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Silicon Valley celebrates same-sex marriage with emoji and rainbow filters

The tech companies of Silicon Valley have always been progressive, and on Friday, as the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guaranteed gay couples the right to marry, their LGBT pride was on...

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Debunking the 5 worst defenses from Amy Schumer’s Twitter race rant

Without a doubt, Amy Schumer is one of the edgiest comedians to break and enter into mainstream American comedy. But for all her gutbusting moments of triumph, one of her recent acts deadpanned....

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'Fifty Shades' author E.L. James gets a hard lesson in Internet sadism

Oh, E.L. James. Didn’t anyone warn you that the Internet is not exactly a playground? When Fifty Shades of Grey’s U.K. Twitter account announced a Q&A with the series’s author on Monday, her fans...

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Jindal's #AskBobby Q&A could not have gone worse

When I first spotted the #AskBobby hashtag in my Twitter stream, I thought it was an absurdist thread that led back to a Galifianakian ursprung. I maintained this fiction for well more than an hour...

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You can play a simple game based on code that fits in a tweet

The definition of what constitutes a game has become broader in recent years, and now a clever developer has boiled down the code for a game to the size of a single tweet.Musician and computer...

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Celebrate the beautiful, terrifying world of polychaete worms

We know it's easy for people to get behind pseudo holidays like National Martini Day and National Burger Day.  But hear us out on why  International Polychaetes Day is just as awesome.  Polychaete...

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Turkish kids are now banned from Twitter, Facebook at school

Turkey, despite being arguably the most secular majority Muslim country in the world, with lively and vocal citizens, also has an enduring dedication to online censorship. The latest expression of the...

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Hacking Team, a surveillance-software firm, has been hacked

A leading provider of surveillance and intrusion software for governments worldwide has apparently fallen victim to a devastating security breach. The Twitter account of Hacking Team, an Italy-based...

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Has the selfie finally arrived?

The selfie is the story of the little service could that became an industry juggernaut, one element is often left out: the trendsetters who made it happen. Without these early adopters, the landscape...

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Beauty company makes ugly move by participating in fat-shaming hashtag

One day, brands will learn not to chase trending Twitter hashtags. But today is not that day. The latest corporate social-media misfire comes from Benefit Cosmetics UK, which is under fire for its...

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Excellent—Harry Shearer is coming back to 'The Simpsons'

Simpsons fans can heave a collective sigh of relief as one of Springfield’s MVPs has finally come home again. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Harry Shearer, who voiced beloved characters such...

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Cincinnati man's photos of #pizzacrimes dish vigilante justice—one slice at a...

Warning: This post contains graphic content. It’s 1:30am ET in the Indianapolis bus terminal (and probably the rest of Indianapolis, but I’ve been on the bus too long to think very straight). I’m on...

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Paula Deen’s racism controversy reveals the limits of public shaming

Paula Deen just “is who she is.” It’s the tearful confession the cooking guru offered on the Today Show couch in 2013, as she attempted to quell the flames of controversy—a now-dismissed...

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Hayley Atwell's lip-sync Twitter videos are a beautiful thing

To ease us all into the Comic Con spirit of unexpected celebrity hijinks, actress Hayley Atwell is posting cameo-filled lip-sync videos on her hilarious Twitter account. The Agent Carter star started...

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Twitter, Facebook, Google may soon be forced to report terrorist activity

If your social media posts make you seem like a terrorist, Internet companies might soon have to rat you out. A Senate bill to continue funding the U.S. intelligence community requires companies like...

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Plus-size gals call out Oprah's magazine for fat-shaming with #RockTheCrop...

Readers of Oprah Winfrey's magazine O noticed something startling in the July print issue: a fat-shaming piece of advice in the rag's fashion advice column."Q: Can I wear a crop top?" a reader asked....

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Dead raccoon gets epic memorial after Animal Control refuses to clean him up

Early yesterday morning in the city of Toronto, a plucky raccoon was running down the street when he was suddenly struck by… a car? Lightning? A broken heart? We may never know the precise cause of...

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Ritz botches message, gets weird with USWNT's Ali Krieger

Twitter had barely recovered from the lulz of Toronto's heartfelt dead raccoon memorial when Nabisco subsidiary Ritz Crackers tweeted a beautifully blundered message. It's quickly sending the social...

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Paul Feig posts photo of new 'Ghostbusters' cast

There's been a lot of very civil debate over Paul Feig's upcoming reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise, and the fact it features an all-female team of Ghostbusters. The Internet has heard the idea,...

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How online culture has evolved since we launched the Pluto probe

NASA’s New Horizons space probe will fly by Pluto and its moon Charon on July 14, offering humanity’s first glimpse of the freezing celestial body. Already the probe is giving NASA never-before-seen...

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