Twitter’s making a bigger bet on private messaging. The company announced on its developer blog today that starting in July it’s removing the 140-character limit on direct messages; the private messages you can send to another Twitter user. The news comes on the same day that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced he was stepping down.
The microblogging service said Wednesday users will now be able to share block lists with other users who may be being harassed by the same accounts. This will let users block multiple accounts all at once, instead of having to block them individually. Twitter engineer Xiaoyun Zhang wrote in a blog post Wednesday that the latest update expands existing mute and block tools on the platform.
“While many users find them useful, we also recognize that some users — those who experience high volumes of unwanted interactions on Twitter — need more sophisticated tools,” he said. “We also hope these advanced blocking tools will prove useful to the developer community to further improve users’ experience.”
“Our privacy is being attacked on multiple fronts,” he said, speaking remotely to EPIC event attendees in Washington, D.C. “I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information. They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be.”
Apple is still recovering from its own privacy scandals, namely the infamous iCloud hack that exposed several female celebrities’ nude photos in 2014. But in recent years, the company has been pushing for greater security measures to better ensure consumer data is protected from advertisers and law enforcement with encryption.
“If you put a key under the mat for the cops, a burglar can find it, too,” Cook said. “Criminals are using every technology tool at their disposal to hack into people’s accounts. If they know there’s a key hidden somewhere, they won’t stop until they find it.”
Cook’s comments alluded to legislators and law enforcement agencies who want devoted access to mobile devices and online services for criminal surveillance purposes. And Apple’s refusal has drawn the ire of intelligence agencies and the Justice Department’s requests to “hand over the digital keys” to encrypted devices.
A new bug has been discovered in the Messages app, allowing a string of characters sent to a person via iMessage or SMS to crash an iPhone and cause the Messages app to crash after being opened. The bug, which requires a specific string of symbols and Arabic characters to be sent, was first noticed on reddit earlier this afternoon and has been spreading around the Internet since then.
Sending the string of characters to an iPhone results in an immediate respring, causing an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot. From there, if the Messages app was opened at a list view, the Messages app crashes automatically when you try to open it. If it was opened to the conversation where you received the message, the app will open, but attempting to go to another conversation causes Messages to crash.
MacRumors tested the bug on iPhones running iOS 8.3, but it may also be affecting other versions of iOS.
If you receive one of these messages, there are a few possible fixes that have worked for us and for other people who have encountered the bug. If the Messages app was opened to the conversation with the person who sent the offending message, the Messages app can be reopened to this conversation. Sending a reply message fixes the problem.
If Messages was opened to the conversation list view, the app will crash when you attempt to open it. You can fix this by having someone send you a message or by sending a message to yourself. There are several options for sending a message to yourself, including sending yourself a message via Siri or through the Share sheet in any app.
MANHATTAN (CN) - New York’s decision not to issue “Choose Life” vanity plates because the state feared the anti-abortion message might inspire road rage was “viewpoint neutral” and therefore will stand, a divided 2nd Circuit ruled on Friday.
The license plates proposed by the Children First Foundation display its logo of a crudely-drawn sketch of two smiling children over the well-known political message.
Despite the sunny imagery, New York State’s commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles saw a public safety hazard in bringing a burning controversy to the Empire State’s roadways.
Commissioner Barbara Fiala’s department decided that putting the DMV’s stamp on the plates “would readily be perceived as governmental support for one side of a controversy that has existed in this country for several decades.”
More: Courthouse News Service
In St. Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, an international mélange of Holocaust deniers, Hitler apologists, white nationalists and Russian ultra-nationalist met in March at the Holiday Inn. They pressed the case for Russian opposition to American foreign policy and American multi-racial democracy, they supported the rebels in the eastern reaches of the Ukraine, and they opposed the European Union. Jared Taylor from American Renaissance was the fourth speaker up. Notably, he said things from that Russian platform that he has not quite said from any American dais. As such, this Russian event may signal some changes among American white nationalists.
Taylor told the crowd that his family had been living on American shores for 350 years. But he preferred to think of himself as European; European “as much as you are,” he told the crowd of Russians, Finns, Greeks, Germans and Brits. He then described America as the font of evil in the contemporary world, spewing immigration, diversity, and worthless ideas” that were the “greatest enemy and murderer of authentic tradition.”
To understand what this small shift means, please remember that Taylor presented himself in his first book in 1990, Paved with Good Intentions, as a disappointed liberal who has finally “figured out” that black people cannot make it in contemporary white society. In the mid-1990s, he no longer positioned himself as a disappointed liberal. Instead, he insisted that the key to his future success is for white people to develop a case of explicit white self-consciousness. At the same time, he was working with the Sons of Confederate Veterans. At that time, Taylor was enmeshed in American whiteness, trying to bring it to self-conscious fruition, and hoping to turn the entire society over to white ownership, control, and, in the view of this reporter, racist depravity.
Now he is calling for, in his words: “We support a strong and sovereign Russia that defends its traditions against all attacks. We support a Europe of nations and of regions, each with its own irreplaceable traditions.” And for the United States and its so-called white European traditions, it appeared as if Taylor has given up hope of any American renaissance. Instead, it seemed as if Jared Taylor was throwing his lot in with the Russians.
Mad Max might as well be driving a Barbie Malibu instead of an 18-wheeler War Machine in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” according to one men’s advocacy group, whose comments have started a huge media rumble.
That brings us to the website Return of Kings, even though it is apparently not a product of the #meninist movement (it seems to have existed since at least 2012). The website calls itself “a blog for heterosexual, masculine men.”
Browsing through it is downright awful. It at first seems like a joke, but it’s serious. From its “About” page:
“ROK aims to usher the return of the masculine man in a world where masculinity is being increasingly punished and shamed in favor of creating an androgynous and politically-correct society that allows women to assert superiority and control over men.”
Women and gay men are discouraged from commenting on the site. They have better things to do, anyway, like get root canals.
- He's not the only one who's committed such crimes, so cut him some slack
- His apology was effort enough
- It's the media's fault
- Jesus is cool with Josh Duggar
- Duggar didn't take the "easy way out"
- Duggar is all grown up and has changed his life
- What he did really wasn't so bad
Presented without comment, except to say that you should click through at the bottom and read the whole thing.
At this point, I should be used to seeing backlash against Emma Sulkowicz, but I still wasn’t fully prepared for what came this week: endless tittering of people around me in real life and in my social feeds saying they “weren’t sure” about Emma’s choice to carry her mattress to Columbia’s graduation; the insistence that Emma’s alleged assailant Paul Nungesser had been “proven innocent” by Columbia and exonerated by the NYPD; the posters someone put up around Columbia with Emma’s picture on them, calling her a “PRETTY LITTLE LIAR.”
Every time I read another version of this narrative—that Nungesser merely “picked the wrong friends,” that the complaints against him were a calculated vendetta—my stomach flopped. Don’t forget: before he appealed away the conviction, Paul Nungesser was found responsible for sexually assaulting a woman at Columbia. And I’m writing this because that woman was me.
When I filed the complaint against Paul, I didn’t know it would turn into a national event. It was over a year before Emma started carrying that weight, months before what happened at Columbia helped sparked a national dialogue about rape on college campus. I was just trying to do the right thing.
The incident happened my junior year at Columbia, when Paul followed me upstairs at a party, came into a room with me uninvited, closed the door behind us, and grabbed me. I politely said, “Hey, no, come on, let’s go back downstairs.” He didn’t listen. He held me close to him as I said no, and continued to pull me against him. I pushed him off and left the room quickly. I told a few friends and my boyfriend at the time how creepy and weird it was. I tried to find excuses for his behavior. I did a decent job of pushing it out of my mind.
Then, a year later, a friend approached me and asked if we could speak privately. She told me she’d heard that Paul had apparently raped someone, and that the story had reminded her of what he had done to me a year before. (At the time, I didn’t know that the woman he had allegedly raped was Emma, although I eventually found out: several friends who didn’t know about my incident with Paul told me as word spread and the weeks went on.)
My friend gave me the name and number of someone at Columbia I could talk to if I wanted to file a complaint. I wondered if what had happened between me and Paul was really sexual assault: there was no penetration, I had no bruises, I got away. But Columbia defines “Sexual Assault—Non-Consensual Sexual Contact” as “Any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object without a person’s consent.” That is exactly what happened to me, and so I decided to file a complaint.
There is a narrative spreading that pins me as “Friend of Mattress Girl,” filing a sexual assault complaint as part of a weird collusion among girlfriends. This narrative is entirely false. At the time, Emma and I were friendly; however, we were never friends. We had never hung out one-on-one and I’d never had her number in my phone. I also never knew the identity of Paul’s ex-girlfriend, who also filed a complaint against him, until two separate reporters let her name slip while interviewing me—assuming, maybe, that I knew her. But I didn’t. I still don’t even know what she looks like or what her last name is.
More: Xkcd: Degree-Off