Tag Archives: internet

Homocon Peter Thiel: I Secretly Financed Hulk Hogan’s Lawsuit Against Gawker Because They Outed Me

From the New York Times: That is the back story to a legal case that had already grabbed headlines: The wrestler Hulk Hogan sued Gawker Media for invasion of privacy after it published a sex tape, and a Florida jury recently awarded the wrestler, whose real name is Terry Gene Bollea, $140 million. What the jury did not know — …

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Twitter Tweaks Character Limits

Bloomberg reports: Twitter Inc. will soon stop counting photos and links in their 140-character limit for tweets, according to a person familiar with the matter. The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens …

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China Bans “Erotic” Banana Eating Online [VIDEO]

CBS News reports:  Live-streaming has become a major source of revenue in China, which has 668 million people online — the world’s largest Internet community. It’s in that environment that the notoriously controlling central authority governing Internet activities has struggled to keep up its conservative standards, recently banning the eating of bananas “erotically” during live streams, according to state-controlled CCTV. …

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Porn Site Blocks All North Carolina IPs Over Hate Law

From the Huffington Post: There’s a new kink in North Carolina’s LGBT controversy: A popular porn website is banning all computers from “The Tar Heel State.” XHamster.com has been refusing to serve anyone from North Carolina since 12:30 p.m. EDT, Monday. Instead, users with a North Carolina IP address are just seeing a black screen on their computer — no …

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Gawker Hit With Another $25M In Hulk Hogan Case

Via Mediaite: After awarding $115 million to Hulk Hogan for economic and emotional damages in his trial against Gawker, they dropped another bomb on the gossip site with just over $25 million in punitive damages on Monday. While the first amount was designated to compensate Hogan, real name Terry Bollea, for the damage Gawker caused by posting excerpts of a …

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FLORIDA: Jury Awards Wrestler Hulk Hogan $115M In Invasion Of Privacy Lawsuit Against Gawker.com

The New York Times reports: The retired wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million in damages on Friday by a Florida jury in an invasion of privacy case against Gawker.com over its publication of a sex tape — an astounding figure that tops the $100 million he had asked for, that will probably grow before the trial concludes, and that …

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New Website: No Sex For Trump Voters

From the National Review: An Ohio married couple with two young daughters has launched a movement called “Vote Trump Get Dumped,” which calls on people to refuse to have sex with Donald’s supporters. “I don’t want a sexist, racist, war-crime-threatening man leading my country,” wife, mother, and Vote Trump Get Dumped co-founder Chandler Smith told National Review Online on Wednesday. …

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Justin Trudeau Breaks The Internet

If you have an internet machine, you’ve surely seen the above photo tweeted out over the weekend by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Satirist Andy Borowitz writes for the New Yorker: The photo, taken at the Toronto Zoo and showing Justin Trudeau cuddling with two panda cubs, was “the last thing this country needed,” Harland Dorrinson, the executive director of …

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INDONESIA: Government May Ban LGBT Websites

From the Jakarta Post: Apparently under pressure to take preventive measures against the spread of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) propaganda through the internet, the Communications and Information Ministry is drafting a bill to ban websites that promote such activities. Ministry spokesperson Ismail Cawidu said the ministry had set up a panel that would meet to discuss the matter …

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Microsoft Pulls Plug On IE Versions 8, 9, 10

The Verge reports: Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 next week on January 12th, releasing a final patch encouraging users to upgrade to one of the company’s more recent browsers. The end of support means that these older versions of Internet Explorer will no longer receive security updates or technical support, making anyone who uses …

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Chrome Browser Filter Lets You Block Trump Stories

Politico reports: Those resolving to see less of Donald Trump in 2016 may have a new Google Chrome browser extension to install. Dubbed “Trump Filter” by creator Rob Spectre, the open-source extension searches websites that users visit and strips out any mentions of the Republican presidential candidate, claiming to scrub Trump “from all your web browsing without leaving the Internet.” …

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Google’s Year In Search 2015 [VIDEO]

This afternoon Google issued its annual Year In Search, which recaps the topics researched most often during 2015. Google’s accompanying clip highlights the Obergefell ruling and the increased visibility of transgender Americans. More on the 2015 Year In Search from Wired: Of all the countless things people typed into the Google search box this year, the terror attacks on Charlie …

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Breitbart: Leftists Hate Comment Sections

In a truly laughable case of hypocrisy, today Breitbart is denouncing progressive sites which have censoriously done away with their comment sections due to abusive and racist postings. They write: The internet was born open but is becoming closed everywhere. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the rush to shutter readers’ comments sections at major news organisations. Cheered on …

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Top Google Search Result: Ben Carson & NAMBLA

Thanks to a quote on his Wikipedia page, the first Google search page for Ben Carson includes a link to the Wikipedia entry for NAMBLA. Breitbart says this is the result of “leftist trolling” despite Carson’s infamous 2013 mention of NAMBLA during a denouncement of same-sex marriage. They write: Carson referred to NAMBLA in a March 2013 Hannity appearance. “Marriage …

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YouTube To Launch Subscription Service

Tech sites are up in arms about YouTube’s coming subscription service and what it might mean for consumers. First, the basics from the BBC: YouTube is to launch a subscription service offering original, exclusive videos – including feature-length films starring high-profile vloggers. Initially only available in the US, YouTube Red will cost $9.99 (£6.50) a month and have no adverts. …

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MAP: Who Is Out On Facebook

In recognition of this month’s National Coming Out Day and Spirit Day, Facebook has produced an analysis of its users in the United States who have identified (in various ways) as being LGBT. They write: Examining aggregated, de-identified information about people in the U.S. on Facebook, we look at the total number of people who came out on each day. …

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Playboy Magazine: No More Nudes

Declaring that the “battle” to see naked women has been won thanks to the internet, Playboy Magazine says they will no longer publish nude photos. The New York Times reports: Last month, Cory Jones, a top editor at Playboy, went to see its founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion. In a wood-paneled dining room, with Picasso and de Kooning …

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Google Celebrates National Coming Out Day

Also marking National Coming Out Day yesterday was Google, which gave a nod to their famed LGBT employees group.

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Facebook Tests New Emoticons [VIDEO]

Facebook was supposed to be getting a “dislike” button, but maybe this trial set of emoticons is what will finally roll out. Via Reuters: Like it or not, Facebook Inc’s trademark “like” button is set to get more expressive. Users will soon be able to do more than “like” posts. They will be able to love them and express sympathy, …

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A Real Life Burn Book: Yelp For People

The Washington Post calls this a “terrifying concept.” They write: You can already rate restaurants, hotels, movies, college classes, government agencies and bowel movements online. So the most surprising thing about Peeple — basically Yelp, but for humans — may be the fact that no one has yet had the gall to launch something like it. When the app does …

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