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Airline Loses Boston Bombing Survivor's Prosthetic Leg

But Twitter was on it

(Newser) - Adrianne Haslet-Davis has her prosthetic leg back, but not after quite a bit of inconvenience. The Boston Marathon bombing survivor (a professional dancer who lost her leg but didn't let that keep her from dancing ) tweeted Thursday to call out American Airlines: "Hi @AmericanAir u lost my... More »

Anonymous Launches Cyber War on ISIS

ISIS' response: 'Idiots'

(Newser) - Anonymous is following through with its promise to target ISIS in a cyber war after the Paris terror attacks. Operating under the hashtags #opISIS and #opParis, the group has begun leaking the personal details of alleged ISIS recruiters, reports the Independent . Anonymous also has compiled lists of social media accounts... More »

Amid Panic, Parisians Used Hashtag to Offer Shelter

Facebook activated 'Safety Check'

(Newser) - Amid the horror of the Paris terror attacks , there was a response from ordinary citizens that the city can be proud of. With the hashtag #PorteOuverte , meaning "open door," Parisians offered shelter to tourists and others stranded by the chaos, Mic reports. People were desperate to find safe... More »

How an Epic Twitter Tale Mixed Scary Truth With Fiction

The 'Washington Post' takes a deep look at Zola the stripper's incredible story

(Newser) - Since a 19-year-old Detroit stripper named Aziah King (aka Zola) tweeted out a story of epic proportions on Oct. 27, she captivated millions of online readers, including studios, producers, and even Missy Elliott, who wrote : "That Zola story wild. Ended up reading the whole thing like I was watching... More »

Twitter Gets a Heart, Internet Loses Its Mind

So long, 'favorite' star

(Newser) - Twitter changed its star-shaped "favorite" icon to a heart-shaped "like" icon Tuesday. Understandably, this has torn the social-media community asunder. CNET reports the heart is an attempt to simplify Twitter to attract more users and advertisers. Akarshan Kumar at Twitter explains that the "like" heart is universally... More »

Margaret Cho: I Was a Sex Worker

And there's 'no shame in it,' she says

(Newser) - Apparently in response to public shaming of sex workers, Margaret Cho opened up on Twitter Thursday about her past in just that line of work, the New York Daily News reports. "Sex work is simply work. For me it was honest work. I was a sex worker when I... More »

Twitter CEO Floors Workers by Parting With $200M in Stock

Jack Dorsey pumps up employees: 'I'm confident we can make Twitter big!'

(Newser) - Twitter employees have had a chaotic go of it over the past few weeks: first the shakeup of co-founder Jack Dorsey coming on board permanently as CEO , then an unpleasant round of layoffs that purged 8% of the company's staff. Brighter news, however, has since come down their feeds,... More »

Man Runs Over Teen, Tweets Photo of Body

Boy's mother says driver 'must be some kind of monster'

(Newser) - The last time Connie Coles saw her youngest son alive was Sunday night, when she sent him out to buy a loaf of bread. Trevius Williams, 16, was hit and killed by a car 10 minutes later, and Coles says she's horrified not just by the death, but by... More »

Russian Official May Think Actor Kal Penn Is a Terrorist

'I can't stop laughing'

(Newser) - We're trying to figure out if the Russian ambassador to Britain is unfamiliar with—or a huge fan of—American stoner comedies from the mid-2000s after he used a photo of actor Kal Penn to illustrate a tweet about terrorists Wednesday. The Washington Post reports Alexander Yakovenko tweeted a... More »

Twitter Announces Mass Layoffs

Approximately 8% of workforce will be let go

(Newser) - Struggling with user growth and profitability, Twitter is getting rid of nearly two-and-a-half tweets worth of employees, the social media company announced Tuesday. Business Insider reports Twitter will be laying off 336 employees—about 8% of its workforce—largely from the engineering department. "We feel strongly that engineering will... More »

Hey, Lauren From Fordham, Tom Hanks Found Your ID

He offers, via Twitter, to get it back to her

(Newser) - All Tom Hanks fans wish they were Lauren from Fordham University today. Hanks posted a picture online Tuesday of a student ID from the school, bearing that moniker and a photo but with the last name blocked by his thumb. "Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park,... More »

Activist in Hiding After Starting #ShoutYourAbortion

Amelia Bonow started receiving death threats after starting #ShoutYourAbortion

(Newser) - As the debate about funding for Planned Parenthood continues, one Seattle activist has gone into hiding after a hashtag she created went viral, her address was posted online, and she started receiving death threats, the Los Angeles Times reports. The hashtag: #ShoutYourAbortion . Its mission, per Bonow and co-founder Lindy West:... More »

Lena Dunham: Here's Why Someone Else Tweets for Me

Twitter 'wasn't a safe space for me'

(Newser) - Lena Dunham still has a Twitter account, but she doesn't actually use it herself—or even know the password. "I don’t look at Twitter anymore. I have a really great person [who tweets]. I tweet, but I do it through someone else," Dunham told Kara Swisher... More »

This Might Be the Best Interview About Edward Snowden Ever

Snowden, Scissorhands, close enough

(Newser) - In what just might be the best example of trolling ever recorded, Jon Hendren went on HLN Wednesday and gave an interview about Edward Snowden ... except that the whole time, Hendren was talking about Edward Scissorhands. Example: When anchor Yasmin Vossoughian asks Hendren (described as a "Snowden Supporter")... More »

GOP's Pataki Trolls 'Traitor' Snowden in Twitter Debut

Candidate wants 'great American company' to boot NSA leaker

(Newser) - Edward Snowden joined Twitter on Tuesday and along with the more than 800,000 followers he racked up within hours, he attracted the wrath of a man the Guardian calls his "first Twitter troll"—George Pataki. The bottom-of-the-pack GOP presidential candidate tweeted : "Some say you have courage,... More »

Snowden Just Joined Twitter

Neil deGrasse Tyson apparently talked him into the @snowden handle

(Newser) - "Can you hear me now?" isn't just a Verizon catchphrase anymore. It was also the first official tweet from Edward Snowden on Tuesday from wherever he's holed up in Russia, the Intercept reports. He was apparently cajoled into joining by Neil deGrasse Tyson during a StarTalk Radio... More »

Zimmerman Tweets Photo We Didn't See Coming

'Z-Man is a one man army' accompanies sad photo

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's Twitter feed attracted a little attention Sunday when he retweeted a photo of Trayvon Martin's dead body—along with the words "Z-Man is a one man army." He soon took down the tweet, which was originally posted by @SeriousSlav , an apparent admirer, but this... More »

Emmys Spoil a Bunch of Shows, Outrage Ensues

Twitterverse not happy with one of last night's montage

(Newser) - Whoops: Viewers watching the Emmys last night were dismayed when a montage celebrating shows that came to a close this year gave away the endings of many of those shows, Sky News reports. Among the series spoiled: Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, Nurse Jackie, Parenthood, and Boardwalk Empire. "Welcome... More »

Famed Atheist: The 'Clock Kid' Is a Fraud

Richard Dawkins lays into 14-year-old kid

(Newser) - Think the "clock kid" has a friend in famed atheist Richard Dawkins? Seems not: Ahmed Mohamed, 14, who was arrested in Texas when authorities thought he'd built a bomb instead of a clock, perpetrated "fraud" and perhaps "wanted to be arrested," tweeted Dawkins today. Here'... More »

Khamenei: You'll Be Gone in 25 Years, Israel

Iran's supreme leader takes to Twitter to threaten 'Zionists,' rebuff US

(Newser) - As House lawmakers contended with more chaos on the Iran nuclear deal today, the supreme leader of Iran was busy making his own statements that appear to squash any hopes of Iran trying to mend its delicate relationship with the US via the deal, per the Times of Israel . Instead,... More »

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