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    👍|Marc Maron Probably Shouldn’t Be Trashing Local…

    By Kirk Miller Marc Maron, the podcaster, comedian and actor, had a brief social media dust-up with a Seattle-based guitar store on Wednesday — and that interaction suggests that celebrities should be more careful using their pulpit to criticize a local business. In a now-deleted post on Instagram, Maron took a selfie outside of Emerald City Guitars and wrote the equivalent of “went in looking at Strats, had cash, was treated very badly, would never buy anything here. If you go, make sure to make a ‘reservation’ and bring your tax returns.” (Note: This is not the exact wording.) The post garne…

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    📱|Deal: Save 30% on Google’s Well-Reviewed Nest H…

    By Kirk Miller Our last few apartments in New York had video doorbells — and even these low-tech, no-name-brand devices have been helpful in giving us peace of mind when we get unexpected visitors. For those of you who can choose your own home security tech, Google’s Nest Hello might offer the most affordable and straight-forward option, and the device is currently 30% off at the Verizon store, with two-day shipping or free in-store pickup. The Nest Hello replaces your current doorbell with a system that offers up two-way communication and a wired video 24/7 HD video feed, as well as video arc…

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    👍|Facebook Is Well Aware of How Destructive Insta…

    By Logan Mahan A new report from the Wall Street Journal confirms what most of us already know: Instagram is hella toxic. Based on internal research Facebook has kept secret for two years and which was recently acquired by the WSJ, the social media company is fully aware of how its photo-sharing app negatively impacts its young users’ mental health and worsens body image issues, specifically for teen girls. Here are just some of the bleak findings from Facebook’s internal research: “Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse…

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    📱|Why You Need to Update Your iPhone (and Other A…

    By Kirk Miller Lost in all hubbub (or lack of drama) in Apple’s big event yesterday was the fact that you really need to update your iPhone right now. As noted by The Next Web, the Israel-based NSO Group and its Pegasus spyware have been causing issues since 2016, but the latest problem is a potential vulnerability that could cause issues not just for iPhone users but also for people using Macs and/or Apple Watches. Ergo, Apple’s emergency 14.8 update. Apple itself doesn’t say much about it. On your phone, it simply says, “This update provides important security updates and is recommended for …

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    👍|Film and Television Workers Are Using Instagram…

    By Tobias Carroll The last year has seen a significant push by workers to improve the conditions under which they do their jobs. This spans for everything from people pushing for more remote work flexibility to the ongoing effort to get Amazon warehouse workers unionized. So it’s not all that surprising that there’s also been a call for reform in the film and television industry, where long days of shooting are the norm and cases of burnout are frequent. Earlier this month, a report from Jacobin explored the latest push for better working conditions. What prompted this? The downtime in film an…

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    👍|Instagram Is Really Sorry for Censoring a Nippl…

    By Kayla Kibbe Instagram has done something it rarely does — apologize — after doing something it does quite frequently: censor a female-presenting nipple. The infamously sex-negative social media platform known for draconian guidelines against nudity — particularly of the female variety — has issued an apology after taking down the official movie poster for Pedro Almodóvar’s new film starring Penelope Cruz, Madres Paralelas, which shows a lactating nipple. In a statement to the Associated Press, Instagram’s parent company Facebook said the images of the movie poster were initially removed fro…

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    📱|Google Bans Sugar Dating Apps From Google Play…

    Google is cracking down on sugar dating, and beginning in September, Android users seeking what are often referred to in the sugar dating space as “mutually beneficial arrangements” will no longer be able to download apps designed to help sugar daddies (or mamas) find sugar babies from the Google Play store. This change is part of a handful of updates Google recently published, and reflects changes to the Play store’s “Inappropriate Content policy” designed to police sexual content. Per Google’s updated guides, as reported by Android Police, “We’re updating the Inappropriate Content policy to …