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Beijing’s careful management of its currency since its devaluation last month is bolstering China’s bid to get the yuan included in the IMF’s basket of reserve currencies as soon as November.

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Apple hat ein Porno-Problem

„Apple hat ein Porno-Problem, und es wird immer schlimmer“, schrieb der bekannte Techblogger Joshua Topolsky am Sonntag in einem Artikel auf der Internetseite The Verge. Darin spielt er auf eine Reihe von Berichten über die neue Video-Tausch-App Vine an, die vor ein paar Tagen erstmals im App-Store von Apple aufgetaucht und dort sogar prominent empfohlen worden war. Vine funktioniert ähnlich wie die beliebten sozialen Foto-Apps Instagram und EyeEm. Statt statischen Bildern kommen hier allerdings kurze Videoschnippsel zum Einsatz. Sechs Sekunden lang darf ein Clip sein, gefilmt wird mit der in das Smartphone eingebauten Kamera.

Sind es zu Beginn vor allem kleine Stop-and-Motion-Filme, die bei Vine die Runde machen, tauchen relativ schnell auch die ersten nicht jugendfreien Videos auf. Wer nach dem Hash-Tag #porn sucht, wird ohne große Probleme fündig. Zwar sind auch diese Clips nie länger als sechs Sekunden. Doch anscheinend sind Angebot und Nachfrage vorhanden. Nachdem die Debatte über Pornografie bei Vine online an Fahrt gewinnt, schiebt der Kurzvideo-Dienst schnell eine virtuelle Schranke vor. Wurde ein Video bereits als „möglicherweise unangemessen“ markiert, ist es nur noch mit einem zusätzlichen Klick erreichbar. Zunächst bekommt der Nutzer die Meldung „Warnung – Dieses Video könnte einen sensiblen Inhalt haben. Klicken Sie, wenn Sie es trotzdem anschauen wollen“. Berührt er mit seinem Finger trotzdem den Touchscreen an dieser Stelle, wird der Film ganz normal abgespielt. Wirklich sicher ist das nicht.

Im App Store von Apple wird Vine mit einer Freigabeempfehlung ab 12 Jahren angegeben. Empfohlen wird das Programm mittlerweile nicht mehr. Doch noch hat Apple die App nicht komplett aus dem Angebot entfernt. Es wäre jedoch nicht das erste Mal, dass der US-Konzern diesen Schritt gehen würde. Erst vor kurzem verschwand die beliebte Foto-App 500px wegen der Anzeige von pornographischem Material aus dem App Store. Die Empörung der Nutzer war groß, mit einem Update wollen die Macher nun dafür sorgen, dass das Programm bald zurückkehrt.

Dabei sind Vine und 500px keine Ausnahmen. Auch bei den beliebten Fototauschdiensten Instagram und EyeEm und bei Vine-Mutter Twitter selbst lassen sich pornographische Inhalte ohne große Probleme finden. Auch Pornostars und Filmfirmen nutzen die Netzwerke, um auf sich und ihre Werke aufmerksam zu machen. Wirklich verhindern lässt sich das nicht.

Sollte Apple also auch weiterhin so rigide gegen pornographische Inhalte vorgehen wollen, müsste das Unternehmen theoretisch nicht nur Twitter, Instagram und Co. aus dem App Store verbannen. Es dürfte überhaupt keine Geräte mehr verkaufen, auf denen Videos gespeichert werden können oder auf das Internet zugegriffen werden kann.

Joshua Topolsky hat also recht, wenn er in Bezug auf Vine von einem Porno-Problem bei Apple spricht. Mit seiner strengen Vorgehensweise hat sich der US-Konzern in eine Sackgasse manövriert. Ihm bleibt jetzt nichts anderes übrig, als Gas zu geben und den Wagen gegen die Wand zu setzen, oder den Rückwärtsgang einzulegen.

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Update: Wie The Verge berichtet, soll es ein anstößiges Video sogar als “Editor’s Pick”, also als persönliche Empfehlung der Entwickler, in die Profile unzähliger Nutzer geschafft haben. Twitter bestätigte den Vorgang und sprach von menschlichen Versagen.

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ECB Willing to Expand Stimulus Amid Growth Worry

ECB President Mario Draghi indicated that the bank stands ready to expand its stimulus programs and projected slower-than-expected economic growth in the eurozone, as well as lower inflation rates.

Global Markets Bounce Back

Global stocks rallied Thursday on signals of how central banks could contend with upheaval in financial markets.

Image of Syrian Boy Echoes Around World

Photos of a Syrian boy whose body washed ashore on a Turkish beach horrified people around the world as Europe’s migrant crisis escalates.

The 3-year-old was a Syrian Kurd whose family’s efforts to emigrate to Canada had been rebuffed, according to media and Kurdish activists. 66

Hungary’s Leader Says Migrant Crisis Is Germany’s Problem

Hundreds of migrants rushed trains at Hungary’s main station as Prime Minister Viktor Orban blamed Germany for Europe’s migration crisis and warned that border-free travel within the bloc is at risk. 60

Syrians Take Arctic Route to Europe

More than 150 refugees have entered Norway from Arctic Russia this year—a fraction of the estimated half-million people who have sought asylum in Europe, but the flow is quickening as Syrians share the tip for a cheaper and safer route.

Middle East Crossroads

Yemen’s Unity Frays in Leaderless Aden

The battles of recent months have reopened historic divisions between Yemen’s north and south, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.

Iran’s Khamenei Urges Lawmakers to Vote on Nuclear Deal

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged the country’s parliament to vote on whether to implement a proposed nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other world powers.

NATO Opens Military Post in Lithuania

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization inaugurated a new command post in Vilnius Lithuania, one of six across the alliance’s eastern border meant to shore up the region’s defenses against Russia.

French Farmers Stage Paris Tractor Protest

Farmers converged on Paris, blocking streets in the east of the city with more than 1,000 tractors and gathering at the National Assembly to protest against high costs and low food prices.

Capital Account

For Russia, Oil Collapse Has Soviet Echoes

For most countries, the economic slowdown in China and the accompanying slump in commodity prices represent something between nuisance and pothole. For Russia, they are a catastrophe, writes Greg Ip. 92

Devaluation Strengthens China’s Hand at IMF

Beijing’s careful management of its currency since its devaluation last month is bolstering China’s bid to get the yuan included in the IMF’s basket of reserve currencies as soon as November.

Russia Says Economy Recovery Slow in Coming

The Russian government has acknowledged that the country’s economy is going to take longer to recover than it previously expected, weighed down by the slump in the value of the ruble.

Sweden Leaves Interest Rate Unchanged

Sweden’s central bank has left its main interest rate and bond-buying program unchanged, saying its existing policies were supporting the economy and would lead to inflation moving closer to its 2% target.

Inside Uber’s Fight With Its Chinese Nemesis

China’s multibillion-dollar ride-hailing market has erupted into a brawl between Uber and Beijing startup Didi Kuaidi.

Vivendi Chairman Ousts Longtime Chief of Canal Plus

French billionaire and Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bolloré has ousted the longtime chief of Canal Plus, further tightening his grip over the Vivendi-owned pay-TV group amid falling subscriber numbers.

Novartis to Begin Selling Copy of Amgen’s Neupogen in U.S.

Novartis said it will begin selling the first biosimilar drug in the U.S. after an appeals court denied Amgen’s request to block the Swiss drug maker’s sale of its copycat version of blockbuster remedy Neupogen.

Syngenta Moves to Calm Disappointed Shareholders

Syngenta moved to appease shareholders angered by its rejection of a takeover from Monsanto, saying it will divest its global vegetables seeds business and return more than $2 billion to shareholders.

Off Duty

Adventure & Travel

Not Far From Prague, a Czech Village Worth Rhapsodizing About

The frozen-in-time town of Český Krumlov has scenery and history—and beer—that keeps travelers coming back.

Markets

Krom River Closes Commodity Hedge Fund

Commodity hedge fund Krom River, which managed around $1 billion at its peak, is returning money to investors as it plans a shift in focus following a tough period for commodities funds.

Foreign Firms Feel China’s Chill

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Video

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2:13

Suicide Bombings at Yemen Mosque Kill at Least 22

1:20

Three Trillion Trees in the World, Says New Report

1:14

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Manolo Blahnik on Old Films and Kate Moss

The shoe designer on what he’d blow his money on, the drama behind Kate Moss’s wedding shoes and exactly how he feels about fake Manolos.