Your Online Dating Profile Is Probably Public Now, Plus More

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Today we've got: OkCupid gets hacked, Donald Trump's rocky weekend, Netflix plagues the country and more

1. Your OkCupid Profile Might Be Public Now

The Short of It:

Last week, a Danish researcher caused quite the hullabaloo after publishing a dataset on 70,000 OKCupid users that included user names, sexual preferences, locations and ages.

The Longer Version of It:

The Aarhus University graduate student and researcher, Emil Kierkegaard, along with others released the dataset last Sunday and is now facing a firestorm of backlash from the scientific community, which now is putting the ethics of the revealed reports to question. The leak was stopped Friday after OKCupid said it would explore legal options and stated that Kirkegaard had violated the dating site's terms of service as well as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Kierkegaard and other researchers are thought to have obtained the information by creating an OkCupid profile so they could access the data and use software to automatically scrape profiles. None of the users were made anonymous in the publication and none of them had been asked for consent.

Kierkegaard has stood by his decision to release the data, saying, "Data is already public," and that "Some may object to the ethics of gathering and releasing this data. However, all the data found in the dataset are or were already publicly available, so releasing this dataset merely presents it in a more useful form."

Why We're Sending 🙀 Emojis:

First, the Ashley Madison leaks, now this. Will anyone ever make a dating site that can't be hacked??? Is nothing sacred anymore??

2. Donald Trump's Awkward Weekend #TBT

The Short of It:

A 1991 recording of a call between a Trump "PR person" named John Miller bragging to a reporter about Trump's love life resurfaced this weekend. And we got a major plot twist: "John Miller" was probably Donald Trump.

The Longer Version of It:

Last Friday, the Washington Post dropped a story about Donald Trump revolving around a 1991 recorded phone call between a then-People magazine reporter, Sue Carswell, and a Trump spokesman named John Miller wherein Miller brags about Trump various accomplishments in the bedroom and his love life. This past week, Carswell reflected on how she had immediately recognized something familiar in about the accent of Trump's publicist and recalled playing the tape to co-workers, a close friend of Trump's, and Trump's ex wife, Marla Maples, all of whom Carswell says identified the voice of the caller asTrump's. At the time, Trump admitted to People that the call was a "joke gone awry" saying, "What I did became a good time at Marla's expense, and I'm very sorry."

Other reporters have stated they've had similar encounters with "John Miller" or "John Barron" – another name Trump has acknowledged he has used before. However, now the GOP candidate is singing a different tune, denying that he knows anything about the interview.

The "Oh, Wait There's More":

By Saturday, Trump's campaign was probably hoping anyone with nothing nice to say wouldn't say anything at all. Then the New York Times featured a story with dozens of interviews with women who claimed to have had relationships, both personal and professional, with the presidential hopeful. A former Miss USA contestant said Trump would make the contestants rate each other on their image and a former Trump exec recalled the GOP candidate telling her "you like your candy" after she had put on weight. Yikes.

"John Miller" or, uh... Trump has denied most of the allegations by taking to Twitter, "The media is really on a witch-hunt against me," Trump tweeted Sunday. "False reporting, and plenty of it — but we will prevail!"

The Take Away:

It looks like Donald Trump has always been his greatest hype man. The "John Miller" saga is the kind of story Trump's legions of supporters could care less about, but as Trump's campaign struggles to attract female voters, Trump might need to invoke the help of the likes of John Miller or John Barron or one of their wives.

3. People Care More About Netflix Than Friendships

The Short of It:

A new study revealed that Netflix binge-watchers are everywhere.

The Longer Version of It:

A tech website called Cord Cutting studied the amount of time people devote to watching Netflix and revealed that the average Netflix subscriber uses the global streaming provider for one hour and 40 minutes every day. I.e., the average subscribers spends more time watching Netflix than reading, socializing and exercising.

Cord Cutting has backed this information on a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' American Time Use, while Netflix's number is based on their number of global subscribers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' American Time Use survey found that most Americans were spending up to 38 minutes a day "socializing," 19 minutes "reading," and 17 minutes "participating in sports and exercising".

The Takeaway

Time to get outside and play kids. #Netflixseriespitch

4. The First U.S. Penis Transplant Surgery Was Pretty Hard

The Short of It:

Behold, a tale of science and the nether regions. A man underwent the first U.S. penile transplant last week and things got hard.

The Longer Version of It:

Thomas Manning, 64, from Halifax, Massachusetts, underwent a 15-hour grueling penis transplant operation last weekend after having his own appendage removed because of cancer. "I want to go back to being who I was," Mr. Manning said in an interview at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The surgery was part of a research trial that seeks to help combat veterans with severe pelvic injuries, as well as patients who suffer from cancer and have faced sever accidents. There have only been two other penis transplants reported, globally. One took place in China in 2006 and failed and one recently in South Africa in 2014, where the recipient went on to father a child.

Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo, the plastic and reconstructive leader of the surgical team that operated on Manning are treading carefully with their optimism. "It's uncharted waters for us," but if all goes as planned, Manning is expected to experience normal urination in few weeks, and sexual function in up to a couple of months.

Why We're Sending 🍆 Emojis:

U.S. Veterans have become a major focus of transplant programs because of the high suicide rate in soldiers who suffer from severe damage to their genitals and urinary tract while in combat. People often don't hear about the horrific injuries veterans have had to endure from combat because of the shame and stigma associated with genital injuries. Manning's decision to speak publicly about his operation is a step towards dispelling those stigmas and shame which is pretty exciting.

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