entertainment
Viral Internet’s Street Fighter Kimbo Slice Dies Aged 42

If you don’t know the name, fierce face or even more terrifying body (that chest hair looks like it could cause serious damage), you clearly weren't spending enough time online in the mid 'Noughties. Internet legend and eventual MMA star Kimbo Slice (real name: Kevin Ferguson) has passed away at the age of 42, leaving a mix of sadness and awe behind him. In an age where viral notoriety can be bought, Slice's backyard punch-ups, distributed in low-res shaky-cam over the web's earliest video hosting sites, made him the internet's own brutal Rocky, a violent urban myth for forums and message boards. Read More >>

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OK Go’s Fun New Music Video Was Filmed on a Zero-G Aircraft

The alt-rock band that made “viral music videos” a thing with treadmill gymnastics and Rube Goldberg machines on YouTube is back. This time, OK Go is busting open pinatas in zero gravity. Read More >>

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Who is This Hoverboard Diver and What is She Selling?

The internet is fascinated with a peculiar clip of a girl riding her hoverboard around a pool on Christmas Day. She falls off. The hoverboard goes swimming. She dives in after it. This has to be some sort of viral marketing bullshit, right? Read More >>

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The People Who Make Your Videos Go Viral

Aside from Justin Bieber videos, YouTube’s greatest contribution to the internet has been in the ‘humans being dumb’ genre — everyone loves watching, say, people failing to pour ice water on their heads. But viral videos don’t just go viral on their own; in many cases, there’s a viral puppet-master pulling the strings. Read More >>

photography
The First Photo Was Faked 150 Years Before Photoshop Existed

Not gonna lie, I rejoice in demonising Photoshop for its role in spreading visual lies and viral fakery. But pinning the blame solely on Photoshop is misplaced: manipulating photos didn’t start with the digital era, as the first faked photo dates back to the mid-1800s. Read More >>

apps
Choose Your Own Vine Adventure

Former Twitter content producer Ian Padgham has come up with a rather clever way of using micro-video site Vine, melding together 32 separate clips to create a miniature 'choose your own adventure'... adventure. Read More >>

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Mentally Ill Mandela Interpreter Taken Out of Hospital for Viral Video “Joke”

The man who attempted to wing the skill of sign language at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service has been turned into a sad attempt at winning viral internet fame, with a social video site hiring Thamsanqa Jantjie to badly translate his own words for an advert. Read More >>

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What a 30,000-Year-Old Giant Zombie Virus Means for the Future

A monster virus comes back from ancient times to wreak havoc on mankind. That may sound like a blurb from a science fiction novel, but as scientists have known for some time, it's not at all impossible. And thanks to the recent revival of a 30,000-year-old giant virus in Siberia, there's increasing concern that it might describe our future. Read More >>

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Here Are the Best Viral Videos of 2012

If you want to get a quick handle on what videos went viral this year, Videogum has put together their 5th annual montage of the best viral videos of the year. There are over 80 videos spliced together, from Ashton Kutcher's dumb dating commercial to Zooey Deschanel's silly (but so adorbz!, ha) iPhone commercial to DMX's first encounter with Google and more. Read More >>

photography
The Story Behind the Internet’s Most Popular Photo

This photo, along with the simple caption "Four more years" became the most tweeted and most-liked-on-Facebook photograph ever, and it did so with incredible speed. We thought you'd like to hear the story behind it. It's probably not what you imagined. To get the scoop, we went straight to the woman who snapped the photo herself. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Scout Tufankjian. Read More >>

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The Surest Way to a Viral Hit: Professional Clicking

Need a viral smash? No point leaving it to chance. Just get Buyral on case. Their team of expert clickers will get your views up in no time; whether or not anyone actually sees it is another matter altogether. Read More >>

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How Viral Images Spread on Facebook, Visualised

Like counts are interesting, but they don't tell you how a link spreads on Facebook. That's why Stamen Design has explored how viral photos spread across the network — and the visualisation they've created is damn pretty. Read More >>

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This RoboCop Reboot Omnicorp Viral Shows Off Drones, Mechs and Cyborgs

When I heard they were rebooting yet another classic movie franchise in RoboCop, I was sceptical. Maybe they'd lose the future-retro camp feel; the massive irritable mechs, and OmniCorp's sinister ways. Thankfully it looks like that's all come through intact. Read More >>

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Qualcomm’s Attempt at a Viral Ad Backfires Badly

In an attempt to show off the video and battery performance of a Snapdragon equipped-phone, Qualcomm sent one around the world to snap some footage from each of nine cities, totalling to two minutes of video on just one charge. Two minutes of video on one charge? Wow, really pushing the battery life envelope there Qualcomm. Read More >>