Pirates Inc

Pirate Bay Crew: When We Come Back, ‘It’ll Be With a Bang’

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Last week, Swedish Police raided and took down the Pirate Bay and the torrenting community briefly scattered to the wind. Finally, we’ve heard word from a representative of the Pirate Bay crew, who said in cryptic, veiled terms the team is currently plotting their next move.

A representative from Pirate Bay who calls himself Mr. 10100100000 got in touch with TorrentFreak, the leading news outlet on filesharing and piracy, through an encrypted channel. Mr. 10100100000 claims to be one in a network of a few dozen contributors who have kept the torrent tracker going while the founders have gone on to become jailed or apathetic. Read More

health alert

Android Users Can Now Get On-Demand Therapy With ‘Talkspace’

Talkspace is now available in the Google Play Store. (Google Play Store)

Stressed because your parents, their four dogs and your weird aunt are all coming to stay at your place for the holidays? The app that provides on-demand therapy sessions is now available to a broader range of customers.

Founded in 2012 by Israeli husband-and-wife duo Roni and Oren Frank, Talkspace lets users text with licensed therapists for way cheaper than it’d be to see one in person. Users can either be billed quarterly, at $19 per week, monthly, at $25 per week, or weekly, at $49 per week.

Originally only available for iPhones, the app announced today they’re also available on Android. Read More

Better Advertising Bureau

Imgur’s Next Plan Is to Make Their Site the Magazine of the Future

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Imgur’s come a long way from being the pet project of a redditor to being a massively lucrative company of over a dozen employees. But now that they’ve got a titanic VC from Andreessen Horowitz, those first five years are starting to look like a quiet first act.

In order to fill those $40 million boots, they’re building out a new advertising arm of their business. They’ve put up half a dozen listings for sales directors and creative strategists, and they’ve brought on Steve Patrizi, who recently took on native ads for LinkedIn and Pinterest, as the new VP of Market Development. Read More

Crowd Power

‘Serial’-Inspired Vigilante App Will Help the Internet Investigate Unsolved Crimes

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If the idea of a mob of Internet people getting together to fight crime and find the answers to unsolved murder mysteries makes you nervous, you’re going to want to take a seat for what’s coming next.

CrowdSolve is a new Indiegogo campaign to build an app for online crowds of citizen investigators. Inspired by the podcast Serial, the platform would allow users to collect public documents and crack the case where real investigators have allegedly botched the job. Read More

dirty filthy money

Bitcoin-Based Poop Delivery Service Earned $10K in a Month

This is apparently how ShitExpress collects all the horse poop. (ShitExpress)

As you slave away at your entry-level job earning barely enough to afford Netflix, think to yourself: there are people out there earning thousands of dollars a month by selling people horse poop.

Remember ShitExpress, the aptly-named site that lets you use Bitcoin to anonymously send poop to people you don’t like?

Well, people must really have a lot of enemies, because the company made $10,120 in sales over the course of 30 days, according to a blog post published earlier this month. They’ve also shipped poop—it’s horse poop, not human poop, F.Y.I.—to 36 different countries. Read More

Off the Media

No Gray Area: It’s Definitely Not OK to Publish Emails From the Sony Hack

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At first, I thought the media response to the celebrity hacking scandal was sanctimonious. Now I realize it was rank hypocrisy. Just shameless, awful hypocrisy from a group hardly better than the criminals they enable.

Because after every outlet, from Perez Hilton to Jezebel, called the hack, leak and publishing of nude photos of celebrities, including Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence, a crime, none of them seem to have any problem publishing the spoils of the Sony hack, particularly the many private conversations of its co-chairman Amy Pascal. Read More

Kickstart It

Ingenious Dress Lets You Change in Public Without Getting Naked

Undress co-creator April Estrada models the ingenius invention. (Kickstarter)

Rompers for dudes are cool, but we’re now officially with a new addition to the world of crowdfunded fashion.

Prepare to be amazed by the Undress, a garment that bills itself as “the world’s first fashionable and functional mobile changing room.” The duo who created it set out to raise $22,000 on Kickstarter; on November 1, they completed the campaign with a total of $615,663. Read More

Tech for the Holidays

Jewish Techies Launch Hanukkah-Themed Hackathon

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Donny and Oren Kanner had always wanted to go to a hackathon. But since the events tend to fall between sundowns on Fridays and Saturdays, the brothers—both observant Jews who honor Shabbat—were never able to attend.

“As observant Jewish people, we wouldn’t be able to make it until Saturday night,” Donny, an agile project manager at the Hackerati, told Betabeat. “I’ve attended portions of hackathons, but we’ve never really had the opportunity to go to the beginning of one.”

So Donny and his brother Oren, a PhD candidate in robotics at Yale, decided a few months ago to create a hackathon that catered to their religious schedules. Read More