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Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend was born and died on social media

The hoax about the death of the famous football player's girlfriend was wholly constructed on the Internet, but it was those same online tools that left a trail that also revealed the truth.

By January 16, 2013


Blind spot: How a hoax about eye licking went global

Media finds weird news impossible to resist, even when it sounds too silly to be true. But it can fool people especially easily when coming from a place like Japan, birthplace of wacky trends.

By August 8, 2013


Make free voice calls on Facebook's app

The Facebook Messenger app for iOS now can make voice calls, iPhone users can purchase Amazon MP3s from their device, and the fake-girlfriend story involving a football star has drawn attention to the "Catfishing" phenomenon.

By January 17, 2013


Want a fake Facebook girlfriend? Here's how to get one

There's nothing worse on Facebook than appearing to be unloved. So a Brazilian site offers to create a perfect, but entirely fake, girlfriend for you.

By January 17, 2013


Facebook unveils new search tool (week in review)

Social network puts its faith in Graph Search, and the Internet mourns the passing of a Web activist. Also: Java flaw fixed -- or was it?

By January 18, 2013


Samsung Teos and Naos follow Galaxy Spica

Samsung's follow-up to its Galaxy Spica comes in two designs and is due this summer.

By July 14, 2010


End of the road for SMTP?

The pioneering e-mail protocol is under intense scrutiny by its critics, one of its originators and standards bodies trying to rescue the Internet from overdosing on spam.

By August 1, 2003


Advocacy groups back antispam proposal

Three consumer groups announce support for a proposed e-mail standard aiming to help consumers and ISPs separate legitimate e-mail from unsolicited bulk e-mail.

May 2, 2003


Marketers unite to cook spam's goose

The brainchild of a group of Net marketers, Project Lumos aims to use a registry system to knock down spam--and help save the lucrative e-mail ad industry.

By April 23, 2003