. She’s horribly embarrassed after having a massive panic attack in public at an Oktoberfest event...

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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon go H.A.M. on #hashtags

Ever wonder what a Twitter conversation would sound like in person, loaded with forced hashtags like #riseandgrind and #wewontstop? On Tuesday's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the host and Justin...

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Author who won't teach 'books by women' provokes Twitter wrath

The online literary world is abuzz today with the naming of this year’s MacArthur “genius” Fellows, but even on a day of writerly cheer, there’s a bitter bookish argument to be had in the Internet’s...

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Iran's new president spoofed with satirical LinkedIn account

With nothing better to do, evidently, Israel’s U.S. Embassy launched a satiric LinkedIn profile yesterday for Hassan Rouhani, who assumed the presidency of Iran last month. It's not clear why he'd...

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Arab-American rapper tweets about being detained at the airport

Two days before Khaled Ahmed, better known by his rapper alias Khaled M (not to be confused with DJ Khaled), was to begin a tour in the United Kingdom promoting relief for victims of the Syrian civil...

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Could Occupy Wall Street fund a nonviolent militia with $1 million?

Militias, as we tend to think of them, are usually not the result of tech-savvy organization but well-armed folks sharing similar extreme politics and ideology. Google software engineer Justine Tunney...

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Twitter shoves '300 feminist sandwiches' in the face of the Internet's worst...

Earlier today, Twitter was atwitter about New York Post Page Six reporter Stephanie Smith and her 300 Sandwiches project. The gist: One day last year, her boyfriend, a cook, asked her to make him a...

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Cory Booker laughs off Twitter stripper scandal

Newark's social-media-savvy mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker brushed off a story by BuzzFeed on Wednesday that he had exchanged direct messages with a stripper on Twitter. In fact, it...

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'Most horrible joke in all of creation' spreads on Twitter

Sometimes, Twitter memes reach such a low point that you just have to sigh with despair. The latest is a prime example of #EverydaySexism, in the form of a rape joke that, for some reason, people just...

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Katy Perry unseats Justin Bieber as Twitter's most popular person

It’s been a miserable week for Justin Bieber. He was photographed sneaking out of a Brazilian brothel, stormed offstage when someone hit him in the head with a bottle at a concert, and he no longer...

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Twitter faces patent challenge from IBM with IPO looming

With Twitter's initial public stock offering set to make a big debut later this week, it seems IBM thinks now is the perfect time to come after the social network for allegedly infringing its...

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Stephen Colbert's new Twitter parody account heaps robotic praise on Fox News

Stephen Colbert’s relationship with Fox News is straight out of a romantic comedy: Will they or won’t they? The host most recently praised the network (that is, took it to task) for its updated...

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