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    Portland Could Soon Be the Most Airbnb-Friendly City in the U.S.

    23rd July 2014 21:09

    Portland, Oregon could soon be one of the most permissive cities in the U.S. for Airbnb-style rentals, as the city council prepares to vote on regulations that would legalize short-term one- and two-bedroom rentals in privately owned homes. The council discussed planned rules Wednesday that could have effects outside the northwestern city, as municipal law adapts to the emergence of startups in the growing sharing economy. If adopted, homeowners who have been violating local laws by renting to tourists would…

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    It's Wednesday, So Here's a Deer Licking a Camera

    23rd July 2014 20:57

    Talk about a camera ham. A deer in upstate New York pranced up to a man's front porch and casually licked his camera. Good thing this deer has a photogenic nose. Dogs in Wheelchairs Playing Fetch Is All You Need Right Now Army of Baes Invades Pharrell's 'Come Get It Bae' Music Video Weird Al Understands Your Feelings About Annoying Buzzwords The Confusing and Crappy World of Hip Bathroom Signs Read more... More about Viral Videos, Cute Animals, Watercooler, and…

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    'Orange Is the New Black,' So a Michigan Jail Needs New Jumpsuits

    23rd July 2014 20:51

    Orange may be the new black on Netflix, but not at the Saginaw County Jail in Saginaw, Michigan. Sheriff William Federspiel said he started buying new black-and-white jumpsuits for inmates after the traditional orange jumpsuits — featured in the Netflix dramedy series Orange Is the New Black — became "cool." See also: Keep Frenemies Close With These 10 Tips From 'Orange is the New Black' "It's because as you see shows on television, like Orange Is the New Black, some…

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    Officials Search for 3 Days; Drone Finds Missing Man After 20 Minutes

    23rd July 2014 20:34

    After three fruitless days of extensive searching by authorities, an amateur drone pilot located a missing elderly man in a mere 20 minutes. On Sunday, David Lesh helped save Guillermo DeVenecia, an 82-year-old man who had gone missing for three days in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, last week. Search and rescue teams had been looking for him for all that time, using helicopters, search dogs, and hundreds of volunteers, according to the WMTV See also: Are the Hamas Drones Real? Then Lesh,…

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    Putin Signs Law With Potential to Censor Facebook and Twitter in Russia

    23rd July 2014 20:31

    In a move that could have major implications for social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Tuesday strengthening regulations on Internet data storage. Starting in 2016, the new law will require Internet operators to store Russian user data in centers within the country. Once data is stored on Russian servers, it will be subjected to Russian laws, putting it at risk for censorship, critics say. Companies that don't comply will be blocked from…

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    U.N. Official Warns of Gaza War Crimes; Only U.S. Votes Against Investigating

    23rd July 2014 20:24

    GENEVA — The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Tuesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations by both Israel and Hamas may amount to war crimes. The warning by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay came at a special session of the U.N.'s top human rights body, which voted 29-1 to authorize an international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged abuses since mid-June in…

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    Sierra Leone's Top Ebola Doctor, 'National Hero' Contracts the Virus

    23rd July 2014 20:17

    Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor has reportedly saved over 100 patients from the deadly disease — now he will have to fight it within his own body. Sheik Umar Khan, 39, is a virologist whom Sierra Leone's health minister called a "national hero" for his efforts to fight the spread of the Ebola virus. He is now receiving treatment at a center run by the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), according to a Reuters report. Though he is…

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    Fox Invades Comic-Con With Drones

    23rd July 2014 20:16

    Comic-Con, the 2014 iteration of which kicks off Thursday in San Diego, has seen an increasing amount of outlandish stunts over the years — stadiums full of zombies, entire pop-up houses devoted to movies But Fox is set to kick it up a notch this year by bringing along a bunch of drones to promote the show 24 — and giving attendees instructions on how to pilot them. (What could possibly go wrong?) See also: Movie News Still Rules Comic-Con.…

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    AP's Botched Tweet Is Reminder Twitter Needs to Address Corrections

    23rd July 2014 20:11

    The Associated Press made news on Wednesday, but not the kind it intended The news organization put out a breaking news update that the plane carrying the bodies of victims from the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine had landed in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the way that update was worded led many to mistakenly believe the plane with the remains had crashed as well BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven. — The…

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    Reddit's Live Feature Is Now ... Live

    23rd July 2014 19:53

    Reddit's live thread feature, which has been embraced by the site's news junkies covering topics like the Syrian civil war and the conflict in Ukraine, has been rolled out to all users. "I’m pleased to announce that reddit live is now… ahem… live," a Reddit representative wrote in a blog post. See also: Reddit's Newsgathering Comes of Age After Growing Pains Reddit live is the site's first project that exists primarily outside the subreddit system that the site uses to…