NYC fugitive busted after taunting police on Facebook

Facebook-browsing

After making the top-ten list of most wanted criminals on the Utica police department website, Ruben J. Burgos thought it would be an absolutely brilliant idea to promote his infamy on Facebook and taunt police with the phrase “Catch me if you can, I’m in Brooklyn” on his personal Facebook page. Burgos continued down this path of pure genius by also posting a video of himself walking into an unidentified NYPD station house that’s assumed to by located in Brooklyn.

ruben-burgos-mug-shotA group of NYPD detectives and U.S. Marshals took him up on his challenge and located Burgos soon after his taunts were published on the social network. Burgos was found sitting in front of a computer posting on Facebook when the task force entered an apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Burgos had an outstanding warrant for his arrest after violating a restraining order and threatening to murder his ex-girlfriend.  Burgos allegedly committed these crimes in June 2011 after repeatedly calling her with threats. Burgos claims to be a rap promoter using the alias R. Mack Milly, but is unlikely to continue his musical pursuits while awaiting a trial in Oneida County.

Facebook also played a part in last month’s 16-hour standoff in Utah between Jason Valdez and police. Valdez continued to post status updates about himself and hostages while barricaded inside a motel room. Valdez even received help when a friend posted to Valdez’s Facebook page that a member of the SWAT team was outside the room. Valdez also posted a picture of himself with a female hostage during the tense situation. While Valdez said goodbye to his loved ones on the Facebook page, family and friends both pleaded for him to give up as well as offering encouragement for his actions. The standoff ended when the SWAT team breached the motel room and Valdez shot himself in the chest once.

Social Media

Facebook just added a petition tool. What could possibly go wrong?

Facebook now has a petition tool called Community Action. Facebook Community Actions allow users to create or support a cause. But is the feature just asking for trouble on a network already plagued by fake news and fake accounts?
Movies & TV

Stay inside this winter with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Killing Eve'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Movies & TV

Here's everything we know about 'John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum'

John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum, the third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Movies & TV

New trailer for 'The Punisher' season 2 teases a bloody showdown

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far.
Social Media

A quick swipe will soon let you keep bingeing YouTube on mobile devices

The YouTube mobile app has a new, faster way to browse: Swiping. Once the update rolls out, users can swipe to go to the next (or previous) video in the recommended list, even while viewing in full screen.
Photography

Starting your very own vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability. When it comes to putting your life on YouTube, here are the best cameras for the job.
Social Media

Twitter extends its new timeline feature to Android users

Twitter users with an Android device can now quickly switch between an algorithm-generated timeline and one that shows the most recent tweets first. The new feature landed for iPhone users last month.
Social Media

YouTube to crack down on dangerous stunts like the ‘Bird Box’ challenge

YouTube already bans content showing dangerous activities, but new rules published by the site go into greater detail regarding potentially harmful challenges and pranks, including certain blindfold- or laundry detergent-based stunts.
Social Media

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. users don’t realize Facebook tracks their interests

Did you know Facebook tracks your interests, including political and multicultural affiliations? According to a recent Pew study, 74 percent of adult users in the U.S. have no idea Facebook keeps a running list of your interests.
Mobile

It’s back! Here’s how to switch to Twitter’s reverse chronological feed

Twitter has finally brought back the reverse chronological feed, allowing you to see your feed based on the newest tweets, rather than using Twitter's algorithm that shows what it thinks you want to see. It's easy to switch.
Social Media

Nearly a million Facebook users followed these fake Russian accounts

Facebook purged two separate groups behind more than 500 fake accounts with Russian ties. One group had ties to Russian news agency Sputnik, while the other had behavior similar to the Internet Research Agency's midterm actions.
Social Media

Twitter suffers privacy scare as bug reveals tweets of protected accounts

If you set your Twitter account to private and you have an Android device, you'd better check your settings now. Twitter says it's just fixed a four-year-old bug that flipped the privacy switch to make the account public.
Web

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. With so many subreddits, however, navigating the "front page of the internet" can be daunting. Here are some of the best subreddits to get you started.
Social Media

Spice up your Instagram videos by adding your top tunes to the soundtrack

Have you ever taken a beautiful video, only to have it ruined by some jerk in the background yelling curse words? Here's a list of apps you can use to add your own music to Instagram posts as well as your Story.