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Julian Assange as Couch Surfer

The notoriously nomadic Julian Assange has never sought refuge on our couches, but if he ever did, we wouldn't be terribly surprised if he acted the way he does in this clip, which is allegedly based on an "absolutely true story." Directed and written by Allison Silverman (the former head writer of 'The Colbert Report'), the short features David Rees in a Warhol-esque wig, playing the...

Vladimir Putin Not Laughing at YouTube Video Mocking Russia's Corruption

Vladimir Putin is none too pleased with a YouTube video celebrating the glamorous lifestyles of Russia's government employees. As Reuters reports, the faux rap video was created by a group of customs officers and features many of the luxuries you'd expect most oligarchs to enjoy: champagne, expensive cars, and topless women. "You can't even imagine how the customs officials have fun," the...

California Law Makes Online Impersonation a Crime, Worries Political Parodists

A new California law has worried free speech advocates by criminalizing the practice of impersonating someone else online. SB 1411, introduced to the California legislature in February and recently signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger, makes it a misdemeanor to impersonate someone without their consent "through or on an Internet Web site or by other electronic means for purposes of harming,...

Lady Java Sings of Pop Program Language, The State of 'Net Dating According to Science

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. The marketers behind JavaZone 2010 (also known for this trailer), the Scandinavian expo for software developers, just released some kind of parody video that mashes up...

Facebook Users Fall for Onion Ruse, Paola Antonelli Talks Design at Creative Mornings

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Conservative Facebook users thought that a 3-year-old parody video from The Onion was real. Somehow the video -- in which a fictional Pennsylvania congressman testifies...

BP Asks Parody BP Tweeter to Come Clean... Again

Last week, the person operating the Twitter account @BPGlobalPR unveiled him or herself to the world under the pseudonym 'Leroy Stick,' and went on to eloquently explain the motivation behind the satirical feed. Apparently, though, that wasn't enough to satisfy the parody-paranoid officials at British Petroleum, who have forced Leroy to officially declare that the page isn't linked to their...

Opera Mocks Google Chrome Speeding Test, Scandinavian Style

The Opera browser gets plenty of attention in the mobile space, and, in the pre-iPhone days, it was the cell phone Web browser of choice for the tech elite. Many iPhone users are opting for the fast, though not flawless, Opera mini over the default Mobile Safari. But in the desktop arena, Opera still lags far behind the major players (Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer). Apparently, the...

Musician Busts United Airline's Chops Over Broken Guitar

What's a poor musician to do when an airline breaks his guitar and gives him the runaround for nearly a year, ultimately refusing to pay for repairs? Write a song about how much said airline sucks, film a hilarious video of the song, and post said video to the Web, of course. After some United Airlines employees damaged Dave Carroll's expensive Taylor acoustic guitar, he was left with no option...

Microsoft's 'Laptop Hunters' Ads Get Hilarious 'Jennie' Spoof

Laptop Hunters: Jennie - watch more funny videos If you watch television, you've undoubtedly been subjected to the "I'm a Mac" ads, and Microsoft's retaliating blitz of "Laptop Hunters" promo spots -- which seek to depict ordinary consumers searching for economically friendly computers to fit specific needs. You're probably already sick of them, what with their cutesy approach and MTV-style...

New Game Has One Strategy: Shoot People Directly in the Face

Do you enjoy first-person shooter games, but get annoyed by actually having to play the game, instead of effortlessly dealing out death and destruction? Then, read on, fellow animated death mongers. Parody news site The Onion has a new game to help satiate your thirst for simulated blood and brain matter. Granted, 1PS (first person shooter) games, such as 'Call of Duty,' are awesome, but...

Don't Have Time for Twitter? Get Ready for Flutter

Twitter is the latest craze sweeping the online social networking scene, a magical place where short attention spans and narcissism are the norm. Celebrities and politicians have hopped on the microblogging bandwagon, and they're revealing the tedium of their lives in 140-character-or-less messages known as "tweets." With all these squares jumping on board, we all know that it's time for us to...

Goodbye Fake Steve Jobs, We Hardly Knew Ye

Apple's Steve Jobs is a bit of an enigmatic figure -- respected by most folks, but frequently maligned at the same time for his notorious temper; creative-minded, but also conservative, especially in his choice of attire. These are some of the reasons that has made an admittedly fake blog written by a journalist posing as the man so popular. Yesterday, sadly, was the last post for 'The Secret...

Conan O'Brien Re-Imagines 'Grand Theft Auto IV' As a PG-13 Game

If you've spent any time at all with 'Grand Theft Auto IV' since its release last week, you know that it's not exactly a kind and cuddly game. Conan O'Brien noted the same thing and in response has envisioned what a PG-rated version of the game might look like. See for yourself in the video above. Whether you love or hate the game, you have to agree that this, um, friendlier version isn't...