William Hook

Couple Claims Car Dealership Employee Stole Intimate Photos, Sent Them To Swingers’ Site

The thing about private photos is that they’re supposed to be just that: private. But a couple in Texas says not only did a car dealership employee swipe intimate photos from one of their phones, he then emailed them to a site for swingers. [More]

Adrian Scottow

Google, Facebook To Fight Fake “News” Sites By Blocking Them From Ad Money

Google and Facebook are, hands down, the two most common ways for basically everyone to find information: either you’re searching for links on one, or browsing your news feed on the other. They’re also the two biggest advertising companies in the world, which gives them some leverage to feed or starve some content. And when it comes to totally bogus news, both are now going to take the “starve” approach. [More]

Ann Fisher

Some Online Publishers Backing Away From Those Fake “Around The Web” Ads

The internet is covered in advertising.* It’s a fact of life. Some of that advertising, though, is a lot better — or at least, less completely sketchy — than other ads fighting for some time with your eyeballs. And since the sketchy stuff may make you think less well of the company running it, some media outlets are quietly disappearing the bars that always seem to end up full of “one weird trick” and bogus “celebrity death” stories. [More]

Marike79

Subway Worker Accused Of Filming Women In The Restroom

A Subway employee in Seattle is facing charges of voyeurism and possession of child pornography after allegedly filming women in the restaurant’s bathroom without their knowledge. [More]

Adam Fagen

Apple: No Evidence Apple Store Workers Stole Photos From Customers’ iPhones

Even though Apple fired several Apple Store employees accused of stealing photos from female customers’ iPhones, the company says that there is no evidence that any such theft occurred. [More]

LinkNYC

Kiosk-Hogging Complaints Drop 82% After NYC Blocks Porn At Free WiFi Spots

Now that New Yorkers can no longer “inappropriately” use the city’s free WiFi kiosks while web browsing, the agency that runs the program says reports of people monopolizing the spots has dropped 82%. Weird. [More]

LinkNYC

No More Web Browsing On Tablets In NYC’s Free WiFi Hubs Because People Can’t Behave

Remember how New York City was replacing old pay-phone booths and installing free WiFi kiosks? Eight months into the project, residents will no longer be able to browse the web on the tablets in those hubs because people have been monopolizing them, and “using them inappropriately.” We all know what that means. [More]

Homeowner Says Airbnb Guest Did $25K In Water Damage, May Have Shot Porn In Her House

Homeowner Says Airbnb Guest Did $25K In Water Damage, May Have Shot Porn In Her House

We’re not saying this is the way things should be, but it’s the way things are: If you’re going to use Airbnb or some other service to rent out your house like a hotel, you need to know there’s a chance that the people you let stay in your home while you’re away might also see it as nothing more than a hotel room they can mess up and leave behind. [More]

Adam Fagen

Couple Sues Company Behind IP Database That Sent The Entire Internet To Their Front Door

Back in April, we shared the story of a couple who rented a farm not knowing that 600 million phantom roommates also lived there. Over the years, law enforcement, paramedics, private investigators, and other random strangers have showed up at their doorstep, looking for everyone from suicidal teens to identity thieves to the makers of pornographic movies. Thanks to technology that no one had foreseen back when the database was set up, much of the internet was purportedly in their house. [More]

Misfit Photographer

6 Things To Know About Why Health Care System Turns Blind Eye To Doctors Accused Of Sexual Assault

As we learned earlier this year, it can be extremely difficult — and sometimes impossible — to find information about doctors that have been disciplined by their state medical boards for things like sexual misconduct, overprescribing controlled substances, and various other documented examples of unprofessional or dangerous doctoring. Now, a new report suggests that one reason we might not be able to obtain information related to doctor sexual misconduct is because many cases go unreported, and even in when assaults are reported, they can result in no action being taken against the doctor. [More]

khawkins04

Starbucks Joins McDonald’s In Blocking Porn Access On Free WiFi

You won’t be able to watch a skin flick with your morning latte at Starbucks anymore: the coffee chain says it’ll join McDonald’s in adding a pornography filter to its in-store WiFi. [More]

Tim Baker

McDonald’s Starts Blocking Porn Access Over Free WiFi

If you’ve been using McDonald’s free WiFi to check out the latest porn while eating a McGriddle, we’ve got some bad news for you.
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QVC Looking Into Why It Showed A Laptop With Racist Content On TV

QVC Looking Into Why It Showed A Laptop With Racist Content On TV

Imagine you’re sitting in your living room, watching some home-shopping show on QVC. The host is showing off some of the features on a laptop computer and — wait, did that just say “N****r”??

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Poster Boy

Facebook’s Robots Are Working Hard On Content Moderation So Humans Don’t Have To

Sometimes it’s a bad thing when a robot gets invented to do a human job. And other times, it can be a relief, because the job was really terrible for any human to do. And that’s the tactic Facebook is taking with content moderation now, getting its AI to identify and “quarantine” offensive content before any human has to.

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ken fager

Defendant: Geek Squad Employee Was Paid FBI Informant, Searched Devices Illegally

A doctor in California claims that there are real secret agents in the Geek Squad, and that a paid FBI informant turned him in after finding suspicious material on his hard drive in 2012. While the FBI doesn’t deny that the Geek Squad employee did contact them about the contents of the defendant’s hard drive and that they did pay him, the Bureau insists that it didn’t employ informants working in the Geek Squad repair center to comb users’ computers for porn. [More]

Comcast Charges Family For Porn Rentals Made After They Canceled Service

Comcast Charges Family For Porn Rentals Made After They Canceled Service

You know those hacky crime novels and movies where a suspect is locked up because everyone is convinced he’s the killer — only to later be vindicated when the murders continue while the suspect is behind bars? This story is like that, but with porn instead of dead bodies. [More]

Scott Beale

Reddit Adds Tool To Block Unwanted Messages, Posts

Reddit bills itself as a place where just about anyone can voice their opinion, ask questions, and otherwise interact with the hordes of people cruising around on the Internet. For years, though, many have been concerned that the site’s open environment is conducive to harassment. And so this week the company took a step to make more users feel welcome by debuting an enhanced ‘block’ tool. [More]

21 Pranks, Fake Products, And Other Corporate Attempts At April Fools’ Day Relevance

21 Pranks, Fake Products, And Other Corporate Attempts At April Fools’ Day Relevance

Ever since April 1, 1922 when our print forerunner, The Consumerist Bugle-Gazette, ran an April Fools’ Day cover story that unwittingly — but accurately — announced the death of exiled Austrian Emperor Charles I, we’ve not tempted fate and avoided such tomfoolery. But others aren’t burdened by these ghosts of Aprils gone awry. [More]