This 1970s TV show helped make homophobia uncool


Recently, I received my first piece of homophobic mail. Compared to those who have received such harassment all their lives, I was a late arriver and somewhat surprised since I’m a straight man. But it’s also striking, as open homophobia has mostly moved from the mainstream of public discourse to its margins.

On May 22, for example, the President of the Boy Scouts of America called for an end to banning gay scout leaders, after the BSA lifted, in 2013, its 103-year ban on openly gay youth. A day later, Ireland voted by an overwhelming 62% in favor of same-sex marriage, changing the country’s constitution.

All this made the email I received startling in its throwback to a past quickly being buried by current developments.

The email’s subject line read “Lance Loud’s dad made him gay.”

Lance, as some may recall, was one of the family members in…

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Target Plans to Offer Apple Pay After Chip-and-PIN Card Upgrade


targetTarget CEO Brian Cornell spoke at Re/code‘s Code Conference in Palos Verdes, California today, where he confirmed that the company plans to offer in-store support for Apple Pay in the future. According to Cornell, while he’d love to have Apple Pay available “right now,” support will not be coming until Target upgrades its system to support integrated circuit credit cards to comply with new standards.

Integrated circuit cards (or chip-and-PIN cards) replace the magnetic stripe on a credit card or debit card with an embedded microchip. The microchip communicates with a supported point-of-sale system and transactions are authenticated through a PIN instead of a signature.

Chip-and-PIN cards are already used in many countries around the world because they’re believed to be more secure than traditional credit cards. In the United States, retailers are being encouraged to adopt point-of-sale systems that support chip-and-PIN cards by the end of 2015. As…

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Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Edition going for a truly intergalactic price


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There is a certain sense of irony in Samsung making an official website for a product it only produced 1,000 units of, and which is clearly marked as “Sold Out” already.

Earlier this month Samsung announced plans to release a limited edition run of Iron Man-branded Galaxy S6 Edge units, and despite not having formally launched just yet, we’re already seeing the first units hit Ebay at quite extraordinary prices. As of the time of this writing, of the 7 different auctions for Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition, the highest is sitting pretty at $7,100, with over 2 days remaining before the auction ends. It needs to be clarified that this isn’t a “value proposition” by any means; said auction has 49 bids on it, which means that barring any potential default on payment, someone will be forking over the better part of 10K, if not more.

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Apple has today updated its dedicated mobile app for its Worldwide Developers Conference, beginning on June 8. As in previous years, the app will provide attendees with access to information on upcoming sessions, news, venue maps and videos. But this year the app does something else, as well: It works on the Apple Watch.

Now sporting a purple app icon and theme instead of orange, the app doesn’t accidentally give away any details about forthcoming announcements by labeling sessions as « To Be Announced » or with other, funny titles like « It’s About Time, » « You’ll Be Talking About This One, » « Oh No We Didn’t, » « Shhhhhhhh!, » and more.

Developers attending the event will be able to add their pass to Passbook for faster check-in, while those who won’t be there will be able to follow along by watching streaming video sessions from the app. These videos can also be downloaded for later viewing, and can…

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Apple Updates Its WWDC App With 2015 Conference Details, Apple Watch Support


Ellen Pao Says Silicon Valley Isn’t A Meritocracy. It’s Not.


Reddit CEO Ellen Pao took the stage today at the Code Conference in Southern California. Though she is currently the CEO of popular news aggregator Reddit, which has 170 million monthly active users, Pao is perhaps best known for bringing to trial a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against her former employer, Kleiner Perkins, this spring.

Though Pao lost the case on four counts, she was a key catalyst in discussions around issues that had taken the Valley a long time to come to terms with, namely the lack of female and minority entrepreneurs and VCs.

Kara Swisher opened the conversation with a very blunt « Do you regret doing this? » referring to the lawsuit. No, Ellen replied. « This is the worst thing that can come out of it and I’m fine, » she said, looking more chipper than I’ve seen her in the two months since I sat in the courtroom following the…

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Twitter Is Giving Advertisers More User Data In The Hope That They Spend More


Twitter is hoping to help marketers better understand their Twitter audience by adding a tool that will give them deeper user behavior around organic tweets.

The audience insights dashboard tool adds some similar insights as the Facebook advertising platform with aggregate information on user demographics, interests, and purchasing behavior as well as what television shows users watch and their mobile usage. These new insights are expected to help advertisers identify a more relevant audience for upcoming campaigns on the platform.

« You can also use audience insights to learn more about your followers and the people who engage with your Tweets, and then tailor your targeting and content accordingly. For instance, if you’re an app developer and see that the majority of your followers use an iPhone, you can make sure your rich media is tailored for that device, » a Twitter blog post about the new insights states.

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Apple Is Working With Postmates To Offer Same-Day Delivery


Apple has partnered with on-demand delivery startup Postmates to offer same-day delivery of certain items in the Apple Store.

We’ve been able to order items from the nearest Apple Store on the Postmates app for a while. However, this is a pilot partnership between the Apple Store app and the on-demand delivery startup.

Apple fans can get items delivered to them via Postmates such as a new lightening cable, Apple TV or other select items within a four-hour window on the Apple Store app in certain areas where Postmates operates.


Postmates currently delivers in several U.S. cities, including San Francisco. However, same-day delivery is only available for residents in the Bay Area from San Mateo to Santa Clara at the moment so residents in San Francisco proper will have to wait to see if the option becomes available to them.

Postmates and Apple could not confirm this partnership, but several sources…

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