Uber sues LA’s Dept. of Transportation for warrantless record requests

By Business, data, data privacy, electronic communications privacy act, engadget, gear, jump, la, ladot, lawsuit, location data, Los Angeles, los angeles department of transportation, privacy, real-time data, scooter, Security, sex, Transportation, uber, uber jump

The data privacy battle between Uber’s Jump scooter service and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation has been brewing over the last 18 months. After refusing to share real-time location data on its scooter riders, Uber was ordered by the LADO…

Read More’s Date Check-In sends an SOS to friends in case of creeps

By date check-in, dating apps, engadget, gear, Internet, match group,, date check-in, Mobile, online dating, personal computing, personalcomputing, safety, sex

Going on a date with someone you met online can be scary — not just because of the pressure to be charming, but also because of the horror stories of creepers and criminals that use dating apps to target their victims.’s latest security fe…

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Vote for the Best of CES 2020 People’s Choice Awards!

By av, dell, engadget, entertainment, food and drink, foodanddrink, gadgetry, Gadgets, gaming, gear, home, Internet, lenovo, lg, Mobile, nvidia, personal computing, personalcomputing, robots, Samsung, Security, sex, tomorrow, Transportation, wearables

We’ve announced our Best of CES finalists so now it’s time for you to cast your vote for your favorite gadget at CES 2020! Just head over here (or below) to pick your three favorite items from our pool of finalists. You have until 6 PM ET tomorrow, J…

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Democrats want to study FOSTA-SESTA’s impact on sex workers online

By bill, congress, engadget, fosta, fosta-sesta, gear, house of representatives, Internet, politics, Prostitution, safe sex workers study act, senate, sesta, sex, sex trafficking, sex work, sex workers, sswsa

If you’re concerned that FOSTA-SESTA seems built more to kick sex workers offline than to fight sex trafficking, you’re not alone. House representatives and senators have introduced the Safe Sex Workers Study Act, a bill that would analyze the impac…

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UK finally abandons its unworkable ‘porn block’ plan

By ageid, digital economy act, engadget, entertainment, gear, Internet, nicky morgan, online harms, politics, pornm, Security, sex, tomorrow, uk porn

The UK has conceded that its regularly-delayed proposal to create a nationwide adult content firewall will not go ahead. The system, due to be implemented in April 2018, December 2018, July 2019, the near future, has been abandoned, for now. I…

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The Morning After: A ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ preview

By av, engadget, entertainment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gaming, gear, home, Mobile, personal computing, personalcomputing, sex, space, themorningafter, Transportation

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome back! Apple’s latest iOS update is here, and the difference from .0 to .1 is bigger than you might expect. Also, Flight Simulator is making a comeback, and on Saturday, Elon Musk set the timetable for St…

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The Morning After: SpaceX builds a Starship

By av, engadget, entertainment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gaming, gear, Internet, Mobile, personal computing, personalcomputing, sex, space, themorningafter, Transportation

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! Keep an eye out for the SpaceX live stream later today, but first, we’ll recap notable news from this week, like all of the Alexa-connected stuff Amazon unveiled. Finally, Friday’s news…

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The dream of flying taxis may not be too far off

By AI, air taxis, automation, bell, boeing, engadget, gear, honeywell aerospace, jaunt air mobility, mike stewart, sathish muthukrishnan, sex, tomorrow, Transportation, uber, vtol

“Mark my words. A combination of airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile. But it will come,” Henry Ford quipped in 1940. Our dreams of cars capable of taking flight at the whim of their driver have been around nearly as long as we’ve had cars…

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Bumble and Gen. G form first pro all-women ‘Fortnite’ team

By bumble, Business, engadget, Epic Games, fortnite, fortnite battle royale, fortnite world cup, gadgetry, Gadgets, gaming, Internet, sex

Women make up roughly 35 percent of Fortnite’s players, but none of them were represented at this year’s World Cup. Bumble, the women-first dating app, has teamed up with esports organization Gen. G in order to change that. The two companies have for…

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Sex, lies, and surveillance: Something’s wrong with the war on sex trafficking

By bad password, badpassword, Business, eff, engadget, exploitation, facebook, fosta, fosta-sesta, google, Internet, law enforcement, Opinion, palantir, privacy, safer, Security, services, sex, sex trafficking, Spotlight, thorn, Twitter

Silicon Valley’s biggest companies have partnered with a single organization to fight sex trafficking — one that maintains a data collection pipeline, is partnered with Palantir, and helps law enforcement profile and track sex workers without their…

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Health and beauty tech continues to fail pregnant women

By baby, birth, ces2019, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, home, medicine, Mobile, personal computing, personalcomputing, pregnancy, services, sex, tomorrow, wearables, Women

There’s a thread on Fitbit’s Feature Suggestion forum titled, “Add Pregnancy/Nursing mode for more accurate calorie estimates,” with the first comment logged in December 2013. It was locked at 328 comments and 1,388 upvotes. In the comments, hundreds…

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The Morning After: AT&T tries to explain its 5G fib

By av, engadget, entertainment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gaming, gear, Internet, personal computing, personalcomputing, robots, sex, themorningafter, tomorrow, Transportation

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Another day of CES kicks off as our team has been uncovering the more curious exhibitors taking up residence in Las Vegas. Before you check those out, though, get your People’s Choice votes in ahead of tonight’s…

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Scarlett Johansson says fighting deepfake porn is ‘fruitless’

By AI, artificial intelligence, deepfake, deepfakes, engadget, entertainment, fake, Internet, porn, revenge porn, Scarlett Johansson, Security, sex, tomorrow

Scarlett Johansson knows better than most how horrible a place the internet can be. She’s been the victim of leaks before where private photos have ended up publicly available. And now she’s been targeted by a new kind of harasser, ones that use arti…

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Silicon Valley’s Brett Kavanaugh problem

By Amazon, apple, arbitration, badpassword, brettkavanaugh, Business, column, engadget, facebook, gear, google, harrassment, lyft, Microsoft, Opinion, politics, Security, sex, sexualassault, siliconvalley, tesla, Twitter, uber, verizon

As we steel ourselves to careen numbly toward whatever new horrors lay in store with Trump, his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, and the conservative politicians willing to help them, it’s impossible not to contemplate how deep and depraved the cu…

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Why PayPal’s crackdown on ASMR creators should worry you

By 8chan, art, asmr, av, badpassword, Business, column, discrimination, engadget, entertainment, fosta, gear, Internet, medicine, Opinion, patreon, Paypal, personal computing, politics, reddit, Security, services, sex, sexworkers, youtube

In June, China banned and excised videos of sound effects while claiming to cleanse its internet of pornography. YouTube had already demonetized the genre in a sex panic; now PayPal is banning people for life and holding individuals’ funds, ignorant…

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UK politicians push for FOSTA SESTA-style sex censorship

By badpassword, column, donaldtrump, eff, engadget, fosta-sesta, Internet, Opinion, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, Security, sex, sexwork, tomorrow, trafficking, UK

If you’re familiar with the phrase “that’s a terrible idea, let’s do it” then you might be one of the British MPs who think that the UK should do its own version of FOSTA-SESTA. That’s exactly what Labour MP Sarah Champion has done by leading a debat…

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Teledildonics gave me the gift of long-distance sex with a stranger

By column, cybersexsuit, engadget, fleshlight, fleshlightlaunch, flirt4free, gear, howardrheingold, kiiroo, launch, nsfw, sex, sextech, sextoy, sextoys, sexuality, teledildonics, tomorrow, vividentertainment

On an otherwise normal Friday afternoon in late March, I found myself sitting on my bed, completely naked in front of my laptop. It was a position I’d been in many times before, but today was different: I was getting ready for the most awkward tech d…

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