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Watch: Human + glass skateboard = shattered ambition

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Nutshell:

You shouldn’t try and ride a glass skateboard.

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The Braille Skateboarding YouTube channel tried to ride a glass skateboard. It breaks the minute they try. The bit you want is around seven minutes into the clip.

I’m a tech journalist and editor with lots of opinions. 10second.tech is a place for me to put those. All views expressed are personal, and not those of any titles for which I write in other capacities. As well as running this site, I also write for WIRED, Engadget, Trusted Reviews, and a number of other leading technology titles. I also run SexTechGuide.com.

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John McCain is *pissed* that Twitter won’t hand over user data to the government

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In a security and encryption Senate meeting yesterday, Senator John McCain threatened to “expose” the fact that Twitter’s refusing to hand over data about its users that he says could help defend the US against attacks.

He also singled out a particular tool – Dataminr (it’s really good at surfacing tweets that are likely to trend but aren’t yet, and really expensive for publishers) for its ability to tame the Twitter firehose (all the tweets on the platform) and extract useful information that could give a pre-warning about an attack somewhere, for example. It did so just before the terror attacks in Paris last year.

McCain’s specific issue, however, is that Twitter now refuses to give complete access to Dataminr “because of its work with the US intelligence agencies” and therefore hand over data to the US government so it can more effectively keep track of its users but that it’ll happily still sell that data to other businesses.

On the surface of it, that might seem like a mismatch, but handing over data without disclosure, and without a warrant, to the US government would likely be a breach of its stated privacy policy, which states:

Law and Harm: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Policy, we may preserve or disclose your information if we believe that it is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request; to protect the safety of any person; to address fraud, security or technical issues; or to protect Twitter’s rights or property. However, nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit any legal defenses or objections that you may have to a third party’s, including a government’s, request to disclose your information.”

It’s hard to imagine a line being added to Twitter’s existing privacy policy that also gives it the right to hand over user data to the US government at will, without a warrant and not for any of the stated reasons, and expect no push-back from the network’s already fragile user base.

As a legal entity, it wants to comply with the law, of course, but that doesn’t mean granting the US government access to all its data.

And a senator threatening to “expose” Twitter for refusing to hand over data to the government agencies just makes no sense at all.

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Vibrator company named in class action lawsuit over personal data collection

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Owners of We-Vibe’s ‘adult products’ have launched a class action lawsuit against the company for collecting personal data without their explicit knowledge.

The devices had been reporting back exactly when they were used, how long for, the temperature they reached and the email addresses of users to the company. We-Vibe says it was only ever collected so it could understand how people use its products and refine future models.

It would seem that the people bringing the class action suit would disagree, alleging violation of multiple US, including the “Federal Wiretap Act and Illinois Eavesdropping Statute; intrusion upon seclusion; unjust enrichment; and consumer fraud,” according to CourtHouse News.

We’ve contacted We-Vibe for comment.

Update: We-Vibe says it hasn’t been contacted or served with a lawsuit as of yet. Full update on SexTechGuide.com.

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It’s free porn day on the internet (and no that’s not every day)

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OK, so last week 10SECOND.TECH’s sister-site brought you news of an industry-organized get-together that’s resulting in over 100 different premium porn sites opening their virtual doors for free for one day only.

And today is that day people.

You shouldn’t even need as much as an email address for most of them (meaning you’ll need an email address for some of them) but none require a credit card or payment information.

Naturally, where you’re venturing is NSFW.

If that’s your sort of news, don’t forget to subscribe to SexTechGuide.com too!

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