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Duck the Cat: A day in the life of an Internet-famous feline

Duck is no typical cat. The fluffy Persian is the founder of Catroulette, a Tumblr blog in which she poses for admirers on the once-popular social media platform Chatroulette. That blog,...

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The short, stupid history of 'Steak and a BJ Day'

Whenever mid-March rolls around, a bunch of dudes on the Internet make noise about the prime rib and oral sex to which they’re entitled (because they didn’t complain that much on Valentine’s Day)....

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Today's Pi Day is the best Pi Day ever

Guess what today is! If you said “Steak and a Blowjob Day,” then I guess you’re technically correct, but March 14 is also Pi Day—an occasion on which the date (in American notation) corresponds to the...

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Meerkat gambled on Twitter, and it backfired

Meerkat is a livestreaming app that lets you broadcast whatever your phone is recording to Twitter. It's become a popular app since its Feb. 27 launch... at least for the popular crowd. (Those who...

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Delivery guy saves drone that crash-landed in Manhattan

Overworked and underpaid, the New York food delivery guy is a truly heroic archetype. He bikes through punishing rain and snow, dodging manic cabbies and garbage trucks, all for our convenience—and...

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Meerkat's founder explains his vision for the Internet's favorite...

Meerkat is the hottest app you've never heard of and maybe never will. Like many buzz-magnet startups out of South by Southwest, Meerkat could either fizzle out in a flash or start a slow burn and...

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The battle of the live-streaming apps is about to begin

Twitter recently announced that it had purchased a little-known live-streaming video app called Periscope. There was something peculiar about the decision, an oddity best illuminated by Periscope’s...

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7 reasons Twitter won't fix its revenge porn problem

After a number of nations, states, and even Reddit taken action, Twitter has finally heard the call: It’s banning revenge porn. Dick Costolo, Twitter’s CEO, recently admitted in a memo that the...

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Inside the dirty Twitter war against ISIS

Before it was deleted, Twitter account @6Haqq was a one-person tourism board for the Islamic State. Instead of the beheadings and endless stretches of desert that most of the world associates with his...

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5 reasons the new Meerkat app is a win for music

BY ERIC PECKHAM A friend and I watched Lil Wayne’s performance at the A-Grade SXSW party last night from the front row. It was great. Only thing: We were in Manhattan, not Austin, Tex. From there, we...

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AP confuses alleged murderer Robert Durst with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst

I just started watching HBO’s true-crime documentary miniseries The Jinx, but I already know how it ends: with the offscreen arrest, just days ago, of its subject, multimillionaire real estate scion...

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How Grindr and Lunchables won an election for satirical candidates

Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalupu ran a campaign for student body president and vice president at The University of Texas at Austin this year. But unlike most of the other candidates, their...

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We talked to relationship experts about Kimye's insane Twitter PDAs

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are many things, but shy is not one of them. And although they've lived out their relationship in the public eye, it's their public sexts that seem to get the most...

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Church Tongue guitarist is so metal, he set himself on fire

They don’t call it death metal for nothing. Indianapolis four-piece band Church Tongue had a penchant for setting guitarist Chris Sawicki on fire in the middle of some heavy riffs. Music blogs have...

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What's going on with Twitter's mysterious porn purge?

On March 14, queer sex site Crash Pad Series (NSFW) noticed something peculiar about Twitter’s search bar. “Anyone else notice that Twitter is starting to restrict the (top) search results for ‘porn’...

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How social media makes us feel less upset about surveillance

BY SARAH MIRK Last fall, investigative reporter Julia Angwin gave a talk at a big tech conference in which she posed an interesting question. She asked: Is privacy becoming a luxury good? Angwin...

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Ludacis drops the perfect diss during Jeb Bush photo op

This morning, a rapper past his prime and a politician who never had one were the subject of a contrived photo op at the Georgia State Capitol.  Ludacris was there to receive accolades for his charity...

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The real reason Meerkat and Snapchat have taken over social media

Of all the innovative weirdness (or just plain old weirdness) that typically comes out of SXSW, few things in recent memory have made as many waves as Meerkat. The app, which harkens back to our old...

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Kat Von D defends 'Underage Red' lipstick: 'I will never apologize'

Kat Von D is receiving some backlash for one specific lipstick shade in her Sephora makeup line. The bold stain is called "Underage Red," and many people were turned off by the connotations that came...

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The new definition of privacy

At this year's South By Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, a whole bunch of people got together and talked about online privacy. After a while, I started playing a little game called...

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