Two daring pranksters allegedly hacked a billboard to play pornography

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Michigan drivers got more than they bargained for after two pranksters allegedly took over a billboard with some rather risqué material. 

According to Michigan’s Auburn Hills Police Department, at 10:49 p.m. on Sept. 28, the two individuals pictured above broke into a small building underneath a digital billboard on the side of I-75. Once inside, they somehow managed to hack the billboard and used it to play pornography. 

Some drivers were surprised and delighted at the unexpected sight, while others were likely confused. 

The video reportedly ran for about 15 to 20 minutes before it was eventually shut down.  Read more…

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Trippy video breaks down how YouTube demonetizes LGBTQ creators for using words like ‘gay’

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It’s long been rumored that YouTube’s machine learning algorithm specifically demonetizes LGBTQ content — despite YouTube’s denials.

But the allegations got a boost over the weekend when two creators published videos pointing out how they think YouTube goes about blocking LGBTQ content from making money.

YouTube Analyzed fed more than 15,000 words used in titles to YouTube’s bots to figure out what the platform deems too scandalous for advertisers. Words that triggered demonetization in his tests include “gay” and “homosexual.”

Another channel, Nerd City, then broke down YouTube Analyzed’s data in the acid trip of a video seen above. Before tackling YouTube’s shadowy demonetization policy, Nerd City was known for diving into Jake Paul’s insidious marketing schemes, exposing family vlogging channels as exploitative, and highlighting obviously edited Instagram photos as bad for young followers’ self esteem. Read more…

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Facebook to selectively pay media orgs desperate for its news tab scraps

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Show appreciation for your kind and generous digital overlord. 

Facebook is set to launch its latest feature, news tab, this fall — setting up yet another political battle over what media outlets are or aren’t promoted by the tech giant. While the company has taken great pains to emphasize that it will be different this time around, one thing remains eminently the same: Not all participating publishers will benefit to the same degree. 

That’s because, as the Wall Street Journal reports, only roughly 25 percent of the 200 participating publications will receive any monetary compensation from the tech giant in exchange for allowing Facebook to populate its news tab with their content. The remaining 150 will apparently be doing it out of the kindness of their digital media hearts. Well, that and the hopes of raking in that sweet, sweet incoming web traffic.  Read more…

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Reddit changes its harassment policy and bans major incel community

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Reddit is taking bullying and harassment on its website more seriously.

In a post on Monday, Reddit announced that it was broadening its policies when it comes to threats made on the site. Specifically, it has significantly revised what constitutes bullying and harassment.

According to the new policy, Reddit defines behavior in violation of these rules as “anything that works to shut someone out of the conversation through intimidation or abuse, online or off.” This is a huge update from the previous rules that defined bullying and harassment as putting an individual in “fear of their real life safety” or so that a user “no longer feels that it’s safe to post online.” In the announcement, the company points out the inadequacy of a policy that set a “high bar of users fearing for their real-world safety to qualify.” Read more…

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Google and Levi’s introduce a new smart jacket that can answer calls and snap selfies

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Google and Levi’s are once again teaming up to launch a line of tech-infused denim jackets. 

The new Levi’s Trucker Jacket is infused with Google’s Jacquard technology. It’s pretty much the same concept we saw in 2017, but with some notable upgrades. The underlying tech behind the jacket still relies on a Bluetooth-enabled “tag” that clips into the jacket’s left cuff, which acts as a touchpad so you can control your music and a handful of other apps by swiping on it.

The new bluetooth tag is much smaller than the previous Jacquard jacket.

The new bluetooth tag is much smaller than the previous Jacquard jacket.

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But the tag itself is now much smaller than the previous version, and there’s very little to make the “smart” part of the jacket look different than the rest of it. That said, you can definitely feel that there’s more inside the sleeve cuff than meets the eye (the tag will trigger vibrations for some kinds of notifications), but it’s still fully washable just like the previous jacket.  Read more…

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This service turns your favorite tweets into a piece of art

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TL;DR: Framed Tweets immortalizes hilarious and awe-inspiring tweets from celebs, politicians (ahem), and regular people alike — get your own on sale for $67.50, down from $75.


Ah, Twitter. Years ago it was just a place to complain about stuff. Today, those complaints are basically the greatest form of art in the 21st century. We live in weird times.

Hundreds of millions of tweets are posted every day, and to be honest, most of them are garbage. But amongst that garbage is pure gold. You know the ones we’re talking about: the hilarious, the ridiculous, the juicy, the cringe-worthy. Those kinds of tweets should be showcased forever and thanks to this tweet-framing service, they can be.  Read more…

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Land your dream job by upping your LinkedIn game

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The Complete LinkedIn Marketing and Sale Bundle will help you boost your LinkedIn presence, and it’s on sale for $34.


Applying to jobs can feel a lot like dating — awkward first meetings, overanalyzing every message you send (while waiting not-so-patiently for a response), and the crushing knowledge that even if it does work out, it probably won’t last forever. Fortunately, unlike dating, there are actual courses you can take to make the job application process a whole lot easier. 

A recent survey suggested that nearly 85 percent of jobs out there are filled via networking — and in 2019, the name of the career networking game is LinkedIn. Of course, you really only reap the benefits of the platform if your profile is optimized. Growing your connections, collecting colleague endorsements and recommendations, and creating a résumé that stands out from even the most competitive of crowds are just the start. Read more…

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