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Mashable is an American entertainment, culture, tech, science and social good digital media platform, news website and multi-platform media and entertainment company founded by Pete Cashmore in 2005. Mashable was founded by Pete Cashmore while living in Aberdeen, Scotland, in July 2005. Early iterations of the site were a simple WordPress blog, with Cashmore as sole author. Fame came relatively quickly, with Time magazine noting Mashable as one of the 25 best blogs of 2009. As of November 2015, it had over 6,000,000 Twitter followers and over 3,200,000 fans on Facebook. In June 2016, it acquired YouTube channel CineFix from Whalerock Industries.Source
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Home to Proud Boys domain, Gab, and other right-wing sites posts unhinged letters after PayPal cuts ties

Home to Proud Boys domain, Gab, and other right-wing sites posts unhinged letters after PayPal cuts ties

We're using cookies to improve your experience.PayPal, Hunter Biden, Bloomberg News, and several Avengers were targeted in a series of unhinged open letters from Epik after PayPal terminated its account. The domain registrar, whose CEO once on a white nationalist podcast, is home to Gab and other far-right websites, and formerly hosted 8chan. It also hosts the domain of the former website of the violent far-right Proud Boys, which was recently spoofed in .Epik claimed it was cut off due to "anti-conservative bias." PayPal said it had nothing to do with political ideology, but was instead...

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Last month, Facebook gave money to three members of Congress who refused to condemn QAnon

Last month, Facebook gave money to three members of Congress who refused to condemn QAnon

We're using cookies to improve your experience.When it comes to conspiracy theorists, Facebook is wagging a finger with one hand, and slipping some enablers cash with the other.According to of congressional contributions, in September, Facebook donated money to 45 members of Congress and PACs from both sides of the aisle. Shortly thereafter, three of the U.S. representatives on Facebook's list went on to vote "no" on a and its conspiracy theories.We're not saying that there's a causal link here. And Facebook clearly makes political contributions widely to people both willing and not so...

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The deepfake apocalypse never came. But cheapfakes are everywhere.

The deepfake apocalypse never came. But cheapfakes are everywhere.

We're using cookies to improve your experience.After the rampant spread of misinformation during the 2016 presidential election, experts warned about a new threat for 2020: .Fake news stories can easily be fact-checked. But deepfakes? Experts the technology could become so advanced it would be difficult to tell a real video from a fake one.Maybe you've seen those deepfake on YouTube, like the below. The creator used AI to digital stitch Arnold Schwarzenegger’s face onto comedian Bill Hader. That’s achieved through deep learning — training a computer with lots of data until it learns to make...

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The San Francisco Zoo's stolen lemur saga gets a weird, happy ending

The San Francisco Zoo's stolen lemur saga gets a weird, happy ending

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Every week in 2020 has felt like a horrible involuntary adventure, but Maki the ring-tailed lemur's experience being lemur-napped from the San Francisco Zoo, becoming the subject of a citywide missing primate initiative, escaping from his captors, and finally seeking refuse at a church before being returned to the zoo "agitated, dehydrated and hungry" sounds like hell for anyone.Maki, who at 21 years of age is a lemur elder at the San Francisco Zoo, began his crappy week when zoo authorities reported him missing and possibly kidnapped after a...

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Nokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moon. Yes, really.

Nokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moon. Yes, really.

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Soon, astronauts on moon missions won't have any excuse for not answering their texts.NASA Nokia of America $14.1 million to deploy a cellular network on the moon. The freaking moon. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA's "Tipping Point" selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration. Nokia's plan is to build a 4G/LTE network, and eventually transition to 5G (just like the rest of us). It will be "the first LTE/4G communications system in space," according to NASA's...

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Samsung, Xiaomi, and OnePlus make fun of Apple for not shipping a charger with the iPhone

Samsung, Xiaomi, and OnePlus make fun of Apple for not shipping a charger with the iPhone

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Well, this didn't take very long. Earlier this week, Apple introduced its new flagship smartphone, the , and with it the company announced its new policy of not shipping a power adapter or wired earbuds with its phones. And of course, other smartphone manufacturers are now making fun of the decision. Shortly after the iPhone 12 launch, Samsung Caribbean posted an image of a Samsung power adapter on its Facebook page. "Your #Galaxy does give you what you are looking for. From the most basic as a charger, to the best camera, battery, performance,...

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Twitter updates policy on sharing hacked data after 'NY Post' mess

Twitter updates policy on sharing hacked data after 'NY Post' mess

We're using cookies to improve your experience.The New York Post story about Democratic nominee Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, may be a , but that doesn't mean it didn't hit Twitter hard. Twitter's decision Wednesday to and direct messaging the URL to a controversial story about the former vice president's son forced an apparent reckoning at the social media giant. As the United States barrels toward a presidential election that's just over two weeks away, Twitter announced Thursday evening that it's overhauling its governing the sharing of hacked materials. The big takeaway? Twitter will...

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Newman from 'Seinfeld' releases anti-Trump PSA about the Postal Service

Newman from 'Seinfeld' releases anti-Trump PSA about the Postal Service

We're using cookies to improve your experience.The Postal Service is under attack and Newman is not having it. OK, so really it's actor Wayne Knight, who played the iconic mailman Newman on the sitcom Seinfeld, but he's definitely in character in a new ad urging folks to vote. "There's been a systematic, premeditated assault on the U.S. mail by President Trump and his so-called postmaster general," Knight-as-Newman says in the video. "Everybody knows the only person who can slow down the mail is a mailman!" Newman goes on to talk about how ballots, prescriptions, and all mail is getting...

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Tesla finally launches two-factor authentication

Tesla finally launches two-factor authentication

We're using cookies to improve your experience.After a long string of delays, Tesla has finally implemented a crucial security feature for its app: two-factor authentication. CEO Elon Musk in April that the feature was coming "soon," and on Wednesday, Electrek that it's now available for Tesla owners. To enable it — which is highly recommended — go to your Tesla account and activate the "Multi-factor Authentication" feature, and set up a third-party authenticator app of your choice. A couple of options are on offer; you can set up the option with a mobile device, a desktop QR code, or a...

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What Apple, Google, and Amazon’s websites looked like in 1999

What Apple, Google, and Amazon’s websites looked like in 1999

We're using cookies to improve your experience.In , Mashable explores online life through 2007 — back before social media and the smartphone changed everything.The year was 1999: Cher’s “Believe” was blasting on pop radio stations, Bill Clinton was impeached, Jar Jar Binks hit the Big Screen, and the beep, beep, static of dial-up internet echoed in family rooms across the globe.The World Wide Web was still young then — gawky, awkward, and painfully slow. The dotcom bubble was still growing, on the cusp of bursting. The public had been using the internet for under a decade and those making...

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Trump gave TikTok a deadline to sell the app. He doesn’t remember what that deadline is.

Trump gave TikTok a deadline to sell the app. He doesn’t remember what that deadline is.

The clock is ticking for TikTok. Or is it? Donald Trump doesn’t seem to know. Trump had signed an executive order in early August requiring the app sever ties with its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, or face a ban in the U.S. But he doesn't seem clear on the timing of a deadline he set himself, based on what he said while speaking to reporters on Thursday evening. "We'll either close up TikTok in this country for security reasons or it'll be sold," Trump said while awaiting a flight to one of his reelection rallies. When questioned about a possible extension of TikTok’s deadline to...

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Walmart to start using autonomous drones for 1-hour delivery

Walmart to start using autonomous drones for 1-hour delivery

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Starting next year, certain Walmart orders will literally fly to your door. The retailer announced a trial run with medical supply drone delivery company early Monday. Only medical and health and wellness products from Walmart will be part of the pilot program and it'll only be in Northwest Arkansas in early 2021.The drones will cover a 50-mile radius around Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. They can haul up to four pounds of cargo and fly up to 80 mph.Items ordered online or through the Walmart app are placed into a Zipline...

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How to blur your house on Google Street View (and why you should)

How to blur your house on Google Street View (and why you should)

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Google offers up a window to the world in all its , , and glory. That window just so happens to peek into your home, as well. What that peek reveals may be more than you've bargained for — think views into bedroom windows, potential , and more. Thankfully, there is something you can do about it. Specifically, you can ask Google to permanently blur your house out — leaving only a smeared suggestion of a building in its place. The entire process is surprisingly easy. As the name would suggest, Street View, launched , provides a street-level view...

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Facebook engineer quits, says company is 'profiting off hate'

Facebook engineer quits, says company is 'profiting off hate'

We're using cookies to improve your experience.A Facebook engineer has published a scathing resignation letter accusing the company of "profiting off hate" and criticising it for "choosing to be on the wrong side of history." "I'm quitting because I can no longer stomach contributing to an organization that is profiting off hate in the U.S. and globally," wrote Ashok Chandwaney in the letter obtained by the . Chandwaney, whose pronouns are they, them, and theirs, posted to Facebook's internal employee network on Tuesday, stating that it was their last day after five and a half years with...

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Ex-Apple engineer recounts helping defense contractor build a secret iPod

Ex-Apple engineer recounts helping defense contractor build a secret iPod

We're using cookies to improve your experience.When is an iPod not really an iPod? If that sounds like the opening line to some kind of riddle, well, that's because it sort of is. As an Apple for 18 years, David Shayer played an integral part in the development of the iPod's code. In , he recounted in detail how, back in 2005, he helped two non-Apple software engineers create a custom iPod operating system that would allow a functioning 5th generation iPod to operate mysterious hardware hidden inside. Shayer says that not only did he not know what exactly he was working on, but that only a...

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How Trump bent the National Park Service to do his bidding

How Trump bent the National Park Service to do his bidding

We're using cookies to improve your experience.For the first 100 years of the National Park Service's existence, who leads the prestigious conservation agency. Now, that's changed.The Trump administration has never had anyone in the official position of director — which comes with authority, direction, and influence over the Park Service. It's now almost certain there won't be a Senate-confirmed director for the entirety of the administration's first term. Instead, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former oil industry lobbyist who in the U.S., has maneuvered to have temporary or...

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ISIS allegedly used Facebook in bid to scam people desperate for face masks

ISIS allegedly used Facebook in bid to scam people desperate for face masks

We're using cookies to improve your experience.In mid-March, as the first were issued across the U.S. and desperate public health officials for medical grade face masks, an online store by the name of FaceMaskCenter.com offered hope. Despite the global shortage, it claimed to have hundreds of thousands of FDA-approved N95 masks, and would be delighted to sell them to businesses in need. Unfortunately, as the on Thursday, FaceMaskCenter.com was in fact a scam. Not only were the masks it listed for sale not FDA approved, but according to the DOJ the entire operation was run by a known "ISIS...

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Facebook's new policy bans blackface and some Jewish stereotypes

Facebook's new policy bans blackface and some Jewish stereotypes

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Facebook is broadening its definition of hate speech.On Tuesday, Facebook released its latest , which breaks down the content it took down for violating its policies between April and June 2020Along with details about the millions of posts it removed for spreading , Facebook unveiled meant to tackle hate speech.Facebook will now ban content depicting blackface. The social network will also prohibit stereotypes about Jewish people running the world or “controlling major institutions such as media networks, the economy or the government.” The...

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Cadillac's first electric vehicle goes after Tesla

Cadillac's first electric vehicle goes after Tesla

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Cadillac introduced its first all-electric vehicle Thursday evening and it's a luxury crossover SUV. It's taking on both of Tesla's SUVs: the new "budget" and the pricy . The LYRIQ (yes, all caps officially, but we're calling it the Lyriq) was supposed to launch back in April, but because of COVID-19 its debut was pushed back four months to a virtual event. It's not supposed to even start production until the end of 2022.The online reveal finally showed how the American automobile brand is going fully electric. The Lyriq is supposed to hit at...

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The devious fossil fuel propaganda we all use

The devious fossil fuel propaganda we all use

The carbon footprint sham A 'successful, deceptive' PR campaignMoving forward requires focus. Mashable’s is dedicated to exploring pathways to a greater good by spotlighting issues that are essential to making the world a better place.In a dark TV ad aired in 1971, a jerk tosses a bag of trash from a moving car. The garbage spills onto the moccasins of a buckskin-clad Native American, played by Italian American actor Espera Oscar de Corti. He , because his world has been defiled, uglied, and corrupted by trash. The poignant ad, which , promotes the catchline “People Start Pollution. People...

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Samsung, stop trying to make the Galaxy Buds Live happen

Samsung, stop trying to make the Galaxy Buds Live happen

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Samsung has basically confirmed its new earbuds will be called the Galaxy Buds Live — not, sadly, the Galaxy Beans. First spotted by , an update to the connected Galaxy Buds Live app hints at what to expect. The app update comes only a week after a promotional video and images of the earbuds were leaked on Twitter. What followed were a few poking fun at what will forever be known as the Galaxy Beans.Galaxy Beans— WalkingCat (@h0x0d)SEE ALSO:According to screenshots, also obtained by The Verge, the app also confirms the Buds Live will feature...

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The internet turned credit card fraud into a business. Brett Johnson turned it into an empire.

The internet turned credit card fraud into a business. Brett Johnson turned it into an empire.

We're using cookies to improve your experience.The internet turned credit card fraud into an industry.If you had your credit card information stolen between 2002 and 2004, there’s a good chance it was resold on ShadowCrew, an online forum that quickly became something like a social media network for cybercriminals. And if you had it stolen between 2005 and 2008, it was likely resold on ShadowCrew’s successors, CardersMarket or DarkMarket. On these forums, criminals didn’t just sell card information. Thousands of criminals posted day and night, sometimes comparing notes on the best methods...

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Why you should absolutely worry about the anti-privacy EARN IT Act

Why you should absolutely worry about the anti-privacy EARN IT Act

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Because the internet is a strange and complicated place, the fate of your digital privacy is, at this very moment, intertwined with that of online message boards and comment sections. And things, we're sorry to report, aren't looking so hot.At issue is the seemingly unrelated . Pushed by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and a host of bipartisan co-sponsors, and voted on by the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday, the measure ostensibly aims to combat online child sexual abuse material. However, according to privacy and security experts who...

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Guy Fieri has reached an emotional turning point

Guy Fieri has reached an emotional turning point

We're using cookies to improve your experience.digs into all the things that make us drool while we're checking our feeds.If you think you have the celebrity chef who rocks spiked platinum blonde hair, backwards sunglasses, and an eccentric wardrobe brimming with bold flame prints and retro bowling shirts all figured out, think again.While Guy Fieri does embody all things righteous and funkalicious, he's been mulling over how he can leave behind more than just a lighthearted legacy.For years, Fieri has embraced his status as the man who . After first receiving the from Bobby Moynihan in...

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