Thursday morning, Twitter became a publicly traded company. Stocks soared and put the value of the social-media company at more than $30 billion. So with Twitter in the news, we wondered about one of its most well-known symbols — the hashtag.
This Halloween, families are expected to spend nearly $8 billion celebrating the holiday. That’s a 50 percent jump since just 2005. And a lot of the money is going to costumes. Americans spend about a $1 billion on children’s costumes each year, and another $1.2 billion on adult costumes. How it all got started dates back to the Middle Ages. For the folks at the Theatrical Costume Rental in Minneapolis, 20 percent of their yearly business is done during the month of October. Duck Dynasty, What Does the Fox Say and Jack Sparrow are just a few popular costumes this year.
Who’s watching you? What are they learning about you? And how can you turn it off?
Employee and her bosses are having a viral video standoff. You get to enjoy the videos.
Family members of 20-year-old Anarae Schunk are combing an area near the Mississippi River for her body, according to the Facebook page created for her search effort. People are searching for the missing University of Minnesota student near Pickerel Lake in Lilydale, as well as areas in the vicinity of Highway 46 near Rosemount and Farmington. Burnsville Police told Schunk’s family Saturday that they are certain she’s dead. They have not yet disclosed what evidence points to that conclusion.
Burnsville police said they’ve recovered evidence that leads them to believe that Anarae Schunk, the University of Minnesota student who’s been missing for a week, may have been the victim of a homicide. Burnsville authorities conducted numerous searches of various locations in connection with trying to locate Schunk, and police have obtained several items of evidence as a result.
His name is Joey Prusak — a name people all over the country are reading about this morning. The 19-year-old Hopkins Dairy Queen employee is stealing hearts all over the country after an act of kindness he thought no one even saw.
Joey Prusak of Hopkins is still shocked after witnessing someone steal cash from a blind man in the Dairy Queen store he manages. Prusak said while working the register on Sept. 10 he saw the blind man he was helping drop a $20 dollar bill. “The lady behind him picked it up really quickly,” Prusak said. “I had no time to say, ‘Sir, you dropped that.’”
Dakota County authorities are seeking the public’s help to identify potential victims of an 18-year-old Northfield man. Michael Stucky Jr. has been charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The Bemidji police chief says no charges will be issued after someone posted a Facebook ad for marijuana. Someone had offered, “WEED FOR SALE!!!” last week on a page called “Bemidji Area Online Sale.”
Have you ever posted something on social media, then thought maybe it was a bad idea? A new survey finds a lot of young people are worried that something they posted to Facebook or Twitter will come back to bite them some day.
Two months after a tornado flattened dozens of homes in Moore, Okla., families are starting to rebuild, and one woman’s story remains fresh in our memories.
A photo meant as tribute has caused controversy and conversation. Take a look and share your opinion on our Facebook page.
A Twin Cities man is offering a solution to a sensitive problem involving social media. As we share so much of our personal lives online, what if that tweet about your cat or the Facebook post about your lunch ends up being your final message?
For years the United States has been gathering millions of Verizon cell phone records, as well as foreigner’s emails and data from Google, Facebook and other Internet companies. It is all to make us safer, President Obama says. It’s to protect us from terrorist acts.