1. Teen Takes Her Own Life After Being Banned From Wasting It On Facebook
A 17-year-old girl hanged herself in her Parbhani, India bedroom earlier this week after her parents forbade her from logging on to her Facebook account so that she could concentrate on her school work. "I cannot stay in a home with such restrictions as I can't live without Facebook,” the teen wrote in her suicide note. Gawker commenter johhnymoore probably stated the inherent tragedy of the situation best: “It is sad she had to leave a suicide note the old fashioned way rather than a Facebook status update.”
2. Here's How To Change Your Twitter Name For Halloween Instead Of Doing Something That Isn't Stupid With Your Time
How about instead of you spending your day studying a foreign language or baking a batch of oatmeal cookies for your friends and neighbors, you spend the next couple hours thinking up a labored and mostly-inscrutable Halloween-themed alternate name for yourself on Twitter? Like, for example, if your name is Mat Honan, like the author of this inspired Wired article, you make yourself “Bats Flown In.” And if your name is already something like Bloody McSkullguts, you can probably just leave well-enough alone.