In February 2014, a mass crowd-controlled game of Pokémon streamed on Twitch.tv set the record at 1,165,140 for the most participants on a single player online videogame.
The United States' Copyright Office made news in August ruling that photos taken by non-humans cannot be copyrighted; including the disputed rights of selfie images on Wikipedia taken by a macaque.
Private online accounts of over 100 celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, were hacked in August, and their nude photo uploads were publicly leaked via the 4chan online image board.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the news in September by becoming the biggest global IPO in history, raising US$25billion on the New York Stock Exchange.
Google entered the home automation market in January, buying design-led smart home technology company Nest Labs from Apple alumni Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, for US$3.2 billion.
The news hashtag #SochiProblems partially eclipsed Winter Olympic news in February as discontented journalists, workers and athletes publicised their bizarre experiences and infrastructure problems at Sochi.
Like the iPhone 5 launch, the September launch of the iPhone 6 was accompanied with online rumour, gossip and photos suggesting that the latest model could bend under normal use. CNN picked up the story, and Apple felt obliged to respond.
U2’s Songs of Innocence became the most deleted album of all time in September after being automatically ‘gifted’ to all iTunes users in a promotional launch stunt for Apple’s iPhone 6.
Microsoft makes news in November by completing a $2.5 billion cash deal to acquire Swedish video games company Mojang, maker of the popular 3D game Minecraft.
Images went viral of a local Brazilian fan in tears at the World Cup semi-final before handing over his replica World Cup trophy to a German fan.
A televised charity stunt on the Golf Channel in June was emulated online by sports personalities and celebrities who publicly dowsed themselves with ice water. People joined in, and the ALS charity fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis received over US$100m in donations.
A slick ad from fashion retailer Wren enjoyed YouTube fame in March, featuring models, musicians and actors fumbling awkwardly as they act out a ‘first kiss’ whilst dressed in the label’s latest lines.
Cover page PR stunt in November from lifestyle magazine Paper depicting a nude Kim Kardashian with the caption “Break the Internet”. Although widely shared, the Internet did not break.
The European Court Of Justice ruled in May that Google should adhere to EU citizens’ “Right To Be Forgotten” on the Internet and de-list them from search engine results on request.
With help from celebrity TV chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, a photo goes viral in November of unknown supermarket bagger Alex Lee working at Target, allowing the 16 year-old Justin Bieber lookalike to launch his modelling career.
Whilst enjoying #1 spot on Apple’s app store and earning $55,000/day from in-game advertising, independent Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen suddenly withdrew his popular Flappy Birds game, claiming it was too addictive.
News sites celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the CERN paper from Tim Berners-Lee outlining what was to become the World Wide Web. On receiving the paper in March 1989, his boss Mike Sendall marked it as “Vague, but exciting.”
DreamWorks animator Daniel Hashimoto launched his popular action movie web series on YouTube in March, featuring his own 3-year-old son and using Adobe’s US$30/month software for professional grade special effects.
Crowdfunding prank on KickStarter to back a potato salad meal received $55,492 funding in July from more than 6,900 backers after an “I backed potato salad” t-shirt was offered to investors.
In June, a scientific publication revealed that Facebook had successfully completed a huge undercover experiment in mass mood manipulation, altering the mood of 700,000 of its users by doctoring their Facebook content.