John Oliver and Cookie Monster Have Some Important News About Words

In a dry spell without Last Week Tonight, we're still getting plenty of John Oliver. He spoofed Sesame Street in a segment about prisons last month, and now he's teamed up with Cookie Monster to anchor a news show about vocabulary words. It's sort of like Last Week Tonight, but with less cursing and more monsters. » 9/02/14 6:05pm 3 minutes ago

iCloud Isn't Safe, Because Everyone's a Target and Apple Doesn't Care

Two years ago ago, tech writer Mat Honan wrote a blockbuster story for Wired, describing how a child got into his iCloud account and briefly ruined his life. You may have heard that the same thing recently happened to some very famous women, almost certainly using the same method. Apple is making it easy for you to… » 9/02/14 5:08pm Today 5:08pm

Third American Contracts Ebola, CDC Warns Epidemic Is "Out of Control"

A third American has contracted Ebola while in Liberia. The unidentified man is a doctor who was working in obstetrics—not the Ebola unit—at a hospital in the capital of Monrovia. According to The Guardian, it's not clear how he got infected with the virus. He's employed by the missionary group SIM. » 9/02/14 4:55pm Today 4:55pm

Miley Cyrus: Instagram Will Hurt Your Brain More Than Weed

Miley Cyrus, appearing on Australian TV series Sunday Night, said that she believes the internet and social media like Instagram are probably worse for you than smoking some pot. This is something she can actually speak about with some authority, given that she has uploaded a series of videos of herself getting… » 9/02/14 3:38pm Today 3:38pm

"40 Days Felt Like 40 Years": What It Is Like to Be a Prisoner of ISIS

As the Islamic State's militants planned their brutal videotaped killing of a second American prisoner, one photographer in Turkey was describing for readers and other journalists how he was treated as a captive of the group—and how he almost didn't survive the ordeal. » 9/02/14 3:21pm Today 3:21pm

I Was the Weirdest Person at BronyCon 2014

"Brony" is the nickname given to the adult (mostly male) fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Their community—which is large, voracious and one of the most widely-ridiculed fan collectives this side of Equestria—gathers annually in a convention center to celebrate their enthusiasm for friendship tolerance and… » 9/02/14 3:07pm Today 3:07pm

Fox News Host: Snowden Is Just as Bad as the Celeb Nude Photo Hackers

Fox News' Outnumbered, the show where one rotating male guest explains to a group of women how cat calls are flattering and Michelle Obama is fat, had a segment on celebrity nudes today. Dude expert Greg Gutfeld pointed out to the ladies that while being mad at the hackers who released Kate Upton's nudes is fine, we… » 9/02/14 2:40pm Today 2:40pm

10 Words You Didn't Know Used to Be Dirty

We chortle today at the number of "ejaculations" in Sherlock Holmes stories, and laugh at how old newspaper stories describe the "erection" of skyscrapers. But previous generations would snicker just as hard at us. A look at archaic slang shows that we say a lot of very suggestive things without knowing it. » 9/02/14 2:34pm Today 2:34pm

Darren Wilson Fundraisers Halt Donations Amid Reported Tax Issues

Two Darren Wilson-supporting GoFundMe campaigns/internet hang-out spots for trolls and racists stopped taking donations over the weekend amid confusion about what the fundraisers could legally do with the money. Together, they've raised $433,170 since Michael Brown's death. » 9/02/14 2:25pm Today 2:25pm

The IRS Wants to Take a Bite Out Of Silicon Valley's Free Lunches

No employee perk in Silicon Valley is as cherished as the gourmet meals dished out in corporate cafeterias. But soon, Google's multimillion dollar chicken tab could come with a tax bill from the IRS. » 9/02/14 2:16pm Today 2:16pm

Sit Back, Tell Us How Special You Are, and Win a Prize

While the drive to take quizzes and fill out surveys online is technically not included on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, it's nevertheless up there with eating, sleeping, and sex in terms of unstoppable human urges. When given the opportunity to reflect on your own special self by ticking off boxes— introvert or… » 9/02/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

iCloud Isn't Safe, Because Everyone's a Target and Apple Doesn't Care

Two years ago ago, tech writer Mat Honan wrote a blockbuster story for Wired, describing how a child got into his iCloud account and briefly ruined his life. You may have heard that the same thing recently happened to some very famous women, almost certainly using the same method. Apple is making it easy for you to… » 9/02/14 5:05pm Today 5:05pm