AngelList to be used for all 500 Startup applications

500 Startups will now leverage AngelList for all applications after successfully testing out the platform. According to McClure, in its previous round of testing the incubator set aside five spots for AngelList applicants, but ended up finding a lot more interesting startups than expected. In total, about 10 startups from AngelList ended up being picked for the […]

Judge sets trial date

Lohan is told she could still be found in violation of her probation – even if a jury finds her not guilty. Judge Stephanie Sautner set a trial date for next month, and dryly commented: ‘I’m glad to see you’re feeling better,’ in reference to the actress almost not showing up on health grounds. The actress […]

Hurst Capital will still bid for Twinkies

Despite a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday that said Hostess Brands “is nearing a deal” to sell the Twinkies brand and others to a pair of firms for more than $400 million, Hurst Capital will still bid on the brand. The front-runners, who will receive special status in an upcoming silent auction, are reported to […]

Apollo-Metropoulos near deal to buy Twinkies

Hostess Brands Inc. is nearing a deal to sell its Twinkie brand and other cakes to private-equity firms Apollo Global Management LLC and C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. for more than $400 million, said the Wall Street Journal. The so-called stalking horse bid could be topped by other suitors at the auction, in which case Apollo and Metropoulos would […]

Clinton: Benghazi ‘biggest regret’


A British Pakistani student asked Hillary Clinton during her Tuesday morning “Townterview,”  farewell event what her lasting regret was: “Well, certainly the loss of American lives in Benghazi was something that I deeply regret and am working hard to make sure we do everything we can to prevent,” Clinton responded. “When you do these jobs, you have to […]

Did Barack Obama vote to deny rights to infant abortion survivors?

Claim In an ad produced by Susan B. Anthony List  featuring Melissa Ohden, abortion survivor When he was in the Illinois state Senate, Barack Obama voted to deny basic Constitutional protections for babies born alive from an abortion — not once, but four times. I know it’s by the grace of God that I’m alive […]

Are there tax breaks for U.S. companies that move jobs overseas

Claim In the first debate of the 2012 Presidential election at Denver College, Barack Obama had an exchange regarding shipping of U.S. jobs overseas, also known as “outsourcing”. The Obama campaign has also criticized some of Mitt Romney’s investments for outsourcing U.S. jobs. OBAMA: When it comes to corporate taxes, Governor Romney has said he […]

Did the Obama administration spend taxpayer dollars on electric cars in Finland?

Claim During an exchange during the 2012 Vice-Presidential Debate Paul Ryan accused Joe Biden of wasting taxpayer dollars on green energy projects. Ryan said: Ryan:Look at just the $90 billion in stimulus. The vice president was in charge of overseeing this. Ninety billion in green pork to campaign contributors and special interest groups.” Biden: It was […]

Does Planned Parenthood provide mammograms?

Claim During the second debate of the 2012 Presidential Election, Barack Obama said that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms: When Governor Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms, […]

Did President Obama watch the Benghazi Attack as it happened?


Claim During the weeks after the 2012 Benghazi Attack, various articles [1][2] blog post, twitter comments and memes started accusing Barack Obama of doing nothing while the Benghazi Attacks happened. An op-ed in Forbes said: Just one hour after the seven-hour-long terrorist attacks upon the U.S. consulate in Benghazi began, our commander-in-chief, vice president, secretary […]

Was the letter in the New York Times sent by Paula Broadwell’s husband?

Claim Commentators noted that a letter written to the New York Times “Ethecist”, Chuck Klosterman, on July 13, 2012, had uncanny parallels to the breaking story of the resignation of David Petraeus due to his affair with Paula Broadwell and suggested the letter may have been written by Broadwell’s husband, Scott.

Prank DJs keep jobs

Mel Greig and Michael Christian, the prank DJs who hoaxed a hospital into divulging details of  Kate Middleton’s condition  – believed to be a contributory factor in the suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha – are to keep their jobs, the media company Austereo announced today: We look forward to Mel and MC returning to work when […]

Did the Navy Seals who died in the Benghazi attack kill 60 jihadis?


CLAIM On October 26, a claim that the two Navy SEALS who had died in the 2012 Benghazi Attack had killed 60 jihadis started on twitter. Wow. The two former SEALs killed in #Benghazi killed 60 jihadis before they died: #StandDown — Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) October 27, 2012

Twinkie artist’s work features ‘ultimate food icon’

TheLast Twinkie

Artist Nancy Peppin has featured Twinkies in hundreds of pieces of quirky, satirical artwork because of an obsession with what she calls the “ultimate American food icon.” The Reno artist says she was first influenced to focus on Twinkies in 1975 by Andy Warhol, who demonstrated that even a Campbell’s soup can could be an […]

Anonymous attacks U.S. government websites


Hacktivist group Anonymous takes control of the U.S. Sentencing Commission website in a new campaign called “Operation Last Resort.” The first attack on the website was early Friday (25) morning. The second – successful – attack came around 9pm PST that evening. By 3am PST was down. Anonymous cited the recent suicide of internet activist Aaron […]

Report: Swartz didn’t face prison until feds took over

A report in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly claims that Middlesex County’s district attorney had planned no jail time, “with Swartz duly admonished and then returned to civil society to continue his pioneering electronic work in a less legally questionable manner,” the report (alternate link) said. “Tragedy intervened when Ortiz’s office took over the case to send ‘a message.’” According […]

Clinton glasses correct double vision

The New York Daily News reports that closeups of Secretary of State Clinton taken during her Senate testimony Wednesday revealed that her head injury last month left her with lingering vision problems. As she testified about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, Clinton appeared to have tiny vertical lines etched onto the […]

Britons, Westerners told to leave Benghazi after ‘imminent’ terror threat

The UK’s Foreign Office has been advising against travel to the area since last September, but stepped up its warning yesterday in response to “specific” intelligence, telling British nationals to leave “immediately”. We are aware of a specific and imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi, and urge any British nationals who remain there against our […]

Judge approves sale of Hostess Brands

According to Dallas News, a judge in New York has approved Hostess Brand’s request to sell off up to 98% of its bread-making enterprises on February 28th, including iconic brand Twinkie. After 82 carefree and fattening years, the soft, yellow sponges will be moving on to another owner. According to the report, Flowers Foods of […]

Gawker writer: cold weather is ‘worse than the Holocaust’


Travis Okulski, senior writer for Gawker Media’s car blog Jalopnik, had been tweeting complaints about the cold weather Thursday when he compared the brutal slaughter of 6 million people to the bitter cold weather. Deborah Lauter, Civil Rights Director, Anti-Defamation League told Fox News: While Mr. Okulski may have intended to make a joke in comparing the […]

Styles lookalike gets proposals, twitter fame


Lookalike Jacob Skelton, 15, has become an internet sensation and famous in his own right after a friend posted a photo of him online pointing out his resemblance to the One Direction member. The teenager said: ‘People always ask for pictures with me on the street and on Twitter I’ve got a lot marriage proposals.’ He […]

Internet Archive Memorial

At the Internet Archive Memorial various speakers speak of Swartz impact on their lives and society: Carl Malamud reads “Aaron’s Army“, a call to arms for information freedom: Aaron was part of an army of citizens that believes democracy only works when the citizenry are informed, when we know about our rights—and our obligations. An […]

Kim Dotcom compares his prosecution to Swartz

The Daily Beast notes that in an interview with The Guardian, Dotcom draws parallels between himself and Aaron Swartz. Dotcom is courting Swartz’s supporters, recasting his legal troubles as a battle between an overweening American government and a radical defender of free speech. All I can say, is that I see similarities in the way we have been prosecuted. I see […]

Hillary Clinton testifies


Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, an appearance delayed more than a month because of her ill health. She grew angry when a Republican accused the Obama administration of misleading the country over whether the attack stemmed from a protest. With all due respect, the fact is that we had four dead Americans. Was […]

Artist responds to criticism of portrait

Paul Emsley reveals that he and his family were upset by some of the snarky critiques that followed the unveiling of Middleton’s official portrait Some of the words written about it were so personal. I’d be inhuman if I said it didn’t affect me. When you take on commissions like this, it is hazardous and you expect a bit […]

Hundreds gather for memorial

A memorial is held at New York’s Cooper Union.  Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, his girlfriend, said: I’m so sad we’ll never see all the ways he’ll change the world from here on out. Aaron believed there was no shame in failure. There is deep, deep shame in caring more about believing you’re changing the world than actually […]

Minor League Baseball Team To Hold “Farewell To Twinkies Night”

The Inland Empire 66ers, the Single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, will host a “Farewell to Twinkies Night” on April 5th. The 66ers are trying to get Woody Harrelson to throw out the first pitch. Harrelson’s character in Zombieland was obsessed with Twinkies. The first 999 fans in attendance will receive a free Twinkie; […]

Oritz defends handling of case

Attorney Carmen Ortiz issues a statement about the suicide of Aaron Swartz. In it, Ortiz defends her office’s handling of the case, saying its conduct was “appropriate” and that it would not have sought a decades-long prison sentence: This office’s conduct was appropriate in bringing and handling this case. The career prosecutors handling this matter took on the difficult task […]

Father: son ‘killed by the government’

Robert Swartz says during the service in Highland Park that his son was hounded by the government. He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles. Swartz’s girlfriend, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, said: Aaron wanted so bad to change the world. He believed you had to see the world for how it really was […]

‘Aaron’s Law’ proposes changes to CFAA

Rep. Zoe Lofgren announces that she authored a bill(PDF) called “Aaron’s Law” that aims to change the 1984 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and the wire fraud statute to exclude terms of service violations. Lofgren wrote on Reddit: His family’s statement about this speaks volumes about the inappropriate efforts undertaken by the U.S. government. There’s no way to […]

Darrell Issa probing Swartz prosecution

Praising Swartz’s work toward “open government and free access to the people,” Issa told The Huffington Post that the government’s case against Swartz is problematic enough to warrant further investigation. I’m not condoning his hacking, but he’s certainly someone who worked very hard. Had he been a journalist and taken that same material that he […]

Oritz husband defends on Twitter

Tom Dolan, husband of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, tweets in defense of his wife — by criticizing Swartz’s grieving family. Dolan’s references to a “six month” plea bargain stem from an anonymous source in a Sunday night Wall Street Journal article. Ortiz spokeswoman Christina Sterling declined to comment on both the petition and the Dolan […]

Petition against Swartz prosecutor gains votes

By 4:30 pacific time a petition calling for the removal of Swartz’s prosecutor, U.S. District Attorney Carmen Ortiz, had already amassed over 19,000 signatures since it was created on Saturday. It needs 25,000 signatures before it hits a threshold which will prompt the White House, which created the petition site, to review the matter and respond. The […]

Official portrait released to poor reviews

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The first official portrait of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been unveiled at London’s National Portrait Gallery — but has met with a mixed reaction from art critics and the public. Paul Emsley, who spent three-and-a-half months painting the Duchess’s likeness, said he had tried to portray her warmth and personality in the picture. The Duchess reportedly […]

Startup Life book release

Startup Life

In Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur, Feld and Batchelor, share their personal experiences of living in an entrepreneurial relationship. The book offers strategies for balancing entrepreneurship with relationships, including waiting for a good time for real conversation, life dinners, quarterly vacations off the grid, no TV in the bedroom […]

Prosecutors dismiss charges

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and the lead prosecutor on the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann, filed a three-line notice of dismissal in a Boston court. The notice says the case is being dismissed because of Swartz’s death. Such filings are routine when a defendant dies before trial.

Anonymous hacks MIT, posts Aaron Swartz tribute, call to arms

Hackers from Anonymous on Sunday claimed credit for posting messages to MIT web sites commemorating the life of RSS co-founder Aaron Swartz and calling for an overhaul of computer crime laws.  The group called for an overhaul of intellectual property and computer crime laws and that Swartz’s death should be a rallying point for Internet freedom advocates. We call […]

MIT President: Extremely saddened

MIT President Rafael Reif writes  a letter to students, alumni and other members of the school’s community to say that it would look into the role MIT played in Swartz’s case. I want to express very clearly that I and all of us at MIT are extremely saddened by the death of this promising young […]

JSTOR offers condolences, regrets being drawn into case

JSTOR, which had stated it did not want to pursue charges against Swartz after he returned the articles he had downloaded, posted a statement offering condolences to his family. He was a truly gifted person who made important contributions to the development of the internet and the web from which we all benefit. The case […]

Family and partner release official statement

The family and partner of Swartz release an official statement, praising his commitment to Internet openness and partially blaming MIT and the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office for his death : Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment. We are in shock, and have not yet come […]

‘He belonged in the place where your thoughts are what matter’

Doctorow at BoingBoing writes: I met Aaron when he was 14 or 15. He was working on XML stuff (he co-wrote the RSS specification when he was 14) and came to San Francisco often, and would stay with Lisa Rein, a friend of mine who was also an XML person and who took care of him […]

Aaron Swartz commits suicide age 26


Swartz body is found by his girlfriend at his home in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn at around 9.30am. He was 26. Swartz’ attorney confirms in an email to The Tech blog. The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true He left no suicide note. Swartz’s mother writes on Hacker News: Aaron has been depressed about his case/upcoming trial, but we […]

$390 Million Hostess Twinkie Deal with Flowers Foods

Flowers Foods announced Friday that they have a signed agreement to buy some of the Hostess Bread Brands and Bakeries for $390 million. Flowers plan on purchasing Wonder, Butternut, Home Pride, Merita and Nature’s Pride brands as well as 30 bakeries and 38 depots. The Beefsteak brand is slated to sell for $30 million of […]

‘I nearly voted for UKIP’, ‘Peckhams’ should be flogged

Morissey tells Loaded magazine: I nearly voted for UKIP. I like Nigel Farage a great deal. His views are quite logical – especially where Europe is concerned, although it was plain daft of him to applaud the lavish expense of the royal wedding at a time when working-class England were told to cut back, shut-up and get […]

Prosecutors turn down plea deal

Elliot Peters, Swartz’s lawyer, speaks to the Massachusetts attorney’s office to see if a plea bargain could be reached that would reduce prison time and $1million fines that the 26-year-old was facing. However Mr Peters told the WSJ that Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann was adamant that Swartz must plead guilty to every count and jail time would be required. […]

Claims he carried out spying operation

John McAfee

McAfee blogs that he organized a massive spying scheme to infiltrate the digital lives of the rich and powerful in Belize as revenge for a police raid on his home last year. He says that he gifted 75 laptops with keystroke spying software pre-installed to “government employees, police officers, Cabinet Minister’s assistants, girlfriends of powerful men, boyfriends of powerful women.” […]