In hindsight, Gaby Gross recognizes he should have examined his Spectrum cable TV bills more closely. If he had, he would have avoided about $800 in charges for a porn channel he neither wanted nor watched.Now the 83-year-old Calabasas resident just wants to set things right — and, hopefully, get at least a meaningful portion of his money back.“Spectrum said I should have … [Read more...] about Column: If your cable bill includes a fee for ‘Ten,’ you’re paying for a porn channel
‘My nerves are hurting’: California lawmakers take on Amazon’s workplace practices
California lawmakers are taking aim at Amazon.An Assembly-passed bill is expected to reach the Senate floor this week or next to crack down on the opaque, algorithm-led and harsh warehouse work conditions often attributed to the Seattle technology behemoth.The bill, the first such legislation in the nation, would require warehouses to disclose quotas and work speed metrics to … [Read more...] about ‘My nerves are hurting’: California lawmakers take on Amazon’s workplace practices
Yes, Studio Ghibli inspired this must-play game, but ‘Hoa’ transcends its influences
Think of “Hoa” as an interactive children’s novel, a fairy tale set in a lush, elegantly imagined forest world inhabited by luminescent creatures. Though it’s a game, it’s best not to rush through “Hoa.” It’s a work that inspires patience, asking us to linger on each of its carefully drawn screens. “Hoa,” from a small Vietnamese studio, is one of 2021’s must-play games, a … [Read more...] about Yes, Studio Ghibli inspired this must-play game, but ‘Hoa’ transcends its influences
Prop. 22 was ruled unconstitutional. What happens next?
The move by a California judge to invalidate Proposition 22 was a bold rebuff of an aggressive effort by companies such as Uber and Lyft to rewrite the rules of gig work. But it’s unlikely to change how the companies treat their contractors while the ruling snakes through courts, and experts disagree on the likely final outcome. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch … [Read more...] about Prop. 22 was ruled unconstitutional. What happens next?
OnlyFans ditches sex work ban in abrupt reversal — but creators remain wary
Less than a week after the company sent shockwaves through the adult entertainment industry with an announcement that it would soon be banning pornography from its platform, OnlyFans has seemingly reversed course, saying it will continue to support explicit content.“We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned … [Read more...] about OnlyFans ditches sex work ban in abrupt reversal — but creators remain wary
After OnlyFans, will sex workers find a new home on the internet?
Scarlett Bloom had been working as a mainstream porn actor for only a few months when she decided that she had to rethink her business model.Bloom had come to Los Angeles in late 2018 to film adult entertainment under a contract with a porn studio, but it quickly became obvious that she couldn’t rely on that source of income alone to sustain herself. She didn’t get royalties … [Read more...] about After OnlyFans, will sex workers find a new home on the internet?
Column: Want to read a tech company’s user agreements? Got 90 minutes to spare?
If you’re like most people, you don’t bother to read the user contracts and privacy policies that accompany all those “free” services you enjoy online — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest.You should, but that’s not what today’s column is about.Rather, let’s look at how Big Tech seems to go out of its way to prevent you from understanding what you’re agreeing to when you … [Read more...] about Column: Want to read a tech company’s user agreements? Got 90 minutes to spare?
Why ‘Twelve Minutes,’ a Hitchcock-taut video game thriller with A-list stars, spurs debate
“Twelve Minutes” begins with a revelation. A wife and a husband sit down for a late-night dessert and the wife starts to tell the husband that she’s pregnant. What happens next will forever change their lives.Depending on how we play — and the information at hand — expect an intruder claiming to be a cop, accusations of murder, actual acts of murder, a mystery involving a … [Read more...] about Why ‘Twelve Minutes,’ a Hitchcock-taut video game thriller with A-list stars, spurs debate
Prop. 22 is ruled unconstitutional, a blow to California gig economy law
California’s giant ride-hailing and delivery companies suffered a setback Friday as a state Superior Court judge invalidated a 2020 ballot proposition that allowed Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and other app-based businesses to classify their workers as independent contractors.In a lawsuit brought by the Service Employees International Union and several drivers, Alameda … [Read more...] about Prop. 22 is ruled unconstitutional, a blow to California gig economy law
Hackers steal even more Social Security numbers. How should you protect yourself?
Another day, another massive data breach claimed by hackers. Days after a breach at T-Mobile exposed about 53 million people’s personal information, a hacking group known as ShinyHunters announced that it was auctioning 70 million sets of sensitive data purportedly stolen from AT&T. The information offered for sale was similar in both breaches, including full names, … [Read more...] about Hackers steal even more Social Security numbers. How should you protect yourself?