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No Twitter? No problem, say porn stars; Netflix email scam emerges

Rex Crum, The Mercury News on

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NO PORN? NO PROBLEM!: That seems to be the sentiment from the nation's porn stars about Twitter updating its guidelines to ban nudity and anything considered "adult" or "pornographic" from the social-media site. And hey, if you want opinions about pornography on social media, who better than to consult than those who make the content themselves, right?

A Daily Beast report featuring interviews with some porn industry officials said that most aren't concerned about Twitter's latest crackdown on adult content, partly because the Twitter guidelines are pretty much what the company already had in place. And you can read those guidelines yourself, because to describe here what they cover probably would be enough to make both of us blush.

Many porn stars see Twitter as a way to provide just enough exposure (no pun intended) to entice customers to go over to the stars' own sites and pay for what they really want. In other words, it doesn't make much sense to give away something for free on Twitter when you can sell it someplace else. It's just going to be business as usual, even if Twitter doesn't want to play a role in that business at all.

FROM NETFLIX? NOPE: Some of the almost 110 million Netflix subscribers got a notice that their Netflix bill-payment methods couldn't be validated. This would probably be a big concern to those subscribers, except for the fact that the emails they received were fake. An Australian security company determined that the notices were a scam which, like many such scams, wanted people to follow a link to re-enter their billing information. From there, who knows what kind of trouble could ensue?

WHO'S BEHIND THE WHEEL?: Waymo, the self-driving car technology company owned by Google, is advancing its technology. The company said it will soon start testing self-driving cars on public roads without a human assistant in the passenger seat, but in the car's backseat, which should bring a new definition to the term "backseat driver."

CHIPS, CHIPS, CHIPS: In case you missed it on Monday, San Jose's Broadcom has launched an unsolicited bid for rival communications chipmaker Qualcomm. Broadcom is offering $70 a share for Qulacomm, in a deal worth up to $130 billion including assumed debt.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Silicon Valley is still the hot spot for investments." -- Chad Leiker, a first vice president with commercial realty brokerage Kidder Mathews. Leiker was talking about how Asian investors have been putting up a lot of money in recent months to acquire commercial real estate in the Bay Area.

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