If Disney Princesses Were a Web Publication With No Quality Control

I love/admire/envy/want to marry and kiss Paul Ford, so I enjoyed his Medium mini-essay on THE DRESS and WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE MEDIA. If you read one piece of dress-related content on your Internet today, make it this one, and also congratulations to you for only reading one piece of dress-related content. » 2/28/15 10:29am Yesterday 10:29am

What Happens When Someone Hacks Your Venmo and Steals All Your Money?

Using Venmo sometimes feels like making a deal with some personal-finance devil. Venmo gives you an embarrassingly convenient way to send money to friends, and all you have to offer in return is perpetual access to your most private banking information. It's a potentially precarious arrangement, but for the most part,… » 2/27/15 3:56pm Friday 3:56pm

Revenge Porn Sleaze Craig Brittain Wants His Past Deleted from Google

Before it was shuttered by the federal government, IsAnyoneDown.com published naked photos of women without their consent. Now Craig Brittain, the site's former owner, is demanding that Google erase anything that mentions his history of brazen, mass privacy violation. That's so cute. » 2/25/15 10:50am Wednesday 10:50am

Psychopath Who Harassed Brianna Wu: Just Kidding!

Earlier this month we wrote about "Jace Connors," a seemingly deranged violent Gamergate obsessive who filmed himself kicking a wrecked car and claiming he'd been planning to attack the game developer and writer Brianna Wu. At the time, we believed that "Connors" was terrorizing Wu out of a sincere belief in the… » 2/24/15 2:35pm Tuesday 2:35pm

Edward Snowden Banned From Reddit During AMA

During an AMA to promote CITIZENFOUR this afternoon, reddit moderators temporarily banned the Oscar-winning documentary's subject from commenting. Edward Snowden was forced to sign-in through another account to explain the delay in his answers. "Hey guys, sorry — the reddit mods are being a little weird. My account is… » 2/23/15 3:30pm 2/23/15 3:30pm

Here's the Number One Reason to Set Your Venmo Account to Private

If you're the kind of person who splits rent with roommates, frequently dines out in large groups, or has a recreational drug habit, Venmo is a fantastically hassle-free way to make payments. It is the rare internet startup that actually provides its users with a useful tool, rather than an attention-sucking… » 2/23/15 11:45am 2/23/15 11:45am

The Time a Cop Pretended His Arm Was a Vagina to Bust a Cyber-Perv

Sometimes the long arm of the law clutches you with nothing more than brute force and brawn. And sometimes that arm folds back onto itself, posing as an underage girl's vagina, in order to trap and incriminate an internet predator. » 2/23/15 11:30am 2/23/15 11:30am

Can I Get an Instagram Shout-Out from a Celeb for My Birthday?

Across the vast and teeming wilds of the Instagram comment sections of popular celebrity accounts, certain questions echo: "Follow back?" "Like my pic?" "Can I eat your pussy?" For years, scholars and scientists of the celebrity Instagram have wondered: Are these requests ever fulfilled? Let's find out. » 2/19/15 4:44pm 2/19/15 4:44pm

Year-Old Reddit Meme Sends Indonesian Police Into Panda Sex Panic

A Facebook alert from the public relations department of Indonesia's national police force warns parents of a scourge that may or may not be plaguing their nation: children wearing perfectly fashionable t-shirts that happen to feature an array of giant pandas making sweet, species-saving love to each other. » 2/19/15 1:50pm 2/19/15 1:50pm

I Can't Stop Watching These Miniature Japanese-Food Cooking Videos

Two tiny cups of coffee, filled with water boiled on a tiny stove and poured over a tiny pinch of coffee grounds. A shrimpy shrimp, dipped in a shrimpy bowl of batter and deep-fried in a shrimpy pot of cooking oil. Baby chunks of chicken, grilled on baby skewers (they're actually toothpicks). These are but a few of… » 2/17/15 2:13pm 2/17/15 2:13pm

Caught on Tape: The Moment John McAfee Realized Vice Screwed Him

Three years ago, Vice traveled to Central America to meet up with John McAfee, the antivirus software icon turned paranoid, strung-out narcotics icon. McAfee claimed his life was in danger, and kept his location secret—until Vice fucked up and revealed it, as is finally documented in this video. » 2/16/15 5:30pm 2/16/15 5:30pm

Second Lifer Finds the Perfect Troll: "Can I Have Sex With Your Baby?"

If the aim of classical internet trolling is to provoke the strongest, most emotional reaction in your trolling's targets, Second Life prankster Endwerc just pulled off the equivalent of a Paganini caprice. It starts with a simple question: "Oh my god, are you having sex with that baby? Can I join in?" What follows is… » 2/13/15 5:59pm 2/13/15 5:59pm

Now the Taylor Swift Hacker Is Texting Rape Threats to Lily Allen

The hacker who broke into Taylor Swift's social media accounts now seems to be targeting her celebrity friends—or her celebrity fans, anyway. British pop singer Lily Allen Instagrammed a text message Thursday night from someone threatening to "hack u and kidnap u then rape ur gaping body," with the caption "Cool… » 2/13/15 11:45am 2/13/15 11:45am

Dude Builds Tinder Bot to Automate Swipes Based on Facial Recognition

Thanks to Tinder, we can plow through dozens of potential partners at a time while we're eating, or pooping, or riding the bus. The app is mindless and convenient, requiring almost no active engagement with the human-shaped pieces of content it peddles—all you have to do is zone out and start swiping. But for one… » 2/11/15 6:43pm 2/11/15 6:43pm

Watch an Instagram Photo Disintegrate Beautifully Before Your Very Eyes

In an essay for The Awl called "The Triumphant Rise of the Shitpic," Brian Feldman gave name to a defining aesthetic of the social internet: Shitpics are image files that have been put through a wringer of so many screencaps, shares, reuploads, and Instagram filters that the ugly digital artifacts introduced by… » 2/11/15 11:56am 2/11/15 11:56am