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Booting Up: Try to Contain Your Excitement About Ezra Klein’s New Website for Vox Media

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Ezra Klein is joining Vox Media to start a new website that focuses on “the crucial contextual information.” How thrilling for all of us. [Politico]

Google is shelling out $400 million for artificial intelligence company DeepMind. [Recode]

Revenge porn purveyor Hunter Moore was released on bond set at $100,000. His next court appearance is Feb. 7. [CNN]

“Cabdrivers who are looking for fares are scanning the streets,” a lawyer said. “Uber drivers looking for fares are looking at their phones.” [New York Times]

It’s kind of cute how hard Yahoo is trying to lure former Google employees to work for them. [Recode]

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Revenge Porn Purveyor Also Allegedly Ran Reputation Management Site for Victims

"Next time I'm going for the YouTube shift..." (Photo: Getty)

A 27-year-old San Diego man has been arrested in connection with a revenge porn website hosting more than 10,000 sexually explicit photos—and authorities say he was also using a reputation management website to extort the revenge porn victims.

The California Department of Justice arrested Kevin Christopher Bollaert, the New York Post reports, and charged him with 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion. Read More

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Hunter Moore Petulantly Insists California’s Revenge Porn Law Can’t Possibly Work

Mr. Moore (Photo: Nate Igor Smith)

The state of California recently signed a bill that makes revenge porn illegal. Violators who circulate naked photos of their exes without permission and with the intent to cause mental anguish could face six months in jail and fines up to $1,000.

It’s obviously a step forward for revenge porn victims who have their lives ruined, but Is Anyone Up proprietor Hunter Moore doesn’t the law is going to help. The “most hated man on the Internet” lashed out against it saying the wording isn’t wide-reaching enough. Read More

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Bullyville Founder Wins $250,000 in Defamation Case Against Revenge Porn King Hunter Moore

Mr. Moore (Photo: Showclix)

In 2012, it seemed like revenge porn king Hunter Moore might have had a change of heart. He sold his prominent revenge porn empire Is Anyone Up to James McGibney, the owner of anti-bullying site Bullyville, and wrote a letter claiming that he was no longer interested in facilitating the proliferation of revenge porn. Of course, like most of what Mr. Moore does, it was impossible to take at face value. The whole thing turned out to be a massive troll, fueled by copious amounts of cocaine, as he said in our December 2012 feature. Read More

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Victims of Revenge Porn Speak Out Against Craig Brittain, Founder of Is Anybody Down

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When Hunter Moore shut down Is Anyone Up, the web’s most notorious revenge porn site, a host of copycat sites quickly cropped up to fill the void, though none have come close to generating as much traffic as Mr. Moore’s.

One called Is Anybody Down, however, goes a step beyond humiliating people by posting their naked photos without consent. The site claims to hold an “independent” partnership with another site that charges a $250 fee for the removal of photos. Now several women in Colorado are speaking out against its founder, Craig Brittain, and these extortionist policies.

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Victims of Revenge Porn Mount Class Action Suit Against GoDaddy and Texxxan.com

Ms. Toups being filmed for a video news segment about her experience with revenge porn. (Photo: Instagram/h0lliewood)

“I don’t think that society really realizes how rampant it is,” Sarah, a victim of revenge porn, told Betabeat in a feature we wrote last month about the effort to put a stop to sites that take intimate photos of women and publish them without their permission. “And right now,” she added, “there’s not a lot that victims can do about it.”

Last week, however, several women–some affiliated with Sarah’s organization, End Revenge Porn–joined a class action lawsuit with the hopes of taking down a prominent revenge porn website. Read More

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Revenge Porn King Hunter Moore Claims He’s Getting His Own TV Show

Mr. Moore (Photo: Showclix)

Hunter Moore, the web’s vilest revenge porn entrepreneur, announced on Twitter early this morning that a television show he has been working on has been picked up. Mr. Moore is notorious for running the revenge porn hub Is Anyone Up, where scorned people submit racy pictures of their exes without their permission. The site was shut down last year, but Mr. Moore has been planning to launch another site, HunterMoore.TV, for the last few months. Read More

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Anonymous Hacks HunterMoore.tv, Posts Everything Online [Updated]

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In response to Revenge Porn King Hunter Moore‘s new HunterMoore.tv, a site that might make it much easier to locate, stalk and even harm anyone whose images are published there, Anonymous recently mounted #OpHuntHunter and #OpAntiBully, efforts to expose everything Mr. Moore hasn’t made public or doesn’t want the public to know.

The operation began in earnest Wednesday with a denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against HunterMoore.tv. Based on a Pastebin post published by Anonymous Thursday, that DDoS was a cover for Anonymous’s real goal, sifting for nasty buried treasures on Mr. Moore’s site: Read More

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Anonymous Temporarily Takes Down HunterMoore.TV Right Before Live BBC Interview

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Anonymous claims it has gained access to files and photos on HunterMoore.TV, a new website from revenge porn king Hunter Moore. A faction of the hacker collective recently launched an operation to hold the “most hated man on the Internet” accountable. A source within Anonymous told Betabeat that the group has access to “all of the content he is going to release, some even from the old [Is Anyone Up] site apparantly because it still has their logos.” Read More