HOLLYWOOD IS SCARED

The most powerful people in Hollywood were so fearful to place themselves in the cross hairs of hackers that they all refused to sign a simple petition of support that Clooney circulated to the top people in film, TV, records and other areas. Here, Clooney discusses the petition and how it is just part of many frightening ramifications that we are all just coming to grips with.

89¢ PER MINUTE IS A CRIME

More than 1.5 million prisoners were held in state and federal prisons in 2013, and Global Tel-Link provided phone service to more of them than any other business. And while the prison telecom creates the backdrop for “Serial,” it’s at the center of a very different drama of its own. Prisoners and their families have long complained about the exorbitant rates for phone service. Now, after years of inaction, the federal government is getting serious about reform.

TOM BRADY IS LEADING CAUSE OF CONCUSSIONS

“You’ve got to — got to — be prepared for his head-butts and high-fives, because they are coming... You’ve got to brace yourself. It doesn’t look like much coming at you but it’s intense. If he throws the ball 50 yards and you run 50 yards and score, he’s going to run all 50 yards and head-butt the hell out of you.”

'TRUE BOHEMIAN PRINCE OF THE CITY'

No one gets the cross-section of showbiz and fandom like him. In giving us these extraordinarily particular individuals and distinct visages — both psychological and visual — Waters gets you to know in your bones that the more we are part of a vast crowd of people who idolize someone or something

SORT OF CLASSLESS

Occasionally a word wends its way into the cockles of whatever the Internet has instead of a heart. “Classy,” the adjectival equivalent of a graceful, pearl-draped woman in a ball-gown, is one example. It joins the ranks of such pre-programmed Web responses as  “SMDH,” “this,” and ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

WILL MAKE YOUR EARS BLEED

An LRAD is a long-range acoustic device, a powerful portable speaker designed to scare people away with sound, and it's becoming increasingly popular among police departments. It is often described by critics as a sound cannon, offering a user “the ability to issue clear, authoritative verbal commands, followed with powerful deterrent tones.”