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Italian Mayor Governs With Facebook, Posts Photos to Call Out Lazy Workers

In the U.S., politicians use Facebook to connect with their constituents, to announce new initiatives, or, in some cases, to recklessly rabble rouse. Political leaders in Italy, however, are apparently more interested in using the social network to publicly humiliate lazy employees. That's exactly what the mayor of Bari did, when he posted photos of public workers who were being particularly...

Animating Your Twitter Avatar Is Easier Than Ever -- Consider Yourself Warned

Want to turn your Twitter avatar into a living, breathing and persistently annoying animation? Greg Leuch can help you. First, you'll have to use 3fram.es to create an animated GIF, which you'll save to your computer. Then, just re-size the saved image using Leuch's automated uploader, download the tailored animation, and voilà. You've got your very own dynamo of an avatar, just itching to...

Multicolored Ink Droplets Bouncing Off Water Dazzle the Eyes

Inspired by raindrops, a German software engineer created some dazzling photographs of ink bouncing off the surface of water, a phenomenon that would normally be invisible to the naked eye. According to The Daily Mail, amateur photographer Tobias Brauening rigged a circuit board to trigger a camera shutter, and to open three valves at the same moment. Each valve drops a different color of ink...

Nursing Student Expelled Over Facebook Photo, Promptly Files Lawsuit

Last month, a nursing student was expelled from a community college in Kansas after posting to Facebook a photo of herself standing next to a human placenta. The student, 22-year old Doyle Byrnes, reportedly took the photo during a lab session, led by Johnson County Community College nursing instructor Amber Delphia. Four other students posed alongside the placenta, but it was Byrnes's photo that...

Slate Thinks Facebook Killed the Christmas Card

Share Once upon a time, long before the age of e-mail, text messaging and fire, early man used to send these things called "Christmas cards." Every winter, just after the last woolly mammoth had been slain and right before the annual yuletide feast, many humans would pull out their "address books," and begin writing a series of seasonal missives to friends and cave people with whom they hadn't...

Facebook Tips: How to Save Your Facebook Albums Forever

Everyone enjoys flipping through old photos on Facebook, but there are always a few, particularly memorable albums that deserve to be tucked away on your hard drive for posterity's sake. Doing so, of course, isn't that difficult. You could spend a few minutes going through every single photo in your album and saving it to your hard drive. Or, you could just download one of several helpful tools,...

Make the New Facebook Profile Work For You

Share Whenever Facebook rolls out a new feature or tweaks its layout, it usually faces an uproar of criticism from users who had grown oh-so-accustomed to its previous format. The notable exception to this rule, however, is the social network's new profile page layout. Unveiled earlier this month, the new profile pages haven't stirred a whole lot of controversy among Facebook's loyal users...

Facebook Brings Facial Recognition to Photo Tagging

Over the next few weeks, Facebook will be rolling out a new feature that brings facial recognition technology to the photo tagging process. Here's how it works: Whenever you upload a photo and want to tag a group of friends in it, Facebook will use facial recognition software to generate a list of suggestions, based on similar photos. If, for example, you upload a bunch of photos with the same...

Photo Captures Amazing High-Speed Photos of Exploding Water Balloons

Share Edward Horsford captured these high-speed images of water balloons at the precise moment they exploded -- and the results are truly incredible. As NPR explains, Horsford took the photos at night, in his own backyard, using a specially timed flash mechanism to get the absolutely perfect shot. A timer on his camera ensures a long exposure of one to two seconds, while an attached microphone...

See Photos of WikiLeaks' James Bond-Like Data Headquarters

Share If you thought Julian Assange and his team of WikiLeakers were wreaking global havoc from some decrepit, dank basement in northern Europe, guess again. The Daily Mail recently ran some photos of the Pionen data center -- a cave carved out of granite under Stockholm's Vita Berg Park, where WikiLeaks reportedly houses all of its files. And, as you can see, the photos are pretty unbelievable....

Facebook Removes Breast Cancer Survivor's Nude Photos, Realizes That Was a Dumb Idea

Anna Antell is a breast cancer survivor, and she's proud of it. After undergoing a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the 43-year-old mother of three posed nude for a photo exhibition at the Oxford Malmaison Hotel. The exhibition featured several other cancer survivors, and was intended to celebrate their bravery and courage, while raising breast cancer awareness. According to Facebook,...

Man Admits to Robbing Jewelry Store on 4chan, Submits Photos for Consideration

A man who may (or may not) have robbed a jewelry store may (or may not) have announced his guilt on 4chan. On Saturday night, an anonymous 4chan user posted a picture showing what appears to be several rings, along with a message that read: "I just robbed a jewelry store with an M4 assault rifle. Feeling excited but kind of scared. wat do now?" Many, of course, doubted the man's claims, but one...

Vent Your Apple Frustrations With These Destroyed iDevices

As well-constructed and virus-resistant as Apple gadgets may be, they will inevitably crap out. And, once that MacBook begins to whine with a death rattle, you can think of little more than the several paychecks you dropped into it. That's when we, like Michael Tompert and Paul Fairchild, want to go postal. Behold the beautifully cathartic remains of iDevices shot, stabbed and sawn. ...

Flying Paparazzi Drones to Track Celebrities From Above

Today's high-profile celebrities may have perfected the art of avoiding paparazzi on the streets of Beverly Hills, but they might want to turn their attention skyward, as well. That's because celebrity photo agency Splash News is developing a camera-equipped drone aircraft to track the rich and famous from above. "It would strike fear in the hearts of every celebrity having a birthday party,"...

Man Hacks E-mail Accounts, Posts Victims' Sexy Photos on Their Facebook Pages

On Friday, police in California arrested and jailed a 23-year-old man accused of hacking into the e-mail accounts of more than 3,000 women and stealing sexually explicit photos of them. He allegedly sent the photos to his victims' e-mail contacts, and posted them to their Facebook profiles. The suspect, George Samuel Bronk, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in a Sacramento County court, after a...