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Parler Is Back Online But All Traffic Is Being Routed Through Russian Servers

Parler, the alt-right social media platform, is back in business. Of course, the app is not supported by American companies. The app is now running all of its information through Russian servers.

Parler is running again thanks to the help of Russian servers.

Parler faced quick discipline after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. The social media platform was one of the key tools organizers of the riot used to organize and mobilize. Amazon, Apple, and Google all stopped carrying Parler, essentially ending the social media platform’s ability to keep running. Parler tried to sue Amazon Web Services to pick up the app again to allow it to continue but a judge ruled against the platform.

“The court rejects any suggestion that the public interest favors requiring AWS to host the incendiary speech that the record shows some of Parler’s users have engaged in,” U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein wrote in the order. “At this stage, on the showing made thus far, neither the public interest nor the balance of equities favors granting an injunction in this case.”

The Russian-backed servers are only providing partial support but it’s a slippery slope.

Parler has hired DDoS-Guard, is a Russian digital infrastructure company that threw the platform a lifeline. While the server is only providing a defense against denial-of-service, critics are concerned that it still poses a significant risk. All of the traffic on Parler is going through those servers leaving the users vulnerable to Russian surveillance.

“Now seems like the right time to remind you all—both lovers and haters—why we started this platform,” reads Parler’s current homepage. “We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential … We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon.”

DDoS-Guard has a history of working with racist and far-right groups.

CEO John Matze is confident that the app will be fully restored by the end of January. The social media app has been banned and dropped from major American tech companies after the insurrection. Amazon will not restore the app but the app has said that they retrieved their info from Amazon.

READ: Latino Congressman Lou Correa Fights Back at Insurrectionist Trump Supporters Who Harassed Him at a D.C. Airport

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Your Tech Game Is About To Be Upped With This Super Crazy Microchip Nail


Your Tech Game Is About To Be Upped With This Super Crazy Microchip Nail

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That’s right, your manicures just got a lot more high-tech!

While many of us are juuust coming out of the quarantine woodwork to head back to nail salons, beauty lounge straight out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates has been working away at keeping the nail game up to par when things get back to normal. The beauty nail salon is offering a “microchip manicure,” which gives a person a chance to share personal information literally at the flick of a nail.

The Dubai-based salon called Lanour Beauty Lounge is giving high-tech manicure treatments to clients.

Lanour Beauty created the “Smart Nail” with a microchip that utilizes near-field communication (NFC) technology. The new form of technology allows a wearer to tip their finger towards a smart device like a phone. The chip can allow a person to share the information that you might typically keep on a business card i.e. Instagram information, phone details even your Venmo account.

In a promotional video for the Smart Nail, the salon expressed a desire to work the technology to ensure contactless payment.

Pretty perfect for our new post-pandemic habits! So far the current microchip for the nails are able to only hold a limited amount of information.

According to the branbd, the high-tech manicure costs nearly $68 USD for application.

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Apple Fired Their New Cuban-American Executive After Employees Complained He Was ‘Misogynistic’

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Apple Fired Their New Cuban-American Executive After Employees Complained He Was ‘Misogynistic’

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After much employee backlash, Apple announced on Wednesday that they fired product-engineer Antonio García Martínez. Antonio García Martínez is the notorious Cuban-American Silicon Valley power-player and author of the scandalous memoir, “Chaos Monkeys.”

In a statement, Apple wrote: “At Apple, we have always strived to create an inclusive, welcoming workplace where everyone is respected and accepted. Behavior that demeans or discriminates against people for who they are has no place here.”

The firing came after Apple employees circulated a petition demanding an “investigation” into Antonio García Martínez’s hiring. The employees–women in particular–were “deeply concerned” about the “misogynistic statements” in his memoir.

Although he has a Spanish flag in his Twitter bio, Antonio García Martínez was born in Miami to Cuban refugees. He earned a PhD in physics from Berkeley before getting a job at Goldman Sachs after graduating. He then landed jobs at both Facebook and Twitter before publishing his book. “Chaos Monkeys” acts as both a memoir and a description of “the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing.”

In the letter, the Apple employees wrote: “We are deeply concerned about the recent hiring of Antonio García Martínez. His misogynistic statements in his autobiography…directly oppose Apple’s commitment to Inclusion & Diversity. We are profoundly distraught by what this hire means for Apple’s commitment to its inclusion goals, as well as its real and immediate impact on those working near Mr. García Martínez.”

The letter then cited a myriad of misogynistic excerpts from “Chaos Monkeys.” Below are some of the most troubling excerpts.

Most women in the Bay Area are soft and weak, cosseted and naive despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit,” Antonio García Martínez wrote. “They have their self-regarding entitlement feminism, and ceaselessly vaunt their independence, but the reality is, come the epidemic plague or foreign invasion, they’d become precisely the sort of useless baggage you’d trade for a box of shotgun shells or a jerry can of diesel.”

Another: “There were few women one would call conventionally attractive at Facebook. The few there were rarely if ever dressed for work with their femininity on display in the form of dresses and heels.”

A culturally insensitive passage: “Willow Road then traversed East Palo Alto, the local slum that once had the highest murder rate in the Bay Area (two of the local schools are named after César Chávez and Ron McNair, an African American astronaut).” Implying schools named after Mexican-Americans and African American heroes indicate low-rent neighborhoods. You can read the bulk of the insensitive passages here.

In retaliation to his firing, Antonio García Martínez released a series of fiery Tweets condemning his former employer.

“I have thus far maintained my silence on the Apple situation as I’ve sought to settle things amicably with the company that I admired, and at which I hoped to build the future of ads privacy. As they however are not maintaining their silence on the matter, neither will I.”

“I upended my life for Apple. I sold my WA residence which I built with my own hands, relocated myself, shut down any public media presence and future writing aspirations, and resolved to build my career at Apple for years to come.”

He added that “Apple was well aware of my writing before hiring me”. And that he “was fired by Apple in a snap decision”. García Martínez also says Apple’s statements about him are “defamatory and categorically false.”

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