Google Flip Flops on Blogger Porn Rulings

By Darren Orf on at

Porn is back on Blogger, new albums now come out on Monday and smartwatches are going global. All this and more in today's BitStream.

Earlier this week, Google took a strangely conservative take on scrubbing porn from its blogging platform, Blogger. It was an especially weird move considering it use to let members mark websites as "adult" and even mentioned that limiting such rules would hamper "freedom of expression." Now, Google is backtracking after hearing overwhelming negative feedback from users. Google will still take a hard stance on commercial porn on Blogger, but you can still post all the porny porn your porn-filled heart desires. Don't tread on my porn. [Google]

Ericsson is suing Apple for 41 patents, and even asking for an injunction on the sale of iPhones in the US. [Wall Street Journal]

New music albums will now drop universally on Friday, instead of the Monday in UK and Tuesday in the US model. Why? Online piracy, of course. [IFPI]

Twitch, a site until now reserved just for gaming, just added poker to its library of live events. [Wall Street Journal]

XKCD got in on the white/gold black/blue dress debate by throwing together a little cartoon, which neatly lays out the illusion [XKCD]

 

Apps and Devices

Smartwatches are truly going global. The Omate smartwatch is the first to ever be assembled in Africa. [Engadget]

Dating with a strange fetish can be weird, but the new app Whiplr makes it less so. [Whiplr]

Rumours!

Looks like that upcoming Z4 tablet is most definitely a sure thing. [Sony Xperia]

File this under hiiiiiighly unlikely, but Weibo is saying that a Chinese smartphone maker will be the brains behind Google's new Nexus. [Weibo]

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