"I had a rare Twitter username, @N. Yep, just one letter. I’ve been offered as much as $50,000 for it. People have tried to steal it. Password reset instructions are a regular sight in my email inbox. As of today, I no longer control @N. I was extorted into giving it up."
—Naoki Heroshima explains how his accounts were hacked in order to force him to give up his single-letter Twitter handle
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posted by me3dia
on Jan 30, 2014 -
Paypal is coming down hard
on online erotica retailers. The service has sent demands
to such ebook self-publishing sites as Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks and Bookstrand, demanding that they remove all titles containing bestiality, rape-for-titillation, and incest- including the popular 'pseudo-incest' category of stepparent or stepsibling sex. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz
on Feb 28, 2012 -
is officially unveiled today; the latest service to join the Google arsenal
in their race to control the entire www. It has been suggested in the news
that the Google payment service was also a big factor in the recent Yahoo and eBay partnership, since eBay's Paypal service might finally have some real competition. More info on the service here
posted by p3t3
on Jun 29, 2006 -
opened for business last week, with every intent of taking on PayPal for the title of online payment portal du jour
. But even before the service officially launched, there was already a growing number of people hotly debating
the validity of the enterprise. Will this be the next big thing, or just another lollipop party waiting for the suckers to show up?
posted by deusdiabolus
on Jun 6, 2005 -
An online psycho
(or entrepreneurial genius?) says he's holding a bunny, named Toby, hostage unless charitable animal lovers donate $50,000 to his paypal account. Otherwise, he'll butcher it. So far, he's got $14,000.
posted by nospecialfx
on Feb 17, 2005 -
Not porn, just gay
PayPal suddenly delists queer sites: “
e raised objections to PalPal’s action, saying his organization’s aim is to educate the public on ways to avoid AIDS. He said PayPal never responded to his concerns.... PayPal sent
a reply saying the company would consider reinstating his account if he submits a statement promising to ‘remove the book covers wherein individuals are touching each other’ ”
posted by joeclark
on Oct 23, 2004 -
At the risk of linking to another Something Awful thread and incurring their wrath, I think it's important to point this out, especially here. In the matter of a few short days, the users over there emptied their paypal accounts to help someone in need.
They raised $12,000 in four days.
posted by crunchland
on Jun 15, 2004 -
Has PayPal's acceptable use policy
become much broader recently? I just received notice of changes to PayPal's acceptable use policy. I was surprised at the number of things that they have restrictions on. One in particular seemed like the kiss of death: No porn for you
unless it's from eBay's Mature section. Won't somebody think of the cam girls? With many banks now offering some sort of internet check-writing facility is PayPal really even a valid business model anymore outside of eBay?
posted by substrate
on Mar 14, 2003 -
Ask and you shall receive.
Move over, Amazon Honor System! Now you can sign up for a one-click service that lets visitors to your Web site donate something you'll really
appreciate: oral sex. Best of all, they don't keep a percentage of your donations like Amazon and PayPal do.
posted by kindall
on Feb 9, 2002 -
c2it to be free; PayPal raising fees.
Will this spell the end of PayPal? Free c2it from Citibank can be used the same way the "old" PayPal could (for friends and roommates to settle up bills) as well cutting deeply into PayPal's core on-line auction settlement business (well over half its revenue), already under attack by eBay's Billpoint.
posted by MattD
on Nov 16, 2001 -
Is Paypal making money?
I read this on thier main Red Cross Page: PayPal will donate 100% of the proceeds to the National Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.
All donations are tax deductible. Include your address (for a tax receipt) in the "Shipping Address" field when making your donation.
PayPal will realize no profits from money donated to this fund.
Yet, I play Utopia
and they have a donation account setup through paypal which states this: All funds raised through this campaign -- minus a commission of $0.30+2.9% which PayPal takes on all payments -- will be forwarded directly to the Red Cross.
So does Paypal give 100% of donations directly donated to its page, and take a commission on accounts set up through secondary pages such as Amazon
? If so, with almost $6 Million dollars, that is almost $2 Million dollars!!! (if I did my math right, please correct me if I am wrong.)
posted by da5id
on Sep 17, 2001 -
Other not-so-free-anymore things
Apropos of the NetZero not-so-zero-anymore change, PayPal has essentially made its system unusable for the purpose that first sucked us in -- a fast, convenient way for friends to share rent, settle up bills for dinners and weekend getaways (more inside).
posted by MattD
on Dec 26, 2000 -