12-year-old Goes Into Farmville Credit Debt

Though online games like World of Warcraft have gotten plenty of bad press for being “addictive,” at least the financial ramifications are limited to $14.99 a month – well, unless you (a) lose your job because you play too much, or (b) break the game’s TOS and pay for your gold. So what about the […]

Internet One-Up-Manship: Squirrel, Dog, Cat and Alpaca

One lucky cameraman happened to catch an unusual aquatic daredevil. What you’re about to see is a Channel ┬áNews exclusive. His name is Nutty the Squirrel, and he’s three years old. How ’bout that? That squirrel can water-ski. – Man, that’s hilarious. – Yeah, that’s good. –Anchorman The world of the Internet is one where […]

Productivity tips tried and tested

As you’ll know from my recent review of Gina Trapani’s Lifehacker book, the subject of productivity tweaks has been on my mind lately. I thought I’d share some of the ideas I’ve tried and how they are working out, and then ask you for your own experiences. (Before starting, I should acknowledge that most of […]

Your Mom’s on Facebook

My Mom’s on Facebook: A hair metal anthem for anyone whose mom is ruining Facebook! Music and lyrics by Blood of TigerCat.

Europe’s Web Users Cast their Ballots

It turns out some users really were open to the ideas of trying browsers other than Internet Explorer: they just needed a nudge in the right direction. Opera reports that downloads of its browser have more than doubled since the introduction of a “ballot screen” in Europe which prompts IE users to consider installing a […]

Facebook Surpasses Google This Week… Sort Of

You may have noticed that Facebook isn’t exactly my favorite social media network. There are 100 reasons not to like Facebook, but now I have another one. According to the Financial Times, Facebook traffic has just surpassed Google. Over the last year the company has seen phenomenal growth, especially among the baby boomer crowd. But […]

When “Friends” are Feds

A secret document has revealed US government officials have so many programs of agents working undercover on social networking sites that they have had to create a coordination program. The Electronic Frontier Foundation obtained the document under freedom of information laws. The document, “Obtaining and Using Evidence from Social Networking Sites” is authored by the […]

Online hate on the rise

The Internet grew 20% more hateful in the past year according to new figures. That’s not in terms of losers nitpicking on forum flame wars, but rather racist and other hurtful material, plus terrorist propaganda. The report comes from the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Tolerance, named after a Jewish holocaust survivor who later pursued those […]

A New Anthem for Dorks

If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll probably remember the Pantless Knights, the guys behind the “I’m on a Mac” and “Mac or PC” raps. Well folks, this intrepid team of geeks is back with a new song, and this time they’re singing the praises of geekdom to the world. Check it out: […]

Google is a Hungry Beast [Video]

Meet Google. The noun that became a verb. The world’s favorite search engine, and the company whose motto is “Don’t be evil…” [Via MUO]

Gaming Goes to the Clouds

I would use the phrase the BBC did, but I’m sick of hearing of ___ killers in general. ( I’ll believe it when I see it, y’know?) But regardless of terminology, BBC News had a very interesting little piece in their technology section this morning about OnLive, an internet-based gaming company that essentially kicks the […]

The LXD: In the Internet Age, Dance evolves…

In the following video, the LXD (the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) electrifies the TED2010 stage with an emerging global street-dance culture, revved up by the Internet. In a preview of Jon Chus upcoming Web series, this astonishing troupe show off their superpowers.