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Internet Acting Weird Today? You're Not Alone

Outages on Twitter, other sites after DDOS attack

(Newser) - If you like to ease your way into the day by flipping on some Spotify tunes and checking out your Twitter feeds and favorite Reddit forums, Friday morning was probably pretty miserable. That's because those sites, and dozens of others, experienced annoying disruptions (or were down completely for some)... More »

Chrissy Teigen Mom-Shamed for the Way She Held Baby

She fought right back, of course

(Newser) - Chrissy Teigen was mom-shamed even before she had her baby (see here and here ), so it's not entirely surprising she'd be mom-shamed now that daughter Luna is actually here. A Twitter user recently tweeted a photo of Teigen holding Luna along with the remark, "this is... More »

There's No Book Report Quite Like a Trump 'Book Report'

'Juliet ... made Romeo kill himself'

(Newser) - It's fine that Donald Trump is too busy to read because we basically know his take on hundreds of literary classics, thanks to Twitter. It started with a tweet from a St. Louis alderman and mayoral candidate as he was watching Wednesday's debate, per the Huffington Post . "... More »

Weird WikiLeaks Tweets Spark Alarm, Death Rumors

But Julian Assange is reportedly alive and well

(Newser) - On Sunday, the WikiLeaks Twitter account tweeted out a series of odd messages: "pre-commitment 1: John Kerry," read the first, followed by a 64-character series of numbers and letters; the next two referred to "pre-commitment 2: Ecuador" and "pre-commitment 3: UK FCO" (the United Kingdom's... More »

Clinton Campaign Chief Sends Pro-Trump Tweet

John Podesta has 'switched teams.' Or he's very unlucky

(Newser) - Either John Podesta is very unlucky or he has been using "password" as his password. The Hillary Clinton campaign chairman, whose hacked Gmail emails are being released in batches by WikiLeaks, had his Twitter account hacked on Wednesday and used to send out a pro-Trump tweet, Politico reports. More »

Introducing the 'High-Five Selfie'

NC man's impressive feat starts Twitter craze

(Newser) - Still taking ordinary selfies? Prepare to feel as old-fashioned as a flip phone. The "high-five selfie" is the newest trend, thanks to a North Carolina man's Twitter post on Saturday. "Today is the proudest day of my life. I successfully took a picture of me high fiving... More »

'One in a Million': Chance Drone Pic Saves Trapped Man

Texas' Craig Williams just happened to see photo online of brother's flooded home in NC

(Newser) - A drone photo, a Twitter hashtag, and a concerned brother more than a thousand miles away all helped save a North Carolina veteran trapped in his home by Hurricane Matthew flooding. Craig Williams, who lives in Austin, Texas, was worried about his twin, Chris, who had fled Saturday night to... More »

Judge to Nonprofit: You Can Serve Lawsuit by Tweet

California group has been trying to track down terror funding suspect in Kuwait to no avail

(Newser) - A California nonprofit was having a hard time serving a Kuwaiti sheikh with lawsuit papers, so it got permission to do it in the most 21st-century way possible: on Twitter. Courthouse News Service reports that a federal judge is allowing St. Francis of Assisi, which assists refugees, to tweet the... More »

Right's New Feud: Sean Hannity vs. Megyn Kelly

He claims she's a Clinton supporter

(Newser) - Sean Hannity isn't just feuding with Glenn Beck , apparently. Twitter was in awe Wednesday when the Fox News host slammed fellow host Megyn Kelly with "what he might consider the worst insult imaginable," per USA Today : He accused her of "clearly" supporting Hillary Clinton. Earlier Wednesday... More »

New Hazard of College Life: Roommate Spats Gone Viral

Latest is between 2 freshmen at Penn State

(Newser) - When a college freshman who's just getting to know her roommate starts tweeting things like "two weeks down and I already hate my roommate!" and "my roommate situation is a horror story," the inevitable result is that newest of dorm problems: the roommate feud gone... More »

UN News Arm Scrubs Tweet Asking People to Stop Trump

It was a mistaken message to 8 million expats

(Newser) - First the US Army sent out an embarrassing anti-Trump tweet in error. Now the United Nations' official news agency has scrubbed a similar online offensive against the GOP nominee, also claiming it was a mistake, Politico reports. The now-vanished tweet, which posted at 9:14pm EDT Thursday and called for... More »

Google May Be Interested in Buying Twitter

The money-losing social media site could still sell for up to $30 billion

(Newser) - Google could be preparing a formal offer to buy Twitter, and a sale of the social media company could happen by the end of the year, CNBC reports. A source tells Reuters that multiple tech companies are looking into purchasing Twitter, which—despite being a force in news and popular... More »

Demands of College Roommate From Hell Go Viral

Ashly seems like a sweetheart

(Newser) - There's no better way to start off college than by proving yourself to be a "ticking time bomb"—or being forced to live with one. The latter is UCLA freshman Winnie Chen's predicament. Less than 48 hours after Chen and her two future roommates, Guistinna and... More »

Amtrak Hilariously Flubs Response Over Stuck Elevator

Still there? it asks, seven months later

(Newser) - Amtrak is taking its lumps after a Twitter misfire. In response to a woman's tweet about being stuck in an Amtrak elevator at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Amtrak tweeted on Wednesday, "We are sorry to hear that. Are you still in the elevator?" Well, no. Amanda Carpenter's plea... More »

AP Deletes Controversial Clinton Foundation Tweet

2-week-old tweet was deemed misleading

(Newser) - After more than two weeks of controversy, the Associated Press has deleted an Aug. 23 tweet about the Clinton Foundation that critics—including Hillary Clinton—said was misleading. "More than half those who met Clinton as Cabinet secretary gave money to Clinton Foundation," read the tweet. Politico notes... More »

Twitter Not Being Kind to Serial Sexter Weiner

Plus: Weiner and Abedin have reportedly been 'estranged' for about a year

(Newser) - Huma Abedin is separating from Anthony Weiner after his latest online sexcapades, this time involving a series of sexts apparently sent between Weiner and an unnamed "40-something divorcee." But a source said to be close to Abedin tells Politico the couple had already been "estranged" and... More »

Irish Woman, Friend Live-Tweet 48-Hour Trip to Get Abortion

Tens of thousands of others like her in Ireland have had to leave the country to do so

(Newser) - The @TwoWomenTravel Twitter account has just 28 tweets, but it had quite a turnout over the weekend, racking up more than 25,000 followers as one of the two women live-tweeted her journey to get an abortion, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Irish woman and a friend documented their 48-hour... More »

900 Students Skipped School After Twitter Threats

Four Orlando-area schools were named

(Newser) - More than 900 students were absent from Orlando-area schools on Thursday after authorities say a man on Twitter threatened to shoot students and put pipe bombs inside campuses, per the AP . There were reportedly 379 absences at Orange's Liberty Middle School, 357 at Orlando's Boone High School, 174... More »

Ellen Insists She's Not Racist After Controversial Bolt Tweet

She tweeted picture of herself riding the sprinter

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres is in hot water after tweeting a photo Monday showing her riding on the back of Usain Bolt. The photo of the Jamaican sprinter grinning back at his competitors as he won gold in the 100-meter dash in the Rio Olympics quickly got turned into quite a few... More »

Teen's Tweeted Olympic Dream Comes True 5 Years Later

Morolake Akinosun is heading to Rio after prophetic posting years ago

(Newser) - In the summer of 2011, a 17-year-old heading into her senior year at an Illinois high school started thinking more seriously about her future, and she determinedly announced her plans via social media. "In 2016 I will be 22, graduated from a school I have not chosen yet, and... More »

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