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Teledildonics Startups Are Pumped This Cockblocking Patent Is Dead

“Our sex lives are about to get very interesting!” Maxine Lynn, an intellectual property attorney in the sex-tech space, tells me. The reason for her enthusiasm? A patent—or, rather, the absence of a patent, one that many say has inhibited innovation in the sex toy industry for two decades.

A Group of Engineers Say They've Created a Way to Detect Bombs and Guns Using Basic Wifi A Group of Engineers Say They've Created a Way to Detect Bombs and Guns Using Basic Wifi

Tracking down dangerous, hidden materials typically requires either a substantial labor force, costly and specific tools, or both. But a group of researchers is exploring a way in which threatening objects hidden in boxes or bags can be detected using off-the-shelf wifi.

Tinder Executives Sue Dating App's Owners for Allegedly Cheating Them Out of Billions  Tinder Executives Sue Dating App's Owners for Allegedly Cheating Them Out of Billions 

Ten former and current Tinder executives, including some of its founders, filed a lawsuit against the dating app’s owners IAC and Match Group on Tuesday, accusing them of scheming to intentionally lower Tinder’s valuation and cheat employees out of billions of dollars.

YouTube Pulls Jump Scare Ads for The Nun After Revolted Users Revolt YouTube Pulls Jump Scare Ads for The Nun After Revolted Users Revolt

Advertising for The Nun, an upcoming horror film centered around the inexplicable suicide of a nun in 1950s Romania, is predictably terrorizing. But a YouTube ad for the film has seemingly crossed the line, driving a flood of users to complain about it online and, ultimately, get it removed from the platform.

After Five Years of Fighting, Google and Facebook Security Guards Finally Have Their Union Contract After Five Years of Fighting, Google and Facebook Security Guards Finally Have Their Union Contract

Thousands of security officers in Silicon Valley just ratified their first union contract. The guards, numbering at about 3,000, work at tech giants like Facebook and Google and have been organizing and negotiating for more than five years.

Tourists Vying for Perfect Selfie Spot Brawl at Rome's Trevi Fountain Tourists Vying for Perfect Selfie Spot Brawl at Rome's Trevi Fountain

Imagine standing before an iconic piece of Baroque architecture—and starting a giant fight. That’s effectively what happened earlier this month at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, where a 44-year-old American woman and a 19-year-old Dutch woman got into a violent argument over the best selfie spot.

The Vigilantes on Facebook Who Stream To Catch a Predator-Style Ambushes of Alleged Pedophiles The Vigilantes on Facebook Who Stream To Catch a Predator-Style Ambushes of Alleged Pedophiles

The texts would come at all hours of the night, numbering in the thousands. “Have you been with an older guy?” “You’re really hot, so it’s worth the risk of getting in trouble.” “Has your daddy fucked you today?”

Face Recognition Tool Helps Nice Hackers Grab Facebook, Instagram Data Just Like the Bad Guys  Face Recognition Tool Helps Nice Hackers Grab Facebook, Instagram Data Just Like the Bad Guys 

Security researchers released a tool this week that lets you collect social media profiles of a massive amount of people using face recognition. While that might sound like a terrible idea, the tool’s creators say it will help security professionals by giving them the same tools as the bad guys.

South Korea's Rampant Spy-Cam Porn Problem Prompts Crackdown at Transportation Hubs South Korea's Rampant Spy-Cam Porn Problem Prompts Crackdown at Transportation Hubs

After tens of thousands of women took to the streets this weekend, South Korea’s government announced a new plan to crack down on hidden cameras used to record people without their consent.

This Facebook Feature Shouldn't Exist This Facebook Feature Shouldn't Exist

As it goes, the futility of a feature is painfully apparent when someone decides to exploit it. For me, this feature is Facebook’s ability to allow event hosts to manually change someone’s RSVP. I noticed the feature itself late last year when a friend of mine figured it out and was predictably being a dick about…

A Top Medical University in Japan Has Been Lowering Women's Test Scores For Years: Reports A Top Medical University in Japan Has Been Lowering Women's Test Scores For Years: Reports

A leading medical university in Japan wanted more male students—so it’s reportedly been lowering the entrance exam scores of female applicants for years.

Lawsuit: Sweeping Biometric Data Collection Keeps Immigrant Children Locked Up Longer Lawsuit: Sweeping Biometric Data Collection Keeps Immigrant Children Locked Up Longer

A class-action lawsuit filed against several U.S. government officials claims a newly updated policy expanding the collection of biometric and biographical data is unjustly resulting in the prolonged imprisonment of unaccompanied immigrant children and potentially aiding immigration enforcement agencies in the capture…

Twitter's One Step Closer to Figuring Out Why It Sucks Twitter's One Step Closer to Figuring Out Why It Sucks

Twitter, a social network known for its perpetual feed of virulence and targeted harassment, is turning to academia to answer the decade-old question: Why is it so bad?

Man Says FBI Is 'Blocking' Child Pornography on His Phone, Gets Arrested for Child Pornography Man Says FBI Is 'Blocking' Child Pornography on His Phone, Gets Arrested for Child Pornography

This week, 47-year-old Christopher Kruithof filed a complaint against the FBI, alleging that the federal law enforcement agency was blocking his phone after he viewed child pornography on it. They weren’t—police reportedly chalked it up to a ransomware virus.

Facebook Forced to Block 20,000 Posts About Snack Food Conspiracy After PepsiCo Sues: Report Facebook Forced to Block 20,000 Posts About Snack Food Conspiracy After PepsiCo Sues: Report

PepsiCo really doesn’t want anyone talking shit about its corn puffs online. There is a rumor that Kurkure, a corn puff product developed by the company in India, is made of plastic. The conspiracy theory naturally thrived online, where people posted mocking videos and posts questioning whether the snack contained…

To Fool This Iris Scanner, You're Gonna Need a Really Fresh Eyeball To Fool This Iris Scanner, You're Gonna Need a Really Fresh Eyeball

When security systems rely on our unique human characteristics—like our fingerprints and eyeballs—techniques for circumventing those systems can be far more macabre than just guessing a password. If someone wanted to fool your iris scanner, for instance, all they really need is your eye. In light of that, a research…

TSA Says New Tech Will Maybe, Someday Let You Keep Your Laptop in Your Bag TSA Says New Tech Will Maybe, Someday Let You Keep Your Laptop in Your Bag

After three British men conspired to detonate liquid explosives aboard a transatlantic flight in 2006—a plan thwarted weeks ahead of its execution—airports have cracked down on items travelers are allowed to carry through security, from bottled water to more recently introduced rules for smartphones and laptops. But a…

Instagram's New Activity Status Shows When You're Online, and Yes You Can Turn It Off Instagram's New Activity Status Shows When You're Online, and Yes You Can Turn It Off

Instagram is getting that little green dot—the universal sign for “I’m available to chat, please bother me.” If, like me, you don’t need your friends to know when you’re mindlessly scrolling through photos in bed, you can easily turn the feature off.

Just One California for Now Just One California for Now

A Silicon Valley venture capitalist’s pipe dream to split up California into several states inched a little closer to reality last month when it made it onto the November ballot. But on Wednesday, the California Supreme Court unanimously decided to scrap the plan from the ballot. Tim Draper, the billionaire behind the…

Senators Want to 'Explore' Injecting Emergency Alerts Into Netflix and Spotify Senators Want to 'Explore' Injecting Emergency Alerts Into Netflix and Spotify

Earlier this year, Hawaiian residents received a text—“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII”—wrongly signaling that a nuclear bomb might be headed their way. An employee reportedly mistook a drill for a real attack and sent the alert to all cell phones in the state. Today, U.S. senators introduced a new bill…

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