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Sobbing In-Flight Breakup Gets Live-Tweeted to Thousands

New Yorker tweets bitter argument from a few seats over

(Newser) - Next time you try breaking up with someone on an airplane, consider who might be sitting nearby—and tweeting. A New Yorker yesterday live-tweeted what she described as a sobbing, bitter, 90-minute breakup argument just a few seats over from her on a delayed flight, the New York Post reports.... More »

Twitter Bot Turns Man Into Contest-Winning Force

Hunter Scott wins 1K "retweet to win" contests with the help of his bot

(Newser) - What does it take to actually win one of those "retweet to win" contests constantly clogging up your Twitter feed? It turns out, either a lot of free time or one very helpful Twitter bot. Over the past nine months, American coder Hunter Scott entered 165,000 Twitter contests,... More »

James Woods Sues Twitter User for $10M

Actor goes after 'Abe List' over 'cocaine addict' slam

(Newser) - Celebrities need thick skin on social media these days, but James Woods will settle for $10 million instead. The actor is suing a Twitter user who goes by "Abe List" for that amount because AL tweeted that Woods is a "cocaine addict," reports the Hollywood Reporter . "... More »

Katy Perry Jumps Into Swift-Minaj Tweet Turmoil

Not that she's biased or anything

(Newser) - If the Taylor Swift-Nicki Minaj drama wasn't enough for you, Katy Perry has now jumped into the fray. After Swift chastised Minaj about the latter's VMA nominations complaint , saying, "It's unlike you to pit women against each other," Perry—who has a long history of... More »

Twitter Threw Itself an Unfortunate Frat Party

Company apologizes for 'ill-chosen' event

(Newser) - Ahh, hindsight. While in the midst of a gender-discrimination lawsuit, some Twitter employees decided it was a good idea to throw a frat party. The now-controversial event took place on Tuesday, with Fusion hearing from a source that it was thrown for the company's revenue team in San Francisco.... More »

$21M US Drone Crashes in Iraq, Guy Gets a Selfie

Spy drone conducting surveillance went down due to 'technical complications'

(Newser) - Pictures started circulating online this week of what looked like a US Army drone sitting in the middle of the Iraqi desert, and yesterday the Pentagon confirmed that's indeed what it is, the Verge reports. A US Central Command spokesman told BuzzFeed that an MQ-1 surveillance drone crashed on... More »

Twitter Tiff With Nicki Minaj Not Taylor's Best Move

It was an uncharacteristic miss for Swift, who jumped on Minaj's VMA tweet

(Newser) - Taylor Swift is a human being who does human things. That's one of the main takeaways, according to Vox , after the singer posted a knee-jerk reaction yesterday to a tweet by fellow artist Nicki Minaj. "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated... More »

Twitter Yanks Flashing Ads Over Seizure Concerns

Epilepsy group raises concerns

(Newser) - Twitter pulled two looping videos it posted via Vine for an unusual reason—concern they might trigger seizures. It doesn't appear they actually did, but Twitter acted after an epilepsy organization raised concerns about the ads, which contained six seconds of bright flashes, reports the Guardian . "Eighty-seven people... More »

Twitter's Ugly World Cup Response: 'Pearl Harbor'

American soccer fans joke World Cup win is payback for 1941 attack

(Newser) - Shortly after the USA's win over Japan in the Women's World Cup last night, Twitter fans exchanged jubilation and sportsmanship for something much darker: mentions of Pearl Harbor. Several soccer fans suggested the 5-2 victory was a form of payback for the 1941 attack during World War II,... More »

What Drivers Tweeted to Suicidal Woman on Bridge

Police in London suburb respond to angry messages

(Newser) - Drivers in a London suburb weren't exactly sympathetic yesterday to a suicidal woman who blocked traffic for two hours as emergency crews tried talking her down, the Independent reports. Amid the M3-motorway delay in Sunbury, Surrey, angry tweets came rolling out:
  • "Tell her to get on with it,
... More »

Sprint, T-Mobile Chiefs Go at It on Twitter

A sample: 'I am so tired of your ... bullshit'

(Newser) - The claws are out in the telecom world: T-Mobile CEO John Legere—who the Wall Street Journal reports is not one to shy away from a dispute—took to Twitter this week to blast rival Sprint's new "All-In" service plan and ended up getting a rather feisty reply... More »

Rose McGowan: Why My 'Wussy Agent' Dumped Me

It has to do with 'Madam Panhandler'

(Newser) - Rose McGowan was not happy when she got an script for an audition with a wardrobe description instructing actresses to wear a "form-fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push-up bras encouraged). And form-fitting leggings or jeans." And her agent, apparently, was not happy when McGowan responded by tweeting... More »

Charlie Sheen's Father's Day Fun: Twitter Rant

And Oliver Hudson wasn't having a happy day either

(Newser) - Just because we haven't heard from Charlie Sheen in a while doesn't mean all is well in his world. Yesterday, Sheen celebrated Father's Day by tweeting, apparently about ex-wife Denise Richards—mother of his two daughters—"D Richards is a heretic washed up piglet Shame pile.... More »

Twitter's CEO Is Gone Amid Sluggish Growth

Dick Costolo leaves July 1, though company did not explain why

(Newser) - Dick Costolo is stepping down as CEO of Twitter after about five years. The company announced the news in a press release but provided no explanation. CNBC doesn't sound shocked, however: "Many investors and analysts have called for a shakeup amid a sluggish run for Twitter's stock,... More »

How Vanity Fair Kept Its Caitlyn Cover Under Wraps

Meanwhile, more than 1M want to get to know the real Jenner

(Newser) - "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me," Caitlyn Jenner tweeted yesterday, and she got a huge response: The former Olympian's new Twitter account gained... More »

JK Rowling Shuts Down Homophobes (Again) on Twitter

This time it was Westboro Baptist Church protesting Gandalf/Dumbledore wedding

(Newser) - The Westboro Baptist Church protests against pretty much everyone and everything, so any shock value they may have had wore off long ago. But one person they shouldn't have set their sights on is JK Rowling, who effectively owned the anti-gay group after members started sparring with her on... More »

Secret Service Visits Obama Twitter Troll

As racist tweets welcome president to Twitter

(Newser) - The White House says it's "pleased with the early response" to President Obama's new Twitter account , which has crushed a record and received plenty of adoring messages. But it's the hateful, racist posts that are getting attention, including from the Secret Service. New York Times reports... More »

Michelle Obama Has Serious Jump-Roping Skills

First lady tweets a suggested exercise routine

(Newser) - Michelle Obama tweeted a short exercise video this week that gives her the distinction of being the only first lady "to wear a gym tank and stretch pants while pounding her fists together in boxing gloves," notes the Washington Post . In the clip, part of Obama's campaign... More »

Obama Breaks a Twitter Record

He amassed 1M followers in 5 hours

(Newser) - President Obama has set a Guinness World Record as the fastest user to reach 1 million followers on Twitter. After joining the platform with a personal @POTUS account on Monday, he managed to crush Robert Downey Jr.'s record of 23 hours and 22 minutes set last April in... More »

Obama Burns Bill Clinton on Twitter

Obama sends first tweet from personal account—Clinton has to respond

(Newser) - "Two presidents walk into a Twitter feed" is just like it sounds, and it happened yesterday online, MarketWatch reports. Even though President Obama has been occasionally tweeting from the @BarackObama handle run by Organizing for Action, @POTUS is all his own , and yesterday saw that account's very first... More »

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