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04.06.15 Peter Yeh

Turkey has blocked Twitter and YouTube, along with hundreds of other sites, following a court order. Graffiti is fighting the block by giving instructions on how people can update their DNS to use Google’s DNS at 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. The block was ordered because pictures of terrorists and their hostage were being shared on social […]

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01.12.15 Peter Yeh

The Twitter account of the U.S. Department of Defense’s US CENTCOM, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Asia, have apparently been hacked by a party either working for, or sympathetic with, the Islamic State, a.k.a. ISIS a.k.a. Da’esh. A slew of important looking documents — including scenarios about North […]

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12.12.14 Rhett Jones

After announcing back in November that it would begin allowing users to generate animated GIFs from YouTube video, the mammoth internet video company has reportedly begun rolling the feature out. ARS Technica points out that “intrepid YouTube user Andy Baio found the GIF menu hidden in the “share” portion of a PBS Idea Channel video.” A quick […]

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09.08.14 Rhett Jones

The U.S. Central Command thinks they’re on to the next viral video sensation — targeted ISIS stations blowing up real good. On Friday, the official @CENTCOM Twitter posted this enticing bit of click-bait: “Have you seen the latest airstrike videos from operations against #ISIL in #Iraq?” The tweet then links to the official CentCom YouTube channel, which […]

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08.11.14 Marina Galperina

As “Cinema Vezzoli” exhibit closes today at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, this majestic YouTube video of swinging testicles triumphs, surviving six whole days without being censored — though “NSFW” has been added to the title, as well as a Community Guidelines disclaimer. In “The Return of Bruce Nauman’s Bouncing Balls,” Francesco Vezzoli casts porn star Brad […]

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07.11.14 Marina Galperina

Two brothers from Bay Ridge have been amassing YouTube hits on their channel OckTV in a series of pranks, like grabbing phones out of strangers’ hands, sitting on subway commuters’ laps and going “Yo dawg, you got a problem?” at people. Etayyim “ET” Etayyim and Mohammed “Moe” Etayyim say they’re “not trying to get hurt,” even though they […]

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05.01.14 Andy Cush

The Daily Mail, Britain’s foremost alarmist tabloid, posted a story to its website today under the headline “Heads or tails? Watch the extraordinary moment a snake eats its OWN TAIL after mistaking it for a rival predator.” A clickworthy headline to be sure, promising a few minutes of wonder and distraction from your day at the office […]

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04.17.14 Marina Galperina

Lately, all that’s coming from Russia are dashcams, meteorites, homoerotic photos of Putin and the invasion of Ukraine. But let us not forget the rugged DIY spirit of former fellow countrymen! Here’s to you, Mr. Fireman! See the glorious thing that appears to levitate when several fire extinguishers are being wasted at the same time. Listen to the […]

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01.22.14 Marina Galperina

Yesterday, there were fireworks and catapults with flaming bricks, as uprising citizens in Ukraine’s “protest zone” were being mass texted: “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” Today, the photos and videos coming through social media directly from the front lines have lost any touch of cinematic dystopia. It’s simply war. […]

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01.10.14 Andy Cush

YouTube user Omni Verse does the hard work so you don’t have to, compiling every single episode of various cult-classic TV shows into mega-screens so you can watch every episode of, say The Twilight Zone, at the same time. His latest, above, pulls this trick with The A-Team.  Omni Verse leaves the audio in place as well, so you’re […]

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