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A Different Kind of Lockdown: Hacker Attempts Chastity Cage Extortion

A Different Kind of Lockdown: Hacker Attempts Chastity Cage Extortion

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Jan 15, 2021

A hacker was able to take control over the internet-connected chastity cages in an attempted extortion of several victims, security researchers found.

Parler Squeezed as Trump Seeks New Online Megaphone

Parler Squeezed as Trump Seeks New Online Megaphone

By Frank Bajak and Barbara Ortutay | Jan 11, 2021

President Donald Trump has been kicked off of most mainstream social media platforms, but it remains to be seen how fast or where — if anywhere — on the internet he will be able to reach his followers.

A Farewell to @realDonaldTrump, Gone After 57,000 Tweets

A Farewell to @realDonaldTrump, Gone After 57,000 Tweets

By Aamer Madhani and Jill Colvin | Jan 9, 2021

@realDonaldTrump, the Twitter feed that grew from the random musings of a reality TV star into the cudgel of an American president, has died. It was not quite 12 years old.

Facebook Bans Trump Through Biden Inauguration, Maybe Longer

Facebook Bans Trump Through Biden Inauguration, Maybe Longer

By Barbara Ortutay and David Klepper | Jan 7, 2021

Facebook will bar President Donald Trump from posting on its system at least until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Twitter, Facebook Temporarily Muzzle Trump After DC Violence

Twitter, Facebook Temporarily Muzzle Trump After DC Violence

By Barbara Ortutay | Jan 7, 2021

All it took for social-media giants Twitter and Facebook to even temporarily bar President Donald Trump from addressing their vast audiences was a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, fueled by years of false statements and conspiracy theories.

Watch: Shaming or Public Good? Instagram Account Calls Out Gays Breaking COVID Rules

Watch: Shaming or Public Good? Instagram Account Calls Out Gays Breaking COVID Rules

Jan 5, 2021

The Instagram account GaysOverCovid is using shame as a weapon in fighting COVID.

Tituss Burgess, Adam Lambert Star in 'Ratatouille' Musical on TikTok

Tituss Burgess, Adam Lambert Star in 'Ratatouille' Musical on TikTok

By Mark Kennedy | Jan 2, 2021

TikTok's crowdsourced "Ratatouille" musical has cooked up some serious talent for its one-night-only benefit concert, including roles for Tituss Burgess, Adam Lambert, Wayne Brady, André De Shields and Ashley Park.

Italy's Uffizi Opens Dante Anniversary with Virtual Exhibit

Italy's Uffizi Opens Dante Anniversary with Virtual Exhibit

Jan 2, 2021

Florence's Uffizi Gallery is making available for viewing online 88 rarely displayed drawings of Dante's "Divine Comedy" to mark the 700th anniversary in 2021 of the Italian poet's death.

Iran Plans 20% Uranium Enrichment 'as Soon as Possible'

Iran Plans 20% Uranium Enrichment 'as Soon as Possible'

By Jon Gambrell | Jan 2, 2021

Iran said Saturday it plans to enrich uranium up to 20% at its underground Fordo nuclear facility "as soon as possible," pushing its program a technical step away from weapons-grade levels.

Israel's Virus Surveillance Tool Tests Its Democratic Norms

Israel's Virus Surveillance Tool Tests Its Democratic Norms

By Tia Goldenberg | Jan 1, 2021

In the early days of the pandemic, a panicked Israel began using a mass surveillance tool on its civilians. Critics now say its use has come at an immeasurable cost to the country's democratic principles.

Instagram Deletes Real Gay Influencers' Account for Being Unreal

Instagram Deletes Real Gay Influencers' Account for Being Unreal

Dec 30, 2020

A Seattle couple got a rude surprise from Instagram right before the holiday when they woke one morning and found their popular joint account deleted.

New App Will Cater to Black LGBTQ Travelers

New App Will Cater to Black LGBTQ Travelers

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 28, 2020

Paula Akpan, a Black British lesbian journalist and historian, is developing The Black Queer Travel Guide to assist Black queer travelers in enjoying the world safely.

Taking a Note From Spotify, Grindr Shares its Grindr Unwrapped

Taking a Note From Spotify, Grindr Shares its Grindr Unwrapped

Dec 20, 2020

Earlier this month, Spotify unleashed its Wrapped feature, allowing users to see and share their top listed to songs and artists of 2020. Grindr is taking note and, in a recent blog post, shared its Grindr Unwrapped.

Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office Seizes Two Fake Domain Names

Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office Seizes Two Fake Domain Names

Dec 20, 2020

Authorities have seized two domain names posing as biotechnology companies developing COVID-19 treatments but are apparently collecting personal information for fraud and installing malware.

Hacked Networks Will Need to be Burned 'Down to the Ground'

Hacked Networks Will Need to be Burned 'Down to the Ground'

Dec 19, 2020

It's going to take months to kick elite hackers widely believed to be Russian out of the U.S. government networks they have been quietly rifling through since as far back as March.

Our Favorite LGBTQ Virtual Experiences to Gift This Holiday Season

Our Favorite LGBTQ Virtual Experiences to Gift This Holiday Season

By Kelsy Chauvin | Dec 16, 2020

Digital experiences are turning our computer screens into portals for all sorts of holiday reunions, group workshops, live entertainment and delightful tours. Here's a rundown of a few faves tilted toward LGBTQ interests.

Virus Shuts Many UK Theaters but Online the Show Goes On

Virus Shuts Many UK Theaters but Online the Show Goes On

By Jill Lawless | Dec 16, 2020

The Old Vic is among theaters trying to keep the flame alive. But owners and producers warn that nine months of coronavirus-related curbs have left Britain's performing arts on the brink.

CEO Tim Cook Reportedly Ordered Apple TV to Shut Down Gawker Show

CEO Tim Cook Reportedly Ordered Apple TV to Shut Down Gawker Show

Dec 14, 2020

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly shutdown a project for the company's streaming service Apple TV+ about the Gawker Media, the now-defunct blogging network that outed him as gay in 2008, according to a report from The New York Times.

Visa, Mastercard Won't Allow Charges for Services on Pornhub

Visa, Mastercard Won't Allow Charges for Services on Pornhub

Dec 12, 2020

Mastercard and Visa said Thursday they would block their customers from using the credit cards to make purchases on Pornhub following accusations the pornographic website showed videos of rape and underage sex.

Weeks After Election, YouTube Cracks Down on Misinformation

Weeks After Election, YouTube Cracks Down on Misinformation

By Barbara Ortutay | Dec 9, 2020

More than a month after the U.S. presidential election, YouTube says it will start removing newly uploaded material that claims widespread voter fraud or errors changed the outcome.

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