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    Despite Paywalls, Newspapers Still Bled Red Ink in 2013

    18th April 2014 21:58

    Circulation growth, mobile ads and digital paywalls narrowed newspapers' losses, but failed to offset declining advertising revenue as newspaper income continued to drop in 2013. Overall revenue was off 2.6% to $37.6 billion, a sharper drop than the 2% decline from 2012, according to a report from the Newspaper Association of America. See also: Online Journalism Is Growing, But That Doesn't Mean Much Ad revenue accounted for the entirety of the losses for newspapers. Print ad revenues fell 8.6%, and…

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    Man Eats 100 Peeps in 2 Stomach-Turning Minutes

    18th April 2014 21:30

    Peeps are both a blessing and a curse upon the Easter season On one hand, it's tough to resist these adorable little marshmallow critters. On the other, they're not something you actually want to ingest. That's why this video from competitive eater Matt Stonie will bring you and your dentist to tears. In the clip, Stonie manages to eat 100 pink and yellow Peeps in just over 2 minutes See also: 5 Peeps Meet Their Violent Demise The fun starts…

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    With Bagpipes and Bobbleheads, Rob Ford Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign

    18th April 2014 21:25

    Canada is "Ford Nation," and we don't mean the car. Rob Ford kicked off his re-election campaign for mayor at an event on Thursday in Toronto, complete with bagpipes blaring, signs reading "Ford Nation," and lots of swag on sale — bobblehead dolls, mugs and buttons. The first 1,000 in the door received a free Canadian flag and, naturally, a "Ford Nation" t-shirt The mayor strolled into the Toronto Congress Centre with bagpipes blaring, then got up on stage and…

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    Internet Freedom Crackdown: China Jails Blogger, Shuts Down Sites

    18th April 2014 20:25

    China is stepping up its long-running crackdown on Internet freedom this week, launching a new campaign to purge the web of porn while jailing a blogger for spreading "rumors" online. Qin Zhihui, a blogger with a large following, was sentenced on Thursday to three years in jail for posting inaccurate reports on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, according to news reports. He is the first Chinese netizen to be sent to jail under an anti-rumors law enacted last…

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    NBA Fan's 'Mount Spursmore' Haircut Belongs in the Louvre

    18th April 2014 20:20

    Here's an abbreviated list of art masters: Picasso, Rembrandt ... now Joe the barber. The haircut you see below is called "Mount Spursmore" and it's just the latest masterpiece from San Antonio barber Joe Barajas. Featuring San Antonio stars Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard, it comes just in time for the Spurs' NBA playoff push, which begins Sunday. See also: NBA Playoffs: 9 Reasons to Get Pumped for Highest-Level Hoops Barajas shared his creation — the…

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    Airbnb Closes Funding Round at $10 Billion Valuation

    18th April 2014 20:13

    Airbnb has closed a large round of funding at an 11-figure valuation, according to multiple reports The Wall Street Journal reports hearing from sources that Airbnb has sealed a deal to raise $450 million led by TPG, a private equity firm, while TechCrunch reported that the round was for $500 million. Both publications put the valuation at $10 billion. Reps for Airbnb did not immediately respond to our request for comment See also: 10 Startups to Watch in 2014 The…

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    SpaceX Launches Rocket to International Space Station

    18th April 2014 20:07

    SpaceX launched a rocket bound for the International Space Station on Friday — but what happens next has everyone sitting on the edge of their seats. With the Dragon capsule safely in orbit and well on its way to the space station, the first stage separated and is now re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. As the helium-filled rocket slows, it will extend four 25-foot-long landing legs and use its thrusters to briefly hover over the Atlantic Ocean before plopping down ever…

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    The Internet According to Bill Clinton's White House

    18th April 2014 19:48

    Let the record show: Bill Clinton's White House was one of the first to warn us that not everything we read on the Internet is true — way back in 1995. Approximately 7,500 pages of records from Bill Clinton’s time in the White House were released today, including one that caught our fancy: “The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce.” See also: Bill Clinton Sings 'Blurred Lines' With Swagger The 1995 report states that the Internet was a mode of communication…

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    NASA Moon Probe Crashes Into Lunar Surface as Planned

    18th April 2014 19:45

    NASA's newest moon probe met its end during a vaporizing crash into the lunar surface Thursday night. The space agency's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (LADEE for short) made its planned crash into the lunar surface between 12:30 a.m. EDT and 1:22 a.m. EDT on April 18, after orbiting the moon since October 2013. Scientists expected the impact, predicting that LADEE would hit the far side of the moon on or before April 21 because the probe was…

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    Awkward Moment Seal Is the Meme for All Your Slippery Situations

    18th April 2014 19:30

    In case you tried to forget all those embarrassing moments when you just wanted to crawl out of your own skin, never fear: Awkward Moment Seal is here The newest meme-ber of the advice animal kingdom is an adorable baby seal whose awkward captions match his nervous face See also: Reddit's Newest Meme is All Business, Baby The pup, which has more neck rolls than humanly possible, started on Reddit as Squeamish Seal. As all memes evolve in one way…