Russia Targets Tinder as a Warning to Facebook and Twitter

Russia has millions of internet users. But if you want them to use your search engine, network on your social media platform, or use your messenger to share their favorite memes, then Russia wants you to know one thing: You have to play by its data-sharing rules. Tinder is the most recent platform to get the message. Last week, the Russian communications censor Roskomnadzor added the popular dating site to a list of 175 companies that it says have agreed to store user data and messages in Russia and to share that data with Russian government and intelligence agencies. Apple is not on the list, but reportedly already stores some of its data in the country. Other non-Russian companies on …

Stride raises $2.5M from JetBlue, NFX for its guided trips marketplace

Group travel — it’s something you either love or hate, but Stride, which describes itself as a marketplace for “experiential multi-day and multi-destination packaged trips planned by experts,” wants to change this perception. The service, which was co-founded by former Starwood Hotels and Viator executive Gavin Delany, today announced that it has raised a $2.5 million seed round from JetBlue Ventures and NFX. In addition, it rolled out its new TripFinder feature, which makes it easier to find the right tour from the more than 30,000 travel itineraries from its partners in its database. The service first launched in 2016. Delany decided to focus on trips because of his own frustration with finding the right operator to hike the Inca …

UK carriers warn over ongoing Huawei 5G uncertainty: Report

UK mobile network operators have drafted a letter urging the government for greater clarity on Chinese tech giant Huawei’s involvement in domestic 5G infrastructure, according to a report by the BBC. Huawei remains under a cloud of security suspicion attached to its relationship with the Chinese state, which in 2017 passed legislation that gives authorities more direct control over the operations of internet-based companies — leading to fears it could repurpose network kit supplied by Huawei as a conduit for foreign spying. Back in April, press reports emerged suggesting the UK government was intending to give Huawei a limited role in 5G infrastructure — for ‘non-core’ parts of the network — despite multiple cabinet ministers apparently raising concerns about any …

FedEx ends express delivery contract with Amazon

FedEx will not renew a contract with Amazon to provide express delivery for the e-commerce giant’s packages in the United States. FedEx, which made the announcement Friday, said in a statement the change would not affect other existing contracts with Amazon or international services. FedEx Express only impacts air services. FedEx will still serve as a carrier for Amazon for last-mile deliveries. Amazon said in a statement that it respects FedEx’s decision and thanked them for its “role serving Amazon customers over the years.” Dean Kamen, who invented the 

Former NXIVM Member Says Allison Mack Told Her To ‘Go Be A Good Slave’

NXIVM sex cult for the group’s leader Keith Raniere, a former member testified in court on Monday. CNN. Nicole’s boyfriend at the time suggested she take a program of courses offered by NXIVM in upstate New York that  In February 2016, Nicole said, Mack invit Nicole said Mack told her that in order to learn about the group, she’d  New York Post. After Nicole signed all the papers, she said, Mack told her “the Vow” would be a lifetime commitment and she’d have to be branded. master-slave relationship, and that Nicole was forbidden to sleep with her then-boyfriend and was to remain celibate for three months. “[Mack] said that she couldn’t let me out no matter how hard I cried …

Football coach jailed for child abuse

Image caption Victim Billy Seymour died in a car crash in January Mr Seymour, a Southampton youth player who went on to play for Coventry City and Millwall, had waived his right to anonymity to speak publicly. He gave evidence at last year’s trial but was killed in a car crash in January before Higgins’ retrial. On Tuesday, his mother Jean read his victim impact statement, written before his death, to the court. Addressed to Higgins, it said: “I am sick to my stomach of giving you any more thought. I have been a broken man. You have debilitated my whole life. “The mist is clearing. I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. “I will beat …

Lesbian Couple Brutally Attacked On London Bus By Men Who Allegedly Wanted To Watch Them Kiss – Perez Hilton

In a June 5 Geymonat said she “started making jokes” in an attempt to calm things down, explaining: That’s when things got blurry. She continued: Geymonat claimed the couple’s things were stolen. By the time she came to, the police had arrived and she was “bleeding all over.” “I’m tired of being taken as a sexual object, of finding out that these situations are usual, of gay friends who were beaten up just because. We have to endure verbal harassment and chauvinist, misogynistic and homophobic violence because when you stand up for yourself s*** like this happens.” He shared in a statement: The attack sparked an outcry of condemnation throughout the U.K., with London mayor Twitter, writing: Our hearts are …

El Chapo: what the rise and fall of the kingpin reveals about the war on drugs

The long read: As the capture and conviction of Mexicos notorious drug lord has shown, taking down the boss doesnt mean taking down the organisation Just after midday on Tuesday 12 February, word came down that the verdict was ready in what had been widely described as the trial of the century. United States of America v Joaqun Guzmn Loera had lasted approximately three months it took prosecutors that long to present what they described as an avalanche of evidence, which had taken more than a decade to compile. The government called 56 witnesses, the defence called only one: an FBI agent, who finished testifying within an hour. There was little expectation that Guzmn would mount a convincing defence. The …

‘Black Mirror’ season 5 needs to recalibrate its approach

Black MirrorLike its early seasons, the long-awaited Black Mirrorseason 5 is just three episodes. Its perhaps a bookend to DecembersFirst, the so-so episode: Smithereens features There are moments when the episode touches on reality: Smithereens COO quickly psychoanalyzes Chris based on his posts, and fellow employees become detectives with unfettered access to personal data. The companys Jack Dorsey-esque founder (a shirtless Topher Grace) is interrupted on a silent retreat to address the situation and speak with Chris, and he cant help but feed him talking points. Netflix referencedBandersnatchThe least successful episode with the highest-profile star is Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too, which stars Miley Cyrus as Ashley O., a pop star whos grown weary of having to put on a …

Socialism for the rich: the evils of bad economics

The long read: The economic arguments adopted by Britain and the US in the 1980s led to vastly increased inequality and gave the false impression that this outcome was not only inevitable, but good In most rich countries, inequality is rising, and has been rising for some time. Many people believe this is a problem, but, equally, many think theres not much we can do about it. After all, the argument goes, globalisation and new technology have created an economy in which those with highly valued skills or talents can earn huge rewards. Economics Corrupted Us by Jonathan Aldred, published by Allen Lane and available at guardianbookshop.co.uk Follow the Long Read on Twitter at @gdnlongread, and sign up to the …

Netflix revisits ‘Tales of the City’ with diverse, relevant limited series

Tales of the City Twenty-five years later, Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) returns to TVon a streaming service, at leastand welcomes a fresh, more diverse cast to the iconic 28 Barbary Lane. Tales of the City , Mary Ann (Laura Linney) revisits present-day San Francisco to celebrate the 90th birthday of Anna, the transgender landlady whos home at 28 Barbary Lane has been a safe haven for the LGBTQIA community for decades. Upon being reunited with her adopted daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), Mary Ann decides to stick around 28 Barbary Laneright when Anna needs her family-by-choice most. The Netflix limited series continues the story of the books, complete with several familiar characters, which began in 1978 …

Court Upholds Ruling Against Washington Florist Who Refused To Serve Gay Couple

Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state courts had not acted with religious animus when they held that a florist violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to sell flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding. “We are thrilled that the Court has reaffirmed its ruling in our favor,” Freed and Ingersoll said in a statement. “Discrimination hurts, especially while planning what should be one of the happiest times of your life. We hope that this ruling will prevent what happened to us from happening to others.” Previously, the Washington Supreme Court had upheld the Benton County Superior Court in ruling that Stutzman’s actions violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act and the Washington Law Against Discrimination. Under these laws, …

Scientists Decode Genome Of Plague-Causing Bacteria That Decimated Medieval Europe

Yersinia pestis is the bacterium responsible for the first plague pandemic (and all plague pandemics since) – the Justinian Plague of 541 to 750 CE. This public health crisis wiped out close to 100 million people in Asia, Africa, and Europe in the first five years alone. Now, an international team of researchers writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and led by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History have analyzed the remains of 21 victims and reconstructed eight plague genomes to find out the bacteria evolved and the impact it had on Early Middle Age Europe.  The Justinian Plague – named after Justinian I, ruler of the Eastern Roman (or, Byzantine) Empire – kicked off in 541 CE. Following an outbreak …

Tech’s dangerous race to control our emotions

they make us feel anxiousIn a time when are suffering from stress, depression, and anxiety, the emergence of technology that can deal with negative emotions is arguably a positive development. However, as more and more companies aim to use AI-based technology to make us feel better, society is confronted with an extremely delicate ethical problem: Should we launch a concerted effort to resolve the underlying causes of stress, depression, and other negative states, or should we simply turn to emotional technology in order to palliate the increasingly precarious human condition? In October, it was revealed that Amazon had a version of its Alexa personal assistant that could detect the emotional states of its users and then suggest activities appropriate to …

Tech reporter charged with soliciting child sex online

Warning: This article contains graphic sexual language. Tech reporter Peter Brighthas been arrested for soliciting sex with children online. He was employed byArs Technicauntil recently. A federal complaint alleges that Bright sought to molest a 7- and 9-year-old and met with an undercover agent for this purpose, at which point he was arrested. It also states that Bright claimed to be in a sexual relationship with an 11-year-old. He is currently being held without bail. According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, an undercover FBI special agent made contact with Bright on KinkD, a social media fetish platform, on April 18. Bright, using the handlerandomanon, had responded to a message …