Sex Tech: iOS 7 porn effect, Squarespace blocked in Russia, Oracle's stripper problems

Sex Tech: iOS 7 porn effect, Squarespace blocked in Russia, Oracle's stripper problems

Summary: A collection of notable new sex and technology news items. Covers innovation, legal issues, IP, privacy, controversies, business and more.

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Unintentional eroticism in Apple's new iOS 7, sex and wearable tech, EFF calls out Playboy, dangerous PR editing on Wikipedia, Squarespace blocked in Russia.

iOS 7's Newest App? Japanese Pornography (Kotaku, link almost NSFW)

iOS 7 Japanese censorship

Don't get too excited by that headline: Apple is still anti-porn and you won't find any adult Japanese fare on iOS 7.

But Kotaku claims to have discovered a cultural trend: the new frosted design motif in iOS 7 visually replicates techniques widely used for porn censorship in Japan, and Kotaku says this is now a Japanese meme.

In a place where censorship itself has become a marker for "erotic," Kotaku states that iOS 7 users in Japan are making their own "naughty" desktops with iOS 7's visual distortion field.

It's impossible to tell if the images users are transforming into faux porn fare were actually explicit in to begin with, but one thing's for sure: what the iOS blur does to images definitely makes them look dirty.

Oracle Sued By Strip Club For Refusal To Pay For 'Services' (SFist)

While America's Cup continues to simultaneously irritate and amuse San Franciscans, and Oracle World re-routes SF's SOMA-district traffic, Oracle continues to make San Francisco headlines - for allegedly ripping off a local strip club.

According to local news blog SFist, an Oracle employee racked up over $33,000 in charges at a local strip club during Oracle OpenWorld 2012 - and the company has refused to pay up.

The New Century Theater has filed a lawsuit against Oracle which states that during last year's conference the employee (identified by name in the suit) used his Oracle-issued AmEx to charge $16,490 in unspecified "services" in one night, and returned again to subsequently charge another $17,050. 

SFist writes, "Despite the lawsuit, the Tenderloin-based strip club still welcomes any and all Oracle employees, provided they can pay their tab." 

Dear Playboy: Don't Abuse Trademark Law to Silence Critics (EFF)

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published an open latter to Playboy Magazine today urging the magazine to stop using trademark law to silence critics - in this instance, a parody.

The EFF points out just how problematic it is that a publication whose core values claim to center on free speech and the First Amendment is attempting to leverage its brand to have a parody website shut down.

The website was the centerpiece of a parody campaign that poked at Playboy using recent the headlines about Yale University publishing guidelines for students that defined sexual consent (in an effort to strengthen its sexual assault policies).

The parody got a lot of press - which clearly pointed out that it was a parody. The site wryly played with the idea of Playboy publishing a set of consent guidelines - and the brand did not like this one bit, moving to attack the website through hitting its host with alleged trademark infringement claims.

The EFF points out that instead of wading into First Amendment hypocrisy, Playboy could have instead muted the website's criticism by leveraging the discussion about sexual consent into a positive frame for the brand supporting a pro-consent message.

Instead, the EFF writes:

Dear Playboy, You can stand up for free speech and consent, or take the same maximalist approach that has led to so many shameful online takedowns. Do the right thing.

Are plastic surgeons nip/tucking ads into high-profile Wikipedia articles?  (Daily Dot)

Another PR scandal - in what seems like an unending stream of PR scandals - comes out of Wikipedia this month.

Daily Dot has revealed that plastic surgeons have been manipulating content and media on Wikipedia to their advantage for years.

In this awful instance, the victims of information distortion are female readers seeking accurate information about having platic surgery on their genitals.

Search for "labiaplasty" and Google will point you first to Wikipedia - which, for may years now, has only presented information from doctors who profit from the potentially harmful cosmetic surgery.

Australia: Does a tech life boost your sex life? (News.com.au)

A recently published Rackspace survey supports the notion that wearable technology may not only up your digital connectivity, but - at least for some Aussies - it may give intimate connectivity a boost as well.

The paper, The Human Cloud: Wearable Technology from Novelty to Productivity, found that Australians lead the way in their relationship with wearable technology.

In the results more than one in five Australians said they use wearable technology "to enhance their love lives."

It also states that, "27 per cent of UK respondents and 36 per cent of US respondents use wearable tech to enhance their love lives."

Word to the wise reader about further coverage on Rackpace's papers: media outlets are calling the company's survey a "study" and this is incorrect.

Squarespace blocked in Russia over anti-gay laws (Animal NY)

Last week, Russia blocked the Squarespace platform because one of its websites posted a .PDF that criticized the country's new, controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws. 

Russia ordered its ISPs to block Looo.ch - and since Squarespace powers Looo.ch, this swept all 26,439 Squarespace websites into the country-wide block.

Animal NY first reported on the blackout, and reached out to Squarespace for comment on the issue. It was the first Squarespace had heard about the Russian ban of its entire userbase's Squarespace sites.

Animal has since updated the post to say that nothing has changed, and the sites are still banned, with no further word yet from Squarespace.

Topics: Oracle, Censorship, iOS, Mobile OS, Telcos, Japan

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