Even if you hate the jackass who stole Taylor Swift’s spotlight, it pays to know that Kanye lives. Why? Because the rabble have turned it into a Google-beating malware scheme that could punk you into downloading some bad stuff–before coercing you out of money for a fix. According to ArsTechnica, the perps have taken advantage of an SEO hack to get their malware page to rise to the top of Google’s results. That has led many unsuspecting searchers to exploitative sites as they try to verify the rumor. What’s bizarrely artful about the whole scheme is that the progenitors of the rumor–those 4Chan miscreants who vandalized West’s Wikipedia page–are thought to be different from the opportunistic punks that saw the meme and then built the malware sites before pushing them up in Google’s ranks to take advantage of the trend. That suggests that the age of innocence may be over for wildfire humor- and news-memes; if malware can … [Read more...] about Kanye West is Alive, But Memes May Be In Danger
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We are living in a golden age of interactive media; the age of Sad Keanu, Strutting Leo, and Ridiculously Photogenic Guy. If something even slightly funny happens in public, it will be turned into a meme faster than you can say “Scumbag Steve.” So when something as public as London Mayor Boris Johnson’s double flag-waving zipline malfunction occurs, as it did on August 1, you can count on an extreme and expeditious Internet response. In what could potentially be the most uniting moment of the Olympics to date, the whole world collectively laughed at Mayor Johnson as he dangled helplessly from the wire. Some did more than just laugh, however. A group of creatives from agency BBH London immediately began producing and collecting photoshopped images of the Mayor on a tumblr called #dangleboris. Quick-witted users brought their A-game, creating various tableaux that alternately envision Mayor Johnson dangling off of a clock tower hand, King Kong’s fist, and … [Read more...] about The Olympics’ Funnest Event So Far: It’s Dangleboris!
This week a powerful documentary premiered at the Raindance Festival. Driving With Selvi follows a young Indian woman, Selvi, a few months after she pitches up at a women’s refuge center, after running away from her abusive husband. It’s a work that has taken Canadian filmmaker Elisa Paloschi over a decade to complete, as she returned to India again and again to document how such a “powerful girl” reinvented her life after she got behind the steering wheel of a car for the first time. Now the director hopes that the documentary will be used as part of a grassroots campaign in the country to re-educate and inform Indians about child trafficking and forced marriage. advertisement advertisement Selvi had been married off a month after her first period for a dowry consisting of a pair of earrings and some household utensils. She was 13 years old. After putting up with years of abuse and torture by her husband—and immediate family members including … [Read more...] about How a Teen Girl Went From One of India’s First Cabbies To Women’s Rights Champion
Mobile voting for overseas and military voters is coming to two new counties in Oregon for this year’s November election, and Utah County, Utah, will let people with disabilities vote through a mobile app as well, Tusk Philanthropies announced on Wednesday. advertisement Tusk Philanthropies, founded by investor Bradley Tusk, has been promoting mobile voting as a way to boost turnout, working with the app provider Voatz. The organizations, which worked with West Virginia in 2018 to offer mobile voting to military voters, say that in 2016 nearly 300,000 overseas voters ordered absentee ballots but weren’t able to return them to vote in the election that year. By verifying voter identities and letting users cast ballots with their phones, the Voatz technology is intended to eliminate some of those hurdles. “Jackson and Umatilla Counties just made history as the first in Oregon to give voters the ability to vote in the same way they conduct most of their other … [Read more...] about It’s coming: Mobile voting expands, state by state
Shares of telecom operator Vodafone Idea rallied 24 percent and Bharti Airtel gained 6 percent intraday on November 19 after both decided to increase tariffs.Vodafone Idea had gained 21.5 percent in the previous session also and was quoting at Rs 5.53, up Rs 1.06, or 23.71 percent on the BSE at 1058 hours IST.Bharti Airtel touched its 52-week high of Rs 435. It had climbed 4 percent in the previous session and was quoting at Rs 433.10, up Rs 23.95, or 5.85 percent today.Close "Our assessment suggests the possibility of 15 percent hike by Vodafone Idea (VIL) and Bharti. For both VIL and Bharti the hike will be on 45 percent of their customer (non-feature phone) or 70 percent of their revenue. For Bharti it will be on 40 percent of consolidated EBITDA," Motilal Oswal said. related news SpiceJet share price jumps 5% after co's market share increases Buy Bharti Airtel target of Rs 440: Sharekhan This hike on the above revenue and assuming 70 percent EBIDTA margins on incremental … [Read more...] about Vodafone Idea share price surges 24%, Bharti Airtel up 6% after price hike