Samantha Cole

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Twitter

Twitter Is Asking Sex Workers If They’re Bots and Demanding Their Phone Numbers

After Twitter locked or limited number of accounts owned by sex workers, users are wondering what's going on.
Samantha Cole
3 days ago
AI

This Company Thinks It Can Solve Diversity With 100,000 Fake AI Faces

Generated Photos is a free-to-use Google Drive full of algorithmically-generated face, that the creators say will solve a lack of diversity in stock imagery. Spoiler: It won't.
Samantha Cole
3 days ago
AI

This Software Will Give You a Fake Face to Protect Your Privacy

DeepPrivacy masks your real face with a flurry of a million other faces.
Samantha Cole
9.17.19
furries

Furries Are Arguing About Whether They Should Support Police Dog Charities

After pressure from its community, Boston-based Anthro New England is questioning whether it should drop a charity that supports bulletproof vests for police dogs.
Samantha Cole
9.12.19
gadgets

This Laser Tripwire Automatically Minimizes Your Tabs When Someone Walks By

The tiny device sweeps all your porn searches, workplace gaming and general time thievery under the rug when someone passes by your desk.
Samantha Cole
9.11.19
deepfakes

Facebook Just Announced $10 Million ‘Deepfakes Detection Challenge’

A dataset will be released as part of a public contest launched by Facebook and its partners to develop technology for detecting fake, algorithmically-generated videos.
Samantha Cole
9.5.19
Fleshlight

The Fleshlight Is a Portal to the Future of Sex

The ubiquitous masturbation device marketed to men was ahead of its time—and became the bellwether for a more fluid, inclusive future.
Samantha Cole
9.4.19
porn

A ‘Girls Do Porn’ Cameraman Admits He Lied to Women So They’d Film Sex Scenes

The porn production company is being sued by 22 women, who claim that they were told their videos wouldn't appear online.
Samantha Cole
9.3.19
Cameo

You Don’t Need Deepfakes to Make Celebrities Say Anything, Just Some Money

For his forthcoming book, 'We Were Promised Flying Cars,' Kareem Rahma got celebrities to read a series of his haikus.
Samantha Cole
9.3.19
porn

Bang Bros Bought a Huge Porn Doxing Forum and Set Fire to It

PornWikiLeaks was a forum devoted to revealing the names and personal information of porn performers, including several in the Girls Do Porn trial.
Samantha Cole
8.29.19
privacy

Venmo Is Still Exposing Your Connections to Everyone You Know

The EFF and Mozilla published an open letter today urging Venmo parent company PayPal to fix the app's privacy holes.
Samantha Cole
8.28.19

How Cam Models Changed the Porn World Forever

Camming and customized content has turned our experiences with porn into uniquely personal moments.
Samantha Cole
8.27.19
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