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Weird Wide Web: A dating app for weed smokers, self-driving cabs and Irish YouTube porn

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.

New dating app of the week

There actually is an app for everything now. A Denver-based app called ‘High There’ is basically Tindr for people who smoke marijuana. People are matched by their preferences for getting high. We’ve seen it all now.

Source: Google Play Store

Irish language porn of the week

It emerged this week that some YouTube users are disguising porn on the site by giving their videos titles in Irish. None of these sexually explicit videos are actually as Gaeilge and the method appears to have backfired for these users. Yes, they evaded the website’s filters but very few people are searching for porn on YouTube using the Irish language and so no one is really watching them.

Source: YouTube

Comeback of the week

The Pirate Bay was back online after being down for nearly two months, Motherboard reports. However paranoid file-sharers believed it could actually be a trap operated by the FBI so they could track down people using the site.

Google competition of the week

In direct competition with Uber, Google is preparing to offer its own ride-hailing service to work with its self-driving cars, according to Bloomberg.

Source: Eric Risberg/AP/PA

Bonus TheJournal.ie staff mortification of the week

There are few things we like more here at TheJournal.ie than seeing our colleagues doing something that makes them look silly. This week, two of our staffers battled it out with the help of a new app – one that makes spinning in a circle into a competition. The results were pretty wonderful…

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