It's All About the Bitcoins

Class Action Suit Filed Against BitInstant for Allegedly Misrepresenting the Speed of Its Services

Mr. Shrem

BitInstant, the New York-based Bitcoin startup that promises to make it easier and faster to transfer Bitcoin funds, has been hit with a class action suit, according to CoinDesk.

In the suit, three BitInstant customers allege that the startup makes false claims about its services, including advertisements that say customers can obtain coins “within an hour or two,” and that they will be refunded if their transfers experience “undue delays.” The customers call these representations “disingenuous,” and are suing the company for relief for the company’s false representations of the speed of its service. Read More

Crime and Punishment

Aspiring Rapper Shoots Friend Because He Thought He Had to Make a Human Sacrifice to Join the Illuminati

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What does it take to join the Illuminati, a secret society of power players that Internet conspiracy theorists believe are looking to take over the world?

Being super rich and famous helps–just look at Queen Beyonce, who supposedly flashed the Illuminati sign (a triangle) during her Super Bowl halftime performance. Other rumored illuminati members are Bey’s hubby Jay-Z and their child Blue Ivy, Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie and Adele. It’s an elite crew primarily comprised of music legends, so it’s no surprise that many aspiring musicians wish to ascend the Illuminati ranks. It’s highly discouraged, however, to shoot someone in order to do so. Read More

Law and Order

Scat Porn Producer Sentenced to 4 Years in Jail for Grossing Everyone Out [Updated]

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“2 girls 1 cup,” the notorious gross-out video that spawned a million YouTube reactions, was a 2007 viral sensation that brought scat porn into the mainstream. The video, which was a trailer for the longer film Hungry Bitches, purported to show two women puking into each other’s mouths and eating each other’s poop. (Does it make you feel less nauseous if we tell you the “poop” was actually just peanut butter and chocolate?) Read More

Law and Order

Ridding the Internet of Your Mortifying Mugshot May Be Just a Lawsuit Away

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Remember that time, back in college, when you were arrested for drunkenly refusing to leave a party at the behest of a grizzly police officer? That incident could haunt you for the rest of your life, and not just as a black smear on your permanent record: If your mugshot shows up on any of the numerous websites that publish them, your online rep could be infinitely sullied. Paging Nick Nolte. Read More

Law and Order

Murder Suspect and Bath Salts Enthusiast John McAfee Claims He’s Innocent

Alive. (Photo: PC Mag)

John McAfee, creator of the anti-virus software your parents run on their desktop computer, is wanted by Belizean police for the alleged murder of his neighbor, fellow American expat Gregory Faull. Now he’s on the lam, hiding from law enforcement who he claims will kill him if he’s brought in for questioning. Perhaps his paranoia can be chalked up to his documented penchant for bath salts and other psychoactive drugs? Read More

Law and Order

Verizon Is in Your Sexts, Stealing Your Nudes

Can you hear me now? (Photo: Naples News)

While waiting for your data to transfer from an old cell phone to a new one, who hasn’t experienced that flash of fear that the Verizon employee doing the transfer will sneak a peek at your text messages? (You really should come up with a better code word for weed than “green.”) Still, most of us believe that they can’t really get into that much trouble while you’re standing there watching them…right? Read More

Law and Order

Senators Propose Visa Just For Entrepreneurs. Good Luck With That.

Senator Mark Warner, one of the bill's sponsors.

It might be election season, but whatevs, why not go ahead and flirt with a third rail? The Wall Street Journal reports that several senators are introducing legislation that would create a visa strictly for entrepreneurs, as well as making it easier for those with post-grad STEM degrees to stay in the U.S. Hey, it is going to take some time to get CornellNYC Tech up and running, even if Google is loaning them space. And if the developer perk wars are any indication, every engineer helps.  Read More