From the Rouhani-associated instagram. A court in Iran ordered the country’s communications ministry to block Instagram, according to the Iranian news agency Mehr, though as of Friday afternoon users in Iran reported that the photo-sharing app was still available. The AP, citing Mehr, reported that the court order stemmed from a private lawsuit. Iran already bans Facebook, Instagram’s owner, and other social websites including Twitter and YouTube. Despite the official block, many Iranians still access these sites using VPNs, and several senior government officials have Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts, including President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Instagram declined BuzzFeed’s request for comment. The court ruling reflects broader political rifts between Rouhani and hardliners in the government who differ over the country’s domestic direction. Iran’s judiciary as a whole is largely opposed to Rouhani’s reform platform, and often uses court rulings and arrests to counter his proposals. Rouhani has repeatedly…Continue Reading
Shares of New Haven, Connecticut-based Higher One fell below $4 Friday as the higher education financial services company’s prospects took another hit. Two separate developments during the week look likely to severely crimp Higher One’s marketing practices and the bulk of its revenue base. The first was the end of the Department of Education’s “negotiated rulemaking” process, where a committee that included Higher One’s chief operating officer Casey McGuane and consumer protection advocates that have been criticizing the company unsurprisingly failed to reach agreement on new rules governing the disbursement of financial aid. That means that the Education Department is now free to propose a final rule on its own, without direct input from the company, that is largely expected to impose stricter guidelines on disbursement practices. “If that draft closely resembles the final rules, you’re going to see a lot of changes with fees and marketing practices that would…Continue Reading
Nobody knows how to get you to willingly share your personal information quite like Facebook, and in light of their revamped privacy policies, here’s a by-no-means comprehensive list of what the biggest social network in the world knows about you (if you let it). 1. Your full name. 2. Your birthday. 3.Your religious views. 4. Your political views. 5. Languages you speak. 6. Your screen name (lol). 7. Your cell phone number. 8. Your favorite quotations. 9. Access to all the contacts inside your personal email account. 10. Your picture, personal photo albums. 11. Your high school. 12. What year you graduated high school. 13. If you didn’t graduate high school. 14. Your hometown. 15. Your college. 16. What year you graduated college. 17. If you didn’t graduate college. 18. Your employer. 19. Your past employers. 20. When you got engaged. 21. When you got married. 22. When you got…Continue Reading
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are married, a representative for the couple has confirmed to E! news. The pair tied the knot in a lavish ceremony at Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy on Saturday (May 24).  © Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Following almost a week of celebrations in Paris ahead of the nuptials, Kardashian, West and their 200-strong wedding party arrived in the Italian city just hours before the service.According to People magazine, Rich Wilkerson Jr., a pastor from North Miami, performed the ceremony, while Andrea Bocelli sang as Kardashian was walked down the aisle by her stepfather Bruce Jenner. Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner also spoke to E! news, telling them: “Such a magical, romantic wedding! I feel blessed to have my new son and his family as part of ours.”An eyewitness added: “A convoy of cars arrived at around 3pm local time. Kim was in the first car, which was…Continue Reading
What We Expect The next iteration of Apple’s iOS software for mobile devices is likely coming this fall. Apple generally pre-announces details during the summer, but a handful of rumors have already given us some information about what to expect. iOS 8 is said to be heavily focused on health, and may integrate with the iWatch, Apple’s much-rumored smart watch currently in development. The operating system will reportedly include a “Healthbook” appthat pulls fitness-related information from both the M7 motion co-processor included in the iPhone 5s and sensors to be included with the iWatch. The health information gathered by the iWatch and Healthbook itself could possibly be part of a full health and fitness services platform the Apple is building modeled after the App Store. Because iOS 7 included a complete visual overhaul of the operating system, iOS 8 is not expected to feature many design changes. Instead, Apple will likely focus on polishing existing features, improving…Continue Reading
Willow, 13, caused a media frenzy earlier this month by posing in bed with 20-year-old Arias, who was shirtless in the photo. Willow was fully clothed, and Arias is a family friend who’s best friends with Willow’s older brother, Jaden. Parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith denied that there was anything inappropriate about the photo, and said Willow is mature enough to decide who she hangs out with. “Here’s the deal,” Pinkett Smith told TMZ on May 7. “There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it. You’re acting like covert pedophiles and that’s not cool.” “The investigation was formally opened last week and is being taken very seriously by the department,” a source told Radar. “Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have been extremely cooperative with officials. Of course, they aren’t happy that their parenting skills are under scrutiny, but…Continue Reading
Singer Lana Del Rey will perform “Young and Beautiful,” one of Kim Kardashian’s favorite songs, when the reality TV star exchanges vows with Kanye West at their wedding ceremony on May 24 in France, according to media reports. According to Mirror Online, the singer will be flown to Paris for the wedding ceremony and has been offered a six-figure sum for her performance. West initially tried to get Del Rey to perform at the couple’s engagement party in October 2013, but she reportedly turned him down. Kardashian and West are reportedly spending more than $1 million on their wedding. “Kanye knew how much Kim loved Lana’s music, which is why he tried to get her to perform at the proposal,” a source told the newspaper. “So he upped the offer to perform at the wedding and told Lana that it’s his and Kim’s special song and it would mean so much to…Continue Reading
One Kanye West fan has been left broken-hearted after the singer called him out for buying a fake pair of his Air Yeezy sneaker designs on Monday in Paris. The fan had approached Mr West to sign the shoes outside of a café where he had been lunching with Kim Kardashian. Never one to exercise subtlety, Mr West said of the sneakers: ‘These are not real though, you know that, right?’ The fan, who had likely paid hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, for the rare sneakers couldn’t believe it, saying: ‘Are you serious?’ Mr West, 36, graciously responded, ‘These are not real, it’s fine though,’ and signed them regardless. ‘Damn, broke my heart,’ the duped fan said as Mr West loaded into a car with the help of a security entourage, where fiancé Ms Kardashian was waiting. The $215 sneakers, named for Mr West’s ‘Yeezy’ nickname, sold out almost…Continue Reading
Two new PlayStation models have seemingly been outed by Sony.Sony has registered two new computer entertainment systems with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, reports DualShockers. ©Sony/ PlayStation The new PS4 model number reads CUH-1106A, compared to the current Asian version of the console’s CUH-1006A.The changing of the second number indicates an evolution of the console, although the letter at the end suggests it will retain its 500GB hard drive.A new PS3 with the model number CECH-4306CH was also filed with the same company.Sonyis yet to make any announcements regarding new consoles. ©Sony Sony has announced that its E3 2014 press conference will take place on Monday, June 9 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.The electronics giant will showcase its upcoming PlayStation titles at 1am UK time and stream the event online.