17 things you never knew about ‘Chocolate Rain,’ one of YouTube’s earliest viral hits

June 25, 2017

… appear. Zonday got to perform “Chocolate Rain” on an August 2007 episode. By then, “Chocolate Rain” was already a huge hit online, and this appearance only helped to push the song to the many who hadnt yet given their lives over to the internet. In the interview, Zonday hit right at the heart of the absurdity of meme culture, even in its inception. “You just kind of put something silly on YouTube and it gets lots of attention.” READ MORE: 20 facts you …

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China bans livestreaming on its most popular social media sites

June 24, 2017

Image: Andy Wong/AP/REX/Shutterstock Chinese authorities have sent shockwaves through the social media sphere, with a blanket ban on livestreaming across three major online platforms. On Thursday, the government ordered Weibo, iFeng and ACFUN to stop all its video and audio streaming services, according to an FT report. SEE ALSO: China ironically decides to clamp down on online news outlets on World Press Freedom Day Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, and one of its largest social …

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Facebook is releasing a new app for YouTube-like creators

June 24, 2017

Image: facebook Facebook wants more video, so it’s releasing a new app just for creators, the company announced at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. SEE ALSO: Facebook is embracing YouTube-like stars as it pushes for more video It’s in part an update to Facebook Mentions, an app currently available to verified accounts on the social network, which includes celebrities, online influencers, and journalists. Mentions is where Facebook first released Facebook Live …

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College offers courses in becoming a bona fide social media influencer

June 21, 2017

Image: AFP/Getty Images Wanna become an Instagram star? Now, you can get a formal education for that. A university in China is offering courses that are meant to equip students with the skills they need for online fame. SEE ALSO: Instagram influencers are utter nonsense, and Fyre Fest proves it From make-up classes, catwalk practice to dance performances, the Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College (YWICC) near Shanghai says it knows what you need to become a social media celeb. Image: …

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Miley Cyrus and Dolce & Gabbana are in a political Instagram feud. Alright!

June 19, 2017

… Mar-a-Lago regulars to buy and absolutely no one else. Dolce&Gabbana boycotts itself. #BoycottDolceGabbana t-shirts available from tomorrow on our online Store. Photo by Nello Esposito A post shared by Dolce & Gabbana (@dolcegabbana) on Jun 8, 2017 at 1:38pm PDT They insist that dressing the First Lady is apolitical and not meant as an endorsement of Republican party in the USA. However, plenty of citizens beg to differ after Trump came in like a wrecking ball and smashed up …

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The Bey-bies have arrived

June 19, 2017

… Songwriters Hall of Fame. If the initial reports turn out to be true, it’ll be the second major announcement Beyonce has made on a Saturday nighther game-changing concept album Lemonade also dropped on a Saturday night. Members of Beyonce’s infamous online fanbase, The Bey Hive, remained skeptical on Twitter. More than a few were waiting for confirmation from Beyonce herself, with others positing that the twins were actually born weeks ago. The twins ain’t here until BEYONC …

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There’s a serious problem with Twitter’s account security

June 17, 2017

"Hmm, that's not right."Image: BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES Adding an extra layer of security to your online accounts is a fundamental step to protect your digital life from hackers, but what’s the point if the new methods are just as vulnerable as the old ones? It’s a question some Twitter users are asking after discovering that the two-factor authentication on their accounts isn’t as secure as it seems. SEE ALSO: The software that could prevent ISPs from selling …

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Liam Payne reading out filthy fan messages is hilariously NSFW

June 17, 2017

To say that celebrities are the subject of some fairly blunt online comments would be something of an understatement. SEE ALSO: Even Liam Payne can’t talk to Jay-Z without bringing on a bodyguard One Direction singer Liam Payne knows this better than anyone. He recently took part in a new BBC Radio 1 game (the succinctly named “Perv Pad”), which involved reading out some of the most NSFW fan comments people have posted about him online. It’s tricky to pick a …

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20 facts you didn’t know about ‘Gangnam Style,’ the most popular video ever

June 12, 2017

In honor of its five-year anniversary, here are 20 facts about Gangnam Style that will remind you just how invasive the song really was. Because let’s be honest, you tried to forget it. 20 OPPA facts about “Gangnam Style” 1) Gangnam Style was Psys 18th single The accolades are as follows: Most liked video online First video to be viewed more than 2 billion times on YouTube Largest Gangnam Style DanceT-Pain was reportedly the first celebrity to about Gangnam Style, writing …

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China’s censors have declared all-out war against celebrity gossip news

June 10, 2017

… blocked users from posting photos on 28th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre Beijing News reported that the sites’ various online properties across micro-blogging portal Weibo, and news aggregators Baidu and Toutiao, were gone. The government said that these accounts violated wording in Chinese latest revision of its cyber laws released last week, which stipulate that online content should not violate a party’s privacy, or damage their reputation. “Vulgar” …

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Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’ is a bleak crusade for intimacy in the digital age

June 7, 2017

… explicit references to technology, sings about ghosting, yearning, and jealousy with conspiratorial authority. She cuts to the feeling of modern love’s glut of gray area. It’s not like there’s a shortage of language for the the way relationships have been radically altered by technology. It seems like every week, we’re coining a new term for an egregious online dating offense repeated so rapidly it becomes routine. Maybe it just has more to do with the way famous people …

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12 Essay Collections By Women To Get You Through Your 20s

June 3, 2017

… has an irreverent, hilarious and searing view on life, encapsulated in her debut essay collection. From her experiences as the child of Indian immigrant parents in Canada, to the very real realities of being a woman harassed online, her prose is illuminating, smart and a good encapsulation of what it means to be young and female in the early 21st century. Find this book on Amazon or at your local bookstore. Crossing Press Riverhead HarperCollins Chloe Caldwell, …

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8 Products We Wish The Kardashians Would Come Out With Already

June 3, 2017

… Little before #TBT to our portraits at @DASHBoutique!!! We are SO 2006, LOL!!! More on my app! https://t.co/Lh3uV3v4C8 pic.twitter.com/OuinQmAyKv Khlo (@khloekardashian) April 14, 2016 Little after Keeping Up with Kardashians Series @ https://t.co/pgmKqDsyG3Enjoy Watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians Episodes online Latest Season pic.twitter.com/URnW1U7sBR SeriesTubes (@SeriesTubes) June 1, 2017 5. A wig line of all their famous hairstyles Not all of us have the luxury of just …

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Donald Trump responds to Kathy Griffin’s controversial photo

June 2, 2017

has responded to s that featured Griffin holding a prop version of Trumps decapitated head, and which sparked bipartisan outrage. Provocateur photographer Tyler Shields shot Griffin holding a bloody and fake Trump head, which first appeared online Tuesday. Griffin the photo there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his…wherever and said that she was merely mocking the Mocker in Chief. Many on both sides of the political spectrum felt that she crossed a line, …

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Gus Kenworthy And Other Queer Stars Strip Down For A Powerful Reason

May 30, 2017

online underwear retailer MeUndies unveiled their new rainbow polka dot designs May 23 with a colorful spread featuring Kenworthy and Kiyoko for its Celebrate Yourselfcampaign. But the photo series which also features musician Big Freedia and YouTube personalities B. Scott, Stevie Boebi and Ally Hills isnt just an excuse to spot the stars in their skivvies. For every pair of underwear sold, MeUndies will donate $1 to the Los Angeles LGBT Center to help expand its youth center. Given the …

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Montana Is About To Send Trump — And Democrats — A Big Message

… Democratic operative and director of the Revolving Door Project, told HuffPost. If Quist should lose, the national Democrats who provided financial assistance after mail-in voting had already begun will have to question anew their initial reluctance to engage in the race in March and early April. Winnie Wong, co-founder of the People for Bernie, an online group, credited Sanders followers forgetting involved in Quists campaign early andcorner[ing] the Democratic Party into following suit. …

May 25, 2017
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A Fappening Victim Speaks Out: Teresa Palmer on the Celebrity Nude Photo Hack

It began August 31 of last year. That day, around 500 revealing photos of celebrity women, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Scarlett Johansson, were posted to the online message board 4chan and spread like wildfire on sites Imgur and Reddit. Subsequent cache dumps targeted the likes of Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and supermodel Cara Delevingne.Apple soon revealed that the stolen images were obtained via a series of brute force attacks (a very targeted attack on user names, passwords, …

May 21, 2017
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One dating app makes you mind your manners to find love

… Tinder Select, are just a few that are capitalizing on this trend. So what sets Inner Circle apart? Image: inner circle Mostly its their promise of accountability, which they say minimizes ghosting and the other bad behaviors that plague online dating. This isn’t a club for any old schlub. Theres a heavy vetting process. Each member is personally reviewed before being approved. They look at your social media presence on at least three platforms, where they scrutinize any drunken …

May 20, 2017
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Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowskis Nude Bathroom Pic Sets Internet Ablaze

… in any sort of tabloid skirmishsent Ratajkowski a bouquet of flowers: Indeed, Kims talent is her body, and her ability to challenge prudish social mores with it. For whatever reason, these days, people have a knee-jerk negative reaction whenever any woman posts a nude photo of herself online, let alone Kim. Her Instagram comments and Twitter mentions will be flooded with criticsprimarily womentearing her down. Yes, some of this has to do with Kim, but not all of it. There is an insidiousness …

May 16, 2017
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Why Rosario Dawson Is Backing A Home Compost Campaign

Just let Alison Teal show you how. To get started, all youll need is some dirt, strips of newspaper, live red wiggler composting worms (which you can easily buy online) and a container with a lid.Add leftover vegetable scraps, leftovers or compostable trash, then let the worms and their nutrient-rich poop do their magic. Food waste is the single largest component that takes up space in landfills across the country, which causes landfills to release toxic amounts of methane gas, according to …

May 14, 2017
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