In a post published to the Kickstarter blog today, the New York-based crowdfunding platform wrote that it was “wrong” to allow a controversial dating book published by a Redditor to collect funded on Kickstarter. The book, which many have called a “rape manual,” included several passages that suggested men make unwanted advances on women, though its creator insists the quotes were taken out of context.
The book, to be published by Redditor Ken Hoinsky, raised over $16,000 on Kickstarter. Despite calling it “abhorrent,” Kickstarter initially declined to remove it, stating that “the material on Reddit did not warrant the irreversible action of canceling the project.”
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In a statement provided to Betabeat, the powers that be at Kickstarter announced that they will not be taking down the project for Redditor Ken Hoinsky’s dating advice book, which contains unsettling suggestions for how to treat women, including “grab her hand and put it right on your dick.” The book, called Above the Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome With Women, far surpassed its Kickstarter funding goal and promises to compile much of the dating advice the prolific Mr. Hoinsky has published to Reddit over the years.
Update: Kickstarter has decided not to remove the project.
Are you a foreveralone munching on Cheetos in your mom’s basement, wondering how to get women to touch your penis? Good news: Ken Hoinsky, whom you might know as “TofuTofu” on Reddit, has drawn up a comprehensive dating guide to help teach guys everywhere how to “get awesome with women”–and also make creepy unwanted advances on them.
A post on the blog Arabcrunch.com went viral this morning, hitting the front pages of both Reddit and Hacker News. The post stated that Facebook had begun blocking logins from users attempting to access it from the anonymized browser TOR. For activists and political dissidents who use the Internet to communicate with the outside world in countries where doing so is a crime, being unable to login to Facebook using TOR posed a huge problem.
Ready for their close up This week was the week NYC techies flocked to the TV circuit for their 15 minutes. Betaworks CEO John Borthwick took to CNBC’s Power Lunch for a segment about the hugely popular iPhone game Dots, an app built within the tech non-incubator by designer Patrick Moberg. Digg general manager Jake Levine Read More
“Talk about a waste.” That’s how former Palm CEO Jon Rubenstein described the purchase of the company from HP. As an aside, remember Palm? [Fierce Wireless]
Google is still the most popular search engine in the U.S., but Bing’s market share is rising. Microsoft’s site registered a 17.4 percent slice, compared to Yahoo’s 11.9 percent. [CNET]
Interns at Google are living the good life as they earn as much as $6,000 per month. That can buy them a lot of tickets for The Internship. [CNN Money]
Reddit is adding even more benefits for its Gold subscribers! The site is teaming with Uni Qlo to randomly select a member to receive a fancy gift from the Japanese clothing retailer. Hint, hint? [TechCrunch]
Get excited! Ashton Kutcher’s biopic Jobs is slated to be released August 16. [Entertainment Weekly]
At yesterday’s rally to support NSA leaker Edward Snowden, a software engineer who identified himself only as Michael huddled under Union Square subway entrance (just out of the pouring rain). “The fact that we have this man coming out now puts a face on this,” he said. “The human element is what’s most important, because most people think of these big surveillance things as these impassive, cold structures, but they’re the creation of humans, they’re the creation of people like me and you and all of us and there is a moral equation to all of that.”
He gestured to the northern edge of the park.
“Even in New York City, Union Square Ventures is right over there, which funded Tumblr, which is now owned by Yahoo, which is one of the companies that reported back to PRISM.”
But not everyone’s so sure of their feelings about Mr. Snowden. The occasional 1984 quote from Fred Wilson notwithstanding, the industry’s position in this whole mess is awfully conflicted.
Hey, ladies! Had you considered dashing out to the Starbucks on the corner, or perhaps making a quick trip to the gym? Well, here comes a bit of news that’ll make you want to lock yourself in your apartment until Judgement Day. Just don’t sign on to the Internet, because you aren’t safe there, either.
Months after the frenzy over Reddit’s r/creepshots, Jezebel has uncovered creepshots.tumblr.com, which has been around since April 2011. The site’s about page explains: “”What is a ‘CreepShot’ you ask? Easy. Creepshots are CANDID pictures. If a person is posing or aware that a picture is being taken, then it is no longer a creepshot.” (Also: “Major fan of Howard Stern and the Crew,” which pretty much figures.)
It wasn’t long after Zynga announced it would be laying off 18 percent of its staff that fired employees began to speak to the press. But one enterprising ex-Zyngaite decided to circumvent the traditional media route by hosting his own AMA on Reddit.
“What do you want to know about Zynga?” wrote the poster under the handle former_zyngite. “I’ll try to be as honest and open as possible.” As proof of his identity, the poster included a photo of his layoff paperwork.
Everyone, we need to thank James Erwin or else Hollywood would just produce more sequels to Fast and the Furious for the rest of our lives. Last year, the technical manual writer hit the big time when his random Reddit comment was somehow green-lit to become a feature film.
During a lunch break last year, Mr. Erwin answered an important prompt that only those brains on Reddit could think of: Could the Roman Empire be obliterated by the U.S. Marines? Rather than, “uh, probably,” Mr. Erwin wrote something so earth-shattering that Hollywood came knocking.