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Daily Stormer offline again as Cloudflare pulls support

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, a veritable who's who of white

White supremacist groups clashed with hundreds of counter-protesters during the “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. Dozens were injured in skirmishes and one counter-protester died after a white nationalist plowed into the crowd with his car.

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The Daily Stormer is offline again Wednesday after internet security provider Cloudflare dropped support for the neo-Nazi website.

The site, which has been called the “top hate site in America,” vanished from the web Monday after GoDaddy and then Google pulled its domain following an offensive story it published about Heather Heyer, who was killed on Saturday while counter-protesting against white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The site reappeared Wednesday with a new Russian domain. But its return was short-lived and the site dropped offline again after Cloudflare pulled its denial-of-service attack protection for the site. The San Francisco-based company said it has stopped proxying the site, as well as stopped answering DNS requests for it. Cloudflare also said it had taken steps to prevent it from registering for the company’s services again.

“Our terms of service reserve the right for us to terminate users of our network at our sole discretion,” Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince said in a statement. “The tipping point for us making this decision was that the team behind Daily Stormer made the claim that we were secretly supporters of their ideology.

“Like a lot of people, we’ve felt angry at these hateful people for a long time, but we have followed the law and remained content neutral as a network,” he said. “We could not remain neutral after these claims of secret support by Cloudflare.”

A version of the site site has moved onto the darknet, which can only be accessed through the Tor browser. The Tor address, however, pointed readers to the Russian domain, which isn’t available.

With the move, Cloudflare joins a slew of companies seeking to quash white supremacist activity on the web in the wake of the Charlottesville attack. Apple and PayPal have disabled support of their services at websites that sell merchandise glorifying white nationalists and support hate groups, while Reddit and Facebook have each banned entire hate groups

Separately on Wednesday, a Muslim American comedian filed a federal lawsuit against Andrew Anglin, the publisher of The Daily Stormer, for falsely claiming he was the “mastermind” of a deadly bombing at a concert in Manchester, England, earlier this year.

Dean Obeidallah, who hosts a show on SiriusXM Radio, says he received death threats after The Daily Stormer published doctored images designed to make readers believe the comedian had claimed responsibility for the UK bombing on his Twitter account, according to the suit.

Anglin, who didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, is also being sued by a Montana woman whom he targeted for trolling late last year.

First published Aug. 16 at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Update, 7:58 p.m. PDT: Adds news of lawsuit against Daily Stormer publisher.

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Twitter pulls the plug on the Daily Stormer too


Twitter is the latest tech company to ban Daily Stormer accounts.

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Twitter appears to have joined the Daily Stormer boycott.

Several Twitter accounts linked to the neo-Nazi website are no longer accessible on the social media platform. Handles such as @dailystormers, @dailystormer and @rudhum now only appear as “account suspended.”

Twitter suspends accounts for a number of reasons including spam, security of the account is at risk or if the user engages in abusive behavior. When asked for comment, a company spokeswoman said Twitter doesn’t comment on individual accounts but its rules “prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies.”

Twitter follows Google, Facebook, Airbnb, GoDaddy and Reddit in pulling the plug on The Daily Stormer. The move comes after one woman was killed and 19 others were injured during a white supremacist rally hosted by The Daily Stormer in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The events triggered a national conversation on whether racist and neo-Nazi communities should be allowed to use social media sites. The general consensus increasingly appears to be no.

Facebook banned several group pages that violated its hate speech policies over the past couple of days. It also removed the profile of prominent Charlottesville rally attendee Christopher Cantwell. And Reddit has yanked a particularly violent subreddit that was used as a forum by neo-Nazis. Before the rally even started, Airbnb deactivated accounts of people planning to attend.

The Daily Stormer’s website also appears down after both GoDaddy and Google refused to host the domain. 

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iDevice dimmer switches work with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri

Using your voice to control things around your home is one of the cooler aspects of the future we live in. But, unless you have the right phone or smart speaker, that functionality can be crippled or nonexistent. Platform-agnostic devices for smart homes are all too rare, which is why iDevices’ dimmer switch is so intriguing. The company’s hardware works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri right out of the box. No, I never thought I’d say a dimmer switch would be interesting either, but here we are.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/16/idevice-smart-dimmer-switches/

Control your Genesis remotely with new Google Assistant app

Automakers are no strangers to releasing apps that bring vehicle connectivity into a smart-home environment. The latest one pairs Hyundai’s new luxury brand with Google Home.

Genesis announced Wednesday a new Genesis app for Google Assistant. It’ll give owners the chance to use voice commands via Google Home, as well as voice or text commands via your phone’s Google Assistant, to send instructions to the car.

The new Genesis app supports remote start, setting the climate control, remote locking and unlocking, remote horn and lights as well as sending a destination to the car’s navigation system. Users will have to supply a PIN in order to send the command through, so your child won’t be able to start the car in the middle of the night for fun.

This new integration is part of the Genesis Connected Services package. All Genesis buyers receive three complimentary years of service, and after that, there are paid plans to keep the service active. 

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Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/control-your-genesis-remotely-with-new-google-assistant-app/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Essential Phone preorders to start shipping in 7 days


The Essential PH-1 is finally close at hand. 


That new Essential Phone you’ve been eagerly awaiting? Essential has promised preorders will start shipping within a week.

The announcement, sent today via email to customers who’ve preordered the device, promises the device will ship within seven days after payment is received.

It’s been a rocky road for the Essential PH-1, as it’s officially known, with the company missing its original shipping target. Essential announced on May 30 it would ship within 30 days, but by July, there was still no phone in sight. The company updated customers in late July promising it would arrive “in a few weeks.”

But while it’s a crowded market for phones, this isn’t just any old Android device. The Essential PH-1 is the brainchild of Andy Rubin, former Google exec and father of the Android software that now runs on 2 billion active devices around the world.

The phone certainly has high-end looks to match its Android cred — thin bezels wrapping around a 5.7-inch display as well as magnetic modules, like a 360-degree camera, that snap on to the device.

At $700 (which translates to £550 or AU$940, though Essential is currently only shipping to addresses in the United States), the Essential PH-1 has a price tag to match its high-end looks, setting you back roughly the same amount as the iPhone 7 or the Samsung Galaxy S8.

And now, with a release just around the corner, we’ll be able to see how it stacks up against its heavyweight rivals. 

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The Morning After: Wednesday, August 16th 2017

The series was shot with Google’s new Jump cameras.
Google’s latest Daydream VR series puts you in Kendall Jenner’s closet

The latest Google Daydream series will give you a VR look into the closets of supermodels like Kendall Jenner and Cindy Crawford. The series is imaginatively called Supermodel Closets and was made in partnership with Vogue and Condé Nast Entertainment. It’s one of the first projects to use Google’s newest Jump camera — the Yi Halo — which allows for 360-degree views and 4K images. Google notes that the cameras were even able to give great images in tight closet spaces, but these closets are larger than most Manhattan apartments.

It touched down and lifted off with nobody batting an eyelash.
A drone landed on Britain’s biggest warship and nobody cared

The Pentagon has already approved a policy giving military bases the right to shoot down drones that get too close. A lot of other countries’ governments and militaries, however, are still figuring out how to deal with them as they become more common. A photographer operating under the name Black Isle Images, for instance, landed a drone aboard Britain’s biggest warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, and nobody seemed to care.

The subscription doesn’t include 3D or IMAX screenings, though.
The MoviePass $9.95 ‘unlimited’ deal is one movie a day

Going to the movies isn’t cheap and MoviePass wants to fix that. The company has just announced a $9.95 no contract subscription plan that’ll grant subscribers access to one movie a day in a theater without blackouts. Previously, users were limited to two movies a month for $15, and in Los Angeles and New York that price bumped to $21. As Variety notes, the deal won’t apply to 3D or IMAX screenings, but how it’ll actually play out and what any other restrictions might entail aren’t clear at the moment.

It promises to virtually eliminate wait times for the basics.
Amazon Instant Pickup service offers you basics in two minutes

Amazon’s Prime Now usually does the job if you need something in a hurry, but what if you can’t even wait a couple of hours? If you happen to live in the right city, you might now have that quick fix. Amazon has launched an Instant Pickup service that lets Prime subscribers grab food and other essentials (and, logically, Amazon devices) at a staffed pickup location within two minutes of ordering them from the company’s mobile app. You probably won’t have an urgent need for an Echo, but Prime Now could be helpful if you lost your headphones or want a snack while you’re in the area.

But wait, there’s more…

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/16/the-morning-after-wednesday-august-16th-2017/