The Style Blog: Internet


Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 04/09/2014

This designer just made Comic Sans, the Internet’s most hated font, cool again

Craig Rozynski says his redesign of the popular (and polarizing) font will win over even its most vocal haters.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:40 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 04/09/2014

A generation learned Nirvana songs on guitar tab Web sites. But now? Nevermind.

In some ways, the rise and fall of tab sites encapsulates greater trends in the music industry over the past 20 years.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:40 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014

The latest ‘new Twitter’ is here. Remember when it looked like this?

Users complain that the latest Twitter redesign looks too much like Facebook -- but users complain after every redesign.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014

This vending machine tweets about you every time you buy a snack

The future is here ... and it’s telling everyone how many candy bars you eat.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Meet the technology that could make GIFs obsolete

WebMs just got the blessing of one of the Internet’s foremost trendsetters. Could they kill GIFs once and for all?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014

The new Scrabble word will be either ‘zen’ or ‘geocache’

Did geocachers hijack Hasbro’s crowdsourced contest?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:39 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 04/09/2014

George W. Bush sourced his paintings from Google. So what?!

In defense of the president-turned-painter’s “lazy” process.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:38 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Why is it called the ‘Heartbleed Bug’?

It’s an oddly epic name for a very technical computer error. That’s no accident.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:08 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Cat Deeley talks going from ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ host to Hulu comedy villain

The Emmy-nominated British host always wanted to try acting; she got her chance on new Web series “Deadbeat.“

By Emily Yahr  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, TV

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 04/04/2014

What was fake on the Internet this week: Banksy, bison and #SelfieBot

The fifth installment in a weekly series that debunks the Web’s hoaxes, rumors and exaggerations.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:41 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Remembering the 86-year-old YouTube star who kept the Internet young

Peter Oakley recorded more than 400 popular YouTube videos about his life and urged other seniors to go online.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:07 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Why does the Internet love remixing “Let It Go”? A Q&A with remix wizard RAC

“It has those qualities. It has that chorus. People heard it, and they heard potential.“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:56 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 03/27/2014

The slow, sad death of Last.fm

Last.fm used to know about bands and web trends before they were cool. But now it’s getting left behind.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:27 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Apple: Multicultural emoji are coming soon

The company is finally responding to a debate about race and representation that has rocked the Internet for months.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:46 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Guinness World Record for most YouTube subscribers goes to a weird Swedish bro you’ve probably never heard of

Felix Kjellberg, who goes by the handle PewDiePie, has more than 25 million subscribers on the site.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:16 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 03/24/2014

The MH370 text: What it says about grief, and communication, in 2014

Can a text message express compassion? Do our digital ties really bind us?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:07 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Google Will Eat Itself: A Q&A with the creators of a subversive, oddly timeless piece of conceptual art

The project uses money from Google ads to buy Google shares, a commentary on monopolies and the Internet.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:32 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 03/20/2014

The problem with those viral ‘hot guy’ marathon selfies

They’re actually sexist. And kind of weird.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:14 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Wes Anderson’s best color palettes

For all your wedding-planning and home-decorating needs, or something.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:32 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Mapping the Disney universe (and its mind-boggling fan theories)

‘Frozen’ took place in Norway, ‘Tangled’ is actually set in Poland, and other theories from the Disney conspiracy set.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Movies

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/18/2014

These are all the Internet’s ‘best’ theories on Malaysia Flight 370 s disappearance

Aliens, cloaking devices and a 2012 Pitbull song -- what will conspiracy theorists think of next?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Meet Cloak, the ‘antisocial’ network that helps you avoid people

Cloak, an “incognito mode for real life,” is the inevitable backlash to our over-active social media.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:06 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Wayne Knight death hoax: How and why these hoaxes happen -- and how to stop them

Wayne Knight is fortunately still alive! But it’s only a matter of time until another celebrity “dies” online.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014

How to memorize a thousand digits of pi (or just about anything, really)

Mnemotechnists -- people who memorize things for fun -- actually use techniques you can teach yourself.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, Internet

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 03/14/2014

What was fake on the Internet this week: Wine machines, strangers kissing and Will Smith

The second installment in a weekly series that debunks the Web’s hoaxes, rumors and exaggerations.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:23 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 03/13/2014

A new report says selfies are causing young women to get more plastic surgery. Here’s why it’s wrong.

This survey fits too well into a popular (and flawed) cultural narrative: Kids take selfies, and selfies are bad.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:56 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Possible names for the web included ‘Mine of Information,’ ‘The Information Mine,’ and ‘Mesh’

... plus other fascinating insights from Tim Berners-Lee’s Reddit AMA.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:51 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/12/2014

36 ways the Web has changed us

The Web turned 25 years old today. Here’s a look at what it’s created -- and destroyed.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 03/11/2014

13 celebrity homes for rent on AirBnB

The listings -- and their prices -- make interesting illustrations of our celebrity worship culture.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:48 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 03/11/2014

The happiest post we’ve ever done

Different cities around the world offer their own video takes on Pharrell’s hit “Happy.”

By David Beard  |  12:10 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 03/10/2014

#etiquette: Lena Dunham tweeted an offensive joke, then deleted it. Good call or not?

She apologized, but was that enough?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:04 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, TV

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 03/10/2014

First J.K. Rowling, now Bitcoin’s founder: How a computer program analyzes language to solve author mysteries

Linguist Patrick Juola says Newsweek was wrong about the founder of Bitcoin.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:13 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/07/2014

The 25 most popular things to give up for Lent online

Hundreds of people have bravely sacrificed Snapchat, selfies and Lil Boosie, according to a fascinating Twitter tracker.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 03/07/2014

What was fake on the Internet this week: Hoverboards, Adele Dazeem and ramen murders

The first installment in a weekly series that debunks the web’s hoaxes, rumors and exaggerations.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:22 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 03/06/2014

A surprising map of every state’s (relative) favorite book

D.C. loves Paulo Coelho. California reads Patti Smith.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Internet

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 03/05/2014

These ‘apocalyptic’ photos from an Australian storm are real?

We’ve been conditioned to believe viral weather photos are fake. But sometimes they’re not.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:40 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Meet the random, selfie-snapping Texas senior who’s trying to topple Ellen DeGeneres’s Twitter record

Terry Shipman is “still a little confused on how to use Twitter,” but his selfie has been shared more than 47,000 times.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 03/04/2014

Can you tell the difference between a human writer and a robot?

Bot or Not is a simple game with complicated implications.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:09 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014

Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar selfie broke Twitter, and world records

... but that may actually be less impressive than Ellen (and her sponsors!) hope.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 02/28/2014

A surprising map of America’s ‘best’ restaurants

Yelp’s inaugural list of the top 100 restaurants in America is cheap, international -- and very West Coast-heavy.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:17 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Food, Internet

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Russell Crowe Twitter-spammed Pope Francis about his new movie, ‘Noah’

The actor really, really wants Pope Francis to see his new movie.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:54 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 02/27/2014

The best and only ‘Drunk in Love’ cover you will ever need

“Dunkin love, open all night.” Actor Adrian Anchondo and friend Reggie White rewrite Beyonce’s lyrics.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:42 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Google “Duke freshman porn star.” Don’t be surprised by what you see.

“Lauren” hasn’t kept her identity secret, and the dark world of college gossip forums is to blame.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:43 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 02/26/2014

This guy ruined the Internet with his eyeball-burning headlines. What happened next will not make you like him any better.

What happened next will not make you like him any better.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:39 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 02/26/2014

The new start-up that says it can help you read ‘War and Peace’ in 10 hours

Spritz uses a technology called “text streaming” to help users read up to 1000 words per minute.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:45 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 02/26/2014

This is not a map of “every state’s favorite band”

A viral map claims to show favorite bands by state. What it actually shows is far more interesting.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:34 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Check your privilege, Tinder

“Humanitarians of Tinder” shames online-daters who post tone-deaf pictures in hopes of getting a date.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:10 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 02/25/2014

@GSElevator, David Sedaris and the disillusionment of “unmaskings”

That incredible Twitter account eavesdropping on Goldman Sachs? He’s actually a guy in Texas.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:37 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Alec Baldwin is quitting public life because of smartphones, basically

The outspoken star has some points, but his argument seems futile.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:57 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/21/2014

That viral DHL commercial is brilliant -- and fake

The video was produced for an ad agency competition. DHL isn’t complaining.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Things that are cheaper than WhatsApp ( because there are a lot)

$16 billion is worth

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:57 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Best of #TrueDetectiveSeason2 ideas: HBO better be listening

The Internet has some ideas about who should replace Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:52 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, TV

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 02/20/2014

The surprising sociology of selfies

A new project called “Selfie City” defends self-portraits as a lens for global culture.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:53 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 02/20/2014

New Baby Selfie app is exactly what it sounds like, for better or worse

“I expect there to be some eye-rolling,” the app’s developer said.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:28 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 02/19/2014

What is WhatsApp, the company that Facebook just bought for $16 billion?

The instant-messaging service has 450 million users, many of them in Asia and the U.K.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:09 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Inside the world of the ‘Instafamous’

Shawn Megira doesn’t sing in a boy band or star on a reality show. But when the 15-year-old posts to Instagram, teen girls freak out like they just met One Direction.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 02/19/2014

There’s an anonymous Twitter artist randomly drawing people’s tweets

Not even the U.K.-based illustrator knows where he’ll strike next.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:51 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Confused by Facebook’s new gender options? Here’s what they mean.

The difference between agender, bigender and everything in between.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:42 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 02/14/2014

This is what happens when you ask strangers to write you love poems online

Paypal hired poets to write on-demand Valentine’s poems... with hilarious results.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:51 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Valentine’s Day is the worst day to run social media for a flower company

@FTDFlowers, @Teleflora and @1800flowers are doing polite battle with the flowerless Twitter hordes

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:17 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014

What 8 years of Valentine’s Day memes teaches us about modern love

Someecards are ubiquitous on social media, especially around the holidays. Here’s how they’ve changed since 2007.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Facebook will now allow users to identify as trans, bi, androgynous -- or any other gender they want

The social network sees the change as part of its mission to help people be their “authentic” selves.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Shosh has like, totally cleaned up her act, and she miiiight win a medal -- on Tumblr

There’s a new contender for best Olympic meme. It’s called Shoshi Games.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:24 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, TV

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Online trolls are just “everyday sadists,” according to new paper

A new paper from Canadian researchers find Internet trolls often score high on tests for sadism and psychopathy.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:48 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 02/12/2014

Should you live-tweet the Olympics? A guide for the perplexed

... probably not, no.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:36 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, TV

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Facebook Paper and the problem of manufactured nostalgia

What’s in a name? Potential legal drama and some very savvy marketing.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:39 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 02/04/2014

The first article ever written about Facebook

Five days after Facebook launched on Feb. 4, 2004, the Harvard Crimson published a story on the “new Facebook website.“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:01 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014

A selfie isn’t just a selfie anymore

Museum selfies. Belfies. Felfies. Where does it end?

By Bethonie Butler  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Introducing Forgotify, the site that streams Spotify’s 4 million never-played songs

A fifth of the massive online music catalogue -- some 4 million songs -- have never been played.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:57 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Ten things to look forward to in the 10th Puppy Bowl

After 10 years of cute, the Puppy Bowl has become an institution.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:39 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cats, Internet, Media, TV

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 01/24/2014

A programmer made a plug-in to tone down Upworthy-style headlines. What happened next will restore your faith in the Internet.

“Downworthy” automatically edits hyperbolic headlines to make them more literal

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:15 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Hunter Moore is in jail, but that just means some other despicable character is “the most-hated man on the Internet” now

The king of revenge porn has been arrested, but that doesn’t mean the Internet is any less vile

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:04 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 01/22/2014

The GIFYS honor the Internet’s most shareable moments

You can vote on your favorite GIFs in 12 categories, including cats, sports and news/politics.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:02 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Guccifer, the hacker who leaked George W. Bush paintings, reportedly arrested in Romania

Guccifer claims he hacked everyone from Colin Powell to ‘Downton Abbey’ writer Julian Fallowes over his career

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:11 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Craigslistmirrors.com is a unique reflection of American life

Straightforward blog of mirrors for sale on Craigslist is curiously affecting as art

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:21 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Dogecoin helps Jamaican bobsled team in its quest for Sochi

Online donors have raised nearly $200,000 so that Jamaica’s bobsled team can compete at the Olympics

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:48 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Olympics

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Emoji IRL: A Q&A with the designer who sees emoticons as works of art

Liza Nelson creates brilliant real-life versions of your favorite emoticons.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:12 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Study: Your friends really are happier, more popular than you

It’s not just the idealized images on Facebook or Instagram -- the average person’s friends are better off than he is.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:45 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Twitter has spoken — it’s Bridgegate, not Bridgeghazi

Bridgeghazi may be more clever, but the numbers aren’t in its favor.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:51 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Politics

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/09/2014

No, Niagara Falls is not “frozen solid”

The pictures you’re seeing on social media aren’t even unusual for the area.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 01/08/2014

The “bikini bridge,” 4chan’s latest prank, is actually pretty dangerous

It doesn’t matter if it’s “fake,” it can still be plenty damaging

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:21 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 01/06/2014

‘Worst online dating profile ever’ still attracts hundreds of desperate guys

“I created AaronCarterFan to see if there was a lower limit to how awful a human had to be before men would stop messaging her. As it turns out: nope.“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:22 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Coinye West is your newest Bitcoin-inspired cryptocurrency

The latest Internet-based currency is likely a joke, but that doesn’t mean it’s worthless

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:35 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Beyoncé criticized for sampling audio from Challenger disaster on her new album

Snippet of audio from 1986 space shuttle explosion appears on her new song “XO,” which the singer says “was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:44 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Who’s apologizing for race-related insensitivity now? Ani DiFranco and Questlove.

Two musicians come under fire -- and apologize -- for race-related issues

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:04 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 12/30/2013

A year of Internet hoaxes: Fake events but very real coverage

If 2013 was the year of the Internet hoax, it was also the year that Internet narratives eclipsed their medium

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:45 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Tila Tequila said insane things about coming interstellar wars and conspiracy theories this week. Let’s try to interpret.

Famous-for-being-famous person goes on an Internet rant that is impressively insane even for the Internet.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:52 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Facebook might change ‘like’ to ‘sympathize’ but what does that really change?

Ever see a status that you felt weird ‘liking’ but wanted to offer support? There may be a new button for that soon.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:44 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Who is @Darth and why is this person always in my Twitter feed?

One of Twitter’s anonymous meme-making superstars

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:32 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 11/12/2013

The music industry is going after Rap Genius -- and the law is on its side

A major industry group is demanding that lyrics sites like Rap Genius pay up or take down song lyrics that belong to their artists.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:38 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Monopoly fans have spoken: In with the cat, out with the iron

A cat will replace the classic iron token that has been part of Monopoly since 1935.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:22 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, Internet