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Wife of Indian politician found dead in hotel room days after accusing...

Early last week, the wife of an influential politician launched a series of heated tweets against a Pakistani journalist, whom she accused of being a spy—and of having an affair with her husband. On...

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How did OfficeMax know this man's daughter died in a car crash?

Companies may harvest a lot of data about their customers, but that doesn’t mean they know how to use it. This point was driven home for Mike Seay when he received a piece of OfficeMax junk mail that...

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Joe Mande is once again retweeting MLK Day brand fails

It’s become a Twitter tradition for brands and corporations to tweet completely misguided and tone-deaf sentiments on national holidays and anniversaries. And it’s become comedian and Parks and...

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Twitter is celebrating someone named 'Martian Luther King' today

Another week, another endemic spelling problem on Twitter: as the Internet marked the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, countless people instead chose to honor “Martian Luther King,” a...

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The sad, strange murder case behind @BillComeans

On Jan. 7, 2014, the 34th anniversary of his murder, Bill Comeans inexplicably sent a tweet: 34 years ago today, I was murdered. I was 14 and had my entire life to live. My family is still looking for...

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IRL Club: Where the Internet gathers to mock itself

I didn’t much know what to expect from the second installment of IRL Club, an Internet symposium series spearheaded by New Inquiry editor and former Gawker writer Adrian Chen, but neither did anyone...

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How Twitter helped this college freshman land a date with a porn star

It’s a modern-day love story: Boy meets girl on Twitter, the two exchange emails, and end up on a romantic date. Except the boy was an Oklahoma State freshman named Matt McGann, the girl is actually a...

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Comedian spent MLK Jr. Day tweeting love at his haters

When most people get racist messages on Twitter, they either a) ignore them or b) try to come up with a snarky, withering, devastatingly clever burn to put the bigot in his place. Solomon Georgio took...

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Why Alyssa Milano created a comic book tribute to Anonymous

What do Alyssa Milano and Anonymous have in common? Surprisingly, they both play a role in a new comic book series called Hacktivist, and to hear her tell it, she was a bit “obsessed” with her muse....

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Why can't I find the leaked Quentin Tarantino script?

For as long as movies have been getting made, the scripts have been leaked beforehand. It happened to Citizen Kane, it happened to The Avengers, and now it’s happened to Quentin Tarantino’s The...

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Here's what the Internet did with NYT Mag's 'Planet Hillary' cover

Did the art editors at New York Times Magazine know that their unreal “Planet Hillary” cover was a Photoshop comedian’s dream come true? Because it really seems that way. A sentient space testicle? MT...

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This interactive map tracks New York City's rat population, block by block

The New York City Health Department website isn’t just a great place to read the details of your favorite restaurant’s last sanitation review—even more exciting is the Rat Information Portal, or RIP,...

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'Not all spying is bad,' Snowden says in live Q&A

Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who leaked a trove of classified U.S. surveillance documents, held a live Q&A on Thursday. Fielding questions submitted on Twitter, Snowden...

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Courtney Love wins trademark libel case

Courtney Love tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She’s been in catfights with Madonna, gotten into Twitter spats with her own daughter, and she called Dave Grohl a “sub-mediocre kind of guy”...

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Twitter doesn't know the difference between Pete Seeger and Bob Seger

News of legendary folk singer Pete Seeger’s death at the ripe old age of 94 just broke, and you know what that means: Twitter mourning the wrong person entirely. Spreading quickly, tongue-in-cheek or...

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How a porn star's Lego challenge went viral until lawyers killed it

Warning: This story contains material that may be NSFW. If you are a gentleman who came of age around the early ’90s, you probably have about a zillion Legos, Lincoln Logs, K’Nex, and other assorted...

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Twitter search just got a major makeover

Twitter introduced new search filters today, making it even easier to use the micro-blogging service as a discovery tool. We're bringing new filters to search on http://t.co/eNvqKTup1d: by videos,...

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Twitter is about to get even better at breaking news

Along with its new search filters, Twitter announced a plan to beef up another discovery tool today: the micro-blogging site is partnering with CNN and data-mining firm Dataminr to create a new alert...

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Twitter shuts down developer who wrote 'Twitter should shut me down'

By MYLES RECNY   At 25, I found myself running a very profitable black hat advertising platform. The platform was called Followgen, and I was its sole creator; a self-identified 'hacker' and reluctant...

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This Marc Jacobs pop-up shop accepts payment in tweets

In the real world, a Marc by Marc Jacobs tote would set you back about $450. In the wacky bizarro world that is New York Fashion Week, however, it may cost you approximately 140 characters. This...

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