Tag Archive for august

‘Diet Racism’ Is the Soda for the Closet Bigot in Your Life



Diet Racism: The soda for that special person in your life who keeps on saying borderline-racist stuff but swears they “don’t see skin color.”

CollegeHumor nails it with this YouTube video that comes in the form of a fictitious beverage ad

The funny spot is timely, too. The since-simmered protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on August 9 forced America to again examine…

President Obama Rocked a Tan Suit, So Twitter Went Nuts



President Obama, likely knowing full well that stricter fashion rules go into place following Labor Day, wore a tan suit to a press conference on Thursday.

The typically navy-blue clad POTUS’ fashion choice shocked Twitter, and naturally, they reacted en masse. The #tansuit hashtag quickly began trending in Washington, D.C.

Has a standing U.S. President worn a tan suit before? Yes. Has President Obama? Probably, sure. Is it still…

Ukraine’s President: ‘Russian Forces Have Entered Ukraine’



“Russian forces have entered Ukraine,” President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday

Poroshenko canceled a trip to Turkey and called an emergency meeting with the nation’s security council as the strategic southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk now appears firmly under the control of Russia-backed separatists.

A U.S. official told CNN that up to 1,000 heavily armed Russian troops have moved into southern Ukraine

Breaking: 1000…

Twitter CEO Says Snapchat’s $10 Billion Valuation Is ‘Not Absurd’



Snapchat has routinely been the subject of jokes about the meteoric rise of its valuation. Tuesday’s report that a new funding round would value the messaging company at $10 billion only served to add to the snickers.

Snapchat’s worth $20b; Uber is reenacting The Wire with limos; & Microsoft is right about something. I stepped off in wrong dimension today.

— Paul Kedrosky (@pkedrosky) August 26, 2014

Snapchat valued at $10…

Attackers Who Downed PlayStation Servers for Hours Still Unknown



The culprits behind a distributed denial of service attack on PlayStation Network servers that spanned from Sunday to Monday are still unknown, though two different Twitter users have claimed responsibility

One of those Twitter users also appeared to threaten an American Airlines flight on which Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley was a passenger, forcing it to land in Phoenix, Arizona instead of San Diego, California to be scanned for explosives, though none were found and it’s…

British Embassy Learns It’s Still Too Soon to Joke About the War of 1812



It’s another example of Americans who just don’t get wry British humor.

Sunday marked the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House during the War of 1812. The British Embassy in Washington, in cheeky fashion, tweeted a joke about the event and the two nations’ improved relationship.

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time! pic.twitter.com/QIDBQTBmmL

— British…

WhatsApp Now Has 600 Million Monthly Active Users



Facebook‘s investment in WhatsApp is looking more and more promising

WhatsApp now has more than 600 million monthly active users, according to a tweet from CEO and cofounder Jan Koum late Sunday night. That’s up from the roughly 450 million it had in February when Facebook first announced plans to acquire the messaging service for $16 billion with another $3 billion in restricted stock units for employees kicked in for good measure

Drone Beat: Amazon Drones in India, National Parks Bans and More




The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of incorporating them into their businesses, and now they’re a photographer’s secret weapon

Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not. Drone Beat collects the best and most important stories every week.

If you want more on Drones, subscribe to the Center for the Study of the Drone’s Weekly Roundup, which features…

6.0 Earthquake Jolts Napa Region of Northern California



Northern California was rattled by an strong earthquake early Sunday morning that caused wide power outages and damage to historic buildings in the Napa region, according to various news outlets and social media posts.

The United States Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 6.0 and said it had a depth of 6.7 miles

Building destroyed in napa #earthquake pic.twitter.com/GjOsBEmZA8

— Lyall Davenport (@Lyalldavenport) August 24, 2014

“It was a rolling quake, said Oakland resident…