Porn sneaks into iOS 10 GIF search, Apple frantically removes all evidence

Apple is on a moderation spree after users found pornography in iOS 10. The NSFW images were discovered in iMessage’s new GIF search feature, leaving a very red Apple scrabbling to ban search terms.

The X-rated snafu was spotted by website Deadspin, who found that searching certain terms would bring up “very easy-to-find” hardcore pornography. This even happened when searching for fairly innocuous words, like ‘huge’.

Deadspin notes [warning: link contains NSFW content] that the problem appears to be with Apple’s GIF search algorithm, which is powered by Bing and scours the internet for images from a number of sources. But the internet’s seedy side reared itself and scuppered Apple’s good intentions for its new text message feature.

“Its only censorship method thus far seems to be blocking potentially problematic words like ‘boobs’ and ‘penis’ and — as of this morning — ‘butt,'” the publication explained.

“There’s no reason for Apple to think that the word ‘huge’ would bring up anything more than, say, a particularly large pillow or strawberry”.

Since being made away of the issue, Apple has started a heavy-handed clampdown on the terms iOS 10 users can search for in iMessage. And yes, that includes ‘huge’.

British hacker accused of breaking into US government computers to be extradited

A British student accused of hacking into United States government computer systems will be extradited from Britain, to face trial in America, a judge in London has decided.

Lauri Love, 31, from Stradishall, Suffolk, is accused of hacking dozens of websites, including those belonging to the FBI, the US missile defence agency, the US central bank and NASA. If convicted, Love, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, will face a maximum penalty of 99 years in prison.

Képtalálat a következőre: „Lauri Love speaks to members of the media as he leaves his extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, Britain September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls”

Love allegedly committed his cyber crimes between 2012 and 2013 while participating in a “hacktivist” campaign associated with the famed hacking group Anonymous. After breaching critical websites, Love allegedly changed pictures, read communications and downloaded employee contact details.

The extradition request was granted by Westminster Magistrates’ Court, in London. Love was granted bail pending further legal action.

The verdict was met by gasps in the courtroom. Supporters of Love stormed out of the courthouse, shouting “kangaroo court!”

Képtalálat a következőre: „Lauri Love speaks to members of the media as he leaves his extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, Britain September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls”

“If you have come for justice then you have missed it,” Love told a gathered press pack.

Karen Todner, Love’s UK solicitor, said she was disappointed by the ruling and would appeal against the decision: first, to the UK high court, and then to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Képtalálat a következőre: „Lauri Love speaks to members of the media as he leaves his extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, Britain September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls”

Love’s parents and doctor have expressed concern that Love would be at risk of killing himself, if extradited. But on Friday, Judge Nina Tempia dismissed those concerns: “I accept Mr. Love suffers from both physical and mental health issues, but I have found the medical facilities in the United States prison estate, on arrival and during any sentence if he is convicted available to him, are such that I can be satisfied his needs will be comprehensively met by the US authorities.”

Képtalálat a következőre: „Lauri Love speaks to members of the media as he leaves his extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, Britain September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls”

Before any appeals are launched, Britain’s Home Secretary must decide whether or not to authorize Love’s extradition, as requested by the United States. Love’s case is seen as the first substantive test of the so-called “forum bar:” a legal principal that allows British courts to block extradition if it would be in the interest of justice to prosecute someone in Britain rather than abroad.

Video: Syrian rebel takes selfie with phone rigged to bomb

Footage appears to show members of the Free Syrian Army filming a propaganda video before one rebel accidentally triggers the blast

This is the horrific moment a Syrian rebel appears to blow himself and his comrades up by using a mobile phone rigged to a bomb to take a SELFIE .

Footage emerged online showing a group of eight men, believed to be members of the Free Syrian Army , gathered around a camera.

Syrian rebel accidentally blows himself up by taking a selfie

The freedom fighters , flanked by rifles, appear to be filming a propaganda video as they are shown in front of a rebel flag as they sing into a microphone.

The 30-second clip, which has not been verified, shows one of the rebels holding a mobile phone up in front of his face to take a selfie of the group.

But as he hits the button, it triggers an explosion which fills the room with flames and smoke.

Syrian rebel accidentally blows himself up by taking a selfie

Shocked rebels can be heard shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ – ‘God is great’ – as the dust clears and the camera is seen pointing towards the ceiling.

It is not known if anyone was killed or injured in the blast.

Syrian rebel accidentally blows himself up by taking a selfie

The Free Syrian Army are battling both the Russian-backed tyrannical regime of Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State.

The rebel group is allied with the coalition of western nations – including the US, UK and France.

‘AN INTENTIONAL ACT’: Dozens injured in New York City explosion

  • An explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City went off around 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday night.
  • At least 29 people were injured, one possibly seriously.
  • A second possible device resembling a pressure cooker was found four blocks from the scene of the explosion.
  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio calls the explosion “an intentional act.”
  • Currently no evidence of a terror connection.

An explosion left dozens of people injured in New York City on Saturday night in what Mayor Bill de Blasio called an “intentional act,” while police in Manhattan also moved to investigate a second device resembling a pressure cooker later in the night.

According to the New York City Police Department, the initial explosion occurred in the Chelsea neighborhood on 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues around 8:30 p.m. ET.

The New York City Fire Department said there were 29 injuries, one of which may be serious.

NYC New York City explosionNew York Police Commissioner James O’Neill (center right) and Mayor Bill de Blasio (center left) walk into a press conference as police, firefighters and emergency workers gather at the scene of an explosion in Manhattan on September 17, 2016 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

In a press conference Saturday night, de Blasio said there was no specific and credible threat against New York City at this time, though he did call the explosion “an intentional act.”

De Blasio also said that there is currently no evidence of a terror connection. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said “the exact nature and cause of this explosion has not yet been determined.”

The White House said President Barack Obama had been briefed about the explosion.

Here’s video apparently showing the explosion:

CNN reported that “gas has been ruled out” as a potential cause. Citing a law-enforcement source, the news network said preliminary information indicated a potential IED near or inside a dumpster caused the explosion.

A possible second device was reportedly located at 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues,according to the NYPD. The police department urged people in that area to “stay away from windows facing 27th Street” until the “suspicious package” is cleared.

And this is the site of the explosion and the location of the second possible device:

NYC Explosion 2Google Maps

CNN, citing multiple law-enforcement sources, said the second device was believed to be a pressure cooker with wires and tape attached. The news network tweeted an image of the suspected device.

The object was taken away via a police escort around 2:30 a.m. ET.

Several injured people have been taken to local hospitals. Hundreds of people were seen running away from the area immediately after the explosion, according to Reuters.

ABC-7 New York reporter CeFaan Kim captured photos of two cars that appeared to have been damaged.

View image on Twitter
View image on Twitter

Explosion on 23rd and 6th. These two cars had back windows blown out while driving. 8 year old in back seat injured.

He said a child in one of the vehicles was injured.

Corey Johnson, the area’s councilman, said the FBI was on scene, along with a number of police cars, New York City Fire Department units, and ambulances.

Business Insider reporter Michelle Mark captured some video and images from the scene:

The NYPD’s counterterrorism unit tweeted this image from the area:

Here’s more video near the site of the explosion:

The explosion happened on the same day that a pipe bomb exploded near the site of a charity event in New Jersey.

That incident occurred shortly before thousands of runners were due to participate in a charity 5K race to benefit US Marines and sailors, authorities said. New York City officials say the two incidents do not appear to be related.

Trial Held in North Korea for American Who Violated Tourist Status


North Korea put detained American Matthew Miller on trial Sunday, according to reports.

Details of the charges that he faced or of possible punishments were not announced before the trial, according to the Associated Press

Miller was detained in the country in April. When he arrived in Pyongyang, Miller told the Associated Press that he tore up his North Korean tourist visa and asked for asylum.

Miller is one of three U.S. citizens detained in North Korea at the present time. Miller, along with Jeffrey Fowle and Kenneth Bae recently appealed to the U.S. government to send a representative to negotiate for their release. Fowle is also due to be tried in the coming weeks.


After the prisoners asked for help from Washington, the U.S. government asked North Korea to release the prisoners out of “humanitarian concern.”

North Korea said the detainees had committed “hostile acts against the country.” Bae was accused of being a Christian missionary, and Fowle was accused of leaving copy of the Bible in a North Korean hotel room. Bae was convicted and is serving 15 years of hard labor.

Proselytizing is strictly forbidden in North Korea, and the country has been involved in a crackdown in recent months against missionaries.

In 2009 U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling were sentenced to 12 years hard labor for entering the country without a visa. They were pardoned later that year after former president Bill Clinton made an unofficial visit to the country.

L.A. fashion district firms raided in cartel money laundering probe

Federal agents

Sinaloa cartel bosses had a problem. They were holding a hostage and needed to get the $140,000 ransom his family agreed to pay from the United States to Mexico in the form of pesos.

Worried a wire transfer would alert authorities, the drug traffickers turned to an unlikely business: Q.T. Fashion, a wholesaler of maternity clothing in downtown Los Angeles.

Fashion district raid

The hostage’s family was directed to give the ransom money to the business, which used it to pay for clothing shipments to a Sinaloa importer, federal officials said. The importer then paid for the goods in pesos — to the cartel.

Federal agents raided Q.T Fashion and numerous other businesses in the downtown fashion district Wednesday, cracking down on a scheme that cartels are increasingly relying on to get their profits — from drug sales, kidnappings and other illegal activities — back to Mexico, authorities said.

Fashion district raid

Nine people were arrested in raids targeting 75 locations, and $90 million was seized — $70 million in cash. In one condo, agents found $35 million stuffed in banker boxes. At a mansion in Bel-Air, they discovered $10 million in duffel bags.

Federal officials said they believe that the drug organizations have used businesses throughout Los Angeles to convert their vast earnings into pesos, turning the city into a hub for “trade-based money laundering.”

Seized cash

Such schemes and others were used widely during the Colombian cocaine trade in Florida in the 1980s. Now federal agents view Los Angeles as the new Miami.

“Los Angeles has become the epicenter of narco-dollar money laundering with couriers regularly bringing duffel bags and suitcases full of cash to many businesses,” said Robert E. Dugdale, the assistant U.S. attorney in charge of federal criminal prosecutions in Los Angeles.

Fashion district raid

Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement infiltrated peso brokerages operating in Los Angeles, authorities said Wednesday. They said they focused on the fashion district because it was a concentrated area where taking drug money had become routine.

The undercover officers went to storefronts with bundles of cash, sometimes shrink-wrapped in grocery bags, one time splattered with what looked like blood, authorities said, noting the agents even mentioned that the money came from drug trafficking.

Fashion district raid

No one blinked at taking it, they said.

The FBI came became involved when the kidnapping victim’s family notified them of what was going on. The IRS examined the methods that businesses used to flout its reporting requirements for large cash transactions.

The practice of laundering drug profits through legitimate trade has dramatically increased since Mexico restricted the use of American dollars in 2010 by limiting deposits of U.S. currency at banks, brokerages and exchange houses.

Cartels can no longer have bulk shipments of cash sent home to be spent and deposited as they pleased.

Black market peso brokers filled the gap. The brokers contact legitimate Mexican importers who want to buy goods in Los Angeles.

Fashion district raid

If an importer wants to buy $30,000 worth of shirts the broker directs a drug contact in the United States to pay the bill to a shirt wholesaler in dollars. The importer in Mexico then pays the broker, in pesos, who takes a cut and pays the rest to a cartel.

The State Department estimates drug trafficking organizations send between $19 billion and $29 billion to Mexico annually from the United States.

The flow of cheap goods from the Pacific Rim through the county’s two ports, as well as Los Angeles’ proximity to the border, makes the area a natural center for the black market peso exchange.

Reddit Raises Cash Amid Hand-Wringing Over Nude Photos


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Reddit, known as the front page of the Internet, is raising around $50 million in funding that would value the company at around $500 million, according to a report from Re/code.

The news comes as the site has once again played a central role in the newest Internet controversy — this time the leak and distribution of personal celebrity photos.

The issues do not appear to have done much to scare off investors, as noted venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital are reportedly involved in the round.

The funding is yet another sign that the site is looking to capitalize on its massive traffic numbers.

That is easier said than done, considering the site’s complex relationship with its users, the content they post and a generally anti-commercial vibe that permeates the site.

Reddit’s system, in which a high value is placed on free speech and almost no censorship, has helped it become one of the most popular sites on the Internet and a traffic driver to sites that are able to get links on its front page.

The company itself takes a hands-off approach, allowing its various sections, known as subreddits, to be overseen by dedicated users known as administrators or admins.

Conde Nast parent company Advance Publications bought Reddit in 2006 for an undisclosed sum and has let the company operate with seemingly no oversight for the past eight years. The hands-off strategy has helped the site build its traffic numbers — it logged more than 153 million pageviews in August — but also meant few efforts generate revenue.

Reddit did not respond to a request for comment.

The site has come under fire before for allowing questionable material (questionable even by Internet standards), with the issue gaining national prominence with the recent celebrity nude photo hack.

The issue caused major debate among Reddit users, with some of those helping to spread the leaked photos trying to organize fundraisers, and the site’s operators, who ended up banning a subreddit that had become ground zero for the leaked pictures.

While its content problems persist, Reddit has been looking to draw attention to its more successful — and more mainstream — areas. The company creating a live thread system to cover events and breaking news as well as a mobile app for its popular Ask Me Anything series.

Marrying its almost anarchic user base with broader ambitions will be a distinct challenge for the site going forward.

There is no indication as to how Reddit plans to spend the money, but more efforts to push into mobile with a focus on other popular sections, such as its Today I Learned subreddit, would make sense.

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