Airbnb Finally Gets In the Game and Starts Poaching Politicos

You wouldn't guess it from the ubiquitous subway ads or astroturfing campaigns, but Airbnb's legislative efforts are a little behind the times. For example, the company spent "tens of millions" on a New York "advertising blitz" after a judge first ruled on a subpoena from the state attorney general. » 7/22/14 6:07pm 9 minutes ago

Did We Finish Looking Into Those 1,700 Pentagon Child Porn Cases?

Inquiries into why Britain's Home Office mysteriously lost 100 files documenting allegations of an organized pedophile ring involving politicians seem to have stalled recently, with the panel's chair stepping down, due to a conflict of interest. Did America drop the ball on one these high-level child abuse cases too? » 7/22/14 5:40pm 36 minutes ago

Old Man Throws Away His Canes And Dances, A Weary Internet Rejoices

It does not take Claude Lévi-Strauss to explain why the above video of an elderly man — perhaps Peruvian, but "facts" about viral videos seem generally to be moving targets so don't quote me on that — is being shared by distant relatives of yours and mine all over Facebook. We are smack in the middle of a week where… » 7/22/14 5:22pm 54 minutes ago

Sarah Palin's Budding NASCAR Career Cut Short by Speeding Ticket

When you're Sarah Palin and you get clocked doing 63 in a 45, there are lots of good responses to give reporters: "It was dumb, won't do it again." "I was in a hurry, won't do it again." "Why do you think this is news? Won't do it again." But then, if you're Sarah Palin, you're gonna go another way. » 7/22/14 4:50pm Today 4:50pm

Miley Cyrus Takes Three Days Off Internet, Fueling Death Rumors

If you're not on Instagram, do you even really exist? That's the existential dilemma Miley Cyrus fans wrestled with this weekend after the pop star took an almost 90-hour break from posting dirty feet pics and dildo reviews. The uncharacteristic social media silence seemed to confirm a laughably fake survey scam » 7/22/14 4:23pm Today 4:23pm

James Gunn On The Movies You Must Watch Before Guardians Of The Galaxy

Earlier this month, Marvel released a Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape loaded with tunes from the '70s that will also serve as half of the film's soundtrack. It really helps set the tone for the film, so we asked director James Gunn to do the same thing with movies people should watch. » 7/22/14 4:10pm Today 4:10pm

Comcast Exec on Torturous Customer Call: "We Fell Short"

Listening to the customer call heard around the world, it's hard not to sympathize with both parties. Ryan Block, the caller, just wanted to disconnect his cable service, but the nameless Comcast rep on the other end was only doing what he was trained to do: break customers down, bit by bit, until they crawl back into… » 7/22/14 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

Another Appeals Court Rules: Nuh-uh, Red States Can Too Get Obamacare

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Richmond, Virginia, ruled today that the IRS has the power to grant subsidies to people who are enrolled in Obamacare through the federal health insurance exchange. This is the opposite of what the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled just hours before. Neither of these… » 7/22/14 3:52pm Today 3:52pm

Love Is Dead: Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Marriage Reportedly Coming to an End

Rumors of the iminent breakup between superstars Jay Z and Beyonce are reaching a critical mass. Like any massively famous couple, they've been plagued with rumors of infidelity and unhappiness throughout much of their relationship. But recently, the stories that they will divorce as soon as their On The Run tour… » 7/22/14 3:33pm Today 3:33pm

Did Russian Officials Edit Wikipedia to Back Up a Bogus MH17 Theory?

Russian defense officials Monday argued that a Ukrainian warplane was near Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and may have been responsible for the commercial jet's deadly shootdown. And when the physics seemed to dispute that theory, Russian officials appear to have changed the physics—on Wikipedia, at least. » 7/22/14 2:57pm Today 2:57pm

Summer Hybrids That'll Put Jorts to Shame

Bringing together two great things to create a third, greater thing is not only a solid source of summer fun, it's the origin of many a seasonal staple. Take, for instance, the Arnold Palmer (lemonade + iced tea), or parasailing (parachuting + boating), or hats with tiny, battery-powered fans on the brim (hats +… » 7/22/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm