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Sheriff Raids House to Find Online Critic

'If you're gonna lie about me ... I'm gonna come after you'

(Newser) - Jerry Larpenter, sheriff of Louisiana's Terrebonne Parish, appears to have launched a crackdown—on critics of Jerry Larpenter. The Intercept reports that six of Larpenter's deputies raided another police officer's home this week in a bid to find the author of the ExposeDAT blog, which calls itself... More »

Man Loses 14 Years of Work When Google Deletes His Blog

Dennis Cooper's misfortune is raising new censorship concerns

(Newser) - Artist Dennis Cooper made a horrifying discovery June 27: His 14-year-old blog—the sole home of his experimental writing, research, photographs, and more—was gone, Art Forum reports. According to Fusion , Cooper's blog was hosted by Google-owned Blogger, and those headed to are greeted with the... More »

Part of McAfee's Disguise: Tampon

Says he's at home, not in hiding, in Belize

(Newser) - John McAfee is offering more than $12,500 to anyone who can provide information in the murder of Gregory Faull, a case in which McAfee himself is wanted for questioning. The antivirus pioneer, who has been in hiding since Nov. 11, tells a Dateline reporter that he's now at... More »

Food Blogger, 9, Prompts School-Lunch Overhaul

Martha Payne's photos inspire better meals

(Newser) - She's only nine years old, but Martha Payne's reporting has already shaken things up at her school. The Scottish writer of the NeverSeconds blog posted reviews and camera-phone photos of some rather gross-looking cafeteria lunches; her work brought some 2 million visitors to her site. The attention prompted... More »

Clinton Gets In on Text Meme Joke

Hillary sends her own for parody blog

(Newser) - The "Texts from Hillary" blog just got some text from Hillary. The Tumblr blog has garnered much attention for its meme series featuring fake texts from Clinton, playing off a wire photo of her with her Blackberry. Now the secretary herself is in on the joke. She posted one... More »

No More Pro-Anorexia Blogs on Tumblr

Blogging site to enforce new content policy

(Newser) - Tumblr is taking a stand against blogs that promote self-harm. When a new content policy goes into effect, likely next week, pro-anorexia blogs or others that urge readers to self-injure will no longer be allowed on the blogging site, according to a staff post today. The Awl and New York'... More »

How Homemade Pics Boosted 'Occupy Wall St'

People are revealing their economic misery on Tumblr blog

(Newser) - Suffering in this recession? A photo of you with a short description of your problems can be posted online—and might just inspire people to take action. So figured a New York activist who devised the Tumblr blog, "We Are the 99 Percent," to promote the first Occupy... More »

Guy Already Camping Out for iPhone 5

Remember, it hasn't actually been announced yet

(Newser) - Rob Shoesmith is currently camped outside London's Covent Garden Apple store in a tent, awaiting the release of the iPhone 5. Not all that weird, except of course that the iPhone 5 hasn't even been announced yet. Why is he doing it? As a "marketing and PR... More »

Food Blogger Jailed for Complaining About Noodles

Judge ruled Taiwan woman didn't have the evidence to declare them salty

(Newser) - Be careful what you blog about in Taiwan. One woman, identified only as Mrs. Liu, learned that lesson the hard way recently, after she complained on her little-read blog about the Sichuan Flavor Beef Noodle Restaurant in Taichung. The place, she wrote, was full of cockroaches, the owner was a... More »

Forever 21 Threatens Blogger Who Mocks It

Apparently, clothing retailer can't handle being poked at

(Newser) - Forever 21, the "fast fashion" store known for its cheap designer knockoffs, is threatening to sue the creator of the website WTForever21 —because, among other reasons, the store doesn't appreciate being associated with the "F-word." Rachel Kane, who created the satire blog, talks to the... More »

Tiger Mom's Cub Shares Deep Thoughts on New Blog

Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld can't decide between Harvard or Yale

(Newser) - Tiger Mom's control over her perfect daughter may be slipping. Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, spawn of Amy Chua, is now indulging in a favorite pasttime of slackers everywhere: blogging. "When the whole world's calling you a mindless robot, you kind of get the urge to start talking," she... More »

Latest Casualties of Facebook, Twitter: Blogs

Young people turn from long posts to short tweets

(Newser) - Just a few years ago, blogging was hot enough to be Merriam-Webster’s word of the year—but as Facebook and Twitter have grown, blogging has declined, the New York Times reports. The trend is particularly notable among the young: between 2006 and 2009, a survey found, blogging’s popularity... More »

Students Bashed in Blog ... Written by Teacher

Philadelphia high school teacher may lose her job

(Newser) - Today's lesson in what not to post on the Internet: A Philadelphia high school teacher is suspended and might lose her job after blogging about how lousy her students are, reports . Sample: "They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades,... More »

Lawyers Untangle Superhero Legal Issues

'Law and the Multiverse' blog a big hit thanks to nerdy questions

(Newser) - Criminals of Gotham take note: any evidence Batman gathers on you is probably inadmissible in court. His partnership with Commissioner Gordon makes him a "state actor," and hence subject to search and seizure restrictions. At least, that’s the conclusion of James Daily and Ryan Davidson, the lawyers... More »

Dear Santa: I Want Happy Terrorists, Dad to Come Home

Veteran Claus reveals kids' secret desires

(Newser) - A 28-year veteran of the Santa Claus role has finally revealed in a blog what we already knew: Kids can be hilarious and heartbreaking. But he's got some perfect tales to illustrate it. Beyond the expected requests for the latest Barbie and video game, kids have whispered into Santa Carl... More »

AOL-TechCrunch: What Happens Next

Tech blog's founder says editorial style won't change

(Newser) - AOL bought America's third-biggest tech blog and two other start-ups yesterday and signaled that the shopping spree will continue. But even as AOL chief Tim Armstrong and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington announced the $30 million acquisition, AdAge wondered how TechCrunch's take-no-prisoners approach will mesh with a huge publicly owned... More »

Courtney Love Aims to Change 'Gross' Image...

...with bizarre personal-style blog about her clothes

(Newser) - Courtney Love admits she’s known for taking “gross pictures” where she looks like a “crazy person,” and she’s ready to change all that. The Hole frontwoman has become the unlikeliest of personal-style bloggers with , a web site that aims to prove she doesn’... More »

Blog Puts Tea Party Gems in the Mouth of Jesus

Site gives conservative wisdom the Christ test

(Newser) - If you have an important deadline today, stop reading this—continuing basically guarantees that the next 27 minutes will be eaten up by plenty of clicking and, depending on your political persuasion, grimacing or chuckling. The on-fire new blog Tea Party Jesus is so simple it's smart: It superimposes bubbles... More »

'Palin Hater' Pushing Mercede to Blog

This is all Jesse Griffin's fault, Palin camp says

(Newser) - The Palins can’t be happy about Mercede Johnston’s Palin-bashing blog …and now a source from their camp is insisting it’s all part of an anti-Palin conspiracy. “Mercede was put up by Jesse Griffin to do this blog. He is a Palin hater,” a source... More »

NYT Helpfully Explains Blogs

Thank goodness we finally have a definition

(Newser) - Yes, it is the year 2010, despite the fact that if you read yesterday’s New York Times you may have thought it was 1998. In the Public Editor column—where, Adrian Chen notes on Gawker , “Times overlords answer questions from normal idiot readers”—managing editor Jill Abramson... More »

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