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Why Silicon Valley singles are giving up on the algorithms of love

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Kate Chan, a 30-year-old digital marketer in Silicon Valley, first approached dating apps with a blend of curiosity and hope that they’d help her find a great guy.<p>But after six months of dead-end mismatches with guys she thought were boring or work-obsessed, she has gone back to …

Silicon Valley

Devilman Crybaby is Netflix’s horniest, most shockingly violent show yet

And that’s exactly why you should watch it<p>Near the end of the first episode of Netflix’s new anime <i>Devilman</i> <i>Crybaby</i>, high schooler Akira Fudo and his best friend, Ryo Asuka, find themselves in a rave-lit orgy full of neon and nude characters whose body parts flap wildly. The party spirals into a …

Manga

Forget the backlash — we need #MeToo now more than ever

There’s a discussion to be had, but this isn’t it<p>I was initially surprised at the reaction to the #MeToo movement, the social media continuation of the sexual-misconduct backlash that toppled prominent men like Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein. I wasn’t shocked to learn that sexual harassment and …

Tencent, the $500bn Chinese tech firm you may never have heard of

It’s overtaken Facebook, bought stakes in Snapchat, Tesla and Hollywood films, and has quietly risen to rival Google and Netflix<p>It is China’s web giant and has a string of high-profile investments spanning Snapchat, Spotify, Tesla and Hollywood film and TV. It is a sprawling corporate giant that …

9 Must-Watch Movie Trailers Of The Week [13.01.18]

We’re two weeks into the new year and that means it’s just about time for the early birds to start falling off the resolutions wagon. Goodbye, …

10 top tips for taking amazing travel photographs

We asked the team at Wild Photography Holidays, supplier of the prize for our 2018 readers’ travel photography competition, for expert advice on capturing great travel shots<p>Get up early<p>Getting up early ensures that you have time to get to your chosen location and set up your equipment before the …

ASUS will use routers you already own for a mesh WiFi setup

Getting WiFi to every corner of your home is made much easier these days with a mesh network, which uses a specialized router and individual nodes that can configure themselves. Companies like Netgear, Samsung and ASUS all have kits of varying price that can help you make one in your own home, but …

Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws threaten PCs, phones and servers

By now you've probably heard about a bug Intel is dealing with that affects processors built since 1995. But according to the people who found "Meltdown" and "Spectre," the errors behind these exploits can let someone swipe data running in other apps on devices using hardware from Intel, ARM and …

YouTube limps into 2018 with bigger problems than Logan Paul

As 2018 was ushered in, Logan Paul, a 22-year-old YouTube star with 15 million followers—many of them teens and younger—posted a video of a dead body …

Severe Intel security issue will slow down all Macs and Windows PCs

Purchased a Mac or Windows computer recently that’s faster than any PC you’ve ever owned? Well, we need to talk. All computers packing Intel chips …

7 new anime series you need to watch this winter

A good distraction from the cold<p>As a new year begins, so too does the 2018 winter anime season in Japan. Now, thanks to video streaming services like Crunchyroll, Amazon, and Netflix, they’re more accessible than ever. (Subtitled versions of most shows are available in America within a day of …

YouTuber Logan Paul's video of a dead body put his own audience at risk

Sensationalizing suicidal behavior risks spreading it<p>YouTuber Logan Paul posted a video on New Year’s Eve showing what appeared to be the body of a person who had died by suicide — and by doing so, he may have put his audience at risk. The video, which <i>Polygon</i> reports has been deleted from Paul’s 15 …

Logan Paul controversy highlights the carelessness of online celebrity in the YouTube era

On the last day of 2017, YouTube star Logan Paul posted a video of a dead body in Aokigahara, more commonly known as Japan’s “suicide forest.” The vlog followed Paul and his friends as they encountered the body of a man who, like hundreds of others, had taken his own life in the popular tourist …

Logan Paul

Some Android games are quietly using your microphone to track your TV habits

Some smartphone games are listening to what your mic picks up — but not to hear what you say. Instead, they’re trying to hear what you’re <i>watching</i>.<p>This is something smartphone apps have been doing for a little while now: using microphone access to tell what shows you watch, which ads you hear, and …

In 2018, I want to find new music without using algorithms

A New Year’s resolution<p>In the December issue of <i>The Baffler</i>, journalist Liz Pelly wrote a fascinating, widely discussed dissection of how the algorithms employed by major streaming services — particularly Spotify — are changing music.<p>They’re making it less interesting, less diverse, and more …

Google still exploiting tax loopholes to shelter billions in overseas ad revenue

The company is enjoying a grace period for now-closed loopholes to shave 16 billion euros from its tax bill<p>Google saved itself as much as $3.7 billion in 2016 by moving 16 billion euros between Ireland, the Netherlands, and Bermuda using infamous legal loopholes that allow it to skirt high tax …

A More Nuanced Three-Light Setup for Studio Portraits

The beauty of a studio space is the ability to carefully craft light exactly as you'd like it to be, giving you the opportunity to get as nuanced as …

France gives WhatsApp a month to stop sharing data with Facebook

After the EU slapped it with a €110 million fine over unlawful WhatsApp data sharing, you'd think Facebook would be eager to comply with local privacy laws. But France says it has not cooperated with data protection authority CNIL, and could face another sanction if it doesn't get its act together …

The FTC is reportedly looking into TripAdvisor after it censored users' reports of rape

The FTC is reportedly looking into TripAdvisor after the company censored reports of rape and sexual harassment at resorts around the world. The <i>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</i> reports that in a letter sent last week to Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the FTC said:<p>“When consumers are unable to post honest …

After a big gaming streamer’s suspension, Twitch community demands answers (update)

Streamers and viewers want more transparency from the platform<p>Two Twitch streamers came into the spotlight this weekend after Twitch suspended their accounts, reigniting questions about how the company doles out punishment.<p>Trainwrecks, a streamer on Twitch known for playing a number of games, …

The algorithms that are already changing your life

From policing and healthcare to defence and dating sites AI is being woven into the fabric of our lives – for better and for worse<p>At Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, consultants are facing a familiar problem.<p>Patient numbers are surging. Age-related eye diseases are becoming more and more common, …

Following backlash, Twitter clarifies what violates its policies

As promised, Twitter has made clarifications to its polices as part of its big push to curb harassment.<p>The social network on Friday outlined how it defines harassment and threats<b>,</b> and its policy toward adult content.<p>Twitter also said it will now send an email explaining which policy has been …

Internet

Wole Soyinka is worried about the threat of fake news but thinks technology will still help us

Johannesburg<p>Wole Soyinka does not tweet or Facebook, and yet still finds quotes and posts attributed to him all over the internet. The chaos the internet has brought is both a source of creative expression and political oppression, he says.<p>At 83, Africa’s first Nobel laureate for literature, has …

Africa

U.S. court rejects Canadian court order requiring Google to remove search results globally

After years of litigation in two countries, a federal court in the US has weighed in on a thorny question: Does Google US have to obey a Canadian court order requiring Google to take down information around the world, ignoring contrary rules in other jurisdictions? According to the Northern …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Google Authenticator will add a formidable layer of protection to your e-mail account

Google Authenticator is a free security app that can protect your accounts against password theft. It's easy to set up and can be used in a process …

As the World Tweets, Social Media Chiefs Remain Tight-Lipped

If only Twitter, Facebook and Google could keep their stories straight.<p>They thrive by mining the private information of the billions of people who use them, many of whom are naïve about the value of what they are giving up with each post or click. But the companies are grudging at best when it …

The anti-monopoly case against Google

A conversation with Open Markets’ Barry Lynn<p>Since 2001, writer and researcher Barry Lynn has warned of the dangers of corporate influence of monopoly power at the New America think tank — most recently as part of the Open Markets program. Initially focusing on conventional conglomerates like …

Net Neutrality

A river-swimmer’s paradise in the heart of England

It may be plain old open-water swimming rather than a wild adventure but the tranquil rivers near Oundle and Olney, in the south Midlands, have plenty of pulling power<p>Preconceptions about places we’ve never been are formed in a multitude of ways: what we read, watch or hear about it, and sometimes …

First Venice and Barcelona: now anti-tourism marches spread across Europe

Demos in San Sebastián and crackdowns in Rome and Dubrovnik as locals vent frustration at city-breakers and cruise ships<p>With the continent sweltering under a heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, tempers have been boiling over, too, as a wave of anti-tourism protests take place in some of Europe’s most …

A campervan yoga tour of Ibiza

Touring Ibiza in a VW kombi lets Jane Dunford and friend drive where fancy leads – and the money saved on accommodation can buy added yoga sessions<p>It’s hard to be inconspicuous when you’re driving a psychedelic orange-and-yellow 1970s VW campervan around the sun-soaked lanes of Ibiza. …