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Love Is Dead: Non-Neckbeard Stanford Student Proposes to Girlfriend Over Reddit, Via Memes

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Patti Stanger, Chris Harrison and everybody else fighting valiantly to uphold the sanctity of the marriage proposal can just go quit their jobs now, because a dude just proposed to his girlfriend on Reddit. Via memes.

The horrific proposal was posted this morning by a user who goes by the name SirTechnocracy, so I suppose we shouldn’t be terribly surprised. Take a look at it here: Read More

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Reddit-Commenter-Turned-Screenwriter Now Wants to Kickstart a Novel, Of Course

Mr. Erwin.

Everyone, we need to thank James Erwin or else Hollywood would just produce more sequels to Fast and the Furious for the rest of our lives. Last year, the technical manual writer hit the big time when his random Reddit comment was somehow green-lit to become a feature film.

During a lunch break last year, Mr. Erwin answered an important prompt that only those brains on Reddit could think of: Could the Roman Empire be obliterated by the U.S. Marines? Rather than, “uh, probably,” Mr. Erwin wrote something so earth-shattering that Hollywood came knocking. Read More

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Reddit Feels Pretty Bad About That ‘Witch Hunt’ for the Boston Bombers, Actually

Guilty! (Photo: Reddit)

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, many Redditors stepped forward to help in the only way they knew how: Gathering up scraps of information from across the Internet and sitting in front of their computer screens sorting through the pile.

Unfortunately, the wisdom of the crowd turned up little beside the suggestion that a missing Brown student might be involved, an accusation that went viral. He wasn’t, and now Reddit feels really, really bad.

General manager Erik Martin has posted an actual public apology for Reddit’s part in the rumors. (Not the site’s usual m.o., to say the least.) While “the vast majority” of Redditors’ responses were positive, he said, some of the activity “fueled online witch hunts and dangerous speculation which spiraled into very negative consequences for innocent parties.” Read More

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Reddit Hires Former Kleiner Perkins Partner Ellen Pao to Work on ‘Strategic Partnerships’

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Kleiner Perkins partner Ellen Pao, who made headlines last year for suing the company in a widely publicized gender discrimination suit, is gainfully employed once more. After reportedly being fired from KPCB in October 2012, she has now taken a gig at community site Reddit, where she’ll be “helping us build strategic partnerships that benefit the community.” Read More

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Alexis Ohanian Picked a Fine Time to Weigh in on the XX in Tech Debate

"Leave me alone." (Photo: Twitter)

Yesterday afternoon–after the controversy had already begun to cool down–Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian decided to chime in on the vicious online response to Adria Richards, who publicly called out two developers for what she perceived as sexist jokes at a Python conference.

In a blog post titled, “Dear Fellow Geeks: WTF?” he takes his fellows to task for the invectives and threats hurled at Ms. Richards.

“Aren’t we better than this?” he asks: Read More

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Reddit Adopts New Ad System, Adzerk, Allowing Users to Up and Downvote Sidebar Ads

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Reddit announced today that it will begin phasing out its own in-house advertising platform and Doubleclick for Publishers in favor of Adzerk, a system used by companies like StackExchange and Stack Overflow. In a blog post, Reddit said the site will continue to serve ads, many of them images, in the right sidebar of posts, but Adzerk will now give users the ability to vote ads up or down, helping to train the system to better tailor its ads based on the user’s taste. (Though unlike user submitted posts, no karma is involved.) Read More

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William Shatner Now Just Arguing With People on Reddit

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William Shatner, the Priceline spokesperson best known for his timeless role as the sexy/fearless/fearlessly sexy Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek, recently joined Reddit. And, as happens with many Reddit newbies, he has been immediately sucked in, perhaps to the point of obsession. In fact, dear Mr. Shatner appears to be spending a not insignificant amount of his precious time arguing with people on Reddit. Stars: they’re just like us!
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