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- #BeenRapedNeverReported Trending On Twitter As Women Share Stories Of Sexual Violence
A powerful hashtag began trending on Twitter on Thursday night as women who had been victims of sexual violence — but never reported it — spoke out against rape.
DeCoutere is one of nine women to accuse former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi of sexual violence, and one of two to publicly come forward. Her accusations led to the rise of the #ibelievelucy hashtag. Tweeting in support of DeCoutere and other women who have come forward with stories of their own, Zerbias started the #BeenRapedNeverReported hashtag:
— Antonia Zerbisias (@AntoniaZ) October 30, 2014
If all women who’ve been raped stepped out of our shame & shared, we would make the stigma go away! #BeenRaped#NeverReported #ibelievelucy
— Antonia Zerbisias (@AntoniaZ) October 30, 2014
Other women quickly joined in and their tweets were both harrowing and heartbreaking:
Hard to admit this hashtag relates to me. Was so close to getting away; still see my hand on the doorknob sometimes. #beenrapedneverreported
— Ann Davenport (@ann_davenport_) October 31, 2014
Being raped was horrible. Trying to report it & then being made to feel it was my fault was worse. #beenrapedneverreported
— kittypoet (@kittypoet) October 31, 2014
I had already lost my childhood, my virginity and my self worth I was afraid, and I didn’t want to lose any more. #BeenRapedNeverReported
— Gabrielle Miller (@MillerGabrielle) October 31, 2014
#beenrapedneverreported a guy tried to rape me at McGill, saved when roommate walked in. Thx for everyone’s honesty here
— Susan Swan (@swanscribe) October 31, 2014
— ♿Persephone Jones♿ (@galvezmiro) October 31, 2014
If you’re nervous to post to #BeenRapedNeverReported, yes it’s terrifying, but equally liberating and powerful. Set the shame free.
— Nadine Silverthorne (@scarbiedoll) October 31, 2014
Some men, including author Neil Gaiman, tweeted their words of support and empathy:
Reading the #BeenRapedNeverReported hashtag. It’s hard reading. Makes me slightly ashamed to be human & much more ashamed to be male.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) October 31, 2014
— SF Bud (@SF_Bud) October 31, 2014
I believe you.
It’s not your fault.
You have options.
I’m here for you.
I stand with you. #BeenRapedNeverReported
— tim (@tim2pt0) October 30, 2014
This is one of the most powerful hashtags i’ve ever read #BeenRapedNeverReported Please read and do all you can to prevent this in future.
— Josh Elman (@joshelman) October 31, 2014
Visit Twitter to read more #BeenRapedNeverReported tweets.
- Swarm for Windows Phone Updated with New Features
Swarm for Windows Phone has been updated with several new features including the ability to search your check-in history from within the app. The update, version 18.104.22.168 for those keeping score, is available now in the Windows Phone store online or through the Store app on your phone. If you aren’t familiar with it, Swarm is the check-in and meet up app from Foursquare. This is the dedicated app for such activities after Foursquare separated it from the original Foursquare app which is more about localized content now. I’m personally not a big fan of the separated apps but I
- OneDrive Storage Increases Rolling Out to Office 365 Users
Earlier this week Microsoft announced that Office 365 customers would have their current 1TB of OneDrive storage increased to an unlimited amount. This was big news and I think it is a show of force by Microsoft that they are serious about being the cloud storage leader in the market. This morning it appears that this massive increase in OneDrive storage is starting to happen for some users. This morning I went to my OneDrive account and noticed in the lower left corner that my 1TB account now stated 10TB. I checked on my Account settings page and sure enough,
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- Microsoft and Verizon Working On Lumia Cyan Update
Months behind their competition, Verizon and Microsoft are finally working on the Lumia Cyan update for customers. The news comes from Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore via his Twitter account where in two separate Tweets gives everyone an update on the update for Verizon customers. In the first Tweet, Belfiore states that Lumia Cyan is coming to Verizon but it will be “farther off” This isn’t great news for Verizon customers given that AT&T has Lumia Cyan and Windows Phone 8.1 out on their devices and T-Mobile will have it out on all of their devices shortly. Still, I suppose it is
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- A WW2 technology 'Plan B' for GPS
Technology developed during World War Two is to be used as a back-up for GPS in ports across England and Scotland.
- Fashion challenge for Apple's Ive
Can Apple design guru Jony Ive turn the smartwatch into a hit?
- VIDEO: Lab for world’s worst animal viruses
A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the world’s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.
- Super Slow Motion Surfing Video Is Heavy And Beautiful
No wave will ever look heavier than it does at 1,000 frames per second. That super slow frame rate will also give everyone a whole new appreciation for the athleticism and risks in surfing. Shot with $235,000 worth of Phantom Camera equipment, a video by surf cinematographer Chris Bryan features some of the finest surfers in the world doing what they do best — all in super slow motion.
It makes for an astonishing 6 minutes.
The athleticism of surfers is often overlooked (thanks Spicoli stereotypes), but the enormous talent displayed in this video refuses to be ignored. With that many frames per second, every ebb and flow of the water — surfing’s ever-changing playing field — is dramatically jaw-dropping.
Pro circuit favorites John-John Florence and Kelly Slater make impressive appearances in the video. We just wish we could watch Slater’s now-legendary 540 in slow mo. But that might make our heads explode.
- Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a Kaebo Lightning to USB cable!
As many observe in this country, tomorrow is Halloween, and as such MacNN has a bag of treats to give away to our readers. We are going to be handing out prizes to lucky little ghosts and ghouls who participate. Keep an eye out for the selection of treats that we have to offer for the rest of today and tomorrow. Beware, some of the items we list will be tricks! First up we have 3 JunoPower Kaebo Lightning cable connectors to give away. Read on to learn more.
- The metal detectors saving marriages
The metal detectorists saving marriages
- Man Indicted For Allegedly Impersonating Winklevoss Twins
A San Francisco man allegedly infiltrated the rarified world of Wall Street banking by impersonating a pair of famous tech entrepreneurs, according to an indictment announced in Manhattan’s district court this week.
Arun Ganguly, 37, allegedly sent investors hundreds of emails in which he pretended to be Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the twin brothers and Olympic rowers whose famous feud with Mark Zuckerberg over ownership of Facebook was depicted in the film “The Social Network.”
Ganguly also impersonated the twins’ father, Howard Winklevoss, and other tech heavyweights, according to the indictment.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said in a statement that “the masquerade has come to an end.”
“The lengths to which the defendant is alleged to have gone to represent himself as a well-connected power player are truly astounding,” he said.
Ganguly wasn’t just curious about what life is like for the 1 percent. He adopted the phony personas to make money, according to the indictment.
The alleged deceptions began in 2012, after Ganguly’s contract as a consultant to a New York investment firm expired. In an attempt to convince the firm to rehire him, Ganguly at first allegedly claimed to be close friends with the Winklevoss brothers and with Divya Narenda, another Harvard graduate associated with the founding of Facebook. He told the managing director of the firm, identified by Reuters as Carl Kleidman, then of Vision Capital, that he could get the brothers to invest millions in Kleidman’s private equity fund.
Eventually he began sending emails and signing documents as the Winklevoss twins themselves, according to the indictment. The firm paid him more than $25,000 in fees.
Ganguly has pleaded not guilty to 52 counts of identify theft, among other charges. His lawyer, Vinoo Varghese, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tyler Meade, a lawyer representing Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, told HuffPost that the twins first discovered evidence of a scam six months ago. “They immediately brought in an investigative team, turned over their findings to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and have worked closely with them ever since,” he said.
In “The Social Network,” actor Armie Hammer received acclaim for his portrayal of both Winklevoss brothers. He may not have been the last to attempt the feat.
Correction: An earlier version of the story mistakenly identified Tyler Winklevoss as Travis.
- Probe Of Possible Ferguson Grand Jury Leak On Twitter Wasn't Exactly In-Depth
WASHINGTON — St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch stated definitively on Thursday that a Twitter account claiming inside knowledge of the grand jury deliberating whether to charge the police officer who killed Michael Brown “had, indeed, been hacked.” But a spokesman for McCulloch revealed that his conclusion was based solely on an interview with the St. Louis County woman associated with the account and a search of her computer.
Susan M. Nichols had operated a Twitter account under the name @thesusannichols. In early October, a tweet sent from the account indicated that the user knew “someone sitting on the grand jury of this case” and that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s death. The message was quickly deleted, and Nichols began telling multiple media outlets that her account had been hacked and that she had not used it in months.
McCulloch said after the possible leak that he would be “shocked if a member of the grand jury said anything.” On Thursday, he announced that his office had concluded that the account was hacked “and the origin/author of the tweet is unknown.”
McCulloch spokesman Ed Magee told The Huffington Post that Nichols had voluntarily spoken with investigators and never went under oath. While Nichols also allowed investigators to look at her computer, they did not examine her cell phone or any other electronic devices she might own, Magee said.
“She said she has nothing to do with it, and that’s what we went by and we couldn’t prove otherwise,” Magee said. “She was very cooperative, came in and talked to us.” She didn’t have a lawyer, he said.
McCulloch’s office subpoenaed Twitter for information about @thesusannichols, but the company said it didn’t have IP logs affiliated with the account, according to Magee. (Twitter’s website says some information like IP logs “may only be stored for a very brief period of time.”) Investigators did not look for information associated with @smde7763, the Twitter handle that @thesusannichols adopted shortly after attention was called to the original username, because Magee said it was “a different account.” (But the two Twitter handles have seemingly identical histories of tweets going back over a year.)
Magee said the investigation was complicated by the fact that there was “no crime that she committed” and that Nichols was talking to the office voluntarily. McCulloch’s statement on Thursday said that Nichols “has no connection with any member of the grand jury.”
Before @thesusannichols sent out the tweet claiming insider knowledge about the grand jury, the account was actively discussing what was happening in Ferguson. Whoever was operating the account under Nichols’ name claimed to be wearing a bracelet in support of Officer Wilson in late September. “Here’s a thought. Don’t raise your kids to be thugs. #Ferguson,” the account said in late August. Amid tweets about the 16th season of the reality show “Big Brother” and retweets about #Benghazi, the account also said that protesters “disgrace the STL [St. Louis] name.”
A woman returning a phone call left for Susan M. Nichols said she had nothing to say. “I’m not interested, no comment,” she said.
- Pangu iOS 8.1 jailbreak gets Cydia, will get English within 24 hours
The Pangu iOS 8.1 jailbreak tool is now being bundled with Cydia, and will get an English translation within 24 hours, its developers say. Cydia is commonly used to simplify jailbreaking, partly by offering an easy way to install unapproved apps. When the Pangu code was released earlier this month, it was only in Chinese and in a rudimentary form intended for developers.
- The Uber for Gentleman Companions
“ManServants” are not hookers. They are not escorts. They are not gigolos.
Dalal Khajah and Josephine Wai Lin – the two women behind the freshly launched, completely real San Francisco business that sends attractive men to do the bidding of (mostly) female clients for an hourly rate – would emphatically like you to know this.
“The Ladies” of ManServants (not my embroidery –”The ladies” is their shared email address) emphatically wanted me to know this when they made nervy, cautious arrangements for me to experience their “signature service” in the American citadel of sex work and absurd technological enterprise.
Read the full post on Matter, where it first appeared.
Photo by Peter Bohler.
- Evidence of Abundance #16: 1,000 Times Cheaper to Launch a Startup
Today, it’s 1,000 times cheaper to start an Internet company than 14 years ago. That’s amazing!
Today’s evidence of abundance is about this plummeting cost of launching an Internet startup.
In 2000, just before the first dot-com bubble burst, it cost a whopping $5 million to launch a tech startup.
Watch what happened, though, as open source communities, cloud computing, and developer-founded companies came into vogue over the next 11 years:
As of 2011, it cost about $5,000 to launch a tech startup.
These days, the barrier of entry to entrepreneurship is even less, thanks to crowd-powered technologies like incentive competitions, crowdfunding and crowd content creation.
It’s never been easier to share your ideas and passions with the world. And, as you’ve heard me say, it’s only getting better.
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- Get Creative with Social Media: Expand your Network and Realize Your Vision Through Online Collaborations
Have you considered how using social media today can help you realize your vision and accomplish your long-term goals? Whether you are a student contemplating career paths, a young entrepreneur seeking to establish your business, or an experienced professional you can grow through social media by engaging in insightful conversations and supporting the leaders, projects and organizations you care about.
Allow me to share with you my recent experience using twitter to support the vision of a Latina entrepreneur as one of many examples of social media’s potential to be a tool for growth.
Deborah Deras, international speaker and Principal of Synergy Unlimited, produced and hosted the Global Latino Summit, the first online conference celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Through a series of daily conversations with successful entrepreneurs in technology, finance, entertainment, spirituality, health and other fields, Deras created a space for transformational conversations at no cost. Her mission for the conference was to use the power of collaboration to inspire others to take the action and make the decisions necessary to go on their desired professional and personal paths.
It was through my twitter feed that I discovered the Global Latino Summit official website where I read the impressive and diverse backgrounds of the speakers. I decided to invest my time and skills to contribute to the success of this conference. My first step was to share what seemed to be a thought-provoking conference with people in my network.
Furthermore, I tweeted the highlights of each day’s conversation to the @GlobalLatinoSum conference handle and to each corresponding speaker. After several days of doing this and interacting with Deras and the speakers I was supporting through my tweets, Deras asked whether I was interested in joining the conference social media team. I gladly accepted the offer and as the official Global Latino Summit Correspondent continued to share the invaluable messages, advice, and resources given by each leader or as Deras calls them, trailblazers.
My active engagement with the Global Latino Summit team and speakers is enriching my life in unimaginable ways. As a young Latina leader it is inspiring to learn from the experiences of successful Latino trailblazers demonstrating “que si se puede”, yes we can. From their journeys I was reminded that a key to success is owning our voice and embracing our unlimited potential to create products and services that transform our communities and lives. As a nation we are stronger when we are able to find and pursue our calling and it is opportunities like the Global Latino Summit that can be catalysts for us to embark on that journey.
This online conference exemplifies the power of technology and social media to build connections and create opportunities with immeasurable ripple effects. The conference bridges the gap of the digital divide that precludes brown and black communities from accessing information. It is up to us to take the initiative to reap those benefits and to support the continuous success of these online initiatives. Social media is providing an unprecedented level of access to decision makers, advocates, and experts in all fields but it is up to us to get creative with the online tools at our fingertips.
A common theme in the conference was the concept of servant leadership as a way of reaching higher success by supporting the growth of others. When we genuinely use the resources and skills we currently have to support others we will naturally benefit from the collaboration in unthinkable ways. “With the power of synergy, anything is possible”, believes Deras.
Every single one of us has an interest we wish to pursue or vision we would like to make a reality, so why not use social media to take the first step? We need to encourage each other to reflect on the ways in which we can be servant leaders in our online and offline communities. In what small and big ways can we use the tools available to us to collaborate with others on a common goal?
No matter where we are in our personal or professional path, having the life we want starts with taking action today. If you want some inspiration and resources, consider ordering the audio and transcripts of the month-long dose of inspiration from the Global Latino Summit trailblazers. Together let’s give each other the tools to empower ourselves to become our best selves and to be the change we wish to see in our homes, communities, country and world.
- Seth Rogen Might Play Steve Wozniak In Steve Jobs Biopic
According to TheWrap, Sony wants Seth Rogen to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the studio’s new Steve Jobs biopic. But a source close to production told HuffPost Entertainment that Rogen didn’t even have a formal offer yet. If a deal is worked out, however, Rogen would appear opposite Christian Bale in the film. Bale was cast as Jobs earlier this month after Leonardo DiCaprio bowed out of consideration.
Wozniak and Jobs founded Apple together in the 1976, though Wozniak left the company in 1987. He is credited as designing both the Apple I and Apple II computers. Josh Gad previously played Wozniak 2013′s “Jobs,” which starred Ashton Kutcher. “I had such high hopes for this movie and, oh, it was so hard to say that it let me down a bit and it fell a bit flat,” Wozniak told ABC News.
Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, this new film was written by Aaron Sorkin and will be directed by Danny Boyle. Head to TheWrap for more on Rogen’s possible involvement in the film, which also might include Jessica Chastain.
- The 29 States Where You Can Still Be Fired For Being Gay
Tim Cook came out as gay in an essay in Businessweek on Thursday. He said that the unequal treatment LGBT employees face all over the country was a critical factor in his decision.
“I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences,” Cook wrote. “Not everyone is so lucky.”
Indeed, there is no federal law protecting LGBT workers against discrimination based on their sexual orientation. And while some states and cities have passed their own protections, there are still 29 states where you can actually be fired for being gay, leaving more than half of all total workers vulnerable to employment discrimination.
Most Americans incorrectly think that this problem has already been solved. A 2013 HuffPost/YouGov poll found that 69 percent of Americans think that firing people for being gay is illegal.
A proposed federal law called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act would provide protections for all LGBT Americans working for employers with at least 15 employees. It’s been introduced in nearly every Congress since 1994, but has never passed.
Apple’s home state of California has some of the most robust anti-discrimination laws in the country, and the company itself is an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights.
“If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy,” Cook wrote in his essay.
- Guy Gets Haunted By Snapchat Ghost In The Most '2014' Halloween Sketch Ever
Snapchat can get pretty wild, but this ghost took it to the next level.
The funny folks at FLAMA put together this sketch about a sensitive guy who gets scared easily — and who really isn’t thrilled when he thinks his friends are sending him creepy Snapchats right in the middle of their argument over the pronunciation of the word “salmon.”
The truth is scarier than he ever imagined.