Former eBay employees harassed couple who wrote critical newsletter articles, prosecutors say

Six former members of eBay’s global security team have been charged by the FBI and federal prosecutors in Boston with cyberstalking as part of an effort to “stifle” the publishers of an online newsletter about the online auction company.

Prosecutors said the plan was two-fold. First, the eBay members allegedly harassed the couple who published the newsletter with online deliveries at all times of the day and night and sent threatening messages. Then, the eBay team would contact the couple so they could proclaim that eBay noticed the harassment and offered to help them get out of the threatening environment eBay itself created.

Prosecutors called this the “White Knight Strategy.”

“In essence, the plan was for eBay to arrive to ‘rescue’ the Victims from the very harassment that the defendants and their co-conspirators had themselves created in order to earn the Victims’ good will,” the prosecutors wrote in criminal information

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Are these ‘Olive Garden hot dogs’ genius or completely insane?

A woman is going viral after sharing a photo of her deeply divisive food creation.

The image, shared on June 9 by an Imgur user named roxisasewingmachine, features an unconventional method for making homemade hot dogs — one that some commenters found “disgusting,” while others wrote that they “needed” to try it.

Her “recipe” utilizes a famous chain restaurant staple: Olive Garden breadsticks. Instead of a traditional bun, she simply cut a gap into her breadsticks, popped in a hot dog and added mustard.

The photo was retweeted and re-shared by several other Twitter users, each of whom pulled in a stream of mixed reactions to the creation. Many thought the hot dog was a bad mixture.

“The worst kind of hot dogs and the worst kind of bread sticks,” one user wrote.

“The people in my home office just audibly moaned…?” another added.

Still, many were extremely

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Are we all OCD now, with obsessive hand-washing and technology addiction?

<span class="caption">What once looked like obsessive-compulsive disorder has become normal when faced with a deadly pandemic. </span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Busà Photography via Getty Images">Busà Photography via Getty Images</a></span>
What once looked like obsessive-compulsive disorder has become normal when faced with a deadly pandemic. Busà Photography via Getty Images

One of the hallmarks of obsessive-compulsive disorder is contamination fears and excessive hand-washing. Years ago, a patient with severe OCD came to my office wearing gloves and a mask and refused to sit on any of the “contaminated” chairs. Now, these same behaviors are accepted and even encouraged to keep everyone healthy.

This new normal in the face of a deadly pandemic has permeated our culture and will continue to influence it. Many stores now prominently post rules mandating face masks and hand sanitizer use and limit the number of customers allowed inside at one time. Walkers and joggers politely cross the street to avoid proximity to each other.

Only a few months ago, this type of behavior would have been considered excessive, irrational, even pathological, and certainly not healthy.

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New Zealand advert featuring nude ‘porn actors’ praised for promoting internet safety

A New Zealand government advert featuring actors playing nude porn stars has been widely praised for promoting internet safety, after the video went viral online.

The unusual advert, part of the government’s Keep It Real Online campaign, shows two actors playing naked porn stars called Sue and Derek.

The pair turn up at a mother’s front door to tell her that her son has been watching them online on his laptop among other devices, before warning her that he might not know how relationships actually work in real life.

Sue tells the horrified mother, Sandra, who is played by the comedian Justine Smith: “We usually perform for adults but your son’s just a kid. He might not know how relationships actually work.”

After they admit they “just get straight to it” and do not talk about consent in their porn shoots, Derek adds: “I’d never act like that in real

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Airbnb launches initiative with Color of Change to root out racial discrimination on its platform

Airbnb is launching an initiative in partnership with online racial justice group Color of Change to root out racial discrimination on its platform in the U.S. by monitoring and measuring when it occurs. 

Data collected through Project Lighthouse will help the company create tools and policies to combat bias against Black users and other people of color, Brian Chesky, Airbnb’s CEO and co-founder, told USA TODAY.

“The reason we started Airbnb was to connect people, to make sure that they feel like they belong in the communities they visit and the biggest obstacle to belonging is discrimination,” Chesky said in an interview. “It became very evident that until you can actually measure your progress with data, you can’t actually combat systemic bias and discrimination on the platform.”

The project will start June 30 and will be limited to U.S.-based hosts and guests, touching on the reservation process, reviews from hosts

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The best virtual escape rooms to play online with friends

We could all do with a bit of escapism from reality at the minute, as lockdown continues in the UK.

Escape rooms are very popular with groups who love a challenge, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, all of them in the UK have closed their doors for the foreseeable.

But in the past few weeks, escape rooms have come online instead to make socialising with your friends adrenaline-pumping.

Even the World Health Organisation is urging everyone to stay at home and play games, so if you need some more inspiration we’ve rounded up the best apps that you can play games on with friends and family here.

As with physical escape rooms, the mission is as the name suggests – to escape the room – through a series of problem-solving missions and teamwork. Here are a few of our favourites.

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French Animation Undergoes Platform Revolution

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COVID-19 looks set to accelerate the biggest paradigm shift in French animation in the last two decades: Global streaming platforms’ ever larger presence in finance and distribution.

How France’s auteur-driven animation movie and TV industry dovetails with the market interests and industry practices of Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Warner Media and Apple TV Plus will determine a large part of its future.

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Depending on the company and the sector – TV is far more advanced than feature film – it’s a revolution that is already being put through.

Already, 15 months ago, 43% of Xilam’s revenues came from streaming platforms, Xilam president Marc du Pontavice said last year. Now that proportion will be higher, he told Variety in the eve of the run-up to this year’s totally online Annecy Festival.

At TeamTO, international sales represent about half of its

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‘How are you even OK?’

A home chef is sparking waves of confusion online after sharing his failed attempt at making a classic breakfast snack.

The now-viral cook, who goes by the name Joe Brown on social media, shared his experiment in a pair of TikTok videos, which have since earned a combined 7.5 million views.

In the clip, Brown attempts to make a simple batch of pancakes, albeit with one crucial change in the recipe. The TikToker doesn’t use a stovetop, instead choosing to cook the meal outside — on his roof.

“I was too lazy to use the stove when I was making pancakes so I’m gonna go outside in the sun and see if I can cook them that way,” Brown says in his video, before revealing that the temperature in Arizona, where he lives, was 110 degrees that day.

Brown leaves the tray of pancake batter on his roof for four

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A Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire timeline

It made sense that Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s lives would never be the same after toppling Major League Baseball’s famous single-season home-run record in 1998. But instead of becoming icons, they became two of the polarizing faces of baseball’s steroid era.

They were on top of the world for a short time, but what quickly followed for each was public turmoil, scandal, steroid accusations and one confession. Gone was the magic of the summer of ‘98 and what it took it place was one of MLB’s long-lasting shames — how fans couldn’t believe what they were seeing with their own eyes.

Sosa has still never admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs. That’s part of the reason his relationship with the Cubs has soured. McGwire eventually admitted he used PEDs, and was brought back into MLB as a coach. But neither sluggers get the ambassador treatment from MLB or their former

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Fox News is Lying About Seattle’s ‘Autonomous Zone’

SEATTLE — On Fox News, host Tucker Carlson called it “chaos and craziness.” Laura Ingraham said it was “a Marxist cultural revolution” intended to “destroy everything that came before it.” In a tweet, President Donald Trump said it was being run by “Domestic Terrorists.”

These people are not describing a foreign war zone or a fallen city. They are describing the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, a roughly six-block area of Seattle taken over by protesters this week and declared a sovereign territory. Since the zone was established Monday, the internet has been filled with rumors about what it looks like and how it works. Fox News posted a photo of an armed guard at the entrance to the zone and said residents were being forced to show their IDs to get inside. Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best claimed that protesters were shaking down businesses for protection money. Something something Antifa

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