Good news if you live in Illinois: Barack Obama’s current home state is about to become the 15th state in the U.S. to allow for same-sex marriage, after both chambers of the state’s legislature passed the bill. It was fairly close in the House, but got over the edge, and is now headed to Gov. Pat Quinn to sign.
The NYPD was just sued by a man who claims he was wrongly arrested, and only released after he rapped for his freedom.
Gold-medal-winning swimmer Ryan Lochte got seriously injured … by a fan’s overzealousness.
Pink slime is getting transparent.
» The first popular MP3 player: How did Winamp, which once boasted 60 million users, lose its lead? Simply put, AOL didn’t know what the heck to do with it after it bought it. Nullsoft, which AOL bought for $80-$100 million 1999, struggled to find its niche within the culture of AOL. AOL didn’t make it easy: They lumped them in with Spinner, another music product it bought at the same time, and kept bundling its apps (which its tech-savvy users, by the way, didn’t want) with the product. The company also had multiple run-ins with the app’s creator, Justin Frankel, who built multiple file-sharing networks while an employee of AOL, to the company’s bemusement. The result? Winamp was eventually left to die on the vine — until a couple years ago, when AOL realized it was sitting on a cash cow and started building it out again. It’s no iTunes, but it’s huge outside the U.S. And it just turned 15 years old. Happy anniversary, little MP3 player that could.