Apple Snuck Backdoor Surveillance Tools Into Their (i.e. Your) iOS

Innovation did not die with Steve Jobs. Apple has quietly installed data discovery software, including a file-relay tool that can bypass backup encryption, in around 600 million iPhones, iPads, and other devices running their latest iOS. You are correct to surmise that this has been a boon to law enforcement. » 7/25/14 3:06pm 26 minutes ago

U.S. Army Mistakenly Mails Israel Missile Agreement to a Gawker Reader

Last night, Gawker got a tip from a longtime reader: "I get a lot of emails for a different person with the same name as me," the message said. "Someone who works in some capacity in the government. I don't know if this one I just received about Israel, missiles, etc is even a thing." Yes, it's a thing. » 7/25/14 3:00pm 32 minutes ago

Jennette McCurdy Addresses Fap-Gate on Reddit: "I Am Not a Role Model"

Now that she's free from the bonds of her Nickelodeon overlords, Sam and Cat star and subject of furious fapping Jennette McCurdy can finally say what she's wanted to say since her (actually pretty tame) sexy lingerie selfies leaked earlier this year: "I am not a role model." » 7/25/14 2:50pm 42 minutes ago

Meet the Goofy Georgia Teen Who Is Vine's Newest Comedy Star

Not every teen on Vine can become an instant viral superstar by sticking his dick in a microwaveable food product. Some have to be, well, more inventive. Enter Brandon Bowen, a 16-year-old from Georgia whose goofy rap-inspired videos are arguably the greatest thing on Vine. Everybody, grab your plastic spoons. » 7/25/14 2:40pm 52 minutes ago

Rob Lowe Manifests as 80's Nagel Hunk in Moonbeam City

Rob Lowe was the real life Prince of Perfect Male Hotness in the 1980's so his translation into Nagel art makes a visceral sense that cannot be denied. The whole sensibility of this teaser is so sexy yet ridiculous (sexdiculous?) that I am speechless except for a prayer of thanks that Comedy Central is doubling down… » 7/25/14 2:30pm Today 2:30pm

Getting High on PuffPuffChat, the Anonymous Chat Room For Stoners

The first person I meet on PuffPuffChat lives in Scotland. It's dark, so I can't really see him, but he looks like he's freaking out a little, and he doesn't seem that interested in talking to me. Our conversation goes something like this: » 7/25/14 2:21pm Today 2:21pm

BuzzFeed Editor Benny Johnson Engaged In Even More Plagiarism

Benny Johnson, the 28-year-old Viral Politics editor at Internet leviathan BuzzFeed, came under fire from two Twitter users on Thursday for copying text from a variety of sources, including Yahoo! Answers. Today the same users, @blippoblappo and @crushingbort, provided several more instances where Johnson stole… » 7/25/14 2:12pm Today 2:12pm

Larry and Sergey Are Building Google Maps But For The Human Body

Last night, Google announced what the Wall Street Journal says "may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever." Baseline Study will try to create the most comprehensive picture of "what a healthy human being should be" by mapping personal genetic and molecular information. It will start with… » 7/25/14 2:05pm Today 2:05pm

Get Ready for 7 Days in Hell With Andy Samberg and Lena Dunham

It's been announced that HBO has greenlit a "mockumentary" to star non-polarizing, not-at-all controversial television people Andy Samberg, Lena Dunham, and Fred Armisen. (Actual America's Sweethearts Will Forte and Soledad O'Brien, Masters of Sex's Michael Sheen and Game of Thrones' Jon Snow, Scientology's Mary… » 7/25/14 1:50pm Today 1:50pm

Google Is Still Paying Barely Any Taxes on Its Billions in Revenue

Google generated $22 billion in revenue from its Irish subsidiary. Guess what amount it paid in taxes on that revenue. Guess again, because it's even lower. » 7/25/14 1:37pm Today 1:37pm

Cult Rush Week: The Church of Scientology Thinks I'm Terrible

It was muggy in the city and hot as hell, so I figured it was as good a day as any to escape the heat by taking an introductory personality test at the Church of Scientology's New York headquarters. It's appropriately located in the theater district, with a Broadway-style marquee out front and flat screen televisions… » 7/25/14 1:26pm Today 1:26pm

Jimmy Kimmel Sells Gullible Apple Fans on a Fake iWatch

An Apple "iWatch" has been rumored for years, and might finally arrive this fall. And no matter how bad it is, people will buy it, as Jimmy Kimmel found out when he slapped an Apple sticker on a $20 Casio and introduced "the new Apple watch" to some eager consumers. » 7/25/14 1:16pm Today 1:16pm