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'Affluenza' teen goes missing, prompting nationwide manhunt

A manhunt was underway on Thursday for a wealthy Texas teenager, described at trial as being afflicted with “affluenza,” who apparently fled to avoid violating a probation deal that kept him out of prison for killing four in a drunken-driving crash.The 18-year-old named by Tarrant County officials...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 5:48am

The top 10 things people desperately needed answers for in 2015

These days people turn to the Internet to answer any question they can come up with. Unsurprisingly many people often have the same question.As a way of closing out the year Google has released this year’s top 10 search queries, many of which were rooted in genuine curiosity, and others inspired by...

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 11:24pm

Facebook policy change hailed as victory for LGBT community

In a surprising move, Facebook announced Tuesdaythat it's changing the way users report so-called"fake names."Explaining the change, Facebook's Justin Osofsky and Todd Gage said in statement that the platform is "introducing a new version of the names reporting process that requires people to...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 5:22am

Slow downloads? NY attorney general wants to test your internet speeds

Weeks after he asked internet service providers to prove their speeds are up to snuff, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants New Yorkers send over their own evidence.Schniederman's office launched an online survey on Sunday asking internet service customers to measure just how fast...

Monday, December 14, 2015 - 12:00am

Help us troll ISIS this Friday: Anonymous

Hacktivist group Anonymous is organizing a day of online trolling against ISIS this coming Friday.The hacker collective wants to shock ISIS members with a day of dead jihadists’ pictures posted on social media, the New York Daily News reported. Anonymous also invited supporters to mingle in person...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 10:38pm

Off-duty cop kills man in botched Craigslist robbery

An off-duty NYPD officer shot and killed a man during a Craigslist robbery gone awry.The police officer arranged to meet a seller on 145thAvenue in Springfield Gardens, Queens, to inquire about a white BMW listed for sale on Craigslist, Pix 11 reported, adding that two men arrived and showed the...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 10:07pm

Benedict Cumberbatch dignifies the otter meme, delights Internet

You know who's a good sport? Benedict Cumberbatch is a good sport. The "Sherlock" star has been something of a Tumblr sensation for years, with several memes dedicated to him — the most infamous of which being side-by-side comparisons of Cumberbatch and otters, and to be fair there is an uncanny...

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 7:53am

Dorchester man poses online as woman to stage robberies: Police

A Dorchester man has been arrested for robbing at least five men who thought they were meeting a woman they had encountered on a social networking site.Rakeem Austin, 30, was arraigned Monday in Dorchester Municipal Court on five counts each of armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 11:00pm

Mass. AG proposes new regulations on daily fantasy sports games

Massachusetts would prohibit people under the age of 21 from playing paid fantasy sports games under a proposed set of regulations for the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar industry laid out on Thursday by state Attorney General Maura Healey.The proposals would also prohibit professional athletes,...

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 9:06pm

John Goodman is terrified of the Twitter mob mentality

John Goodman teams up with Bryan Cranston and director Jay Roach for "Trumbo," starring as Frank King, the inelegant b-movie mogul who kept Dalton Trumbo (Cranston) working after he was blacklisted from Hollywood in the 1950s. And Goodman doesn't think we've come that far since then.How familiar...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 8:21pm

Tips: How to spot the Cyber Monday deals

Be honest: you don’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving just to get to those Black Friday sales. You want to sleep in, relax and enjoy your leftovers. We talked to finance expert Andrea Woroch about the next best thing — Cyber Monday — and bonus, you don't have to wait...

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 7:30pm

New website puts fresh spin on holiday shopping

With the holiday season right around the corner, many of us have already begun making our shopping lists. The average American spends over $800 each year on holiday gifts alone, according to the National Retail Federation. What's more is that 80 percent of shoppers plan on using credit cards to...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:45pm

Online threats of violence against Howard University spark fears

A racist online message threatening to murder students at Howard Universityhas led to fear and class cancelations at thehistorically black school."Any n—r left at Howard University after [10 a.m. Thursday] will be the first to go," the message, apparently posted to the online forum 4chan, which is...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 10:53pm

DraftKings, FanDuel defiant in the face of NY cease-and-desist letters

​Neither of the two fantasy sports companies targeted by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as illegal gambling enterprises will stop operating in the state until after they meet with his team."This is the beginning, not the end of the legal process," said Marc Zwillinger, counsel to...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 2:48am

New 'Jessica Jones' trailer makes us want to watch it all now, damn it

Oh, man. With only 10 days to go, Marvel and Netflix continue to tease viewers with a new trailer for "Jessica Jones," the latest in the comic book titan's deal with the streaming movies and TV service that kicked off so spectacularly with "Daredevil." And if this latest look is any indication, Nov...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 10:46pm

IRL, yaaas, Mx., sapiosexual among Dictionary.com's newest words

You may have sent your first drunk text years ago and that fitness tracker you bought is likely long-forgotten, gathering dust in a drawer, but those terms have just made it into Dictionary.com.Those definitions are among 150 new words and terms, and over 1,000 revisions that will be added to the...

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 10:39pm

ABC doesn't care about your Raven-Symone petition

This might make you question the effectiveness of the whole online petitioning approach to things. A rep for ABC has responded to a Change.org petition signed by more than 120,000 people demanding that Raven-Symone be axed from "The View" following her comments about "ghetto" names and the Spring...

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 10:29pm

AG Schneiderman asks internet companies for evidence that NYers get service they pay for

Yet another New York official wants to make sure that internet service providers across the five boroughs are actually coming through with the speeds residents pay for.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman office reached out to major telecommunications companies Time Warner, Verizon and Cablevision...

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 9:30am

‘Stop YouTube Red,’ YouTubers pen angry Change.org petition

Less than 24 hours after YouTube announced their paid subscription service, YouTube Red, a Change.org petition against it has been formed to shut it down.In case you’ve been asleep, or away from a computer or smartphone for the past 24 hours, YouTube Red is a newly announced subscription based...

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 8:26pm

Aliens of New York, a HONY parody account proves NYC is full of extraterrestrials

Seems like everyday a new parody account of Humans of New Yorkpops out of the ground like a fresh sapling. Today’s newly sprouted account is “Aliens of New York” a parody account that proves, you’re not crazy, that weird guy on the train this morning was totally an extraterrestrial.(function(d, s,...

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 7:31pm