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Lock Up Your Bronies, Hasbro May Be Claiming Creative Control Over My Little Pony‘s Adult Fans

Friendship is magic an infringement on property rights.

Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long: after four years of growing ubiquity, the good "Brony" name and all its accompanying fan-made creations may now be owned by Hasbro. Everyone put your hooves where I can see them and back away from Deviantart. Slowly.

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Samuel L. Jackson Reddit Contest Concludes in Confusion

Can't we all just get along?

It all started out so well. Samuel L. Jackson began a contest on Reddit that would end with him saying a 300-word monologue that the users voted to the top. This was all done to draw attention to "one of [his] favorite non-profits, Alzheimer's Association[.]" Cool, right? Wrong. 4chan caught wind of it, and the remainder of the contest became a quick descent into madness.

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You Can Make Samuel L. Jackson Say Whatever You Want!

There's a contest where the winner gets to have Samuel L. Jackson say whatever they want? We truly live in a golden age.

Getting Samuel L. Jackson to say something you've written would be a huge honor for anyone. That's because every word out of his mouth turns to solid gold. Then that gold sprouts angel wings and flies into your ears. Jackson announced on Reddit yesterday that he would record whichever 300-word monologue gets the most upvotes on his thread. Reddit handled it about as well as you might expect, which is to say not well at all. This is why we can't have nice things.

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Sadly Not The Onion: Glorious Leader Kim Jong Un Wins Time’s Person of the Year Poll

You would think that, by now, traditional businesses would have learned not to offer online polls. The Internet can quickly become a hive of trolls, wreaking havoc in whatever way they can. Yet Time's reader poll for Person of the Year went up, same as always, and didn't even include rudimentary measures to prevent folks from abusing the voting system. Now that the vote has concluded, it's pretty clear that something went awry. Kim Jong Un, the glorious leader of North Korea, won.

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4chan Tries To Dub The Dew, Trolls Mountain Dew

Restaurant chain Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen innocently tried to crowdsource the name of its new green apple-flavored Mountain Drew concoction, letting people submit and vote for names online. Well, 4chan decided to take them up on their offer to "Dub the Dew," and results were highly educational. I didn't know there were so many ways to describe a carbonated beverage tasting faintly of green apple, and apparently, neither did Mountain Dew.

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4chan Hits /b/illionth Post

4chan announced on Twitter this morning that it had just passed 1 billion total posts. Yay! It has been a really weird journey so far, 4chan, and we cautiously look forward to what your next billion posts will bring us.

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4chan Helps Burger King Maintain Food Safety Standards

On Monday, this picture was uploaded anonymously on 4chan, smugly proclaiming "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King". Yeah, well these Burger King employees might be good at balancing themselves on buckets of vegetation, but they're not very good at removing Exif data from their photos. The denizens of 4chan were quick to notice, and the very next day, the lettuce-stepper was fired.

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Ludicrous Bill In New York State Senate Endeavors To End All Anonymous Posting On The Internet

You know SOPA and you know CISPA, so you might think you have a good handle on crazy Internet legislation. You might think you've seen the crazy stuff, but unless you've seen Thomas F. O'Mara's bill S06779, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Currently sitting in the New York State Senate, 6779 proposes that any and all anonymous posts online should be subject to takedown by a webmaster if the anonymous poster refuses to attach their legal name to the post and verify their legal name, IP address, and home address. Luckily, this bill is probably too insane to pass, and definitely too laughably ludicrous to even enforce.

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Which Website is Right for You

The joke in the blogosphere is that the Internet "comes from" only a handful of places. This chart created by webcomic Endless Origami doesn't teach you where to find content, but helps you choose which source for what ultimately ends up being the same pool of content is right for you. Granted, the chart leaves out neat geek culture blogs that sift through all the rabble to cull the top content, and generally also has some pretty killer original content of its own.

(Endless Origami via Geeks are Sexy)

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Viral Star Rebecca Black on Good Morning America

It's #Friday, and you know what that means: Viral music video star Rebecca Black, whose 16 million-YouTube-hits-and-counting "Friday" has our staff far more obsessed than any group of twentysomethings should ever healthily be with a tween pop song, appeared on Good Morning America to discuss her unexpected celebrity. She seems like a nice, normal girl! And she doesn't sound like an Auto-Tuned Gorgon when they ask her to sing a few bars of the National Anthem. Still, the GMA interview is all kinds of strange, what with the interviewer reading her nasty Internet comments about her music and the anchors sagely observing that "Friday" is really bad, but "not the worst song ever." Also, 4chan is going to rage about Black's on-air entreaty to Justin Bieber to perform a duet with her. (Hey, she is a 13-year-old girl, after all.) Previously: Black's first interview since "Friday"-mania began.

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4chan Founder Christopher Poole’s SXSW Speech [Video]

At South by Southwest this year, 4chan founder Christopher Poole delivered an interesting speech in which he (to no one's surprise) supported Internet anonymity, as well as called the imageboard, as well as its infamous subforum, /b/, misunderstood.

"4Chan is misunderstood – people like to think that /b/ is the dark heart of the internet. It isn't just that. People want to think everyone on 4Chan is a young rambunctious male. That's not accurate – it's a wide range of people using it. One of the things that 4Chan does that's really special is the way people come together to collaborate en masse. It's the process at which you arrive at the product that is fascinating."
Poole also discussed Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg, declaring Zuckerberg's views on anonymity incorrect.
"Zuckerberg's totally wrong on anonymity being total cowardice. Anonymity is authenticity. It allows you to share in a completely unvarnished, raw way. The cost of failure is really high when you're contributing as yourself."
He also discussed a mistake he feels he made with 4chan, which is believing the community can police itself, given the right tools.
"One of the mistakes I've made is believing in an invisible guiding hand as far as moderation goes. And that if you give the community the right structure they could police themselves. "I've underestimated the value of having a real staff presence, and encouraging them to police the boards behind the scenes. When it's not clear that we're leading things it's like we're not there and that we don't care – it's extremely detrimental to community."
Head on past the break to watch the other two parts from Poole's speech, which features some behind-the-scenes information, including popular memes like CAPTCHArt.

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Andrew W.K. Wins 4chan

So there was some kind of awards show last night for gramophone enthusiasts. More important, hard-partying rocker Andrew W.K. kept true to his promise and paid a visit to 4chan's music board /mu/ last night, answering questions, out-trolling trolls, and generally winning over the crowd, not that he didn't have a few haters. W.K.'s Q&A session was so popular, in fact, that all of 4chan was briefly brought down, possibly from too much party. Below, a few of the highlights from W.K.'s two-hour visit to 4chan:

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How Do 4chan Users Feel About canv.as?

This afternoon, Christopher Poole, a.k.a. moot, announced the closed beta launch of Canvas (canv.as), which aspires to be "the best place to share and play with images." The site looks pretty enough [though I say this based on screenshots, having not received one of the 4,000 launch invites], but what makes this launch notable is moot's role as the founder and administrator of 4chan.org [warning: 4chan], the feared and revered imageboard and hub of breathtaking creativity and unspeakable villainy. Thanks to its founder and its image-centric nature, comparisons to 4chan are inevitable for Canvas, which raised $625,000 in funding. TechCrunch guesses that "more than a few of the 4chan crowd may head over to Canvas to take a gander." Maybe so, but Canvas, which some in the tech press have referred to as "4chan 2," has its work cut out for it if it wants to win over the sizable population of 4chan 1.0.

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Andrew W.K. to Host Live Q&A on 4chan; All Hell Possibly to Break Loose

Perpetually good vibe-emitting rocker Andrew W.K. is about to put his ability to be a chill bro to the ultimate test: On February 13th at 7pm EST, W.K., who has previously hosted a reality show about answering people's questions and once held a live event in which anybody could ask him anything, will be appearing on notorious imageboard 4chan to host a live Q&A.

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Lord in Internet Heaven Save Us, Boxxy is Back

For the uninitiated, or for those who are generally safe from Internet Happenings, Boxxy is a girl who posted rambly videos on the Internet a couple years ago and, due to the somewhat adorable, somewhat annoying, seemingly forced, over-exaggerrated personality she exudes, she became an Internet phenomenon, largely supported (going so far as being called their queen) and hated by Internet forum 4chan. Her supporters and detractors were so fervent in their beliefs that the situation between the two parties ended up crashing 4chan. In an odd move after becoming Internet-famous, she actually bowed out of the limelight, until a few months ago when she posted an auction of an InuYasha bag on eBay.

Since her eBay venture, all was quiet on the digital front--until now. On January 10, 2011, Boxxy posted the above video with a title that some may perceive to be a dire warning: "Things are about to get intense."

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4chan Down Due to DDoS Attack

Notorious website of notoriety 4chan.org is currently down; even if you manage to get on the site's frontpage, which as of posting could take well over a minute, the boards and images are all offline. According to site administrator Christopher "moot" Poole, the site is down "due to DDoS. We now join the ranks of MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, et al.—an exclusive club!" As of posting, downforeveryoneorjustme.com confirms that the site is down. Yesterday, Internet vigilante group Anonymous, which has loose ties with some 4chan forumers, launched a DDoS attack against Bank of America's website, an act of retaliation which they said came in response to Bank of America's refusal to process payments or donations to WikiLeaks. Placing bets on which group could be behind this. Banks that cut off WikiLeaks' funding and were hit with DDoSes this past month retaliating? Tumblr kids who still take the 4chan/Tumblr war seriously? 4chan? (4chan status via Slashdot.)

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MasterCard.com Brought Down by Anonymous in Response to WikiLeaks Account Freeze

Following MasterCard's controversial decision to pull the plug on WikiLeaks' funding over alleged illegal activity, despite the fact that WikiLeaks or its founder Julian Assange have yet to be found guilty of any crime, some Internet vigilantes affiliated with Anonymous have taken matters into their own hands, bringing down MasterCard.com with a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

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Hot Topic Pulls FFFUUUUUUU T-Shirts Following Devious 4chan Ploy (Update)

We've previously covered Hot Topic's Internet-enraging pilfering of the Rage Guy meme, which they sold in t-shirt form while managing to get many details very wrong. But that's all over now. Following a devious 4chan campaign to get Hot Topic to pull the FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU-spouting "FU Rage Meme T-Shirt" by associating it with racism, the clothing retailer has complied, and says it will stop selling the t-shirts.

From Hot Topic's Facebook page:

Rage Guy is the character Hot Topic sells, see the original post from 1 year ago. The character focuses on interesting situations, check out the image gallery. Race Guy is the newest iteration posted this afternoon, today (the character everyone is talking about). Who created Race Guy? We don't know. Who created Rage Guy? We don't know. We sold the shirt because it is pop culture and the series was funny. Why not let our customers express they're interest in meme's? So now what? Well, Hot Topic is the last company to support racism. Hell, we support diversity and wear it proudly. Now that the character represents racism because of these unknown creators - we will no longer be selling it. After tonight (11/17), it will be removed from our website. Next week, it will be removed from our stores.

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Geekolinks: 11/14

FBI Reportedly Probing 4chan Over DDoS Attacks

Remember how the Internet vigilantes of loosely 4chan-affiliated online collective Anonymous launched waves of distributed denial of service [DDoS] attacks in protest of current copyright law enforcement? Well so does the FBI, according to a hot-off-the-presses CNET report, and they're none too happy about it. 4chan's/Anonymous' DDoS protests managed to take down, among other targets, the websites of the MPAA and the RIAA, the personal site of rocker and outspoken file-sharing hater Gene Simmons, who said that the attackers "might find their little butts in jail, right next to someone who’s been there for years and is looking for a new girl friend," and the United States Copyright Office's site. While the FBI says the attacks had been on its radar for some time, the DDoS on the U.S. Copyright Office's site has upped the stakes.

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