Law and Order
An active YouTuber is convinced that NBC used video footage he’d posted on his popular account without his permission.
YouTube user Taofledermaus was relaxing at home on Friday, July 18 when messages started rolling in from other users, he says in his video explaining the situation. He then turned on the TV and, sure enough, saw his own footage of rat traps being used as B roll on Dateline.
“The producers for this show never contacted me and got my permission to use my content,” he said. “In the past I’ve had several of my video clips on different media including television and the producers have always contacted me and gotten permission to use my content.” Read More
Megumi Igarashi is being held by Japanese authorities on suspicion of breaking obscenity laws, the Guardian reports. Ms. Igarashi isn’t suspected of flashing someone, or even sexting. Instead, she was arrested because she scanned her vagina and distributed the code for it to be 3D-printed.
Ms. Igarashi was hoping to turn the code into a Read More
In the wake of some pretty damning evidence that Tinder is not that chill a place to work if you’re a woman, CEO Sean Rad has denied former VP of marketing Whitney Wolfe’s legal claim that she was sexually harassed while working there.
Tinder’s former VP of marketing, Whitney Wolfe, is suing the startup after having been subjected to fratty behavior (that’s putting it mildly) during her time with the dating app. She filed a lawsuit yesterday with Los Angeles Superior Court alleging sexual harassment and discrimination.
Ms. Wolfe claims she was a cofounder of the app, but was stripped of the title because the company’s chief marketing officer, Justin Mateen, told her that having a “24-year-old girl” as a cofounder made the company “seem like a joke,” USA Today reports. Read More
Nothing in this world can be certain except death, taxes and Vine celeb Curtis Lepore being an insufferable jerk about his rape case.
Mr. Lepore was accused of raping his ex-girlfriend and fellow Vine star, Jessi Smiles, last August. We don’t know what exactly happened between Mr. Lepore and Ms. Smiles when the alleged rape occurred, but we do know that Mr. Lepore took a plea deal on Feb. 21, wherein he pled guilty to felony assault charges and effectively cleared himself of the rape charge.
Mr. Lepore then proceeded to act like a total dick as he openly celebrated the plea deal on social media.
Now, in a Rolling Stone piece called “The Six Seconds Between Love and Hate: A Vine Romance Gone Wrong,” Mr. Lepore is at his piggish behavior again — this time perpetuating victim blaming and a pretty screwed-up concept of consent. Read More
If you were ever wondering how to behave on the off chance that you’re accused of rape one day, do not follow Vine celeb Curtis Lepore‘s lead.
Here’s the back story: Mr. Lepore and Jessi Vazquez, known as Jessi Smiles, met through Vine, the six‐second video sharing service that’s mainly popular with teens. They started dating, and weren’t shy about broadcasting their relationship to their Vine and Twitter followers. Read More
The New York Police Department has a storied history of using tech to thwart criminals (and maybe even enhance their own officers’ dating lives). And now, they’ve tapped tech pro Jessica Tisch to act as the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology.
Ms. Tisch will be responsible for the NYPD’s information technology needs, including data centers, disaster recovery, data security and more. She’ll oversee the NYPD’s computer-aided dispatch system, the Domain Awareness System, and the Enterprise Case Management System, among others. Read More
A British man who drew penises on a photo of a police officer and posted it to social media has received a pretty hefty punishment from a court.
Last summer, 20-year-old Jordan Barrack was taken to a local police station after witnessing a bar fight. While waiting to be interviewed, the bored witness secretly snapped a photo of police constable Charles Harris, drew a couple dicks on it, and shared it with his friends on Facebook and Snapchat. Read More
That so-called “kill switch” equipped to smartphones so they would be quickly disabled they’re stolen might become a reality in California.
State legislators are revealing today a measure that would require manufactures who sell in the state to have the cellphones installed with the option by Jan. 1, 2015. Read More