Google’s Had It Up to Here With the Leaks, Leaked Email Shows

Google has announced an effort to batten the hatches and dam the leaks in a company-wide email, which has also been leaked to the Verge. Read More >>

Have Some Porn for Your Ears

Horny audiophiles lusty for more sundry alternatives to raw-dog banging, here ya go: Caroline Spiegel, the 22-year-old sister of Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, is serving you an audio and text-only platform for erotic storytelling. In Bloomberg and Wired profiles, Spiegel – who launched “Quinn” as a website while a student at Stanford – announces that she’s taking the site mobile, where users can listen to, read, and upload their recordings for approval, eliminating the turn-offs of monitors, ad breaks, and desks. Read More >>

PayPal Decides it Doesn’t Like Porn, Refuses to Pay Pornhub Models

PayPal wages its years-long war on sex work, announcing yesterday that it has officially refused to stop processing payments made through Pornhub to over 100,000 models. The reason, as per usual, is violation of its “sexually-oriented goods” clause in the terms of service agreement. The cumulative effect of financial discrimination, by banks and payment processors, is that people conducting totally legal business have to resort to less lucrative platforms or, in some cases, potentially more dangerous offline encounters. Read More >>

Steve Wozniak Points to Apple Card Gender Discrimination on Twitter, Regulators Investigating

This weekend, with astonishing speed, a viral Twitter thread prompted a New York State investigation into alleged gender discrimination by the Apple Card and its banking partner Goldman Sachs. On Thursday, Basecamp CTO and Ruby on Rails creator David Heinemeier Hansson called bullshit on the Apple Card’s alleged decision to award him “20x” the credit limit of his wife, despite the fact that they file joint tax returns and that her credit score is higher. Goldman Sachs offered somewhat thin gruel in its justifications for determining credit worthiness but emphasised that it looks forward to allowing customers to “share their Apple Card with other members of their families” – which I can only interpret to mean “wives.” Read More >>

Vulnerability In Ring Doorbells Left the Door Open for Hackers to Open the Door

Bitdefender – the tireless actuary of the Internet of Things – has reported discovering a backdoor into homeowner’s personal wifi networks via Amazon’s Ring doorbells, the video-enabled auto-locks that allow homeowners to remotely open the door. And as Bitdefender’s Chief Security Researcher Jay Balan told Gizmodo over the phone, once a bad actor has access to a home network “it’s game over.” Read More >>

TikTok to Facebook: OK Boomer

The bane of my generation may soon be lifted, but comeuppance is bittersweet. According to a new study from the Morning Consult, Facebook’s cachet with the kids is dwindling and TikTok is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for teens to post content they’ll soon regret. Read More >>

Does Everything Become Evil?

In a sinister corporate nightmare where your bladder is a redundancy, it’s not surprising that warehouses would collect workers’ aggregate corporeal data, and a new company is testing the limits of what we’ll put up with. Bloomberg reports that major manufacturing and shipping companies are asking their manual labourers to strap on motion sensors ostensibly for their own safety, vibrating on their chests to alert them to potentially hazardous bends and twists. Employers then inspect workers’ every move, opening an obvious path to intensive micro-surveillance of their productivity. Read More >>

The Internet Archive Fights Wiki Citation Wars With Books

Thanks to the laborious stewardship of the blessed Internet Archive and the unyielding armies of Wikipedia’s citizen scholars, we may, within our lifetimes, reach a consensus on basic historical information. Read More >>

The Teens Are Making History on TikTok

In 1911, the San Francisco Examiner published a guide titled: “How to Make Really Funny Jokes.” According to author Professor Korski, a true joke is a “very pleasant absurdity contrasting with one’s habitual expectation.” A joke does not “merely cause laughter.” “Falling downstairs” is not a joke. A joke is not “unpleasant, repellent, offensive, horrid, ugly, painful, insane, freakish, natural, solemn, stupid, or meaningless.” Read More >>

Poo for Science

Here’s an opportunity for the charitable scientific enthusiasts among us: please photograph your poo today in order to help train artificial intelligence. Read More >>

How Memes Could Soon Cost People Over £23,000

You’re served with a notice. Apparently you’d shared some photos you didn’t own on the internet a while ago, and now someone – possibly an artist, possibly a copyright troll – can file for damages of up to $30,000 (£23,328). Scam, you think, and toss the paper. You’re served with a second paper 30 days later, but you toss that too. Read More >>

Instagram Removes Fictional Depictions of Self-Harm and Suicide

Instagram announced on Sunday that it’s banning drawings, memes, video, and comics that portray self-harm and suicide, as well as “other imagery that may not show self-harm or suicide, but does include associated materials or methods.” This adds to its preexisting policy of prohibiting content which promotes or encourages self-harm and suicide. Read More >>

How to (Ethically) Hack Hotel Bedside Robots

I’m not advising anyone to commandeer bedside hotel robots in order to spy on unwitting guests and curse the night with supernatural televisual activity. But if you wanted to, it would be really, disturbingly, easy. Fortunately for the guests of Japan’s storied robot hotels, an ethical hacker figured this out and reported the vulnerability. Read More >>

Twitter Is Flooded With Weird Ads Now – and I Love It

If you, too, are suddenly seeing amazing offers for John Deere tractors all over Twitter, you’re not alone. This week, a number of users noticed an influx of strange ads on the site, posting screenshots of spots for everything from dairy cow wellness to ministry insurance. Read More >>

Duck Gifs Are the Only Gifs With Integrity

Gifs lit up Web 1.0 like Las Vegas – the torches, crystal balls, humping Muppets, dancing babies, mailboxes opening and closing to indicate that you’ve got mail – all signalling that crimson castles, their divorced dads clubs, and in-browser spaceships were hip and exciting places to be. In honour of an arbitrary anniversary, marking the 24th year since Netscape Navigator 2.0 first supported looping animated gifs on the browser, I thought I’d appreciate some equally-arbitrary duck-themed gifs. Allow me to explain. Read More >>