reddit launches new posting format to make breaking news more readable

A reddit live thread in progress about the missing Air Algerie flight. On Wednesday, reddit added a new post format for keeping up with breaking news events, according to a blog post at the site. reddit live threads are meant for "real-time updates" that appear from posters automatically without needing a page refresh. The format is a reaction to numerous heavily trafficked threads that have appeared surrounding news events in the last … [Read more...]

Man ejected from Southwest flight for tweeting that a gate agent was rude

Duff Watson, of Minnesota, stirring up trouble with his hand computer, no doubt. CBS Minnesota A Minnesota man was ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight for a tweet calling a gate agent rude, reported CBS Minnesota Wednesday. After tweeting, the man was removed from the plane and stated he was "forced" to delete the tweet before he could re-board. Duff Watson is an "A-list" passenger with Southwest, which gives him … [Read more...]

The never-advertised, always coveted headphones built and sold in Brooklyn

Exploring Grado Labs' manufacturing space and creating our own pair of headphones. Shot and edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link) Buried in a packed townhouse on a quiet street in south Brooklyn is a manufacturing operation that produces some of the most renowned headphones in the business. Despite Yelp reviews for the business, Grado Labs doesn't sell directly from its location to consumers, though it does take the occasional walk-up request … [Read more...]

YouTube star hit with copyright lawsuit, label seeks $150,000 per song

Michelle Phan, a very popular YouTube user, demonstrates the stretchiness of hair ties. Michelle Phan Popular YouTube user Michelle Phan is being sued for alleged copyright infringement on songs she has used in her videos, according to reports from the BBC. Ultra Records claims that Phan has used 50 of its songs in her YouTube posts and on her website illegally despite one of the label's own artists objecting to the … [Read more...]

Amazon rolls out Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription service

True to the webpages uncovered earlier in the week, Amazon has unveiled a new e-book subscription service. Dubbed Kindle Unlimited, the service gives access to both e-books and audiobooks, though with restrictions on the latter. Kindle Unlimited is priced at $9.99 per month with a 30-day free trial, and it allows users to read any number of the 600,000 available titles. By saying audiobooks are available, Amazon means that "thousands of Kindle … [Read more...]

First on Microsoft’s chopping block: Original shows for Xbox

Once all shows in production are released, we won't see much more of this logo. Microsoft is closing Xbox Entertainment Studios, the arm producing the company's original video programming, according to a report from Re/code Thursday. The closing is part of the reported restructuring at Microsoft that will eliminate 18,000 jobs in the next 12 months. Microsoft's big push into original content was meant to kick into high gear at the … [Read more...]