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South Carolina Assistant Principal Resigns After Cyberbullying 6-Year-Old Girl

UpdatePosted 04/04/2014 05:30PM

South Carolina Assistant Principal Resigns After Cyberbullying 6-Year-Old Girl

Originally posted 04/04/2014 02:00PM

Hey, teacher: Leave that kid alone!

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Dating Site OkCupid Blocks Firefox over CEO's Gay Marriage Opposition

UpdatePosted 04/01/2014 05:30PM

Dating Site OkCupid Blocks Firefox Browser over CEO's Gay Marriage Opposition

Originally posted 04/01/2014 10:00AM

The appointment of a new CEO by the company that makes the Firefox Web browser has prompted board members to quit, a Twitter frenzy and a push back from a leading dating website because he supported California's former gay marriage ban.

Mozilla, the nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser, infuriated many employees and users last week by hiring co-founder Brendan Eich to lead the Mountain View company. In 2008, Eich gave $1,000 to the campaign to pass California's Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that outlawed same-sex marriages in California until the U.S. Supreme Court left in place a lower-court ruling striking it down.

The contribution was publicly reported and drew some negative attention two years ago, when Eich was Mozilla's chief technology officer. But when he was promoted to CEO last week, his support of the ban took on more gravitas.

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What Is 'Whaling'? Only the Year's Silliest Vine Trend

UpdatePosted 03/15/2014 10:30AM

What Is 'Whaling'? Only the Year's Silliest Vine Trend

Originally posted 03/14/2014 04:00PM

There she blows! A new viral trend has Vine users impersonating breaching whales, but not for the reason you think. (OK, it's exactly for the reason you think – because it's funny.)

How does #whaling work? It's simple: You crouch down behind something, and then stand up and fling yourself back like you're a majestic mammal of the seas. (It's basically the megapterine version of a back-bend.) Get a friend to film it, post the clip on Vine, and you could be the first celebrity whaler since Ahab.

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Swipe Right on Celebrities with Tinder's New Verified Profiles | Lindsay Lohan

UpdatePosted 03/13/2014 12:25PM

Swipe Right on Celebrities with Tinder's New Verified Profiles

Originally posted 03/12/2014 12:00PM

As if the rich and famous didn't have enough problems, now they're running into trouble on dating apps: Civilians who come upon their profiles naturally assume they're fake, leading to heartbreak and rejection for some of the most vulnerable stars.

Fortunately, Tinder CEO Sean Rad has a solution: As he explained to The Hollywood Reporter, the hookup app will soon begin rolling out verified profiles for celebrities, similar to the way "key individuals" confirm they are real on Twitter.

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Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: A Brief History of Disappearing Planes

UpdatePosted 03/11/2014 07:00PM

Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: A Brief History of Disappearing Planes

Originally posted 03/14/2014 02:45PM

The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet has left many wondering: How can a commercial airplane with hundreds of passengers aboard disappear without a trace?

It's happened several times before. As NBC News reports, despite advances in technology, every plane that ventures more than 120 miles from land disappears from radar. (Intercontinental flights rely on satellites to keep air traffic controllers up to date on their position.)

If Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did crash in the waters off of Southeast Asia as suspected, even finding the wreckage would be a tall task: Unsure of its exact location, authorities have thousands of miles of ocean to check.

Flight 370 is only the most recent aircraft to vanish without a trace. Below, a look at other famous air mysteries.

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From Tinder to Lulu: A Guide to the Modern World of Dating Apps

From Tinder to Lulu: A Guide to the Modern World of Dating Apps

Originally posted 03/10/2014 06:00PM

Dating is, perhaps, the only activity you get a reputation for being good at by being bad at it. (Paradoxically, someone who was great at dating would not need to go on many first dates.) Fortunately for the rest of us, a new generation of Internet entrepreneurs has arisen to make finding love – or at least, finding someone to make out with – as easy as firing off a Snapchat.

Like other dating sites, the new phone-based dating apps are their own individual world, with their own subtle rules and social mores. Whether you're an OKCupid addict who can't help writing 5,000-word explanations of your favorite books, or a Tinderholic who swipes left with the unsparing air of a French revolutionary, join us in exploring this brave new world of phone-based seduction.

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'Normal' Called, but No One Answered: The 17 Weirdest Phones Throughout History

UpdatePosted 03/10/2014 03:45PM

'Normal' Called, but No One Answered: See the 17 Most Intriguing Phones Throughout History

Originally posted 03/10/2014 10:00AM

Smartphones have evolved to such a point that they've single-handedly put entire retail chains in jeopardy. Of course, the tiny plastic-and-glass gadget in your pocket bears little similarity to the phones of the past.

It's easy to think of the transition from candlestick telephones to rotary phones to cordless phones to iPhones as an unbroken string of progress, but along the way lie numerous failed, experimental or just plain weird phones that appear very odd to us today. (Some of them even looked odd in their own time periods!)

To celebrate the revolutionary invention's birthday – Alexander Graham Bell first called up Thomas A. Watson on March 10, 1876 – enjoy this list of the 17 strangest phones throughout history. Some are pretty, while others are pretty ugly, but all of them offer a window back to a time when a phone call was a thing to be treasured, instead of an unwelcome distraction from Candy Crush.

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Tinder Makes Its First Match in Antarctica

Tinder Makes Its First Match in Antarctica

Originally posted 02/20/2014 01:00PM

Once it was just lonely penguins getting lucky in Antarctica, but now a scientist has proved that Tinder works in the tundra.

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Star Trek's George Takei Launches Web Series

George Takei Launches Web Series Takei's Take

Originally posted 09/17/2013 10:45AM

George Takei has a new enterprise.

Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, launched a new webseries Tuesday called Takei's Take.

"What we are doing here with Takei's Take is sharing the new technological developments, entertainingly, those developments that can enrich one's life and expand our potential," Takei tells PEOPLE exclusively.

The actor, 76, says that his role on Star Trek is part of the reason he is interested in new technological advancements.

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