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Courtney Love will go to trial over 'defamatory' tweets—again

It surprised few that the ever volatile and forthright Courtney Love, once famous for her music rather than a disjointed public persona, became the first person sued for Twitter-based defamation when...

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Rand Paul celebrates Festivus by airing grievances on Twitter

Did you know that it’s Festivus today? Because Senator Rand Paul sure did, and he seized the opportunity to indulge in the traditional “airing of grievances” mandated by the holiday’s inventor,...

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The inventor of the AK-47 just died and Twitter is firing parting shots

The man who designed the AK-47 assault rifle, which has killed more human beings than any other firearm, just died himself at the ripe old age of 94. Shortly after the news broke, Mikhail...

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Questlove and his manager get weirdly racist on Japan tour

Maybe it’s because the Internet’s still dazed from the vortex of rage that swirled around the recent Justine Sacco/AIDS story, or perhaps some forms of internalized racism are just more palatable than...

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Iron Maiden had a fantastic response to new fans pirating their music

Legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden has a secret, and the government probably won’t like it. These days, in order to succeed in the music industry, you have to know how to reach your fans—even the...

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'Seinfeld' writer to Rand Paul: Festivus is for the rest of us

For those of you who have spent the last 15 holiday seasons following popular culture’s unexpected-yet-unwavering devotion to Festivus, the Seinfeld-born holiday “for the rest of us,” you are likely...

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It's a Twitter-wide Christmas meltdown as Justin Bieber announces retirement

Even in retirement, Justin Bieber just can’t be taken seriously. Late last night, the Bieb tweeted that he was calling the music industry quits: My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring— Justin...

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How 'Duck Dynasty' got caught in Twitter's spam filter

For legions of Duck Dynasty fans standing behind embattled Duck Commander patriarch Phil Robertson after his controversial remarks on blacks and gays, it just may be a Christmas miracle.  After...

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Free-speech blogger faces death sentence for denouncing Islam

Raif Badawi, founder of the online forum "Saudi Arabian Liberals" will be tried for denouncing Islam, his wife told CNN. If guilty, he could face a death sentence. Badawi first founded the forum in...

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Tweeting sharks warn Australians to GTFO of the water

The thing about sharks is that even when they’re right next to you, you often don’t know until it’s too late. But a new Australian effort to protect beaches from nearby sharks allows tagged sharks to...

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News anchor drops charges against Twitter jokester he had arrested

Can any of us truly be surprised when a local TV news anchor tries to squeeze some drama out of a non-story that most of us wouldn’t so much as blink at? Especially when said non-story concerns a joke...

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Another study says what we already know: Teens are over Facebook

After 15 months of social media study across nine European towns, researchers say the verdict is in: “Facebook is dead and buried.” As the Guardianreported, according to a massive Global Social Media...

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Twitter users confess they think their cousins are totally hot

In the midst of the Christmas consumer frenzy, we sometimes lose sight of what makes the holiday so special: the chance to get together with your extended family and ogle some hot cousins. Over the...

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Justin Bieber is just the latest in a long line of celebrity Twitter retirements

Last week, the world was hit with the horrifying news that Justin Bieber is set to retire at the ripe old age of 19. The announcement wasn’t made during a flashy press conference, or by an agent while...

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Hacker offers BBC server to highest bidder

It’s been a banner year for the hacking of major media sites, and it’s not over just yet: this morning the BBC reported that a Russian hacker had briefly controlled one of its servers and was offering...

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Why does the social Web think I'm so lonely?

Another year has come and gone. That means it’s time for a few rituals: parties we don’t want to throw or attend, accompanied by far too much hype and unavoidable let-down. Top 10 lists we indulgently...

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Google Ads just don't understand me

Lost amidst all our paranoia about the data tech giants collect from their customers—shopping habits, frequent search terms, physical location—is a bald truth encountered each time we go online:...

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The 10 most influential Twitter users of 2013

A lot of us just use Twitter to test out dumb jokes, pester Time Warner Cable, and tweet weird requests at toilet-paper brands to try to elicit a reaction. But in 2013, we learned the microblogging...

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Everyone made the same 2014 New Year's resolutions

What do New Year’s resolutions mean in the digital age? Well, there are now apps to help you make and keep those yearly declarations of resolve — like losing weight or quitting a vice — which usually...

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This is what high school looked like in 1913

It’s easy to assume, here in 2014, that people knew a lot less about each other a century ago. Because they lacked tools like Facebook or Twitter, we’re tempted to imagine that personal privacy was at...

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