Among media types, Twitter was brought to a near-standstill on Tuesday afternoon as everyone tried to figure out why a number of prominent magazines had cryptically tweeted "f gwenifill" at the same time. Fair warning: If you're not interested in Twitter, PBS's Gwen Ifill, or computer security, you'll probably find this story long, confusing, and ultimately pointless. But if you are, I think you'll find it long, only somewhat confusing, and ultimately pointful.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
The Simpsons World App Is Finally Here
I feel like a kid in some kind of store.
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.