Valentine’s Day is also Caturday, Submit Your Best Cat Valentine!

Hi Burgers,

Spending this Valentine’s Day with your cat? How would he ask you to be his valentine? I’m going to be adding tons of new images to the builder, submit your best cat valentine. I’ll be posting your submissions all day this Caturday!



Cheers,
Evan

 

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Winter is a good time gather round the fire and Gif-Together

Hi Burgers,

Update: sorry for the late update, had a little lingering issue with WordPress. All good now though. Two day GIf-Together!

This morning I listened to a piece on the radio about snowplow drivers who had been working for 40 hours straight in New Hampshire. Yikes. Good luck to all you east coasters out there and deepest apologies from sunny Seattle.

What’s new with you guys?

It’s a nice sunny february day here!

ToolBee

Embracing Your Inner Snow Child

aka The First Sign of Insanity
VioletD

Another bright, sunny February day in Montana. Weird. I think I’ll just FALL asleep!
https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/8444489472/hFD169F85/
mamawalker

Cozy Cats by the Fireplace:
Dog by the Fireplace:
Cats Watching the Fireplace: https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/8444548864/hFC59050D/
ani.s4


“Outta my way! I’m late for Gif-Together …”
anselmbe

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We Updated Our iOS and Android Apps!

Hi Burgers,

A quick announcement from Ben concerning our latest app update.

Cheezburger iOS and Android Apps get an update for February
We updated our iOS and Android apps with several new features based on your feedback. Our goal was to take your feedback and make the app easier for creating laughter. We also made big improvements behind the scenes to make the app faster and more stable.

The update for iOS is available now and the Android app has been made available to a limited percentage of users. We will be ramping up this percentage gradually to 100% over the next few days.

We won’t stop here. We still have a long list of improvements to make.
We are already working on the next update so please do send us your feedback to me at ben@cheezburger.com
Here are the details but it’s just so much easier just to open the app.

One tap to all the channels: Pull up your favorite Cheezburger channels quickly.
Comments: You can post, read, and sort comments.
A navigation bar to everywhere: To get to all the places effortlessly.
Larger preview images for easier scanning: Check out the “Channel” and “My Feed” screens for ultra-light-speed content scanning mode.
Improved search: You can search content and usernames
(iOS app Bonus: Animated GIF stickers with a hard “G”.)

Oh, what are we working on next? Landscape mode for our iPad users and remixing capabilities for Android.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

Cheetos Twitter

PS – look below for today’s regularly scheduled Gif-Together, which will be posted in the next few minutes.

 

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Vote for the Best Handy Lizard Caption!

Hi Burgers,

There’s a little caption contest action going down on Animal Captions today. Head to this post to vote for your favorite caption of ol’ Handy the Beardie here.

I’ll announce the winners and crown them digitally on Thursday (2/12) morning.

Cheers,
Evan

 

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Spend Your Friday with a Space Queen

Hi Burgers,

Ani.s4 says “this kitty came into my life when a couple of co-workers rescued two kittens from a dumpster, taking a kitten home, each. Don’t have any information about the male kitten, but the female was taken in by an acquaintance and added to her menagerie of big dogs, little dogs, and cats, cats, and cats.”

Thanks for the tale ani.s4! You’re never alone with all of us crazy cat people around TigerLily.

Cheers,
Evan

 

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Cheezburger, Inc. 2014 Transparency Report

February 5th, 2015

At Cheezburger, Openness and Honesty are a part of our core values. We’ve taken a first step by issuing this report. In the process, we have learned that we can compile this report faster and provide better detail by improving certain processes. It may seem overkill to publish this when the number of Government Requests are zero, but best practices should be established prior to requests being received.

We’re a small company with a big reach. Although we lack the resources of a larger company in compiling these reports, we don’t receive as many requests. Our challenge was thinking deeply about the impact of our policies on our users and how we can be consistent.

This report includes totals of requests for user information, insight into our policies, and requests for content removal. I realize this report may be a bit dry, so we’ve included a special transparency report item for 2014. We may be a group of Internet cat picture herders, but we love our users and we are proud to stand up for their rights. If we can take this first step, so can everyone else.

If you would like to know the standards we aspire to, visit “Who Has Your Back”. My hope is that by making this the most entertaining Transparency Report you’ll read this year, other startups will (like the evolution of 404 pages) see this an opportunity to communicate with their public and help build their brand.

Ben Huh
CEO and Founder

Sites Covered:

This report covers all sites in the Cheezburger network including Know Your Meme, FAIL Blog, Memebase, I Can Has, The Daily What, Geek Universe, etc.

Our Policies:

This report and information within conforms to the policies published here and may contain more specific details: Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy. Any process and details outlined here may be changed by Cheezburger without notice.

A government agency or branch (e.g., law enforcement) may ask Cheezburger to remove content, or request information about a particular user. Government requests to withhold notice from users will be reviewed by our counsel for legal weight. Cheezburger’s policy is to disregard requests without binding demands. Our goal is to provide notice to affected users in advance of disclosure unless prohibited by a court order. There will be exceptions to this goal of advance disclosure such as in the case of Emergency Requests as stated in this report.

Warrant Canary Statement:

As of February 5, 2015, Cheezburger has never received a National Security Letter, an order under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or any other classified request for user information.

I will go missing if Cheezburger ever gets a classified National Security Letter. Something we cannot talk about.

What’s a Warrant Canary? Glad you asked.

Government Requests for User Information:

Total Requests:

Total Complied:

0

0

Breakdown:

Type

Requests

User Accounts Affected

 US Subpoenas from Government  Zero 0
 US Civil Subpoenas  Nil 0
 US Search Warrants  Zilch 0
 International Requests  Nothing 0
 Emergency Requests  Nada 0
 National Security Requests  Zip 0

Conforming with Legal Processes

United States: Subpoenas from Government Entities

Subpoenas are investigatory tools that state and federal governments can usually issue without judicial oversight. Cheezburger is currently in the process of drafting a policy on dealing with subpoenas from Government Entities.

United States: Civil Subpoenas

Unless prohibited by court order, Cheezburger will inform users of state and federal civil subpoenas for their information in order to give them an opportunity to challenge the subpoena(s) before we disclose any information.

United States: Search Warrants

Cheezburger requires a search warrant to be approved by a judge and based on probable cause to disclose user content information, which includes private messages, images, links, and posts/comments that have been deleted or otherwise hidden from public view.

International Requests

Cheezburger is a US-based company. Therefore, we will not turn over user information in response to a formal request by a non-US government unless a US court requires it. In some cases, a foreign government may use a MLAT (Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty) to seek information through the US justice system and therefore those requests will fall outside this section.

Emergency Requests

An Emergency Request is not a legal definition, but a class of request by law enforcement or a government agency with clear justification that our action in disclosing user information will result in preventing imminent and serious bodily harm to a person. Cheezburger has received no emergency requests in 2014. Our policy is to request reasoning for all emergency requests in writing prior to carrying out the request. The user will be informed when an Emergency Request has been carried out after the disclosure unless prohibited by a court order.

Content and Trademark-Related Removals:

Requests: Complied: Requests Containing a
Reference to “Your Mom”
53 52 0

Breakdown:

Content Removal Requests: 53
Trademark-Related Requests: 0

How we handle requests for content removal:

  1. Every request for content removal is reviewed by a member of our community team.
  2. We reject copyright takedown requests if they do not conform to the standards set forth in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
  3. If we receive a copyright request that does not conform to the standards of the DMCA, we will refer them to our copyright policy page. The requester is free to resubmit the request.
  4. We will make an effort to inform the affected user(s) with the full text of the request based on the contact information supplied to us.
  5. The user may provide a counter-notification according to our Copyright Policy.
  6. We will restore any counter-notified content after legally required downtime has passed.
  7. Any counter-notified content will not count as a strike against the user’s copyright strikes.

How we handle requests related to trademarks:

  1. Every request related to trademark violations is reviewed by a member of our community team.
  2. We reject trademark-related requests if they do not conform to the standards set forth in our Terms of Service.
  3. If we receive a trademark-related request that does not conform to our Terms of Service, we will refer them to our Terms of Service page. The requester is free to resubmit the request.
  4. We will make an effort to inform the user(s) with the full text of the request based on the contact information supplied to us.
  5. The user may counter-notify us to dispute the trademark-related request and Cheezburger staff will review the counter-notification.

Government Requests

Cheezburger did not receive any US federal or state government requests for the removal of content in 2014. We also did not receive any removal request form foreign government entities.

Karaoke Songs performed at the Cheezburger Winter Party:

Solos or Collaborative Performances by Cheezburger Employees Solos by Cheezburger Guests Number of Cats at the Party
40 4 0

Order of Performance by Cheezburgers:

  1. “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
  2. “My Name is Jonas” by Weezer
  3. “Bust a Move” by Young MC
  4. “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
  5. “Faithfully” by Journey
  6. “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
  7. “White Wedding” by Billy Idol
  8. “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus
  9. “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus
  10. “Africa” – by Toto
  11. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  12. “Pinball Wizard” by The Who
  13. “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)” by Garth Brooks
  14. “Jane Says” by Jane’s Addiction
  15. “Fight for Your Right” by Beastie Boys
  16. “Marry the Night” by Lady Gaga
  17. “Firework” by Katy Perry
  18. “Goin’ Back to Cali” by LL Cool J
  19. “Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn
  20. “Love You Like a Love Song” by Selena Gomez
  21. “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia
  22. “Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly
  23. “Legalize It” by Peter Tosh
  24. “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads
  25. “Uptown Funk (with Bruno Mars)” by Mark Ronson
  26. “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” by Reba McEntire
  27. “Sex on Fire” by Kings of Leon
  28. “What I Got” by Sublime
  29. “All the Small Things” by Blink-182
  30. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
  31. “My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit
  32. “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies
  33. “Alone” by Heart
  34. “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones
  35. “Sorry for Party Rocking” by LMFAO
  36. “0 to 100 (The Catch Up)” by Drake
  37. “Tearin’ Up My Heart” by NSYNC
  38. “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver
  39. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
  40. “Come to My Window” by Melissa Etheridge

Order of Solo Performance by Guests:

  1. “Tomorrow” by Silverchair
  2. “Head Like a Hole” by Nine Inch Nails
  3. “Mr. Roboto” by Styx
  4. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli

How we handle requests related to karaoke songs:

All requests related to the removal of songs from any future karaoke list can be sent here.

 

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The Internet is Winning

Hi Burgers,

A little Pundit Kitchen for your Wednesday?

Yesterday, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler officially announced his move toward upholding a free and open Internet.

I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.

Tom did a fair amount of politicking, opening with a “connect with the people” anecdote about a startup he attempted in the nineties called NABU that failed because of the difficulties of transmitting the Internet via closed cable lines.

The FCC kept phone lines open and free so companies like AOL succeeded while companies like his failed because cable lines weren’t. He rather heroically stated that this openness “did not happen by accident, but by FCC rule.”

What he probably should have highlighted a bit more was (most likely) the real reason that the FCC is taking this step towards neutrality, the 4 million public comments that demanded open Internet. In the end he did acknowledge the fact that the Internet should be open because “that is the message I’ve heard from consumers and innovators across this nation.”

If I were making the speech, I might have noted that you guys that made comments and signed petitions are the heroes, rather than the FCC itself. Bravo everyone. You can check out the full speech here.

The FCC will officially vote on this issue on February 26. I’ll post more on that in the next couple of weeks.

Cheers,
Evan

 

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A Post Sportsball Gif-Together

Hi Burgers,

I’ll bet you’re all a bit tired of seeing Super Bowl shenanigans everywhere. I was going to start this Gif-Togehter off with a Sportball send off, but then Anselmbe and DeathByCupcakes beat me to the punch with two pretty much unbeatable gifs. So my contribution this week will be this:

I don’t know. What are you guys up to?

My shark ate all the posts!

anselmbe

The only part of the game that wasn’t a shocker to me.

DeathByCupcakes

Boom shakalala! Survived Hot Wings Sunday!

Sylviag

Don’t Wanna Get Fined – (Indelibly Imprinted On Your Mind) – gif-together

ani.s4

MFW the Patriots went onto win the game.

Mike

 

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A Bork in the Blog

Hi Burgers,

Just a quick heads up that something happened on the blog last night that has effectively removed all of the posts from January. Is it because the Seahawks decided to throw the ball on 2nd and 1? Probably not, but whatever the cause that’s why things are a little wonky right now.

We’re currently working on removing the kittehs from the matrix and restoring the missing posts. Until then, please enjoy/try to understand one of Katy Perry’s shark dancers.

 

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See You at the Bridge PB!

Hi Burgers,

A few months ago a Cheez community member named Sabsilla contacted me concerning a friend of hers who had unexpectedly and recently lost her beloved kitty PB.

She had an idea to rally some of the kittehs in the community and create a collection of portraits to see PB the tuxedo cat safely to the Rainbow Bridge.

As always, the community responded with an outpouring of love and support. Though this happened a while back now, I wanted to share the finished collection as an homage to PB and the fact that even if you aren’t directly a part of our corner of the Internet, you’ll find friends here.

A Fond Farewell to PB
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Cheers,
Evan

 

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