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The Oatmeal's Kickstarter Reaches Goal in 8 Minutes

Is currently up to $1.8M

(Newser) - The creator of popular comic website The Oatmeal launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to make a card game, and let's just say things are going well for him. " Exploding Kittens ," a Russian roulette-inspired game created by The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman along with Elan Lee and Shane... More »

What Happens to Kickstarter Projects That Don't Get Made?

Reaching funding goal is just the beginning

(Newser) - Just because a crowdfunded project reaches its donation goals doesn't mean the project will ever actually come to fruition. Instead, plenty of projects—including some that receive a lot of media hype—are stalled or perhaps canceled altogether. Ars Technica takes a look at cases like myIDkey , which pulled... More »

Joan Didion Documentary Funded on Kickstarter

Project exceeds goal of $80K in one day

(Newser) - The early results of a new Kickstarter campaign make it safe to say that the world very much wants to see a documentary on author Joan Didion. In its first day, the funding campaign exceeded its goal of $80,000, reports Time . By this morning, it had reached $123,000... More »

Man Who Raised $55K for Potato Salad Throws Big Party

Zack Brown funnels money into charities, too

(Newser) - An Ohio man who raised $55,000 in a joking crowdfunding appeal to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad threw a huge public party yesterday that promised "peace, love and potato salad." PotatoStock 2014 was held in downtown Columbus and featured bands, food trucks, beer... More »

'Fat-Shaming' Fork Zaps You While You Eat

HAPIfork flashes and vibrates when you eat too fast

(Newser) - Since you probably don't feel awful enough while eating chocolate cake, the HAPIfork is here to make you feel worse. At least that's the general consensus about the high-tech, bulky utensil that vibrates and flashes when you eat too fast, the Los Angeles Times reports. The weight-loss gadget... More »

Inside One Man's Anti-Privacy Campaign

Noah Dyer sends his passwords, bank records to magazine

(Newser) - The world would be better off without secrets, says an Arizona man, and he's willing to prove it. Noah Dyer is pushing a Kickstarter project which, if funded, would see his entire life made public as camera crews follow him around for a year "without even 1 second... More »

Kickstarter's Most-Funded Project Is Now ... a Cooler

High-tech device with built-in blender, speaker system has raised $11M

(Newser) - Call it the Swiss Army knife of coolers—and also the most-funded Kickstarter campaign ever. The Coolest Cooler has raised nearly $11.2 million on the crowdfunding site with just one day to go, kicking the Pebble smartwatch out of the No. 1 slot, reports the Christian Science Monitor . The... More »

Jon Stewart Launches 'Kickstarter' to Buy CNN

Parody site promises perks for contributors who pony up

(Newser) - Time Warner kicked Rupert Murdoch’s $80 billion takeover bid to the curb last week, but the media giant is still trying to woo the cable telecommunications company by raising more money, reports Bloomberg . One wrench in that plan? Jon Stewart ... kinda. The host of The Daily Show last night... More »

The $40K Potato Salad on Kickstarter Is Evil

John Herrman thinks money has drained the project of its whimsy

(Newser) - By now you have probably heard about Zack Danger Brown's ludicrously successful potato salad Kickstarter . It's at more than $40,000 as of this writing, and headed higher all the time. And as far as John Herrman at the Awl is concerned, it's not just out of... More »

Potato Salad Project on Kickstarter Raises $17K

Zack Brown says potato salad isn't 'mean or snarky'

(Newser) - Zack Brown's Kickstarter project started with the modest goal of $10—and blossomed into an Internet darling that's already worth over $17,000. The project? A potato salad, of course. "I'm making potato salad," wrote Brown on Kickstarter . "Basically I'm just making potato... More »

Seth MacFarlane Donates $1M to Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

He'll match pledges on Kickstarter for new web series

(Newser) - Actor LeVar Burton's campaign to make Reading Rainbow available in classrooms has gotten a big push from Seth MacFarlane. The Family Guy creator has pledged to match donations up to $1 million on Burton's Kickstarter page , reports AP . Burton hosted the beloved PBS show until its cancellation in... More »

Legal First? Lawsuit Alleges Kickstarter Scam

Washington state AG says donors got duped, deserve money back

(Newser) - The attorney general in Washington state appears to be breaking new ground on a modern malady: He's going after what he says is a bogus Kickstarter campaign that collected money and delivered nothing, reports the Seattle Times . Bob Ferguson has lodged a consumer-fraud lawsuit against the Tennessee company Altius... More »

Kickstarter Censored My Abortion Documentary

Phelim McAleer: The site doesn't really want diversity

(Newser) - Kickstarter's founder has claimed the crowdfunding site is a place where "very diverse ideas" can come to life—but in Phelim McAleer's experience, that's far from true. McAleer, as he relates in the New York Post , wants to make a documentary about abortion doctor and convicted... More »

Veronica Mars Caters to Fans

Non-fans, not so much

(Newser) - Fans of TV's Veronica Mars have been impatiently waiting to see their favorite private eye on the big screen—after all, they did pay to make it happen —and critics seem to agree on what matters: The diehards will like the full-length feature. Here's what they're... More »

Kickstarter: We Got Hacked, Change Your Password

Breach detected Wednesday, 'immediately closed'

(Newser) - Kickstarter was the victim of a hack last week, and its CEO is advising users to re-set their passwords as a result, reports CNN . "(W)e strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password," Yancey Strickler said... More »

Guy Launches Kickstarter to Buy $8 Burrito, Rakes It In

Noboru Bitoy is a genius

(Newser) - Kickstarter exists to fund dreams, and graphic design student Noboru Bitoy had a very, er, ambitious one: He wanted a Chipotle chicken burrito. So the Chicagoan threw up a project in which he promised to eat a burrito, rate it, and create a "Deliciousness Graph." He set the... More »

Celeb Gives Fellow Celeb $10K for Kickstarter Project

Steven Soderbergh pledges to Spike Lee's film

(Newser) - Celebrities are still going on Kickstarter, asking for your money to fund their pet projects ... and now, bonus! They're getting money from other rich, famous people in the process, at least in one case. Spike Lee is trying to use the crowdfunding site to make his next movie, and... More »

Kickstarter Sorry for 'Disturbing' Sex Guide ...

... but book is still getting its money

(Newser) - Kickstarter says it's sorry it allowed a project for what critics are calling a "how-to guide on sexual assault," but that it's now too late to deny the book its funds. The controversy began when a popular regular on Reddit's pickup artist sub-forum "seddit"... More »

Kickstarter Users Uncover Huge Scam on ... Kickstarter

$120K pledged to sham Kobe beef jerky company

(Newser) - They were almost taken for fools. But one almost-unlucky group of Kickstarter users managed to uncover a $120,309 scam on the site, helping to kill the campaign less than an hour before it was set to end—and their money was whisked out of their bank accounts. CNNMoney reports... More »

Another Celebrity Kickstarter Fails Embarrassingly

Just 80 backers pledged to Zosia Mamet's campaign

(Newser) - Last month, Kickstarter taught us that only 315 people still care about Melissa Joan Hart's career. This month, it teaches us that even fewer people care about Zosia Mamet's music. Mamet isn't exactly struggling in life—in addition to starring on the wildly popular Girls, she's... More »

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