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04/19/2007


Scruff Launches Gay Hook-Up Slang Dictionary With Foreign Language Translations

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Because the need to hook up can strike any place, any time, the folks behind location-aware social networking app Scruff have provided a multi-language gay slang dictionary

Scruff Gay Slang DictionaryThe words themselves are pretty common to all but the newest of gays and the definitions are pretty sparse, but the selling point is that all of the words are translated into 41 languages, so you'll know the proper term for "NSA" almost everywhere you go.

Not all translations are word-for-word, but that's to be expected when working with slang. Some terms translate strangely - the Japanese term for "kink" is the English loan word "abnormal" (a-bu-no-ma-ru), for example - but others are arguably better than their English counterpart; the German phrase for a "bear chaser", "Bären-Jäger" which literally translates to "bear hunter", puts a decidedly different spin on the bear-chaser dynamic.


Gay Dating App "Mister" Reboots To Buck Online Dating Trends

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In the sea of mobile dating apps that are little more than palette-swaps of each other, Mister was more of the same when it launched in December 2011. Since then, CEO Carl Sandler had the app overhauled and relaunched for the purpose of changing the way gay men treat and think about online dating. Ironically, Sandler's goal in improving the app was to get people to spend less time using it. In an interview for a piece on the Wall Street Journal he said,

"People felt mobile dating wasn’t for them..We wanted to create a place that’s different and feels different…[an app] that compliments our lives instead of taking over...We built Mister with the goal of getting people off the app and meeting in the real world."

Mister has over 1 million registered users who have agreed to the app's Code of Ethics, and Carl has a regular advice column over at The Huffington Post.


Grindr Hacked! 100,000 users exposed down under!

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Grindr, the the wildly popular mobile app "has been compromised by a Sydney hacker, potentially exposing intimate personal chats, explicit photos and private information of users,"  the Sydney Morning Herald reports.  

With recent statements claiming 3 million users globally, the company has been "pushed into a security crisis that has left its users seriously vulnerable considering the vast amounts fo private information traded thorugh the app -- in many cases naked pictures."

The paper was tipped to the story last week, but founder Joel Simkhai denied knowing anything about it in a phone interview with the  paper last Friday, adding that the service had never had a "major breach." But by Tuesday he was forced to admit the site had been compromised as by then the hacker posted user photos, passwords and other information on a site, and it was becoming clear others had discovered the exploit as well.

The hacker site has since come down. Simkhai says protecting user privacy is their highest priority and promised a secure update to the app in days.

Love online: 100,000 Grindr users exposed in hack attack [sydney morning herald]


Bluetooth for Beckham

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Motorola just released an image of the new Motopure H12 Bluetooth headset attached to a perfectly groomed Beckham, just in time. California's hands-free mobile phone law took effect on July 1st.


News: Cornwall Great White Shark, Gordon Brown, Cher, Estonia

road.jpg Veanka McKenzie, a worker at New York state's Human Rights Division, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the division discriminates against women and blacks in its dress code, offering preferential treatment to gay white men, some of whom are inclined to wear cowboy hats: "Lawyers for McKenzie, 40, argued that the inconsistent policy was a reaction to negative publicity about alleged ageism and race discrimination against whites when Commissioner Kumiki Gibson, who is black, fired two older Caucasian women. Tom Shanahan, a spokesman for the Human Rights Division, said, 'We categorically deny the allegations and we look forward to vigorously defending against them.'"

Becksmotoroad.jpg Becks' pecs: Motorola uses the subtle approach to marketing their new phone.

road.jpg Does Bush have a new poodle in UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown? "Gordon Brown last night praised George Bush for leading the global war on terror -- saying the world owed America a huge debt. The Prime Minister vowed to take Winston Churchill's lead and make Britain's ties with America even stronger. Mr Brown stunned critics by THANKING President Bush for the fight against Islamic extremism, and insisted the UK-US relationship will be his No1 foreign policy priority."

road.jpg Mark Carter, a polieman in Great Britain who was crowned Mr. Gay UK last October, has lent his support to a hate crime reporting center. Carter: "It is very important that the public can have a facility to report hate incidents other than at police stations. If minority groups are unlikely to report incidents, then the police cannot do their job correctly."

Greatwhiteroad.jpg Debate over Great White Shark spotted off the coast of Cornwall, UK continues: Some experts are skeptical while others insist it's possible: I would not rule out the possibility of this being a Great White — the tail is identical. There are other sharks off the coast of Britain that have similar features. But I would be amazed if there are not Great Whites in the sea off Cornwall. There is a plentiful supply of food and I cannot see why they could not thrive in the conditions."

road.jpg Al Gore's son enters guilty plea in Prius drug charge: "In case you're not familiar with this case, young Mr. Gore was pulled over for going 100 mph in his Toyota Prius over the July 4th holiday weekend, and subsequently charged with possession of various drugs found in his vehicle."

road.jpg Cher at work on new album with "very very difficult songs."

road.jpg Estonian capital of Tallinn receive authorization for gay parade: " Police suggested in mid-July that organizers reroute the march away from the city center, saying six participants in the 500-strong Tallinn Pride parade were seriously injured when attacked by Estonian nationalists last year. Several organizations representing sexual minorities in the ex-Soviet Baltic state of 1.4 million approached the president, prime minister and other senior government and city officials for assistance after the police refusal. The issue was resolved when organizers agreed to hire security guards to ensure the marchers' safety in line with police recommendations."


The iPhone Reviews Are In

And are generally glowing. Most complaints have to do with AT&T's poor network.

Above, David Pogue at the New York Times...

Walt Mossberg, the Wall Street Journal: "We have been testing the iPhone for two weeks, in multiple usage scenarios, in cities across the country. Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. Its software, especially, sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though it sometimes adds steps to common functions....Expectations for the iPhone have been so high that it can’t possibly meet them all. It isn’t for the average person who just wants a cheap, small phone for calling and texting. But, despite its network limitations, the iPhone is a whole new experience and a pleasure to use."

Steven Levy, Newsweek: "...And when I showed the iPhone to people during that trip and in the days afterward—especially people under 25—the most common reaction was, “I have to have this,” sometimes followed by a quick, if alarmingly reckless, consideration of what might need to be pawned in order to make the purchase. And there it is: one of the most hyped consumer products ever comes pretty close to justifying the bombast."

Edward Baig, USA Today: "The mania over Apple's iPhone launch has created stratospheric expectations that are near impossible to live up to. Yet with a few exceptions, this expensive, glitzy wunderkind is indeed worth lusting after. That's saying a lot. After months of hype, Apple has delivered a prodigy — a slender fashion phone, a slick iPod and an Internet experience unlike any before it on a mobile handset."


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