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Facebook apologizes to drag performers, LGBT community over ‘real names’ flap

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Drag performers Lil Ms. Hot Mess, left, and Sister Roma, right,are among those sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names. Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names" on the site.
NEW YORK — Facebook is apologizing to drag performers and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith. The world’s biggest online social network caught heat recently when it deleted several hundred accounts belonging to self-described drag queens...

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In many countries, hook-up apps expose gay men to blackmail, arrest, violence

Sunday, September 28, 2014
High-tech gay dating apps and social media services have enabled countless men to expand their circles of friends and partners in settings that are hostile to any overt trace of homosexuality. Yet the same technology that they gratefully embrace exposes them to the risks of blackmail, arrest and violence.
For gay men in the dozens of countries that criminalize their sex lives, social networking can be a blessing or a curse. High-tech dating apps and social media have enabled countless men to expand their circles of friends and lovers in settings that are hostile to any overt trace of homosexuality. Yet the same technology that they gratefully embrace can expose...

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Online web filter ending longtime block on mainstream gay websites

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites. For several years, top Web-filtering services have been resolving a security over-reach that conflated gay rights websites with adult content, blocking both from web surfers using ...

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Apple reveals long-anticipated ‘smartwatch’ and new, larger iPhones

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, discusses the new iPhone 6, center, and iPhone 6 plus, right, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif.
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Apple unveiled its long-anticipated smartwatch Tuesday, introducing a device that aims to put many of the functions of a smartphone onto a smaller screen that's never more than an arm's length from the wearer's eyes. The Apple Watch, the company's first completely new product in four years and its first wearable device, is also Apple's...

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Former PlanetOut CEO, Google exec to be U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Sunday, September 7, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has named Megan Smith, a Google executive and former CEO of the online LGBT community site PlanetOut, as chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Smith, who is openly gay, will “lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s ...

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In light of celebrity hacks, how to protect data when its stored in the ‘cloud’

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The theft of nude photographs from celebrities' online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of Americans to store personal information over the Internet. On Tuesday, Apple acknowledged the security breakdown and blamed it on intruders who were able to figure out usernames and passwords and bypass...

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L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center systems compromised by cyber-thieves

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
LA Gay and Lesbian Center
LOS ANGELES -- The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center said Tuesday it was recently the victim of a sophisticated cyber-attack that, according to data security and technology experts, was designed to collect credit card, social security numbers and other financial information.

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New Android App purports to help parents wondering: ‘Is My Son Gay?’

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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There's a new app available in the Android marketplace that's likely to amuse some, and annoy others -- "Is My Son Gay?" According to the apps developers, "After this test you'll have the proven answer to a question you might have since maybe a long time."

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Apple’s new CEO, Tim Cook, could be the world’s most powerful gay executive

Thursday, August 25, 2011
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The sudden resignation on Wednesday of Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs paves the way for the ascension of Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, who, upon being named Apple’s new CEO, was hailed by many in the LGBT community as possibly the world’s most powerful gay executive.

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