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Twitter users' relationships don't last as long as everyone else's

Is Twitter bad for your dating life? Statistics say "maybe."

Online dating site OKCupid has a spinoff that looks into the statistical data gleaned from all those lonely hearts, OKTrends. They continually churn out great insights that have the ring of truth, even though they're gleaned from a self-selecting group.

They did a blog post called "10 Charts About Sex," but the one that's getting the most attention around the Internet is the one answering "How long do your relationships usually last?" The chart pits people who use Twitter every day against everyone else, and while the arcs are similar, Twitter users are a bit behind everyone else throughout the age range listed on the chart, and it also holds across genders.

As many of my college science teachers would be quick to note, correlation does not mean causation, so is this just because people who use Twitter are less likely to be in long-term relationships? Or is something about feeling attached enough to Twitter to be doing it every day have a negative effect on your relationships? As OKTrends describes it, "Unfortunately, we have no way to tell who's dumping who here; whether the twitterati are more annoying or just more flighty than everyone else."

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Foo Fighters release YouTube performance of their entire new album 'Wasting Light'

In an interesting marketing approach, the Foo Fighters performed their entire new album "Wasting Light" and put up a YouTube video of the performance. The video was shot in the Foo Fighters' Studio 606.

The Foos have done their best to get out the word however they can. They released a documentary on the history of the band "Back and Forth," which aired in theaters on April 5 along with a live, 3D performance of the album. The documentary later aired commercial-free on various cable channels on April 8.

They've also used viral videos, contests, secret shows, social media and more in order to promote "Wasting Light."

If you still haven't gotten your Foo fill, they're releasing an album of covers, "Medium Rare," as a limited-edition vinyl for Record Store Day tomorrow, April 16.

I had the chance to see the Foo Fighters live about a decade ago when they were on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. While the Foo Fighters opened the show at Washington state music venue The Gorge, they ended up delivering the more memorable, energetic performance, including climbing the sound booth. It's fun to see them still energized a decade later.

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Google hires Happy Tree Friends to explain copyright to YouTube uploaders

Google's tightening their copyright policies for YouTube uploads. If you upload copyrighted material to YouTube, you'll have to watch a video called "YouTube Copyright School" and then pass a test on copyright to continue using the site.

That video features the Happy Tree Friends, Internet cartoon celebrities. The cartoon is known for the contrast between the cute animals and the graphic cartoon violence, but they've cleaned up their act for the big league of YouTube Copyright School.

After watching that video, YouTube users get two more chances before, on the third strike, being banned for life. According to Politico, this is the company's response to lawmakers and the entertainment industry complaining that Google hasn't cracked down on copyright infringement.

Given the giant amount of copyrighted material on YouTube put up there by people without the right to do so, it's an interesting approach as everyone tries to figure out the nature of copyright in the Internet age. There seems to be a tacit acceptance of a lot of this material being up by some artists and companies, so it will be interesting to see if this has much impact.

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A crossword 'Inception' - The Atlantic's 'The Cross Word'

"Late at night, when we were small, Sara sat on my bed, whispering into my ear." So begins the prose beneath the first clue in a new crossword that's a combination of a prose story and a crossword puzzle.

Mary Morris (with help from puzzle designer Maxwell Neeley-Cohen) writes a crossword "Inception," going meta about crosswords, writing crosswords and more, all while fitting under the theme of anger (in other words, "the cross word"). It's a story about sibling rivalry and ultimately feels like an old crime story.

If you've got the time to both work on a crossword and read a story that makes it more than that, it's well worth checking out.

"The Cross Word" at the Atlantic

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Pro wrestler Larry Sweeney dead at 29 - a look at the charismatic entertainer

I was saddened this morning to read about the passing of pro wrestler Alex Whybrow, better known as Larry Sweeney, at the age of 29. He's someone who wrestled for some small pro wrestling companies, portraying the hilarious, boisterous character "Sweet and Sour" Larry Sweeney. The Wrestling Observer and other soures report that Sweeney took his own life.

He'd had public battles with manic-depression and he exhibited behavior that seemed similar in some ways to the recent widely publicized erratic behavior of Charlie Sheen. Sweeney went from being a top act in the number three professional wrestling company, Ring of Honor, to quitting the company in 2009 amidst a breakdown (caused by not taking his medication) and staging pro wrestling matches in the streets, with people who knew him expressing deep concern.

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