How YouTube’s Forced Google+ Integration Devolved Into ASCII Porn

Google’s push to merge YouTube and Google+ was in part an attempt to clean up the notoriously negative (and sometimes nonsensical) comments left on videos, by forcing previously anonymous users to associate their comments with the name of a real-life human. But this story on Ars Technica explains how short-sightedness at Google and clever (if juvenile) YouTube users have instead turned the site’s comments into “a sea of ASCII penises.” [ArsTechnica]

LG Smart TVs Are So Smart, They Might Be Spying On You While You Change Channels

LG Smart TVs Are So Smart, They Might Be Spying On You While You Change Channels

Is this the start of the humans vs. machine war, where our smart devices decide they’ve had enough of sitting back and watching our species click around on TVs and swipe our phones and just revolt? Let’s hope not, but a blogger in England does think he’s figured out that LG Smart TVs are so smart, they’re actually spying on us. [More]

Lawmakers Aim To Stop Patent Trolls From Shaking Down Businesses For Using Basic Office Equipment

Lawmakers Aim To Stop Patent Trolls From Shaking Down Businesses For Using Basic Office Equipment

We’ve written before about the lowest level of patent troll, the kind that claims to have a patent on some widely used technology — like photocopying or scanning — and instead of targeting the companies that make products that allegedly violate those patents, they try to bully small businesses into paying thousands of dollars for the use of basic office equipment. [More]

Porn Troll Lawyers Hit With Legal Fees For Bullying Defendant

Porn Troll Lawyers Hit With Legal Fees For Bullying Defendant

Back in 2012, John Steele of Prenda Law — a firm that specializes in threatening to sue alleged porn file-sharers in order to force a settlement — was publicly bragging about his success, referring to himself in an interview as “the original copyright troll.” Recently, things haven’t gone so well, due in no small part to a disastrous attempt to sue Comcast and AT&T for phony claims of “hacking” one of their client’s websites. [More]

BitTorrent To Saturday Night Live: “We’re Not A Website & We Don’t Pirate Movies”

BitTorrent To Saturday Night Live: “We’re Not A Website & We Don’t Pirate Movies”

While people are always saying “I BitTorrented that movie” or “I used BitTorrent to get my hands on some sweet porn,” they’re not talking about a website or a service. Instead, they’re talking about the method through which the shared file was obtained. This distinction was apparently lost on the writing staff at Saturday Night Live this weekend. [More]

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San Francisco Accidentally Directs Callers Complaining About The Marathon To Sex Line

Why is that every time we hear about a city or otherwise very public entity getting a phone number wrong, it’s inevitable that callers end up dialing a sex line? The Surprise! This Is A Phone Sex Number And Not The Number You Were Looking For phenomenon struck San Francisco residents trying to complain about Sunday’s Nike Marathon. [More]

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Police: Man Filmed Girls’ Butts With Hidden Camera On Walmart Cart

A Pennsylvania man who has been charged with possession of child pornography allegedly had a very, very creepy habit during his shopping trips to the local Walmart: following underage girls around the store with a hidden camera fixed on their rear ends. Authorities found the videos on his computer as part of a separate online investigation. [More]

Man Loses Out On $217 In Credit Card Rewards Over Vague Definition Of “Pay At The Pump”

Man Loses Out On $217 In Credit Card Rewards Over Vague Definition Of “Pay At The Pump”

“Pay at the pump” generally means you swipe your credit or debit card at the machine. But in New Jersey, where you’re forbidden from pumping your own gas, there really is no other choice than paying at the pump, though the card isn’t always swiped at the actual pump. This vague distinction between “pay at the pump” and “giving your card to someone at the pump” is why one Jersey driver is out $217 in credit card rewards. [More]

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Man Claims Sprint Sold His Son A Phone Loaded With Pornographic Images Of Store Employee

A California man has filed a lawsuit against Sprint. Corp and Nextel of California Inc. claiming the new phone he bought for his underage son came with a set of pornographic images loaded onto it. The images were allegedly of a Sprint sales rep who worked at the same store where the phone was purchased. [More]

At least the wine isn't grey.

Of Course A ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Wine Collection Exists

What goes better with a marathon session of reading steamy “mommy porn” or fine, erotica, than a whole lot of wine? Heck, if you drink enough of it, maybe it’ll be easier to pretend you didn’t just turn down theater tickets to spend the night engrossed in your guilty pleasure. Not that that’s bad, or anything. Whatever floats your Fifty Shades of Grey boat. [More]

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Charity Book Shops: No One Wants Your Used Copy Of Fifty Shades Of Grey

When does a book donation turn from a welcome bit of assistance into an unwanted nuisance? Perhaps after everyone has already read it, turning it into a wild success but one that doesn’t necessarily merit a permanent position on the book shelf. After all, who really needs to own a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey when all your friends have it for the borrowing anyway? [More]

Comcast Claims Copyright On Publicly Available Letter, Threatens To Sue Site For Publishing It

Comcast Claims Copyright On Publicly Available Letter, Threatens To Sue Site For Publishing It

It’s no secret that Comcast is not the most loved company, but only a few days ago some folks were happy with Comcast after a court document showed it had provided information indicating that lawyers for porn producers had planted material on a file-sharing site. Now Comcast is claiming that its copyright has been violated by the news site that published the publicly available document. [More]

Comcast Letter Indicates Porn Troll Lawyers Planted Material On Pirate Bay

Comcast Letter Indicates Porn Troll Lawyers Planted Material On Pirate Bay

Not even a year ago, lawyer John Steele was touting himself as the “original copyright troll,” talking up his efforts to fight online porn pirates. Now his law firm is on the other end of legal boot, accused of planting copyrighted content online with the sole purpose of tracking — and threatening to sue — the people who shared those files. [More]

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Geek Squad Accused Of Stealing, Distributing Customer’s Naked Photos. Yes, Again

Many years ago, we published an article based on information from Geek Squad workers where they explained to us exactly how they found and swiped customers’ porn from their computers. That kind of thing never happens anymore, right?  According to another lawsuit filed recently in Alabama, nope: two years ago, they were still at it. [More]

DirecTV Bills Elderly Couple $198 For Porn They Didn’t Rent 5 Years Ago

DirecTV Bills Elderly Couple $198 For Porn They Didn’t Rent 5 Years Ago

Cable customers frequently complain that they are being charged for porn they didn’t order — and cable companies often shrug and insist that someone must have ordered the erotic flicks. But a couple of married septuagenarians in California say DirecTV recently tried to charge them for 18 porn titles rented in a single day — in 2008. [More]

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Man Busted For Stealing Church Computer After Insistent Searches For Porn

Having problems with that computer you just (allegedly) stole from a church? First of all, shame on you for stealing, second, if you can’t get the laptop to let you search for and view porn, calling the software company that stymied said efforts and asking it to help is going to blow your cover. [More]

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Time Warner Cable Jacking Up Modem Fees

Not even a year after Time Warner Cable ticked off its entire customer base (except maybe some who are also heavily invested in TWC) by deciding to charge a $3.95/month modem rental fee for equipment that customers already had in their homes, the company has done as we predicted and begun raising that rate to $5.99 a month for equipment that is now even older and more out-of-date than it was last October. [More]

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UK Wants To Block All Internet Porn Unless Service Subscribers Ask To Disable Filters

It could become a lot more difficult to hop on the Internet and peruse whatever kind of adult content floats your boat in the United Kingdom: British Prime Minister Davide Cameron announced a plan today that would have Internet service providers block pornography by default. Anyone who wants to view adult content would need to ask for that filter to be removed. [More]