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An app called Lulu is emerging as a controversial new social platform that allows women to post reviews and recommendations about former flames.
The app, which is available for iOS and Android, is for women only.
Men are denied access to Lulu, deeming it a “safe zone” for females to rate dudes on a various topics, from humor and careers to kissing and sex.
Yes … just like reviewing / rating the Justin Bieber Girlfriend perfume on Amazon, you can review whether your guy smells like Bieber in real life.
If you’re a female of at least 18 years, you can get the app and sync it toMore >
Bindi Irwin, the 14-year-old daughter of late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, is alive and well despite a hoax reporting her untimely demise this week.
A rumor that the teen died started to pick up steam on Twitter Friday, and then “Steve Irwin daughter dies” climbed all the way to No. 4 on MSN trends.
We know, we know … who uses MSN trends. But still! Effed up!
Two days ago Bindi tweeted a link to an interview she gave in Hong Kong, saying, “I had such a wonderful time there.” And posted the pic above. She’s fine.
Interestingly, the consensus is that interest in Bindi and herMore >
This is one use for Google Glass that may never have occurred to us.
While recently at Leeds Castle in England, a man got down on one knee and popped life’s most important question, recording the action through this new piece of technology.
“If you were my queen, I’d buy you a million castles,” he smoothly says. “Let’s start our adventure together. Will you marry me?”
Watch the unique proposal now and then compare it to this drone marriage proposal…Google Glass Proposal
See more here: Man Proposes Through Google Glass: Watch Now!
As part of its ongoing effort to reinvent itself, Yahoo agreed to buy the blogging service Tumblr for about $1.1 billion in cash, The New York Times reports.
If the deal is approved, it would be the biggest yet under the tenure of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and a major move into social media for the company.
It would also top Facebook’s 2012 acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion.
Founded in 2007, Tumblr has a young, active user base, with over 108 million image-centric blogs. Owning that would expand Yahoo’s user base.
Or will it? Analysts and investors are likely to questionMore >
Bing has finally one-upped Google in the nerd-cred department.
In honor of this week’s premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness, Bing Translator has added the Trek language Klingon, or as I’ll be referring to it: Bingon.
Starting today, you can visit the Bing Translator to convert a phrase from any of the languages available into Klingon.
The language is also available on the Windows Phone app (so the guy who has that can use it there).
The Klingon language has been a huge part of Star Trek culture since 1979, when the first words were uttered in the invented language in Star Trek:More >
Warner Bros. is being sued by Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat for the company’s alleged unauthorized use of two felines that have achieved viral fame.
Clips of Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat have each each spurred tens of millions of views since appearing online in 2011 and 2007 respectively.
The legal complaint alleged that the cats were used without permission in Scribblenauts, a series of games on the Nintendo DS and other platforms.
Court documents allege that Warner Bros. and developer 5th Cell “knowingly and intentionally infringed” both kitty claimants’More >
Saul Bass’ birthday is the subject of a new Google Doodle.
The artist, who died in 1996, would have been 93 today.
His claim to fame? Some of the most iconic movie title sequences of all time, The Man With the Golden Arm, North by Northwest, and Psycho to name a few.Saul Bass Tribute Video
Google’s homepage Doodle today starts with disjointed text bars that spell out Google as a nod to Psycho. When viewers click play, an homage to his work follows.
Can you name all the movie references above?
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has a growing fan base on Tumblr apparently.
Up until last week, “One Direction Infection” was a Tumblr blog created and maintained by an eighth grader devoted to the British boy band heart throbs.
Now, it’s devoted to the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
Jahar, as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends and Twitter followers call him, has amassed a pretty huge following for a man charged with terrorism and WMD use.
He has his own hashtag, #FreeJahar, on Twitter, while thousands of Tumblr and Facebook fans closely follow his case and discuss his “innocence.”
Beyond theMore >
Today, February 24, is Steve Jobs’ birthday. The visionary Apple co-founder, who died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011, would have turned 58 today.
The man responsible for technology innovations that shape our lives on a daily basis remains as beloved as any figure in the history of American business.Steve Jobs’ Best Clips: Keynotes & Interviews
Steve Jobs wasn’t merely a creative genius far ahead of his time, but was revered as a dear friend and an inspiring mentor by those who knew him.
He was also a showman who could give a keynote address like no other.
Whether he wasMore >
The Death Star, undoubtedly a worthwhile undertaking but not on the Obama administration’s radar, is now on Kickstarter if you want to help build one.
A recent White House Death Star petition was denied, citing Obama’s “we don’t blow up planets” political stance and the potential fiscal nightmare.
Now, a new Kickstarter project wants to pick up those plans, using an open source design effort and trying to raise funding to help make it happen.
A LOT of funding.
The project has a $30,000,000 funding goal, which would be used to create “more detailed plans” than the initialMore >
Facebook’s big announcement today involved the unveiling of a customized Facebook search engine called Graph Search. So what is this thing’s deal?
“Graph Search is not a web search,” said CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“It’s about graphing our part of the web.”
Zuckerberg and the tool’s creators showed how you can use Graph Search to dig through Facebook to find exactly who or what you want to find.
Zuckerberg, for example, said he and wife, Priscilla Chan, recently used it to search for “Mexican restaurants nearby that my friends have been to.”
“We found a place and it was good,” heMore >
Aaron Swartz, a programmer and Internet activist who co-founded a company that would eventually become Reddit, committed suicide Friday in N.Y. City.
And no, tragically, it’s not a hoax, unlike so many memorable recent items emerging from Reddit. His lawyer confirmed the surprising news earlier today.
He was only 26 years old.
“The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true,” confirmed Swartz’ attorney, Elliot R. Peters of Kecker and Van Nest, via email.
MIT’s student newspaper The Tech was the first to report the suicide of Swartz, who had hintedMore >
Did Connecticut school shooting perpetrator Adam Lanza preview Friday’s stunning massacre on the online forum / bulletin board 4Chan two nights beforehand?
That’s the rumor going around, anyway.
In the following 4Chan forum exchange, an anonymous user purported to be Lanza makes an ominous promise that he will kill himself Friday and it will make the news.
He adds that he lives in Connecticut.
The below screen grabs from 4Chan have been censored, but also appear to show other users egging Adam Lanza on (if it’s really him). Take a look …
State and federal officialsMore >
In randomly amusing social media news, Facebook recently took down a photo of a woman flashing her elbows in the tub, believing they were breasts at first glance.
The image in question:
How did this happen? In the wake of recent breastfeeding photo controversies, the blog Theories of the Deep Understanding of Things decided to test Facebook.
Terms of Service state that users will not post content that is “hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.”
The amateurish-looking photo features a blond woman in aMore >
New Jersey’s red light camera program has been suspended pending a widespread number of tickets issued erroneously to people going through yellow lights.
That’ll do it.
The newly-installed cameras, placed at busy intersections to capture speeders and red light runners in the act, result in tickets being mailed to the violators.
In addition to coming as a surprise (and raising civil rights questions) among those who are unaware they’re being filmed … they’re also not accurate.
In New Jersey, 63 out of 85 traffic cameras apparently weren’t calibrated correctly and not allowing sufficientMore >