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TriForce Won't Let the Police Stand Between Him and a New 3DS

Isaiah 'TriForce' Johnson recently ran into some trouble with New York City police, who didn't much care for the way he was standing outside a local Best Buy. Little did they know, though, that TriForce was just lining up to get his hands on the new Nintendo 3DS, which launches on Sunday. Then again, the cops probably had no way of knowing that, since TriForce was the only person in line. ...

Artist Paints Murals on N.Y.C. Rooftops for Google Earth Viewing

Molly Dilworth wanted to expose her art to a wider audience, so she decided to paint giant murals on three rooftops in New York, in the hopes that people might stumble upon them while browsing Google Earth. The paintings eventually showed up in Google's satellite images, but didn't look quite as vibrant as Dilworth had anticipated -- nor did they reach a very wide audience. The experiment wasn'...

N.Y. Teacher Could Be Fired Over Controversial Facebook Post

Share A Brooklyn teacher could be out of a job very soon, after making some controversial comments about her students on Facebook. Just a day after a 12-year-old girl drowned on a school field trip to the beach, fifth-grade teacher Christine Rubino posted a status update, implying that her students may deserve the same fate. "After today, I'm thinking the beach is a good trip for my class. I...

'Underheard in New York' Gives a Voice to Homeless People on Twitter

A handful of New York's homeless residents are now on Twitter, thanks to a new awareness initiative called Underheard in New York. Created by advertising interns Rosemary Melchior, Robert Weeks and Willy Wang, the program provided four homeless men with their own pre-paid cell phones, a month of unlimited texting, and separate Twitter accounts. The four men -- Danny (@putodanny), Derrick (@awi...

Man Sues Facebook for Disabling Account, Claims Religious Discrimination

A Staten Island man has filed a $500,000 lawsuit against Facebook, alleging that the social network shut down his account without explanation. The plaintiff, Mustafa Fteja, reportedly discovered that his account had been disabled back in September after he was repeatedly unable to log in. The 30-year old says that he contacted Facebook for an explanation, but only received automated responses. ...

NY Lawmaker Eyes Fine for Digitally Distracted Pedestrians

New York State Senator Karl Kruger, who represents the rough-and-tumble streets of Brooklyn, wants to make those streets safer by banning pedestrians' use of electronic devices while walking. That's right, New Yorkers, your elected officials are using valuable legislative time attempting to make it illegal to listen to your iPod, talk on your phone and send text messages while crossing the streets...

Kidnapping Suspect Contacted Police via Facebook, Says Source

A woman accused of kidnapping an infant from a hospital more than 20 years ago has turned herself over to the authorities. The suspect, Ann Pettway, allegedly stole the young girl from a New York hospital back in 1987, and raised her as her own. A warrant was issued for her arrest on Friday, in North Carolina, and she was finally taken into custody on Sunday, in Connecticut. A source told CNN that...

'Nassau's Nasty List' Facebook Page Pulled

Facebook has removed a controversial page from its platform, at the request of Long Island school officials. The page, titled "Nassau's Nasty List," reportedly served as an online forum for salacious rumors about specific female students at Uniondale High School, and provided detailed information on alleged sexual dalliances. As news of the page spread to other schools in the region, more users be...

LED Constellation Display Lights Up Grand Central, Once Again

The bright lights of New York may prevent its inhabitants from seeing heavenly bodies at night, but inside Grand Central Station, New Yorkers can now star-gaze to their hearts' content. A group of electricians recently revamped a brilliant, LED-lit constellation display along the ornate ceiling of the Grand Central Terminal, giving new life to a tradition that was dangerously close to fading. ...

Blogging Juror Bruce Slutsky Stirs Controversy in New York Court

Bruce Slutsky, a 61-year-old from Flushing, NY was recently called to jury duty to hear a civil case, which involved a plaintiff filing assault charges against his neighbors. Unlike most jurors, however, Slutsky decided to document his courtroom experience on his blog. And, although the Queens, NY court ultimately determined that Slutsky's online actions didn't pose a threat to the trial's legitim...

Facebook Flirting with Students Gets Three NYC School Employees Fired

Share People, people! When are you going to learn that Facebook is not the place to air your grievances about your job, bully your dying next-door neighbor, or post pictures of strippers washing your cop car? It's also the wrong place to make a pass at your pupils! (Not that there's really a right place to do that.) But in the last six months, at least three New York City high school employees ha...

Google Must Reveal Cyberbully's Identity, New York Judge Says

A few months ago, former actress, model and Columbia graduate Carla Franklin took legal action against a mysterious cyberbully who posted defamatory comments about her on YouTube. At the time, Franklin said she had a pretty good idea of who the crude commenter might be, but her lawyers decided to file a court petition for Google to formally reveal his identity. The petition, which was initially fi...

A Virtual Miracle on 34th Street: Macy's to Debut Digital 'Magic Fitting Room'

The famous Macy's in Manhattan's Herald Square will debut a so-called Magic Fitting Room next month, which will allow shoppers to virtually try on clothes. A 72-inch mirror display will digitally swathe you with the latest styles from Marc Ecko, Alfani or whatever it is they sell there. (We don't like to go, because the staff literally corrals shoppers into one-way, single-file lines during the h...

Cell Phone Saves Harlem Man From Speeding Bullet

We already knew that a BlackBerry can stop a speeding bullet, but does your phone necessarily have to be "smart" in order to save your life? Juan Camarena found out the hard way, during a recent Harlem shootout. Camarena, a 54-year-old handyman at a Harlem apartment building, recently found himself in an inexplicably heated argument with the disgruntled former super of the building. Camarena, w...

'Urban Speaker' Transmits Your Voice, Bloomberg TV's Facebook Series

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Dial 979-997-3041 and, if you can get through, your voice will be blasted out of the Urban Speaker in New York's Tompkins Square Park. [From: BuzzFeed] Tonight at 9 p.m., Bloomberg TV is launching an 11-episode 'Game Changers' series on Facebook, documenting the history behind ...