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Twitter Bans Explicit Content On Vine App

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Social media site Twitter has officially banned pornographic content on its video-sharing app Vine.

‘Not a good fit’

Twitter changed its content policy to remove explicit content from Vine, an app that allows users to share videos.

“We’ve found that there’s a very small percentage of videos that are not a good fit for our community,” the company said in a blog post.

The changes go into effect immediately.

Naughty content

As social media sites grow, there’s an increasing tendency that more users share explicit content even though it has already been part of the web culture since the beginning.

But Twitter’s move shows it’s no longer comfortable with that type of content.

Meanwhile, Vine issued a statement regarding Twitter’s latest move.

“For more than 99% of our users, this doesn’t really change anything. For the rest: we don’t have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet – we just prefer not to be the source of it,” said Vine.

March 10, 2014 at 3:31 amE-Commerce

Venezuelan Protesters Vow To Continue “Democratic Fight”

Flag of VenezuelaVenezuela celebrates the death anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez with a weeklong holiday. On its first day, students took to the streets, demanding the government to end the crackdown on protests and release activists who have been in jail for weeks.

Calming the Tensions

Earlier this week, President Nicolas Maduro included Thursday and Friday to the scheduled long carnival weekend. For many, this is the way of the government to calm the growing tension among its citizens.

Sending a Message

On Thursday, hundreds of students gathered in east Caracas, manning burning street barricades and clashing with the authorities. It was their way of telling the government that no holiday will distract them.

According to Juan Requesens, the government wants to demobilize demonstrators with a decree that combines the commemoration of the Caracazo and the Carnival. He says, “Maduro is mistaken… We’re not going to leave our democratic fight for six days at the beach.”

March 3, 2014 at 6:36 amInfo Tech

India’s Largest Museum Opens

With the expansion of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport came the opening of the country’s largest museum to date.

An expected tourism boost

Jaye He (Glory to India) is the most intriguing feature of the new airport terminal, as it is India’s biggest museum featuring 7,430 square meters of art on four storeys. This addition is expected to boost the country’s tourism, with initial expectations rising to nine million visitors every year, a figure bigger than Paris’s Louvre yearly number of visitors. Only ticketed passengers would have access to the new structure.

Showcasing India’s art

The museum shows over 7,000 pieces from hundreds of craftsmen and collectors, and scores of cities, villages, and museums across the nation. Commissioned contemporary works coming from artists such as MithuSen, Nek Chand, and RiyasKhomu amount to around 100 pieces.

One of the stars of the museum is a 22-meter mural named “Journey Across Time,” which shows moving pieces that change as passengers move along the walkway. The museum also uses QR codes to allow passengers to view films from the regional artists’ family members.

February 28, 2014 at 4:30 amDirections

Sochi Olympics: U.S. Hockey Team Advances To Final Four

The United States went on to dominate at the Sochi Olympics as the hockey team defeated Czech Republic 5-2, advancing to semifinals for two consecutive times.

‘Great opportunity’

U.S. Hockey TeamThe U.S. will play Canada for a shot to become an Olympic champion. Canadians beat the Americans in overtime four years ago.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said American forward Max Pacioretty in a statement. “They’re obviously the favorite coming into the tournament, and we’ve opened up a lot of eyes with our play, but we have more in the tank to give and to show.

“We keep getting better every game and hopefully we’ll keep getting better after this one.”

Statement win

Overall, team USA added three medals to its tally.

The U.S. men’s hockey team was not the favorite for the gold medal headed into Sochi, but it’s difficult to keep it out of the conversation now.

February 21, 2014 at 3:20 amDirect Service

Hackers Attack Kickstarter

Popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter has urged its users to change their passwords on Saturday, February 15, after they announced that their database was hacked.

‘Frustrating and upsetting’

KickstarterIn a blog post, Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler said that no credit card data was compromised, although usernames, passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, and phone numbers were stolen.

“(W)e strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password. We’re incredibly sorry that this happened. We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting,” read the blog post.

Numbers unclear

Strickler said that hackers “gained unauthorized access to some of our customers’ data,” but their news release mentioned that there were no recorded unauthorized activities apart from two cases.

The crowdfunding site did not provide any details on the number of accounts compromised by the security breach.

February 19, 2014 at 5:43 amInfo Tech

U.S. Wins Historic Gold In Ice Dancing

Meryl Davis and Charlie White became the first Americans to win an ice dance gold medal, the first Olympic title in the event.

Ice dancing gold

U.S. WinsWith a refined sense of performance to accompany their speed and power, Davis and White defeated their major rivals, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, the 2010 Olympic champions.

White and Davis insist they have never considered parting ways.

“The closest we came to breaking up, I can’t pinpoint one because there hasn’t been one,” the 27-year-old Davis said in a statement. “Certainly there have been struggles. It hasn’t been easy to get where we are. … It’s a partnership which I couldn’t have asked for more.

“That in itself justified 17 years of hard work,” White said.

Outstanding performance

White and Davis won silver medal in Vancouver, but in the four years since have overtaken the Canadians, their training partners Moir and Virtue in Detroit.

The reigning world champions scored 116.63 points in the free dance to finish with 195.52, 4.53 ahead of Virtue and Moir.

February 19, 2014 at 5:40 amDirect Service

Report: Apple’s Top Dealmaker Met With Tesla CEO

According to a news report, Apple Inc and Tesla Motors may have discussed working together or even joining forces.

The next big move

Apple’s Top Dealmaker

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There is no indication that an Apple deal to buy Tesla is in the works, but the prospect of a merger between the two firms has caught the interest of many industry observers.

“While a megadeal has yet to emerge, such a high-level meeting between the two Silicon Valley giants involving their top dealmakers suggests Apple was very much interested in buying the electric car pioneer,” the news report said.

An icon of innovation

Apple’s Adrian Perica met with Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, according to a source, but neither Apple nor Tesla confirms the meeting or says what they discussed about.

Last spring, analysts have suggested that Apple buy Tesla, not as much for its electric-car technology but to win the services of Musk.

Analysts said Musk could take a leading role in partnership and could lead innovation at Apple.

February 19, 2014 at 5:35 amStraight Market