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Here’s Why James Deen Is the Bob Dylan of Porn

James Deen isn't a feminist. He just wants to have sex on camera. (Getty)

James Deen does not identify as a feminist. He’s said it before, and he said it again when the two of us had lunch recently on the Lower East Side.

We’d been talking about Mr. Deen’s fan base — specifically, his legion of devoted female followers. I’d asked if he took credit for introducing so many women to porn, and for letting them know that it’s okay to enjoy watching people have sex on camera.

“No,” he said instinctively. “I, uh, I mean, I don’t know. I don’t take credit for it. If you gave me credit for it, I would take it, but I don’t, like, I don’t run around and be like, ‘Guess what I did, guys?!’ But, uh, I mean, that would be pretty cool.”

“Would you say you’re a feminist?” I asked point-blank.

“No.” Read More

boom

iPhone 6 Bends, Catches Fire in Pants Pocket, Man Claims

Mr. Lechter's phone, post-fire. (YouTube)

The iPhone 6’s questionable bendiness — perhaps better known as #Bendgate — might have just become a lot more serious.

A man, Phillip Lechter, claims his iPhone 6 bent and caught fire in his pocket following a minor pedicab accident in Tucson, Ariz., on the weekend of Oct. 11. The flaming gadget, Mr. Lechter attests on his blog, burned through his jeans, and left first- and second-degree burns on his leg. Read More

Made In China

iPhone 6 Goes On Sale in China to Minimal Excitement

The Apple Store in Beijing's Sanlitun shopping district. (Wikimedia Commons)

New Yorkers might have lined up for days leading up to the iPhone 6’s launch, but the gadget’s debut in China — which happened Friday morning — doesn’t sound like it was met with the same level of enthusiasm.

A mere 100 customers lined up outside the Apple Store in an upscale Beijing shopping district to pick up their pre-ordered new iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reports. The paper also described the event as “decidedly low-key.” Womp womp. Read More

Facebook

Facebook Creates ‘Safety Check’ Tool for Natural Disaster Survivors

Safety Check's interface. (Facebook)

Nowadays, when natural disasters strike, Facebook users often take to the social network to alert their loved ones that they’re okay.

To facilitate this type of communication, Facebook has created Safety Check, a tool that lets users alert their friends and family of their status in the wake of earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural emergencies. The company announced the new service in a blog post yesterday. Read More

XXX in Tech

BoodiGo Partners With PornGuardian To Stop Piracy

BoodiGo has taken steps to prevent the spread of pirated porn. (BoodiGo)

BoodiGo, the search engine for porn, has taken a major step in ensuring its search results won’t contain pirated material.

When the site first launched, Colin Rowntree — one of its founders — stressed how important it was that the site not support stolen content. As a porn producer and director, Mr. Rowntree told us how he’d experienced the damaging effects of piracy firsthand.

“It’s horrible for the performers, for the studios, for everybody,” Mr. Rowntree said at the time.

And while he was sure BoodiGo was doing “a very good job at identifying the illegal tube sites,” now the company’s taking extra steps to ensure its results are piracy-free. BoodiGo today announced a partnership with PornGuardian, an organization that works with members of the porn industry to prevent the spread of pirated content. Read More

Space the Final Frontier

Name NASA’s New Free-Flying Robot and Win $1,000

Name the ISS's new free-flying robot! (Wikipedia)

Need some cash? All you have to do is come up with a really sweet name for NASA’s new space robot.

NASA has teamed up with TopCoder to award $1,000 to whomever comes up with the best name for space agency’s new free-flying robot, NBC News reports. The robot will be sent up to the International Space Station in 2017, by which point we think “North,” “Khaleesi,” and “Kale” might unfortunately be out of style. Read More

Kickstart It

This Terrible-Looking ‘Air Umbrella’ Just Blew Through Its Kickstarter Goal

Air umbrella. (Kickstarter)

The Internet was abuzz yesterday with news of the Kickstarter campaign to create a bizarre “air umbrella,” a gadget that promises to ward raindrops away from your face by powerfully blowing out air in all directions.

While the prospects of the futuristic umbrella reaching its $10,000 funding goal weren’t looking so hot yesterday, a glance at the campaign page this afternoon revealed the product has now plowed through its original goal; it’s currently raised $16,825, with nine days still remaining in the fundraising period. Read More