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How to spell 'cleptopenia'? It's a tech-slang showdown

Scripps spelling bee co-winners Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe go head-to-head spelling tech slang terms from Urban Dictionary they will never use in a sentence.

By Jun. 11, 2014

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Oh, the irony: 'Twitter' used to be whaling slang

Long before Twitter was using the "fail whale" as its server-outage image, the word "twitter" was an obscure anatomical term specific to the long-since-taboo practice of hunting sperm whales.

By May. 7, 2009

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The 404 1,509: Where we live a life of vibroacoustic agony (podcast)

Investigating a cryptic, throbbing drone that's been driving people insane since the early 1970s, the FBI doesn't know jack about Internet slang, posting GIFs on Twitter, and how to make college slightly less awkward.

By Jun. 19, 2014

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FBI discovers Twitter-speak, starts a dictionary

U.S. government investigators have compiled an 83-page list of Twitter shorthand, including some acronyms we bet you've never used.

By Jun. 17, 2014

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Guess which geek word won official entry into Collins' dictionary

The Collins English Dictionary held a hotly contested vote for a geeky new-fangled word that would earn a spot in the book. We have a winner.

By Jun. 10, 2014

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The 404 1,460: Where it's still so early (podcast)

On today's 404 episode we'll tell you how Microsoft is breeding the next generation of young exterminators, why you'll never see the words "massive," "epic," and "amazeballs" on Gawker sites ever again, and how seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can play a big part in crowdsourced local business reviews.

By Apr. 4, 2014

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Twitter now letting advertisers target broader keywords

Advertisers want to reach users who are tweeting about concepts, not just specific phrases, and Twitter is now giving them tools to target broader ideas.

By Dec. 11, 2013

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Scrabble to get new official word: Twerk? Derp? Photobomb?

Selfie, noob, lifehack, or bromance could be a new word in Hasbro's official Scrabble Players Dictionary thanks to the Scrabble Word Showdown. May the best word win!

By Mar. 13, 2014

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Analysts mixed about Apple's prospects for Beats

Some see potential benefit for Apple's iTunes Radio offering, while others said it was a defensive move at a time when Apple should be looking for offensive assets.

By May. 28, 2014

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BrdsNBz service lets teens text sex questions to a hotline

New Mexico joins North Carolina in offering up a free texting service where health experts respond to sex-related questions within 24 hours.

By Sep. 22, 2013