1. Kobe Bryant responds to a gay slur on Twitter
The Los Angeles Lakers star guard found himself in hot water in 2011 when he used a gay slur to describe an NBA ref. Kobe apologized at the time, but took his redemption a step farther this week by chastising a fan for spouting homophobic language.
Ramona Shelburne at ESPN commended Bryant. "One of the cardinal rules of marketing to a broad audience is to maintain a broad appeal. That means playing it safe, offending no one, watering it down," says Shelburne. "For anyone to step out of that lane takes guts." (Via ESPN)
2. Bill Gates wins Reddit, the internet
The patron saint of Microsoft went on Reddit for an AMA session to answer anything users threw at him, ranging from everyday life as a billionaire to the future of technology to what he saw as his foundation's greatest achievement. (The whole thread is great.) One of our favorites was this response:
3. A bucket full of sloths (Via The Washington Post)
4. Twitter squatter does the world a solid
We've already discussed how horrible Twitter parody accounts are. But this intrepid comedian did the internet a service following Thursday night's meteor blasts in Russia. Let's all follow his example, okay?
Hello, this is @jakefogelnest. As a public service, I have registered this Twitter account to prevent another parody account.
— Russia Meteor (@RussiaMeteor) February 15, 2013
5. Two minutes of goats yelling like humans (Via Gawker)
6. BuzzFeed achieves peak nostalgia with emo throwback
Writer Ryan Broderick investigates the indelible allure of a 9-minute piano ballad called "Konstantine" (2001) by the band Something Corporate, christening it the "Freebird" of "suburban teenage romance." BRB, gotta cry a little. (Via BuzzFeed)
8. Cat of the Week
Everyone say hello to Maxine from Malibu. She's obviously just as concerned about China's mounting cyberattacks as we are. (Thanks, Susan!)
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