Mount Everest joined cats and photos of food on Instagram, while an unlucky school official ended up joining deviants on a porn site.
Reddit's founder is trying to create a way to instantly activate Internet crusaders, one Internet entrepreneur hoodwinked AOL to save money, and a mayor in New Jersey got down and dirty on the Internet in trying to save his job.
Mountain Climbers Can't Stay Off Their IPhones
Climbers on Mount Everest are privy to some of the most breathtaking and rare views in the world, and they're documenting them with their iPhones. Members from a National Geographic team are using their smartphones to capture scenes using Instagram.
The National Geographic team will ascend to the top, Instagramming their experience along the way. People who want to follow can look up the account @natgeo on Instagram. After the climb, the mountaineers will answer a Q&A about which filters they liked best and their photo technique.
A team from Outside Magazine is also using Instagram to capture moments on Mount Everest, including a rescue mission.
Reddit Wants Bat Signal for Internet Protestors
Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian wants to create a "bat signal" for Internet activists as a way to quickly form online protests and spread information. Citing SOPA and PIPA as an example, Ohanian envisions an "Internet Defense League" devoted to preventing wrongdoing via swift mass outcries.
The "bat signal" will come in the form of code that people can add to their websites. It may trigger a banner asking users to spring to action when crises, especially political ones like bills threatening Internet freedom, emerge.
A number of prominent sites already signed up, including Mozilla, the Cheezburger company and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Homeless Man Lives at AOL, Creates Start-Up
A 20-year-old entrepreneur pulled a fast one on AOL, living on the company's campus for months until security guards discovered his secret.
Eric Simons joined an educational website incubator working out of AOL's Palo Alto campus for four months, and when his stint ended, his identification badge remained active. Jobless, broke, but intent on creating his own educational start-up website, Simons continued to show up at AOL... and never left.
Simons evaded security guards and lived out of a locker in the campus gym. The company did not press charges when he was found out, and he managed to land seed money from an investor that allowed him to rent his own place.
Mayoral Race in New Jersey Gets Hacked
The mayor of a New Jersey town is in hot water after he and his son hacked an adversary's website. Felix Roque, the mayor of West New York, New Jersey, landed in jail along with his 22-year-old son after they allegedly attempted to disable his opponent's website.
The website, run by an anonymous woman using a pseudonym, calls for a recall. Unfortunately, the hackers accessed her information by emailing the customer service department of her Web hosting account, and proceeded to leave her threatening voice mails.
Both Roques face hefty fines for the misbehavior, as well as five years in prison.
Angry Parents Use Porn as Revenge on School Official
After his son's iPod got confiscated at school, one parent felt so enraged he decided to enact a completely inappropriate revenge on the school official who took the MP3 player away.
Robert Dale Esparza created a fake profile for the school's assistant principal on a pornography website, posting sexually explicit photos and videos and engaging in lurid chats. Esparza kept the site active for years, and when the assistant principal interviewed for a different job, his potential employers found it and withdrew their job offer.
Now Esparza faces charges for smearing the school official's good name.