A social media stunt has landed one man in hot water with Apple and the Secret Service. In June, New York artist Kyle McDonald installed software on display computers in two downtown Manhattan Apple stores that automatically took photos every second. McDonald then posted the wide-eyed stares of people looking at the computers of their dreams on his Tumblr blog titled, "People Staring at Computers." He first explored computer-staring "art" when he made a 2-minute time-lapsed video of his own computer gazes over two days (watching this makes me think I need to use my computer less).When describing why he decided to take the project to Apple store spaces he told Mashable.com, "I thought maybe we could see ourselves doing this [and] we would think more about our computers and how we're using them." After posting the photos online, McDonald tweeted that he wasRead More »from An Artist is Confronted by the Secret Service, Popular Casey Anthony Searches, and SpongeBob’s Twitter Experiment
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An Artist is Confronted by the Secret Service, Popular Casey Anthony Searches, and SpongeBob’s Twitter ExperimentBy Adriana Diaz | Trending Now – Fri, Jul 8, 2011
A Rock Band Accepts a Strange Challenge, The President’s Twitter Town Hall, and Harry Potter Finale BuzzBy Adriana Diaz | Trending Now – Thu, Jul 7, 2011
Even though it's no longer topping the music charts, Smash Mouth -- the group that gave us the 1999 hit "All-Star" -- is one of the hottest bands on Twitter right now. That's because the band accepted a challenge to eat two dozen hard-boiled eggs to raise money for charity. It all started more than a month ago when the parody website SomethingAwful.com offered the band's frontman Steve Harwell $20 to eat 24 eggs. The band initially didn't respond. Its rep told TMZ that the band received hundreds of calls, emails, tweets, and Facebook messages imploring Harwell to take on the challenge. After tweeters started to up the ante, offering more money for the egg-eating, the band finally accepted this week. But, there's a catch. Harwell will only down the 1,800 calories if $10,000 is raised for St. Jude's Children's Hospital on Causes.com. In just one day, theRead More »from A Rock Band Accepts a Strange Challenge, The President’s Twitter Town Hall, and Harry Potter Finale Buzz
Switzerland’s Anti-PowerPoint Party, Kim Kardashian’s Controversial Casey Anthony Tweet, and a Viral Star Gets a DocumentaryBy Adriana Diaz | Trending Now – Wed, Jul 6, 2011
Microsoft PowerPoint, you might love it or hate it. Hundreds of Swiss hate it. They are part of the newly formed Anti-PowerPoint Party (APPP), which wants the Swiss government to hold a referendum on the slideshow program. They say PowerPoint costs the Swiss economy 2.1 billion Swiss Francs a year, or US$2.5 billion. The APPP bases its claim on its conclusion that 85 percent of people who attend PowerPoint presentations actually lose productivity. The party's calling for supporters to sign its online petition and join its Facebook page. So far it has 153 Facebook members and fewer than 300 online signatures (it needs 100,000 for the country to hold a referendum). Despite current membership levels, the APPP hopes to grow to 33,000 members and become Switzerland's fourth-largest party, thus bringing the PowerPoint issue to the political agenda. "The moreRead More »from Switzerland’s Anti-PowerPoint Party, Kim Kardashian’s Controversial Casey Anthony Tweet, and a Viral Star Gets a Documentary
- Adriana Diaz | Trending Now – Fri, Jul 1, 2011
Israeli food makers beware. After the price of cottage cheese doubled in the past two years, Israelis made a Facebook page calling to boycott the country's staple food. After more than 100,000 people joined the page, Israel's three top cheese companies agreed to lower their prices. That's no small feat in a country with a high cost of living that's rising. "Mazel tov," guys! But the Facebook group isn't declaring victory just yet. It plans to take on the prices of other dairy products, too.
Ashton Kutcher is embroiled in a Twitter battle with the Village Voice over child prostitution. Kutcher, who appears in a public service announcement against sex trafficking called "Real Men Don't Buy Girls," told CNN's Piers Morgan that between 100,000 and 300,000 American minors engage in the act each year. In an article titled, "Real MenRead More »from Facebook Affects Cheese Prices, Ashton Kutcher vs. The Village Voice, Hot 4th of July Searches
- Adriana Diaz | Trending Now – Thu, Jun 30, 2011
Despite clear skies in New York City, dozens of flights were delayed yesterday from the city's John F. Kennedy airport. That's because Mother Nature meddled with air travel in an unusual way: turtles on the tarmac. At least 100 diamondback terrapin turtles started their annual trek to lay eggs in a sandy spot, which just happens to be past runway 4L. The painstakingly slow turtle invasion started at 6:45 a.m., and within hours planes had to be moved to a different runway.
In a statement, JetBlue said, "We hope for faster animals next time." Naturally, the turtles already have a Twitter account @JFKTurtles and have already taken a stab at airport security. "We go straight to the runway because it takes 5 hours to get out of our shells for the TSA," they tweeted. The Port Authority, which operates the airport, says it sent crews toRead More »from Turtles Ground Airplanes, MySpace Bringing ‘Sexy Back,’ and the 40th Anniversary of Willy Wonka
Glenn Beck Says He Was Nearly ‘Lynched’, the Pope On Twitter, and an NFL Player Live-Tweets His Exchange With PoliceBy Adriana Diaz | Trending Now – Wed, Jun 29, 2011
Conservative radio host Glenn Beck stole the show at an outdoor movie screening in Manhattan this week. Moviegoers tweeted pictures of Beck and his family at the event. Though the pictures look like nothing's wrong, on his radio show Beck said it was a "hostile situation" and that he was "harassed." His daughter had persuaded the family to go to the screening of Alfred Hitchcock's "39 Steps." Beck choked up on his show when explaining that his daughter later apologized. He said, "I called my daughter and I said 'honey, it's not your fault.'" When Beck and his family got up to leave, he said, the audience applauded. "I swear to you I think, if I had suggested, and I almost did, 'Wow, does anybody have a rope? Because there's a tree here. You could just lynch me.' And I think there would have been a couple in the crowd that would have." But some people at the event tell a different story. One person tweeted that though Beck was taunted, it was "no more than any other celeb would be atRead More »from Glenn Beck Says He Was Nearly ‘Lynched’, the Pope On Twitter, and an NFL Player Live-Tweets His Exchange With Police
Asteroid Buzzes Through Twitter, Michele Bachmann’s Mix-Up, and Twitter Sides With Supreme Court on Video GamesBy Adriana Diaz | Trending Now – Tue, Jun 28, 2011
The twittersphere is abuzz over a school bus-sized asteroid that came within 7,500 miles of Earth yesterday, zooming even below some satellites. Noted science, technology, and news outlets on Twitter sensationalized the event with tweets about the asteroid being a "near miss" and "close shave" that "buzzed earth." But there was no need to watch the movies "Armageddon" or "Deep Impact" for survival tips. NASA says the asteroid--which scientists named 2011 MD--is so small by celestial standards that it would have burned up once it entered Earth's atmosphere. Instead the asteroid approached Earth, got swung around our planet by gravity, and then went on its way. Check out this NASA diagram of the asteroid's path. This isn't even the nearest an asteroid has come to Earth. In February, asteroid 2011 CQ1 whizzed twice as close.
Back on Earth, a politician, an actor, and a serial killer are spiking in Yahoo! Search for the same reason. Yesterday, Republican presidential hopeful and teaRead More »from Asteroid Buzzes Through Twitter, Michele Bachmann’s Mix-Up, and Twitter Sides With Supreme Court on Video Games
Outrage Over ‘Intimate’ TSA Pat-Down, Gay Pride Takes Twitter, and a Secret Celebrity Wedding Spikes in SearchBy Adriana Diaz | Trending Now – Mon, Jun 27, 2011
Twitter is up in arms after TSA agents made a 95-year-old woman remove her adult diaper during an enhanced private pat-down in Florida. The woman, who is in a wheelchair, was going through the TSA's mandatory pat-down of people in wheelchairs. According to her daughter, the agents said "they felt something suspicious on (her mother's) leg and they couldn't determine what it was." They escorted the mother to a private room for a more thorough inspection when a TSA agent said she needed to remove her Depend undergarment. The TSA has said its agents "acted professionally and according to procedure." According to CNN, the woman's daughter burst into tears during the incident but said her mother "was very calm." The mother and daughter were on their way to Michigan so the mother, who has leukemia, could stay with relatives before eventually going to an assisted-living facility. The woman's daughter told CNN that her mother had to have a blood transfusion just to be strong enough toRead More »from Outrage Over ‘Intimate’ TSA Pat-Down, Gay Pride Takes Twitter, and a Secret Celebrity Wedding Spikes in Search
Japan’s Newest Pop Star Isn’t Real, Justin Bieber Fans Out For Blood, and the FBI Embraces Social MediaBy Adriana Diaz | Trending Now – Fri, Jun 24, 2011
Japan's latest rising pop star also happens to be one of Japan's latest pieces of technology. Aimi Eguchi is the newest member of AKB48, a famous Japanese pop group with 61 members. Eguchi made her debut in a TV commercial last week and is on the fast track to super-stardom. But Eguchi's thousands of fans were shocked to find out that their pop idol is literally larger than life. A video released online shows behind-the-scenes footage of Eguchi's eerie computer-generated creation. The producers of AKB48 made her by taking features from six real members of the group and recording an actor's voice. Believe it or not, this isn't the first time Japan fabricated a singer. Hatsune Miku, a singing hologram, has performed in arenas throughout Japan and makes her U.S. debut next month in L.A.
AP ImagesMeanwhile, America's biggest pop star is having some issues of his own. Justin Bieber was allegedly attacked when someone jumped the barrier when Bieber was promoting his fragrance at Macy's New YorkRead More »from Japan’s Newest Pop Star Isn’t Real, Justin Bieber Fans Out For Blood, and the FBI Embraces Social Media
- Adriana Diaz | Trending Now – Thu, Jun 23, 2011
We all know how frustrating it is when an airline loses luggage. That's what happened to Sy Haze from England, who flew Delta from London to Minneapolis this week. But when he finally got his luggage back after four days, he says he received more than what he had packed. In a video he posted to YouTube, Haze goes through the contents of his bag on camera one by one. "We also have a pair of sleeping shorts, my pajamas . . . damp to the touch like somebody's left these out in the rain, and smell like pee." That's right. According to Haze, someone or something used his luggage as a toilet. He especially laments the sullying of his "work trousers." He said someone also stole his aftershave and squirted toothpaste inside the suitcase. The video has gone viral, receiving nearly 200,000 views in just over a day. In a statement, Delta said, "If anything happened outside normal procedures, it is unacceptable and will be closely reviewed." The airline also gave Haze a free first-class ticketRead More »from Delta Passenger’s Unpleasant Surprise, ‘Pottermore,’ and a Revolutionary Camera Comes Into Focus
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