Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Online tabloid gets out the BIG NEWS

Filed under
Web

"CHILI-FINGER CHICK IN THE CLINK." There are subtler ways to describe the arrest of the woman who claims she found a finger in a serving of Wendy's chili.

But Sploid.com prefers screaming headlines and news roundups that mix the big stories of the day with ones the editors find amusing. The site recently posted a story about Alan Greenspan a few inches from a story about an animal rights activist in Philadelphia who took her clothes off. "NEARLY NAKED GAL PROTESTS SOMETHING" was the headline Sploid chose.

Some of the content on the site is bound to offend, and you never know what is going to be posted next. Last week, a note from a Sploid editor was peppered with foul language, and a warning accompanied links to graphic footage of a downed helicopter in Iraq.

Sploid, which debuted a few weeks ago, describes itself as a news site with a tabloid mentality. It's generated talk in Web media circles for the way it gathers information from places like CNN, the BBC, and the Washington Post and dresses up the content with headlines that dare you not to pay attention.

"VENEZUELA & USA ITCHING FOR WAR?" was the tease for a link to a Christian Science Monitor story on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's concern over arms sales to the South American country. "GOLDEN GEEKS: GOOGLE BOYS WORTH $31B" linked visitors to a Yahoo stock chart on Google.

Sploid comes from Gawker Media, the same online venture that publishes buzzworthy sites like Wonkette.com, a humorous political site embraced by Washington's media elite for its take-no-prisoners, off-color humor.

The editors at Sploid describe their political slant as "anarcho-capitalist: sniffing out hypocrisy and absurdity, whether from salon left or religious right." That's a mouthful, and just another way of saying it's willing to poke fun at everybody.

Editor Choire Sicha, 33, says the site is mostly curating news for now. He and editor Ken Layne aim for what he calls 100-percent accuracy, but with a large dose of attitude.

"There isn't that much tabloid journalism in the U.S.," says Sicha. "There's plenty in the UK."

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Red Hat News

OSS: Blockchain, Innersource, SQL and Clang

  • Banks are turning to open source for blockchain, says Google engineer
    Banks have historically developed all software in-house and maintained a fierce secrecy around their code, but more recently they’ve embraced open-source. They’re likely to use open source for one of the most hotly tipped technologies out there – blockchain.
  • Innersource: How to leverage open source in the enterprise
    Companies of varying sizes across many industries are implementing innersource programs to drive greater levels of development collaboration and reuse. They ultimately seek to increase innovation; reduce time to market; grow, retain, and attract talent; and of course, delight their customers. In this article, I'll introduce innersource and some of its key facets and examine some of the problems that it can help solve. I'll also discuss some components of an innersource program, including metrics.
  • Reflection on trip to Kiel
    On Sunday, I flew home from my trip to Kiel, Germany. I was there for the Kieler Open Source und LinuxTage, September 15 and 16. It was a great conference! I wanted to share a few details while they are still fresh in my mind: I gave a plenary keynote presentation about FreeDOS! I'll admit I was a little concerned that people wouldn't find "DOS" an interesting topic in 2017, but everyone was really engaged. I got a lot of questions—so many that we had to wrap up before I could answer all the questions.
  • A quick tour of MySQL 8.0 roles
    This year at the Percona Live Open Source Database Conference in Dublin, I'll be discussing a new feature introduced in MySQL 8.0: roles. This is a new security and administrative feature that allows database administrators to simplify user management and increases the security of multi-user environments. In database administration, users are granted privileges to access schemas, tables, or columns, depending on the business needs. When many different users require authorization for different sets of privileges, administrators have to repeat the process of granting privileges several times. This is both tedious and error-prone. Using roles, administrators can define sets of privileges for a user category, and then the user authorization becomes a single statement operation. Roles have been on the MySQL community's wish list for a long time. I remember several third-party solutions that tried to implement roles as a hack on top of the existing privileges granting system. I created my own solution many years ago when I had to administer a large set of users with different levels of access. Since then, anytime a new project promised to ease the roles problem, I gave it a try. None of them truly delivered a secure solution, until now.
  • MyDiamo Expands Open Source Database Encryption Offerings to Include PostgreSQL
  • Clang-Refactor Tool Lands In Clang Codebase
    The clang-refactor tool is now living within the LLVM Clang SVN/Git codebase.

Games: Ostriv, Back to Bed, EVERSPACE, Hiveswap: Act 1

Openwashing and Microsoft FUD