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Foo Fighters Pull Off Biggest Rickroll Ever

Astley joins them for music festival mash-up

(Newser) - In scenes that would have almost certainly confounded Kurt Cobain, the Foo Fighters pulled off the most spectacular Rickroll of all time at a music festival in Tokyo on Sunday. After the band performed a few of their own songs, lead singer Dave Grohl told the audience at the Summer... More »

Big News for Manchester Victims' Next of Kin

Families of bombing victims will receive $321K each

(Newser) - The families of the 22 people killed in the bombing at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester in May will each receive $321,000. The payments are made possible by the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which collected donations from the public following the terrorist attack, reports the Guardian . Some... More »

In the UK, Rick Astley Is No. 1 Again

He's rolled back to the top of the charts after decades

(Newser) - Looks like fans are never going to give him up or desert him. Almost 30 years after topping the charts with "Never Going to Give You Up"—and almost a decade after " rickrolling " became a hazard of Internet use—Rick Astley has scored another No. 1... More »

16-Year-Old Hacks Vine With Rickroll

Cleveland kid uploads full Astley video, later apologizes to Twitter engineers

(Newser) - Monday turned out to be a milestone day for Vine, the app for Twitter that lets users share six-second videos. Vine became available for Android that day, but the real coming-of-age moment arrived when a Cleveland teenager quickly hacked into the Android code and uploaded the full 3-minute-plus video of... More »

White House Rickrolls Twitter Followers

Links to Rick Astley feed in official tweet

(Newser) - OK, so they may be a year or two (or three) late from the peak of the trend, but the White House Twitter feed got in a little "rickrolling" action today. In response to this tweet from someone complaining that the press briefing was a little dull, the White... More »

'Singer Worm' Hits iPhones

Wallpaper switched in first virus to hit popular phones

(Newser) - The first virus to hit iPhones is substituting users' wallpaper with a portrait of 80's pop star Rick Astley and the warning: "Ikee is never going to give you up." The virus isn't harming anything else, but observers say it's a warning that hackers have learned how to... More »

Welcome to Remedial Web Trends 101

David Pogue searches for the meme canon

(Newser) - When the New York Times’ tech guru admitted on Twitter to only recently having heard of “Rickrolling”—the Internet prank in which a link promises something desirable but delivers the video for Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up—his followers blasted him for being “so... More »

Rick Astley, Watch Your Virtual Back

Now-classic YouTube prank spreads into politics as 'Barackroll'

(Newser) - The infamous (and infamously annoying) stunt known as a "RickRoll"—a Web link allegedly of interest to the recipient that actually leads to a YouTube video of Rick Astley singing "Never Gonna Give You Up"—has a sequel, E! reports: the "Barackroll." It intercuts... More »

Web Trick Revives Rick Astley

Internet jokesters link to hit '80s video

(Newser) - We’re never gonna give him up, even if we want to: ’80s pop sensation Rick Astley is an icon again thanks to “rickrolling,” the practice of tricking Internet users into watching a video of his hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.”  18 million... More »

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