Mexico, home to the world's second-largest Catholic population,  has proposed legalizing gay marriage.President Enrique Peña Nieto said he would seek to add same-sex marriage provisions to Mexico's constitution and the national civil code.2.ISIS is recruiting on dating websites, in addition to platforms like Twitter and messaging app Telegram.Shocking photos show Kenyan police brutally beating protesters in central Nairobi.Google on Wednesday kicks off its biggest event of the year, a three-day long developers' conference near its headquarters in Mountain View, California.And finally ...A mommy blogger confesses that most of her stuff is "fake nonsense" and the mommy blogging industry is 'b------t.' NOW WATCH: How one simple mistake cost 'Real Housewives' superstar Bethenny Frankel millionsLoading video...
People hold signs calling for the release of imprisoned WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning while marching in a gay pride parade in San Francisco, California June 28, 2015.Imprisoned WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning filed an appeal this week, three years after she was sentenced to 35 years in prison for what is still considered the largest leak of classified government documents in history.Manning s attorneys waited to file her appeal to the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals until yesterday, the deadline for submitting.The unprecedented case posed a number of difficulties for Manning s defense attorneys, says Vincent Ward, co-counsel for the Chelsea Manning Legal Defense team.The case not only involved enormously complicated legal and technical issues, he says, but also involved a mix of classified and unclassified information that was logistically difficult and time-consuming for defense attorneys.Despite the lack of any evidence that he intended any harm to the United States, Manning faces decades in prison.
In fact, the outline fell directly on the part of my apartment where I sat on the couch talking to him.But after a slightly longer hunting process, Hoang was still able to identify my location.In a statement to WIRED responding to the research, a Grindr spokesperson wrote only that Grindr takes our users safety extremely seriously, as well as their privacy, and that we are working to develop increased security features for the app.Letourneau added that We encourage our members to take all necessary precautions with the information they choose to display on their profiles and properly vet people before meeting in public.The Kyoto researchers paper has only limited suggestions about how to solve the location problem.For the global LGBT community, they write, it s no hyperbole to state, as Apple s openly gay CEO Tim Cook did last year, that privacy is a matter of life and death.
According dejtingappen Hers founder Robyn Exton, today there are several hundred dejtingappar focused on heterosexuals and nearly 50 targeting gay men. There are others who have tried but the problem is that it is so difficult to get capital into a lesbian app, says Robyn Exton when Di Digital meet her at a coffee shop in Stockholm. So when you make an app for women only need to have a completely different mindset than the dejtingappar available now, says Robyn Exton. I still remember my first pitch where I pointed out the curve and predicted that five months would be a million app users. Her so far has brought in $ 25 million in capital, representing over 200 million in today's dollar. I knew virtually nothing about product development, how to start a business, coding or startup world.
We weren t overly impressed with Tinder for threesomes app 3nder when it first arrived more than two years ago, and now Tinder itself is apparently taking umbrage too.Apparently because there could be significant confusion between the respective services, especially as 3nder is pronounced thrinder, which sounds a lot like Tinder.According to a statement issued by the folks at 3nder, which was sent alongside a link to an interactive site called Tinder wants to kill 3nder, Tinder has ordered it to cease operations, though 3nder has formally responded by highlighting their significant differences, including its mission, user-base, and emphasis on beautiful user experiences.But Grindr actually predates Tinder by several months, while you could also argue that it doesn t sound like Tinder.Though 3nder s target market may be more niche than Tinder or Grindr, it recently managed to secure $500,000 in seed funding after running what it called a shitty MVP minimal viable product that didn t work all that well for a year.The company says it almost went bankrupt back in February 2015.Match Group, the parent company of Tinder, filed to go public on the NASDAQ last November, and it has dozens of other online dating brands under its wing, including Match.com and OK Cupid.Our mission and our values could not be more distinct from those of Tinder, said London-based founder Dimo Trifonov.It will shortly be adding an Android app to its existing iOS incarnation, and it says there are 70,000 people on that waiting list globally.VentureBeat has reached out to Tinder for comment on 3nder s claims, but have yet to hear back from anyone at the company.
It s nearly June, which means that not only is summer fast approaching, but so is LGBT Pride Month.Given the occasion, a good handful of our expiring picks this month either have LGBT themes Paris is Burning or at gay icons Madonna: Truth or Dare , while others are just here because—well, because Bill Murray s in them.Charlie Joel Edgerton inherits his family s shoe factory and, in an attempt to save it, starts making boots for an untapped market: drag queens.Everything about this movie is charming, right down to Chiwetel Ejiofor s lovely performance as Lola, the drag performer who helps Charlie perfect his new line of sexy footwear.Looking forward to seeing Hank/Beast in X-Men: Apocalypse?Get ready for some gloriously awkward British humor—and speaking of which, Bridget Jones s Diary is leaving Netflix next month, so go ahead and fill up on stammering Londoners.
Browser maker Opera s proposed $1.2 billion acquisition by a consortium of Chinese companies just took a major step towards completion after its shareholders voted in favor of the deal.Opera announced today that 90.6 percent of the outstanding share capital and 90.9 percent of the votes in the company have approved the acquisition.That s a preliminary result that the firm will confirm for sure soon, but, if the number stays as it is or is higher, that will be enough to enable the sale to proceed.Today s approval is notable because there have been murmurs of discontent about the proposed sale to Golden Brick, a group comprised of Qihoo 360, one of China s most visible and controversial Internet companies which recently went private in a $9.3 billion deal, listed games firm Kunlun, which owns a 60 percent share in gay dating service Grindr, and investment firm Yonglian.We ve been with Opera for many years.The proposed deal hasn t stopped Opera from introducing a busy slate of product updates, including a built-in VPN for its desktop browser and mobile apps, and an ad-blocker, too.
Yet by publicly outing him as gay in 2007, Gawker founder Nick Denton shattered the privacy of Thiel s fiercely guarded personal life and techno-libertarian vision.With the story in the public domain for 24 hours, his aides have neither confirmed nor denied the assertion, first reported by Forbes.The episode marks the latest unexpected twist in Thiel s political efforts, which are both representative of and at odds with Silicon Valley s broader political awakening; people close to the billionaire describe his worldview as a mix of extreme laissez-faire and mainstream Republicanism.Thiel has backed a variety of causes, from Ron Paul s and Trump s presidential bids, to government-less forms of currency such as bitcoin and 3D-printed gun startups.Thiel was one of 13 men, including Tesla s CEO, Elon Musk, who founded the digital payments company PayPal in 1998.A few years ago Thiel told associates that he saw promise in young entrepreneur Cody Wilson, a self-described antiestablishment techie working on a project to make bitcoin untraceable for authorities.
What does money buy?Apparently a campaign to destroy your enemies.That appears to be the story in the case of who has been backing the legal fights against Gawker Media.One name has emerged: Peter Thiel, the former co-founder of PayPal, prominent Silicon Valley investor and most recently, California delegate for Donald Trump.Perhaps motivated by his antipathy for Gawker, Thiel has been backing legal fights against the media firm, says Forbes.The New York Times followed with its own story saying the same thing.Thiel s office has not replied to an email asking for comment.Estimated to be worth more than $2 billion, Thiel s pockets are deep.As Marc Andreessen, another prominent tech investor, pointed out, wryly:In 2007, Gawker outed Thiel as gay in a piece titled, Peter Thiel is totally gay, people.A Florida jury awarded Hogan $140 million, but Gawker and its founder Nick Denton are appealing.On Wednesday, a Florida judge denied Gawker s motion for a new trial and wouldn t reduce the $140 million verdict, the Associated Press reported.That theory was fueled by several moves by Hogan s legal team, including the decision not to take a $10 million settlement offer.The team made another peculiar move – it dropped claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress.That claim would have required Gawker s insurance company to help pay for the defense and help toward settlement payouts.Adding to the mystery have been subsequent lawsuits against the company brought by the Hogan s lawyer, Charles Harder.
Forbes reported late Tuesday that Thiel, an early backer of Facebook and a co-founder of PayPal , had played a lead role in financing the litigation.Thiel, who is also a founder of a hedge fund and a venture capital firm and has been an outspoken voice on issues including education, is no stranger to Gawker.Thiel kept mum publicly about his sexuality at the time, but has since said he is gay.A longtime supporter of libertarian causes, Thiel recently said he was backing real estate financier Donald Trump in his bid for president.If Peter Thiel is indeed backing the lawsuit, I assume that he thinks that disclosing a sex video without the participant s permission is a violation of the participant s rights – here, a right to privacy.Secretive third-party financings of lawsuits can put media companies at a disadvantage during litigation, said Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, in an interview Tuesday.
Forbes reported late Tuesday that Thiel, an early backer of Facebook and a co-founder of PayPal , had played a lead role in financing the litigation.Thiel, who is also a founder of a hedge fund and a venture capital firm and has been on outspoken voice on issues including education, is no stranger to Gawker.Thiel kept mum publicly about his sexuality at the time, but has since said he is gay.A longtime supporter of libertarian causes, Thiel recently said he was backing real estate financier Donald Trump in his bid for president.If Peter Thiel is indeed backing the lawsuit, I assume that he thinks that disclosing a sex video without the participant s permission is a violation of the participant s rights – here, a right to privacy.Secretive third-party financings of lawsuits can put media companies at a disadvantage during litigation, said Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, in an interview Tuesday.
The Supreme Court s 2015 ruling on same-sex marriage changed the course of history, but according to a new survey, it didn t have much impact on how single LGBTQ people view marriage.Match.com found that 61 percent of LGBTQ singles said that last year s SCOTUS decision has no effect on their attitude toward marriage whatsoever.That s just one of many revelations found in LGBTQ in America, which Match is touting as the largest nationally-representative study of American singles who identify as LGBTQ and was produced in association with Dr. Justin R. Garcia, an evolutionary biologist and gender studies professor at Indiana University s Kinsey Institute.Among the other findings in the survey, which polled over 1,000 LGBTQ singles between the ages of 18 and 70-plus: 74 percent said their family would support them in a same-sex marriage.Fifty-two percent of lesbians said they want kids, compared to 36 percent of gay men.Mobile apps, unsurprisingly, are the new matchmakers, with 56 percent of respondents saying they ve dated someone they ve met online.
But Thiel, who made a fortune as co-founder of PayPal and an early backer of Facebook, expressed his distaste for Gawker in the past after Valleywag, its now-shuttered tech gossip blog, outed him before he came out as gay.I want to help the CPJ defend the rights of online journalists.So there s a disconnect between Thiel s libertarian streak, his support for a candidate with little regard for the First Amendment, his contributions toward press freedom and his reportedly funding a case that could bankrupt a media company.Gawker has long argued that publishing a snippet of a sex tape in 2012 involving Hogan aka Terry Bollea is protected under the First Amendment, and the company is currently appealing the March decision.If you re a billionaire and you don t like the coverage of you, and you don t particularly want to embroil yourself any further in a public scandal, it s a pretty smart, rational thing to fund other legal cases.But the media company highlighted the billionaire s past support for press freedom: A board member of Facebook and a major funder of The Committee to Protect Journalists has been secretly funding a legal campaign against our journalists.
Thiel, an early backer of Facebook and a co-founder of PayPal, played a lead role in underwriting Hogan's privacy case, according to a report in Forbes.Mr Hogan, real name Terry Bollea, won a $140m jury verdict against Gawker in March after it published a sex tape.Gawker founder Nick Denton is from LondonBut Gawker founder Nick Denton, who is from Hampstead, London, told the New York Times on Tuesday he had a "personal hunch" someone in Silicon Valley was financing Hogan's legal action.Mr Thiel - who also founded a hedge fund and venture capital firm - has not yet issued a statement on the matter, but he has previously criticised Gawker.In 2007, Gawker published an article headlined: "Peter Thiel is totally gay, people."In 2009, Mr Thiel said former Gawker publication Valleywag was "the Silicon Valley equivalent of al Qaeda".
The rumors seemed like something straight from a episode of HBO's satirical "Silicon Valley" TV show: A wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist was said to be funding the high-profile lawsuit by Hulk Hogan against the online gossip news site Gawker.But now, several news reports are saying that it's true, and the VC backing Hogan is Peter Thiel, one of the most colorful and successful VCs in the industry.In March, a jury awarded Terry Bollea aka Hulk Hogan $140 million in damages for publishing a sex tape, and due to a curious change in the charges he brought against Gawker, Gawker's insurance was not on the hook to pay for legal fees or damages.Gawker is appealing, but if it loses, it looks like it will have to pay out of pocket, a potentially business-ending liability.Here are some of the funnier things people are saying: Or really any concept that involves Peter Thiel sending a horde of Hulk Hugans to stop you.— pragma mark dagon @mdhughes May 25, [email protected] @Popehat waiting 9 years to use Hulk Hogan as your catspaw to get vengeance is worthy of some sort of respect — UltimateMaleFeminist @damienredicamn1 May 25, [email protected] open secret that Facebook has a longtime pro pro wrestling bias — Peter Kafka @pkafka May 25, 2016 Hulk Hogan was like "LET'S GET 'EM BROTHER" and Thiel was all "Indeed, let's."— Downtown Josh Brown @ReformedBroker May 25, 2016 @BenedictEvans I heard he's The Stig — Dion G. @McDionalds May 25, 2016  Atop his floating compound, an enraged Peter Thiel bellows into a Vertu You assured me no one would know!— Vivian Yee @VivianHYee May 25, [email protected] @GreatDismal bet Peter Thiel is behind this.
In secretly tech billionaire funded Hulk Hogan's record mood - with the goal of lowering the gossip site Gawker. After speculation on Wednesday stepped tech billionaire Peter Thiel, co-founder of Pay Pal and one of the early investors in Facebook, forward. It is less about revenge and more specifically about deterrence, says Peter Thiel, the New York Times continues: I saw Gawker be the first out with a unique and incredibly harmful way to get attention by bully people, even when there was no public interest. 2007 Gawker published a text that told me that Peter Thiel is gay, which at that time was not known. Peter Thiel has spent $ 10 million, equivalent to 82 million, to back up Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker. Last night it was clear that Hulk Hogan won round one, then gawkers request for a new trial was rejected.
Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007, and the Gawker empire has run a number of stories skewering Facebook.Hogan's lawyers wouldn't comment on the Thiel story but praised the judge for denying a new trial and accused Gawker of refusing to accept responsibility for "their reprehensible behavior and method of doing what they call journalism."Gawker reacted to the reports by saying: "There are very serious questions about whether Hulk Hogan financially benefited, and this case is far from over."In a 2009 interview, Thiel called Valleywag "the Silicon Valley equivalent of al-Qaida" and said it relies on people who "should be described as terrorists, not as writers or reporters."The attack spurred speculation that Thiel was still angry about a Valleywag report two years earlier about his sexuality.Others believe Thiel may have been far more upset about Valleywag's stories mocking Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and questioning the social network's value before it went public in 2012.
Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBillionaire Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel tells the New York Times that he secretly bankrolled the lawsuit brought against Gawker Media by Hulk Hogan as a deterrence in the name of the victims — including himself — of Gawker s bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest.Reporting on a public figure who has been open to many people as gay, and is out in public as such, is not the equivalent of reporting on private sexual activity, but rather is equivalent to reporting on a characteristic akin to religion or ethnicity, and certainly if someone has not gone to great lengths to hide such facts.But beyond the legal issues, was it ethically and morally wrong for Thomas to report on Thiel s sexual orientation?But Valleywag was a gossip blog about Silicon Valley s movers and shakers.And if you re gossiping about straight public figures and their relationships, and thus their orientation, then gay public figures should be treated equally.But it should concern you if Hogan s Thiel-backed lawsuit regarding private sexual activity results in hushing writers and reporters from even discussing the sexual orientation of public figures, even in a positive light, and especially when it s journalistically relevant.
The secretive tech billionaire who recently admitted to funding a lawsuit meant to crush the media company Gawker is known for having some radical opinions.But in an essay published in 2009, he surprised many when he wrote that giving women the right to vote — by constitutional amendment in 1920 — was a blow to democracy.That he also seemed to blame social security and other New Deal-era benefits for the decline of democracy — a fairly common conservative and libertarian view — got less attention.Thiel told The New York Times he is seeking justice for a piece Gawker wrote in 2007 titled Peter Thiel is totally gay, people and for other Gawker articles over the years.It was known to a wide circle who felt that it was not fit for discussion beyond that circle, Owen Thomas told the Times.Thiel is also a delegate for Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate who has proposed building a wall to keep Mexican people out of the United States as well as a total ban on Muslims coming to the U.S..
A billionaire board member of the world's most powerful media company has been using a fraction of his enormous wealth to try to take down a news website critical of him, anonymously funding lawsuits targeting the site.Peter Thiel, the influential Silicon Valley investor and cofounder of PayPal, acknowledged this week that he was the mystery financial backer funding wrestler Hulk Hogan's attempts to sue the snarky news and gossip blog Gawker into oblivion over a sex tape.The fiercely libertarian, Donald Trump-supporting billionaire sits on the board of Facebook, the social-media platform where more than a billion people access and consume news on a daily basis.People are now wondering whether this will have a chilling effect on the freedom of the press and the ability of journalists to speak sometimes disrespectfully truth to power.Thiel's ire with Gawker stems from an article outing him as gay titled "Peter Thiel is totally gay, people" , as well as others that he says "ruined people s lives for no reason.""Plenty of journalists think otherwise.Peter Thiel is going 'thermonuclear'Over at Fusion, Felix Salmon pulls no punches, accusing Thiel of "reinventing the concept of philanthropy so as to include weapons-grade attacks on America's free press."It makes decisions about what 1.09 billion people see and how they access news on a daily basis.""Facebook already has absurd economic influence on press," Jeffery tweeted.And now one of the key mentors to Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is waging war on a single website to deliberately stop certain types of coverage: "It's less about revenge and more about specific deterrence," Thiel told The Times.So far, Zuckerberg has stayed quiet on the issue.But it looks as if others on Facebook's board are sympathetic to Thiel: Marc Andreessen, a fellow board member, has retweeted multiple messages in support of the PayPal cofounder.One of Andreessen's colleagues, Benedict Evans, who is a partner at Andreessen's venture-capital group, Andreessen Horowitz, retweeted a tweet praising Thiel as a "hero, truly admirable work."Billionaires already routinely — and successfully — use the law to censor the press, but their activities are usually limited to specific stories about them.
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