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UK Might Allow Teens to Erase Their Embarrassing Internet Content

Teenagers are often told to not put anything online unless they want it there forever, but a new campaign in the U.K. is pressuring tech companies to allow young people to delete or edit content that they put on the internet before their 18th birthday. You hear that, teens? The internet is yours! » 7/28/15 3:25pm Today 3:25pm

No One Wants to Admit It, but Reddit Can't Be Saved

It’s looking more and more like Ellen Pao was, in some sense, set up to fail by her male board of directors. Her predecessor Yishan Wong says it. A top Reddit engineer said it right after quitting. It might sound conspiratorial if it weren’t about this particular site.http://gawker.com/top-reddit-eng... » 7/14/15 4:28pm 7/14/15 4:28pm

Woman Sees Pictures of Boyfriend's Wedding, Still Not Sure He Cheated

Recently, a 23-year-old woman posted an astonishing inquiry on Ask Metafilter. Just a warning, though, her question—titled “Did my boyfriend just get married?”—might make you want to hop into one of Bruce Willis’s spaceship drills from Armageddon and burrow yourself 10,000 feet into the core of a dying star: » 6/24/15 7:10pm 6/24/15 7:10pm

The 'Game of 72' Is the Latest Fake Internet Craze to Scare Parents

The Internet, an enormous mechanism for creating unfounded rumors that alarm your parents and grandparents, has done it again. This time it’s the “Game of 72,” a diabolical contest in which teens run away from home for several days, just to see if they can. Except—surprise, surprise—the Game of 72 is not a real thing. » 5/18/15 6:30pm 5/18/15 6:30pm

Twitter's Inexplicable New Settings Highlight Problems with Abuse

So Twitter created a rather obscure new setting in its privacy menu called “Receive Direct Messages from Anyone.” Now, people you don’t follow can send you a direct message, or DM, in private. Here’s why this setting got people’s knickers in a bunch — for some pretty good reasons. » 4/20/15 7:45pm 4/20/15 7:45pm

Revenge-Porn Asshole Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison 

Revenge-porn website operator Kevin Christopher Bollaert was sentenced to 18 years in state prison on Friday. The San Diego man ran the website yougotposted.com, where users and hackers could anonymously post nude photos and personal information of people (read: women) without their consent. Bollaert was convicted in… » 4/04/15 2:30pm 4/04/15 2:30pm

New Conservative Lifestyle Website Will Be Named 'LifeZette' ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Very mean conservative radio host and wearer of prominently displayed cross necklaces Laura Ingraham announced today that she’s starting her very own lifestyle website for conservatives and independents. It’s going to be called LifeZette, which is a terrible name for a website. And I work at a website named after a… » 4/01/15 6:10pm 4/01/15 6:10pm

Here is How Your Smartphone Is Truly Aging You (It's Not "Tech Neck")

Another day, another mention of how staring at your smartphone is slowly withering you into an unrecognizable pile of sallow, sagging flesh. But I can assure you that "tech neck" is not the only smartphone-induced culprit of rapid aging. It's not just the phone that's going to send you to an early grave, but what's in… » 3/15/15 3:00pm 3/15/15 3:00pm

Next Week's Too Real Broad City: Abbi & Ilana Go on an Internet Bender

You know that feeling, when you spend all day staring at a screen and forgetting to hydrate and your lips get chapped and your butt goes numb and then, finally, you slump out of the office, staring at your phone as you trip down the stairs in order to ensure that Twitter is fully refreshed for the 35 minutes you will… » 2/12/15 4:20pm 2/12/15 4:20pm