August 18: Swift "shakes it off" with her hot, trending new single in the digital week in review

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - What was the Internet talking about this week? We're rounding up the stories that made headlines and were trending throughout the week:

Taylor Swift “shakes” up new single: Gone are the days of singing about Tim McGraw and teardrops on her guitar…Taylor Swift is back with a new single that is far from a crooning country ballad. Swift released her new single “Shake It Off” and the accompanying video this week, to fans’ delight – but it’s pretty obvious that the former country star is expanding her musical palate a little more these days. Critics gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate but Swift will most likely be riding the pop charts all way to the top when her upcoming “1989” album drops. 

The #IceBucketChallenge continues: Let’s talk ice: since it took the Internet by storm in July, the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS has raised millions for the charity. So while many are questioning the campaign, which encourages people to “dump or donate,” it’s undeniable that all the awareness has translated into huge numbers for ALS research .

Not to be outdone by celebs like Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon and Chris Pratt…the man, the myth, the legend Charlie Sheen took his own Ice Bucket Challenge to the next level. You have to see his video challenge that went viral this week! 

Siren puts women in the driver’s seat: …At least when it comes to online dating. With many women hesitant to dive into apps like OkCupid and Tinder due to boring matches or overly-aggressive messages, there’s a new app that’s putting all the control in women’s hands. Siren, a new dating app by women and for women, is designed to give women total control of their visibility. Learn more here

Scenes of terrorism on Twitter: Islamic State militants (ISIS) released a video this week, depicting the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who was captured in 2012 – and the video quickly spread across the Internet. In the wake of the video’s distribution, a number of social platforms like Twitter and YouTube moved quickly to remove the video – and suspend accounts that continue to share it.

Social media and weather – beware of bogus accounts: Social media is a fantastic way to quickly disseminate life-saving and timely information to a wide audience. Weather updates, breaking news updates…they’re all available in the palm of your hand thanks to platforms like Facebook and Twitter. But there’s a catch: bogus account sharing incorrect information. Storm Team 5 Meteorologist Tyler Mauldin shares this important information in his latest weather blog post

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