Kate Knibbs

Kate Knibbs

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Kate Knibbs is a writer from Chicago. She is very happy that her borderline-unhealthy Internet habits are rewarded with a job. You can find her at @kateknibbs on Twitter. E-mail her tips, rants, comments, and pictures of your talented animal friends at kateknibbsfreelance@gmail.com

Are you reading journalism or plagiarism? A new online tool can help uncover bad writing

If you're not sure if you're reading a press release or a real new item, check out Churnalism, a new tool to help uncover bad journalism and point out the lying liars publishing "their" stories online.

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There was no White House bombing; Associated Press’ Twitter hacked

This morning, The Associated Press' Twitter account was hacked, tweeting false information about a White House bombing. The account has since been suspended.

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Does Comedy Central’s Twitter funny fest sound confusing to anyone else?

Twitter is already a comedy goldmine, so the network's choice to organize all that funny into a tweeted festival seems misguided. So how will Comedy Central's upcoming event make sure of all the hashtagged hilarity out there?

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Spammers use Boston bombing, Texas fires and other human tragedy to spread malware

Just to underline what horrible people they are, spammers are taking advantage of people's curiosity about Boston to spread viruses. Stay classy, Internet.

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How to fix Snapchat’s sexy spam problem

Some Snapchat users are getting an eyeful from spammers, but there's an easy way to curb unexpected crotch shots. Here's a quick rundown of the photo-sharing app's porn-spam problem, and how to tweak your settings to avoid an unwanted eyeful.

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Durex classes up the wearable tech space with “Fundawear”

If you thought Skype and Facetime had broken technological barriers in phone sex, wait until you see app-controlled vibrating underwear.

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Who’s tracking you online? This app can tell you – and stop them

As companies like Facebook and Google bulk up their tracking efforts, it might feel like it's you against the Internet. Luckily, apps like Disconnect pop up to combat invasive data collecting.

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These Pulitzer prizes winners reveal how media will never be the same

Some of the best journalism is now digital and social - and what happens online is an integral part of the story.

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Icelandic anti-incest app keeps residents from becoming kissin’ cousins

Iceland's population is so small, you might accidentally date your cousin - it's actually something of an issue for citizens. "There's an app for that" has rarely sounded more inappropriate or necessary.

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Party foul! Viral Snapchat ruins college kegger

A smartphone prank lead to students frantically abandoning illegal booze. While the Snapchat message was originally meant for one student, the forwarded photo took on a life of its own and ended in many coeds calling it an early night.

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Facebook’s Chat Heads are coming to an iPhone near you

Chat heads aren't just for Android anymore. The nearly unanimously favorite part of Facebook Home, chat heads, are set to roll out to iPhones today thanks to a Facebook update. So while you can't jump into Home yet, go ahead and give chat heads a shot, iOS…

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How social media has changed what it means to be a celebrity

All the Twitter's a stage, and all the tweeters are potential celebrities ... and paparazzi. The lines between famous people and the rest of us is getting thinner and thinner as the likes of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram being us closer and closer. These…

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Study says Bing returns five times more malware-laden links than Google [UPDATED]

Google's closest competitor sends a lot more malware to its users. But don't worry - both engines are doing a pretty good job.

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Plan your social media afterlife with Google’s creepy new feature

Figuring out what to do with our Web and social accounts while we're alive is one thing - but what about when you're gone? Google is the latest platform to offer an answer with a new service that allows you to dictate what happens to your digital life once…

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Can science predict the next big meme?

Creating the perfect meme is the plight of every committed Internet user, but the process of making one - and more difficult yet, making one go viral - is something of a mystery. One researcher maps the rise and fall of memes - and his findings may help us…

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