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Taylor Swift: Good Luck Finding Nude Pics, Hackers

Singer's Twitter account gets hacked

(Newser) - Apparently there is at least one celebrity who doesn't take nude pictures: Taylor Swift. Her social media accounts were hacked yesterday by the Lizard Squad, a group that's claimed responsibility for a number of other recent cyberattacks . The group threatened to release nude photos of Swift, but she... More »

Stockbroker Loses Job Over Hit-and-Run 'Joke'

'It was a joke gone bad,' says Brit Rayhan Qadar

(Newser) - Humor is all about knowing your audience, and 21-year-old Brit Rayhan Qadar apparently didn't really know his. The stockbroker made an ill-advised "joke" on Twitter Monday morning and lost his job over it. The offending tweet (his account is now private, CNET notes): "Think I just hit... More »

Experts: Facebook Lies Create False Memories

Study says online lies are 'damaging' our memory

(Newser) - Lying your tushy off on social networks may impress your friends, but research suggests that it can also create false memories and disconnect us from our true self, the Telegraph reports. "Being competitive and wanting to put our best face forward—seeking support or empathy from our peers—is... More »

Neil deGrasse Tyson Ignites a Christmas Brouhaha

With a tweet about Isaac Newton

(Newser) - Neil deGrasse Tyson's Christmas musings might not have made it to the cosmos, but the Twitterverse is buzzing with them: As CNN reports, Tyson on Thursday tweeted out birthday greetings to a babe who went on to rock planet Earth. Except not that babe."On this day long... More »

CNN's #AskACop Doesn't Go So Well (for Cops)

Yes, another hashtag fail; yes, Don Lemon

(Newser) - It's been a year of epic hashtag fails: first #MyNYPD , then #CosbyMeme , and now CNN's #AskACop. In advance of the station's "Cops Under Fire" town hall segment last night, hosted by Don Lemon, CNN put a call out for people to tweet questions to its panel... More »

#illridewithyou Triumphs Amid Hostage Situation

Australians come out against anti-Muslim sentiment

(Newser) - In the midst of ominous developments this morning in Sydney, Australia, one encouraging storyline has emerged: Australians are coming out en masse on social media to proclaim that intolerance will not be tolerated. The #illridewithyou hashtag has rapidly gone viral, with residents streaming online to express an eager willingness to... More »

CIA's New Hobby: Fact-Checking Katherine Heigl Show

In case you were wondering, 'State of Affairs' doesn't seem super-accurate

(Newser) - If you've been watching Katherine Heigl's new TV show, State of Affairs, surely the foremost question on your mind is, "How accurate is this?" Well, the CIA is here to help. Heigl plays a CIA analyst on the NBC drama, and TMZ notes that the actual CIA... More »

NYPD Suffers Massive Twitter Fail—Again

Backlash follows tweet about 'rebuilding public trust'

(Newser) - The New York City Police Department's attempt at "an uncensored exchange" with Twitter users has failed miserably—again. Apparently having learned nothing from a disastrous social media campaign earlier this year, a communications officer sent out this tweet last night in response to backlash from the Eric Garner... More »

#CrimingWhileWhite: White Privilege Tales Flood Twitter

White people tell of lenient police via 'Tonight Show' writer's hashtag

(Newser) - New York City wasn't the only site of protests last night after a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in Eric Garner's death. On Twitter, Tonight Show writer Jason Ross started the #CrimingWhileWhite hashtag to draw attention to the preferential treatment police give white people,... More »

RL Stine Tweeting New Story Tonight

'Goosebumps' author promises Halloween tale

(Newser) - Fans of Goosebumps author RL Stine—and the Bustle thinks this includes "every teen, twentysomething, and thirtysomething"—will want to tune in to his Twitter feed . Stine today promised this : "For Halloween, I'll be writing a story live on Twitter this evening. Hope you'll join... More »

Walmart: Sorry We Advertised Costumes for 'Fat Girls'

Company switches label to 'Women's Plus-Size'

(Newser) - Walmart is feeling the heat after Twitter users caught an alarming label on the company's website: It advertised plus-size Halloween outfits in a category dubbed "Fat Girl Costumes," Time reports. "This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize," the... More »

What the Queen's First Tweet Said

She signed it 'Elizabeth R'

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet —though not from a personal Twitter account, and it's unclear if she even personally wrote it. Today's course of events: While opening a new gallery in central London's Science Museum, the 88-year-old monarch removed a glove and used... More »

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 »

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