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WARNING: Malware “Ransomware” Attacks Computers Worldwide

A global ransomware attack is holding more than 60,000 computers hostage. Banks, telephone companies and hospitals have all been ensnared in the worldwide hack, with the malware locking down computers while demanding a hefty sum for freedom.

The attack has hit thousands of computers across China, Russia, Spain, Italy and Vietnam, but the UK hospitals have attracted the most attention because real lives at risk while their devices are locked down.

IT systems and phone lines in National Health Service hospitals were locked up on Friday, in a coordinated attack across the world. The East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust updated its website shortly after the attack, telling visitors that they were “currently experiencing significant problems with our IT and telephone network.” –  CNET

The malware was released by a group known as The Shadow Brokers, which recently claimed to have dumped hacking tools stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Microsoft released a patch in March, but many systems may not have updated as of yet.

Do yourself a favor and check your Microsoft updates and if you have any run updates immediately!

OUTRAGE! – Google Sponsors Anti-Gay Kenyan Politician To Attend Its Web Rangers Conference In CA

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Google has invited anti-gay activist and Kenyan government official Ezekiel Mutua to its Web Rangers conference in Mountain View, California, and is reportedly even sponsoring his passport and visa.

According to a report on abuses of LGBT people from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)  in Kenya sexual contact between consenting adults of the same sex is criminalized by four statutes, the most recent from 2003. Prison terms for breaking anti-gay laws can be set at  to years.

Mutua, who is the head of the Kenyan film classification board (KCFB), gained notoriety this year for banning from the country’s servers local band Art Attack’s cover of the Macklemore gay marriage anthem Same Love, saying it “promotes homosexuality” in Kenya, where homosexuality is illegal.

“Kenya must not allow people to become the Sodom and Gomorrah through psychological drive from such content,” said Mutua.

In 2014, Mutua banned Stories of Our Lives, a film about Kenya’s gay community, for “obscenity, explicit scenes of sexual activities and [for promoting] homosexuality, which is contrary to [Kenya’s] national norms and values”.

“Because of my stand on moral values, including the banning of content promoting LGBT and atheists culture in Kenya, someone wrote in a local daily that I will never get a visa to the US,” Mutua wrote in a post, now deleted, on his Facebook page.

Well, I not only got it but it came on a diplomatic passport and I didn’t even have to go to the embassy for biometrics or pay the visa application fee. It was delivered to my office free of charge thanks to our efficient ministry of foreign affairs and highly courteous US embassy officials. America here we come … TO GOD BE THE GLORY!”

Sources from inside Google say that there is much conflict happening in the company over Mutua’s invitation. With some trying to defend it suggesting that discussions about bullying, especially as it affects teens struggling with nascent sexual identities, could prove helpful. But Mutua’s reputation in Kenya makes that seem highly unlikely.

Power Drag Queens ON! – San Francisco Drag Queens Take On Facebook’s Name Policy

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A group of San Francisco drag queens lead by Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence along with Supervisor David Campos are launched a campaign against Facebook’s policy requiring users to use their ”real” name which compromises the privacy, health and safety of many members of the LGBT community and  also raises the questions about who has the right to determine how someone chooses to identify.

Via SFGate:

“The fact is Facebook is a very important life in San Francisco and we want members of our community to feel comfortable and treated with respect as they participate in Facebook,” he said. “These people have created an identity connected to their public name. Facebook has created a community we all want to be a part of, and everyone should get to be a part of it, however they choose to identify.”

Campos is in talks to set up a meeting between Facebook and some of the city’s drag entertainers. There is also a Change.org petition with more than 3,000 signatures asking for similar changes.

Perhaps Facebook should try to  clean up the various spammers, hate speech accounts, cam whores, and free sample scammers using FB under *their* “real names first before it tries to enforce any policies which in reality are only there to data-mine the hell out of you.  #RealTalk

Apple iTunes Approves New Gay Social App Distinc.tt. For Ages 12 and Older

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Sick of gay social apps that are all about sex. some people believe that, when it comes to apps, the gay community hasn’t offered us all that it can and that its time for an app with more taste and style and less sex.  (Like none)  So they’ve created  Distinc.tt is “the only gay social app approved by the iTunes store for “12-year and older.”

Distinc.tt “uses real-time collective knowledge to connect trendsetting crowds and travelers to the places and people that best reflect their distinct interests.” describing  itself as “clean, social, and fun.”

From its press release:

With an emphasis on good taste, Distinc.tt is sleekly designed to easily lead users to the right event, restaurant, party, or vacation spot for the moment or upcoming calendar, where their friends are or plan to go soon.

Just as Google tells you there are “right” ads and “wrong” ones, so here you can have access to the “right” events, rather than quiz night at your local Uzbek potato vodka bar.

CEO Michael Belkin said he’s launching Distinc.tt because he became “disgusted by the tasteless torsos and imagery on gay social sites and apps.” and because he wants “the good-taste part of the gay stereotype to gain traction with mobile app marketing and cross the mainstream divide.”

Apple iTunes though deeming the app suitable for “12-year-olds and older” has creating quite a firestorm on comment boards across the internet from anti-gay posters claiming that the app will be used by pedophiles and  for other “degenerate” uses.

Whats your thoughts on this?  Is 12 too young to appove for a gay social app regardless how clean and non sexual it is when its open to all ages?

Source CNET

Google Reader Set To Shut Down On July 13th.

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Google Reader, which was released to the public as a Google Labs project on Oct. 7, 2005, and was suppossed to be a solution for the Web’s rapidly growing problem of content overload will shut down on July 13th.

“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites,” the company said. “While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.”

Google Reader lets users subscribe to and read feeds from all manner of publishers, in a format that resembles an e-mail in-box..”

Google has acknowledged that some of the Reader’s core social functionality was being replicated and even replaced within Google+, and that it was pushing Reader users in that direction, including the decision to cut out sharing options from Reader completely.

“Integrating with Google+ also helps us streamline Reader overall,” wrote Alan Green, a Google software engineer, in Google’s last official Reader blog post in late 2011. “We hope you’ll like the new Reader (and Google+) as much as we do, but we understand that some of you may not.

CNET.com editors have suggested five alternatives to Reader for you once it shuts down