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GOP's Rosa Parks tribute backfires in a big way on Twitter

Sunday marks the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks’s historic refusal to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Ala., and across social media, people have been celebrating her.   The Republican...

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Samm Levine of 'Freaks and Geeks' had a passive-aggressive airplane war too

Samm Levine played Neal Schweiber, one of the geeks, on Judd Apatow's canceled-too-soon cult classic Freaks and Geeks. You might also know him from Inglourious Basterds—he was in Brad Pitt's...

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The dangerous life of Instagram's playboy king

This photo of a topless woman hanging out with a sea lion is going to be a problem for Dan Bilzerian, multimillionaire poker player. Thing is, Instagram, where Bilzerian has built something of a...

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Your Facebook posts can reveal if you're a psychopath

Any social media user is aware of a certain dissonance in the feed. People attempt to project an idealized version of themselves, but they often reveal something of their own insecurity or emotional...

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Facebook made it easier for you to 'unfollow' your 'friends'

Perhaps conceding that the “follower” terminology—think services like Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr—is here to stay, Facebook will soon scrap their “hide all” button for ignoring a friend’s status...

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Ukraine's biggest telecom gives protesters free Wi-Fi

Volia, Ukraine’s largest Internet provider, will increase its wireless service to support growing protests in Kiev. The protesting began after the country’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, abruptly...

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Hobby Lobby's stand against Obamacare spurs online backlash

Hobby Lobby, the national retailer of crafting supplies and seasonal home decor, has taken a very definitive, very public stance against the Affordable Care Act. More specifically, its provisions for...

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Woman unknowingly livetweets car crash that killed her husband

A Washington woman who regularly tweets live traffic updates received the horrible shock of a lifetime Wednesday, one that, truth be told, feels sickening to write about. Caran Johnson realized as she...

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Benedict Cumberbatch still isn't on Twitter, but #AskSmaug is the next best...

It’s probably just as well that Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t have his own Twitter account. It was bad enough when he went on Reddit to talk about his “cheekbone parties” with Matt Smith and Tom...

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Is this Brooklyn hipster condo being trolled on Twitter?

This week it appeared that things were heating up for the Twitter account @CastleBraid, ostensibly maintained by management-sympathetic residents of a Bushwick condominium complex with that name. But...

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Shanghai residents share images of record-breaking pollution

Several hours ago, the people of Shanghai, China, awoke to a morning so choked with pollution that the air quality index rose above 500—off the chart, that is. Visibility in the noxious,...

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Uh-oh: SpaghettiOs' tasteless Pearl Harbor tweet is already a meme

We’ve been noticing an uptake in whimsical corporate branding on the Internet lately. Some of it’s savvy, some of it’s awkward, and some of it’s wishful thinking. Now, perhaps inevitably, we’ve...

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Stephen King is already terrifying us on Twitter

Horror fans, get ready for The Vining and The Vining 2: Doctor Tweet. In the shocking twist you never saw coming, Stephen King, who loves kicking it old-school so much that he famously wrote his novel...

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Everyone on Twitter is watching 'Elf' right now

Some traditions are so important that Christmas just doesn’t feel right without them. And one of those, apparently, is sitting down to watch the Will Ferrell comedy, Elf. When British TV viewers...

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Silicon Valley's biggest companies launch campaign for NSA reform

Since former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing the National Security Agency’s controversial spy program, Silicon Valley has had an uneasy relationship with its...

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Is Microsoft becoming a transparency champion?

On Tuesday, Satya Nadella, one of the leading candidates to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft’s next CEO, called for reform to the controversial digital spying operations of the National Security...

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Nokia offers free Lumia phone to guy whose Samsung Galaxy S4 caught fire

Richard Wygand, a.k.a. ghostlyrich, made something of a stir in the technology world when he produced evidence that his Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, still under warranty, had seriously malfunctioned,...

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Now you can send photos via Twitter direct message

Last month, Twitter went public, but its latest feature is all about privacy. No longer will uploaded photos be shared with all your followers by default—now you can send them to a specific recipient...

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The U.K. government wants citizens to describe their vomit on Twitter

A request from the British government: This season, if you find yourself afflicted with a winter bug—as thousands inevitably will—please tweet the color and texture of your vomit. This year, the...

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Startup automatically retweets every criticism of its homeless-bashing CEO

There’s no denying the friction between San Francisco’s prevalent homeless population and the tech industry yuppies annoyed about sharing the city with them, though the situation deteriorated further...

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