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George Takei Examines 'Google Glass' in First Episode of His New Web Series: VIDEO

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George Takei is not sure what to make of Google Glass, although he is sure that any photo of you wearing it will be "the stupidest Instagram pic you'll take this year."

Takei is hoping that the new web series, which is sponsored by AARP, will help the older generation embrace new technology.

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NEWS: Egypt, Google, Privacy, Lawsuits, Private Parts, Rape Culture

Road Clashes between protesters and police have turned deadly in Egypt as Security Forces invade Pro-Morsi sit-ins. 

Road That Russian TV host isn't done making homophobic remarks. Now he's taking victim-blaming to a whole new levelGoogle

 Road Google recently issued a brief in response to a class-action lawsuit brought against the company for invasion of privacy. In it, they argued that Gmail users cannot realistically expect for their emails not to be scanned. 

Road North Carolina's new oppressive voter registration law is facing another new lawsuit filed by a 92-Year-Old woman who was previously subjected to "literacy tests" before being allowed to vote. 

Road A hostage situation at a bank in rural Louisiana finally ended early this morning with the gunman dead and two hostages shot. 

Road San Diego mayor Bob Filner continues to face controversy as the national restaurant chain Hooters has announced that he is no longer welcome in any of their franchises. 

Road Those attending Aaron Carter's performance at Chicago's Market Days "got lucky" when the singer stripped his shirt off and began grabbing his crotch on stage. 

Road Until last week, it was the policy of authorities in Norfolk, Virginia to assume that all women who reported rapes were lying, until proven otherwise.  Aaron Carter

Road A Georgia teen was previously denied a heart transplant due to his prior run-ins with the law. Luckily, the hospital has announced that it has reversed its initial decision

Road A pair of brand new parents were forced to change their child's name from "Messiah" to "Martin" after a judge declared use of the name "unchristian".

Road Kanye West reportedly asked Anna Wintour to put Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue. Her response was less than supportive. 

Road Niall Horan flashed his bare butt all over British TV. It's okay, though, he was just showing off his new tattoo...

Road Nerd deity George Lucas recently welcomed a new baby girl with his newlywed wife. 

Road Kick-Ass himself, Aaron Taylor-Johnson recently appeared shirtless in an issue of Men's Health UK. Homeboy is looking pretty good...

Road Alachua County, best known as the home of the University of Florida, has announced new protections for its LGBT residents

Road Kristen Stewart is reportedly going to pursue a college degree. Let's hope she majors in something like public speaking...

Road Gwyneth Paltrow was reportedly at an Author's Night fundraiser in the Hamptons yesterday, and not everyone appreciated her attendance. 

Road "Ex-Gay" singer Donnie McClurkin was recently kicked off the performance list of an upcoming MLK memorial concert due to the "potential controversy" his attendance could bring. 


Google Hangouts Tackles French Gay Marriage In Emotional Ad: VIDEO

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Nearly a month ago to the day, France legalized same-sex marriage, and in honor of the momentous occasion Google created an advertisement for its video-chatting system, Google Hangouts. The ad looks at several French gay couples who use the technology as a way to get around France's previous restriction on same-sex marriage, engaging in remote weddings with Belgian officiators. The organization "Together for equality," or "Tous Unis Pour L'Egalite" is the power behind the video weddings. It just goes to show that love cannot be stopped, by geography, politics, or closed minds.  

Be advised: the video's a tear-jerker.  

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Author Maurice Sendak Celebrated with Google Doodle: VIDEO

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The celebrated late gay children's book author Maurice Sendak, who would have been 85 today, is honored with a stunning Google Doodle which animates several of his classic books like Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen.

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News: HIV, DADT, Brazil, Johnny Hazzard, Idaho

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d HIV infection in gay men aged between 25 and 34 in Ireland up sharply.

Dadt6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d New York Congressman will work to introduce a bill that gives medical benefits to military service men and women dishonorably discharged under DADT. 

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Anderson Cooper's partner Benjamin Maisani expands his business ventures into Hell's Kitchen: "Mr. Maisani and Pablo Raimondi, his business partner, will be teaming up together to open the 5,000-square-foot restaurant at 753 Ninth Avenue. The pair specifically sought after a location in the Hell’s Kitchen and Clinton area, likely because of the prominent gay community."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Ouch: Super-sized mosquitoes spotted in Florida.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Google buys mapping app Waze for $1.3 billion.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli advocates for LGBT rights - in front of a urinal.

Hazzard6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Gay porn star Johnny Hazzard on the spate of deaths in the gay porn world: "How did I survive? We all faced the same challenges, so why am I still here when my friends are not? Even after taking days to think about it, I still can't totally explain why I survived. Maybe it's because my family supported me, or maybe it's because I made good or lucky choices." 

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Ian Ziering made his Chippendales debut last night.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Anti-gay evangelical Christians grabbing more political power in Brazil: "Gay activism is moral garbage,” Malafaia roared into the microphone to a cheering crowd on the grassy esplanade of the Brazilian capital. “Satan will not destroy our family values."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Patrick Schwarzenegger pumps up for summer.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho passes anti-discrimination law: "The majority of the council said it felt compelled to protect all of its citizens and that by adopting the ordinance, it would ensure people who otherwise aren’t protected by state or federal laws would be protected inside the city."


Apple, Facebook, Google Deny Participation in U.S. Spying Program Said to Engage Top Internet Companies

The Washington Post droped a bombshell story this evening that nine leading U.S. internet companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple are engaged with the NSA and the FBI in a classified program called PRISM established in 2007:

PrismFirsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.

The WaPo adds:

The Silicon Valley operation works alongside a parallel program, code-named BLARNEY, that gathers up “metadata” — address packets, device signatures and the like — as it streams past choke points along the backbone of the Internet. BLARNEY’s top-secret program summary, set down alongside a cartoon insignia of a shamrock and a leprechaun hat, describes it as “an ongoing collection program that leverages IC [intelligence community] and commercial partnerships to gain access and exploit foreign intelligence obtained from global networks.”

But the PRISM program appears more nearly to resemble the most controversial of the warrantless surveillance orders issued by President George W. Bush after the al-Qaeda attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Its history, in which President Obama presided over “exponential growth” in a program that candidate Obama criticized, shows how fundamentally surveillance law and practice have shifted away from individual suspicion in favor of systematic, mass collection techniques.

The Guardian reports that Apple, Google, and Facebook are denying participation or any knowledge of the program:

An Apple spokesman said: "We have never heard of PRISM. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers and any agency requesting customer data must get a court order," he said.

Joe Sullivan, Facebook's chief security officer, said: "We do not provide any government organisation with direct access to Facebook servers. When Facebook is asked for data or information about specific individuals, we carefully scrutinise any such request for compliance with all applicable laws, and provide information only to the extent required by law."

A Google spokesman said: "Google cares deeply about the security of our users' data. We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully. From time to time, people allege that we have created a government 'backdoor' into our systems, but Google does not have a 'back door' for the government to access private user data."


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