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Two Year Jail Term Planned for Convicted Cyber Bullies

The government is looking at ways to throw heavier books at those convicted of internet bullying and "troll" behaviour, with one option seeing online and SMS abusers facing a maximum two-years in jail. Where the mobile phones are very small and not very much fun. Read More >>

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"Sadistic Glee" is the Reason We Like Being Mean on the Internet

A group of researchers believes online "trolls" and real-world sadists have quite a lot in common, with today's anonymous online hatemongers getting satisfaction from causing other people to suffer in a similar fashion to proper sadists. Read More >>

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Woman Jailed for Trolling Herself on Facebook

24-year-old Michelle Chapman came up with a seemingly bulletproof revenge plan. She created Facebook accounts for relatives she hated, then sent herself violent abuse messages from those accounts in an attempt to frame them. Didn't work. Now she's in prison. Read More >>

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Stan Collymore Accuses Twitter of Putting Profits Before Morals Over Racism Row

Internet trolls; whether on message boards, social media sites or even in online games, we've all faced them. But are the owners of web services really doing enough to stamp them out? After receiving a barrage of racist abuse and even death threats, ex-footballer Stan Collymore has called out Twitter as preferring to protect its bank balance rather than its users. Read More >>

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Do Brits Really Hate Using the Internet?

12 year old trolls, unwanted pissed-up Facebook picture tags, over-sharing ex-stalkers, customer service lines for password hacking victims, regenerating pop-up ads, 140-character Tweet wit inadequacy, the constant stream of new WTF? abbreviations to learn, hope-raising lottery win emails from Nigeria: is there anything to like about the internet these days? Read More >>

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North Korean Troll Army Paid to Slag Off the South

While trolling is only something of a hobby for us here in the Western world, people in North Korea are able to make a career out of it, thanks to the communist government hiring people specifically to attack its South Korean neighbours online. Read More >>

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Microsoft Seeks Crack Online Troll-Hunters to Help Clean up Xbox Live

Microsoft's launched a weird new, semi-comic anti-trolling measure it calls Enforcement United, a tool designed to let Xbox Live Gold subscribers spend their days trawling through online content for signs of abusive behaviour. Read More >>

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Texting People Who Leave Their Numbers in Public Is Both Awful and Great

Trolls are the worst, but funny trolls are shake-your-head enjoyable. You can't help but appreciate their mastery of their craft. Textastrophe is the perfect example of that. He texts people who leave their numbers in public and weaves an epic conversation that makes clowns, bouncy castle renters, movers and other poor innocent bystanders regret ever putting their number out. Read More >>

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If Every Internet Commenter's Wish Really Came True

I love Internet commenters because they make me laugh. The good ones are so funny! And even when they're awful and mean-spirited and filled with hate, there's a certain humour that comes from that sort of silliness. But what if commenters actually got what they wish for in their comments? This comic hilariously explains that it wouldn't change a damn thing. [Funny or Die via Neatorama] Read More >>

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HTC and LG Launch Full Assault on Samsung's Galaxy S IV Party

Tonight is Samsung's big night! In less than an hour the company will begin the big event in New York at which it's expected to launch the Samsung Galaxy S IV. And wouldn't you know it, HTC, those trolls, are doling out hot chocolate to all the journalists freezing their butts off in the cold. Our very own Brent Rose was on hand to snap this photo outside Radio City Music Hall. Read More >>

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British Boxer Shows How to Deal With Twitter Trolls

Brit Boxer Curtis Woodhouse was unfortunate enough to take a beating in the ring last week, losing his light welterweight title. One particularly venomous Twitter user started hitting him with abuse about it, so Woodhouse decided to track him down. Read More >>

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Watch Out: Insane Patent Trolls Now Chasing Individual Scanner Users

An incredible bit of patent abuse has been uncovered in the US, where a series of companies are trying to claim a patent on the act of scanning docs and emailing them -- and is asking for $1,000 per employee to overlook this apparent offence. Read More >>

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Trolls Now Bring More Patent Cases Than Anybody Else

A new study proves what most of us expected: these days, more patent cases are brought about by patent trolls than any other party. Read More >>

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Microsoft Looks Deep in the Heart of Internet Explorer Trolls

You may not have noticed—why would you have?—but Internet Explorer has actually gotten markedly better! Better enough, anyway, to possibly soften to hardest-hearted internet troublemaker. Read More >>

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Unflappable Patent Troll Not Satisfied With £260 Million Apple Payday

VirnetX is not a company that, strictly speaking, makes things. It is, instead, a company that collects patents the way joyless millionaires collect hermetically sealed comic books: for profit. And while it just scored an impressive £230 million in a successful Apple lawsuit, it's not stopping there. It's out for a full-on iPhone, iPad, and Mac ban. Read More >>

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Shamed Reddit Perv Speaks to CNN About "Character" He Created

Michael Brutsch, who was outed as "jailbait" porn-obsessed Reddit mod Violentacrez last week and lost his job in the process, has spoken to US news network CNN about his Reddit use and whether he's sorry about it or not. Read More >>

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