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How a 23-Year-Old Makes $500K Off Twitter

Kris Sanchez started UberFacts after joining Twitter to follow Britney Spears

(Newser) - If you're one of its more than 7 million Twitter followers, then you're already familiar with UberFacts , the account that bills its tweets as "the most unimportant things you'll never need to know." What you might not know is that its founder, Kris Sanchez, started... More »

Uber Driver's Tweet Gets Him 'Fired'

The company called it 'hateful'

(Newser) - Be careful what you tweet. When Uber driver Christopher J. Ortiz wrote "Driving for Uber, not much safer than driving a taxi," in August, he wasn't expecting the statement to cause any problems with the San Francisco startup. The journalist drove for Uber in May and June... More »

Chris Brown: Ebola Is a 'Form of Population Control'

That's what he thinks, at least, 'bruh'

(Newser) - You've probably had a burning desire to know what Chris Brown thinks about the Ebola outbreak, right? Well, the singer has finally made his theory known, and—surprise, surprise—it's a controversial one. He tweeted last night, "I don't know ... But I think this Ebola epidemic... More »

US Hostage's Mom Tries to Reach ISIS via Twitter

'How can we reach you?' mother of Abdul-Rahman Kassig asks militants

(Newser) - Abdul-Rahman Kassig's family has already released a letter from him in which he said he was "scared to die" and posted a series of YouTube videos begging for his freedom from his ISIS captors. Now mom Paula Kassig has taken to Twitter to directly address "Caliph Abu... More »

Tweeter: JetBlue Booted Me Off Flight for Griping

Apparently, you'd better mumble about delays under your breath

(Newser) - Apparently, airlines are watching what you tweet and are unamused by your antics : A woman says JetBlue gave her the boot from a flight out of Philly after she began tweeting about her delayed flight yesterday—which she says was further delayed by a passenger joke. "It had been... More »

Twitter Suit: Gov't Won't Let Us Talk About Data Requests

Tech giant's complaint says restrictions violate its First Amendment rights

(Newser) - First rule about government requests for information: Don't talk about government requests for information. That's one rule Twitter doesn't want to play by, leading to a lawsuit filed today that claims the US government is violating the company's First Amendment rights by forcing it to keep... More »

Woman Who Abused McCanns Online Found Dead

She was confronted by reporter over Twitter messages

(Newser) - A woman accused of taking part in an online hate campaign against the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann has been found dead days after she was confronted by a reporter. Brenda Leyland, a 63-year-old described by the Daily Mail as a "church-going mother," was found in a... More »

Taliban Suffers Tweet-Fail, Blames 'Enemy Plot'

Afghanistan spokesman accidentally gave away his location, wasn't in Afghanistan

(Newser) - The perils of modern technology can prove too great even for one of the world's leading terrorist organizations: The Taliban's spokesman in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid, was busily tweeting about an attack on Friday when he suffered an apparent tweet-fail: The tweet contained geolocation data indicating that he was... More »

Trump Tricked Into Retweeting Serial Killer Pic

Twitter user tells him 'parents' found him inspirational

(Newser) - "I guess this teaches you not to be nice or trusting," Donald Trump complained yesterday after he was fooled into retweeting a picture of notorious British serial killers Fred and Rosemary West. The tycoon says he may sue the "jerk" who told him his "parents who... More »

Twitter Sleuths Help Track Down Hate-Crime Suspects

Online detectives piece together clues in Philadelphia assault

(Newser) - A gay couple strolling around Philadelphia's Center City last week was harassed and assaulted by "a group of preppy-looking young adults," NBC 10 reports—but thanks to some social-media Sherlocks, police have made great headway in solving the case. A group of about a dozen people approached... More »

Rihanna Has Some Words for CBS, NFL

And they're not exactly happy ones

(Newser) - Last week, CBS dumped a Rihanna song from the first of its Thursday night NFL broadcasts, partially thanks to the Ray Rice situation and Rihanna's own connection to domestic violence at the hands of Chris Brown. Now, apparently, the network wants to include the song in this week's... More »

9/11 Predated Facebook, and That Might Be a Good Thing

Gabrielle Birkner: Digital mourning doesn't always cut it

(Newser) - The 9/11 attacks took place years before the dawn of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the iPhone, which is why Gabrielle Birkner's memories of New York City in the aftermath are so "tactile" and "analog," she writes at Quartz . She remembers the posters of missing people posted... More »

ISIS Tweets: Death to Twitter Employees

Extremists warn of 'lone wolf assassins'

(Newser) - ISIS has got a social media problem and it seems to think it can kill its way out of it. A Twitter account linked to the extremist group has called for the assassination of Twitter employees, apparently in response for the site's attempts to shut down ISIS accounts, reports... More »

Twitter Gets a 'Buy' Button

Test of online shopping icon appearing on some feeds

(Newser) - You may see something odd on Twitter today—a "Buy" button on tweets from Home Depot and Brad Paisley, the Wall Street Journal reports. "This is an early step ... to make shopping from mobile devices convenient and easy, hopefully even fun," the company announced today . Exclusive offers... More »

CeeLo Quits Twitter Amid Furor Over Rape Tweets

'If someone is passed out they're not even with you'

(Newser) - CeeLo Green's Twitter account has disappeared after a series of tweets on the definition of rape, Sky News reports. The comments came after Green pleaded no contest following an accusation that he'd slipped a woman ecstasy; his no-contest plea, however, was to voluntarily sharing ecstasy, not secretly slipping... More »

Map Shows Russians What's Russia, What's Not

Canadian NATO delegation fires tweet at Mother Russia

(Newser) - Canadian officials had a message for Vladimir Putin this week: Here's where Russia isn't. NATO delegates from Canada tweeted a simplified map Wednesday that delineates Russia's borders, calling Russia "Russia" and Ukraine (including the Crimean region) "not Russia," the AP reports. "Geography can... More »

Richard Dawkins: Keeping Fetus With Down's Is 'Immoral'

Renowned atheist sparks a Twitter war

(Newser) - What to do when you're pregnant with a fetus that has Down's syndrome? Simple, tweeted Richard Dawkins: "Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice." The renowned evolutionary theorist and atheist later apologized for... More »

Think Tank Sorry for Telling Amnesty to 'Suck It'

CSIS apologizes, says intern thought he was using personal account

(Newser) - An intern at a Washington, DC, think tank was just supposed to monitor its Twitter account, not tell Amnesty International to "suck it." The human rights organization was making a point about the uproar in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting death of Michael Brown, tweeting yesterday: "US... More »

Twitter to 'Improve Policies' After Zelda Williams Bullied

Family members to get more support, site says

(Newser) - Twitter has promised to take a look at its policies after some sickening abuse over her father's death forced Zelda Williams off the site . After she tweeted a touching tribute to her father, the grieving daughter received messages on Twitter and Instagram blaming her for her father's death,... More »

Oops: Ninja Turtles Make 9/11 Gaffe on Movie Poster

Paramount Australia tweets poster, promptly deletes it

(Newser) - Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo have a bit of explaining to do. That’s because the Australian film poster for the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features the famous turtles falling from a burning building that has apparently just been rocked by an explosion ... and the opening date, prominently... More »

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